Morgan Stanley Follows Goldman’s Lead And “Skips” Reporting December Losses

Let me put it this way: If we did the same we’d go to jail for fraud and embezzling.

Goldman Sachs posted a profitable quarter by skipping December, during which it realized huge losses.

Now Morgan Stanley is doing the same thing.

Specifically, Morgan’s first quarter results report states:

As a result of the change in the Company’s fiscal year end from November 30th to December 31st, the Company had a December 2008 fiscal month transition period. The results for this period, which reflected a net loss applicable to Morgan Stanley of $1.3 billion, are presented on page 19 of the financial supplement accompanying this release.

Presto, Morgan’s performance massaged to look better than it really was.

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