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Goldman Sachs considers exiting partnership with Apple, shifts focus on financial services

TL;DR

  • Goldman Sachs is reportedly considering ending its partnership with Apple, including the virtual credit card collaboration.
  • The bank is in talks with American Express to potentially take over Apple’s credit card and other joint ventures.
  • This strategic shift aligns with Apple’s aim to reduce reliance on external partners for financial services and Goldman Sachs’ efforts to adapt to changing market conditions.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc,  a leading investment banking and financial services company, is contemplating an exit from its partnership with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), according to reports by Wall Street Journal. The collaboration between the two giants began in 2019 with the launch of a virtual credit card. According to the report, Goldman Sachs is currently discussing with American Express Co to potentially take over Apple’s credit card and other joint ventures.

In April, Apple launched high-yield savings account for Apple Card holders in collaboration with Goldman Sachs.

Shifting priorities

Goldman Sachs’ alliance with Apple, which significantly propelled the iPhone maker into the realm of finance, has garnered attention and success over the years. However, the recent talks between the bank and American Express indicate a potential shift in priorities. While Apple, Goldman Sachs, and American Express declined to comment, industry experts believe this strategic move aligns with Apple’s ambition to rely less on external partners for its financial services.

As per the Journal, Apple’s collaboration with Goldman Sachs aimed to diversify its revenue streams and capitalize on the booming financial services sector. The technology giant recorded approximately 20% of its total sales from this category last year, a substantial increase from less than 10% a decade ago. This shift highlighted Apple’s commitment to leveraging its loyal customer base and expanding its offerings beyond hardware and software products.

Potential deal with American Express

In the ongoing discussions between Goldman Sachs and American Express, both parties are exploring transferring the Apple credit card and other shared services to the renowned financial services company. While negotiations have been ongoing for several months, any transfer would require Apple’s approval, underscoring the importance of the tech giant’s participation in the decision-making process.

The potential partnership with American Express highlights the two companies’ ambitions and signals a strategic realignment within the financial services industry. Additionally, Goldman Sachs has reportedly considered transferring its card partnership with General Motors Co. to American Express or another issuer. However, no imminent or assured deal has been reached at this time.

Goldman Sachs’ changing landscape

These developments come at a time when Goldman Sachs is facing significant shifts in its business landscape. The renowned investment banking firm recently lost its long-held position as the world’s top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) adviser, relinquishing the top spot for the first time in five years. In the first half of this year, Goldman Sachs ranked second, with an 18.8% market share based on its involvement in M&A transactions worth $237 billion. The last time the company held the second position was in the first half of 2018.

The changing dynamics in the M&A market have prompted Goldman Sachs to reassess its strategies and explore alternative avenues for growth.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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