More Banker Deaths: Gilligan at American Express, Noyce at Goldman Sachs, and 29-year-old Thomas J. Hughes

Governments, and the lamestream media, do not appear to be interested.

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I cannot help but be suspicious any more on all the bankers and financiers dying, even if they do so due to “natural causes.” Case in point here are the deaths, within this last week, of the President of American Express, and a key analyst for Goldman Sachs. Here are the stories:

Markets More: American Express Death American Express president Ed Gilligan has died

John Noyce, ‘Must Read’ Goldman Currency Analyst, Dies at 36

Now, so far, everything seems normal: Mr. Noyce had apparently been battling with cancer for some time, and Mr. Gilligan simply become “suddenly ill” on an airplane flight and expired. But again, these two unfortunate men appear to be part of that “pattern” that seems to be emerging with all the banker deaths. Here’s the way Mr. Gilligan’s death is being reported by Bloomberg:

“He became seriously ill on a flight home to New York this morning, the statement said.

“This is deeply painful and frankly unimaginable for all of us who had the great fortune to work with Ed, and benefit from his insights, leadership and enthusiasm,” CEO Ken Chenault said in the letter to employees.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Lisa, and their four children – Katie, Meaghan, Kevin and Shane. He was a proud husband and father, and his love for his family was evident in all that he did.”

And then in American Express’s own release:

“His contributions have left an indelible imprint on practically every area of our business, from Commercial Card and Travel to International, Consumer, Small Business, Merchant Services, Network Services and, most recently, the group forging our digital partnerships and driving payment innovations.”

So where’s the familiar pattern? Well, in Mr. Gilligan’s case, it is (1) in his popularity with employees, colleagues, and family, a feature that seems to recur with each such death; and (2) he was involved in aspects of the financial sector having directly to do with computers, electronic payments and clearing, and, in his case, “forging digital partnerships”, and driving “payment innovaitons,” language that at least to this amateur’s instincts sound all too like the formation of financial data cartels and trusts.

Then there is this about the unfortunate Mr. Noyce at Goldman Sachs:

“John Noyce, a technical analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s London currency trading desk whose weekly report “The Charts That Matter Next Week” was widely followed, has died. He was 36.

“He died on June 4 after a long battle with cancer, Goldman Sachs wrote in an internal memo signed by Isabelle Ealet, Pablo Salame and Ashok Varadhan, co-heads of its securities unit.

“He was well respected by market participants for his insightful analysis,” they wrote. “On the trading floor, he was a trusted colleague and friend — demonstrated clearly by the overwhelming support he received from GS colleagues throughout his illness.”

via More Banker Deaths: Gilligan at American Express, Noyce at Goldman Sachs, and 29-year-old Thomas J. Hughes.


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