Jérôme Kerviel was a rogue trader at Societe Generale (SG). His trades cost the firm about $7.2B. However, there must have been a myriad of companies that profited from these trades. I would think that there were, let's say for argument's sake, that 1000 companies saved about $7,200 (or increased their earnings by this same amount). If my hypothesis is correct, than which companies profited?
It seems that the markets punished share prices when *ONE* company
lost billions of dollars, but they did *NOT* reward as much the shares
of the many companies that profited by a few millions here and there.
The reduction in market capitalization of SG < The aggregate gains of
all the companies which profited from these rogue dealings.
Please clarify and enrich us with questions/comments.
- posted 11 years ago