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Apple is attempting to unwind its Goldman Sachs bank card partnership



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David Solomon, Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs, participates in a panel dialogue in the course of the annual Milken Institute World Convention at The Beverly Hilton Lodge on April 29, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Apple has given Goldman Sachs a proposal to finish its credit-card and financial savings account partnership inside the subsequent 12 to fifteen months, an individual aware of the matter instructed CNBC’s Leslie Picker.

The transfer, if it had been to occur, would successfully finish one of many highest profile partnerships between a financial institution and a tech firm.


It might additionally imply that Apple would wish to discover a new monetary companion for its well-liked bank card, Apple Card, and its high-yield financial savings accounts below the Apple model. Whereas Apple affords each its bank card and financial savings account by way of the pockets app on iPhones, the banking backend is dealt with by Goldman Sachs.

When Apple first launched the Apple Card in 2019, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon was in attendance at a glitzy Apple launch occasion at its California campus.


However the partnership has been rocky in recent times as Goldman Sachs, below CEO David Solomon, has retreated from its earlier shopper banking ambitions as prices stacked up. Goldman has additionally confronted scrutiny from regulators into the way it handles refunds and billing errors, and over alleged gender discrimination when figuring out credit score limits.

Earlier this 12 months, Goldman Sachs stated that it could “think about strategic alternate options” for its shopper banking enterprise.


For Apple, the bank card and financial savings accounts are a method so as to add worth and extra options to its iPhone, in addition to bolster its shortly rising providers enterprise with charges. It is not clear whether or not Apple has discovered a brand new companion or would think about greater adjustments to its monetary merchandise if it had been to exit the settlement with Goldman Sachs.

The proposal from Apple was previously reported by the Wall Street Journal. A Goldman Sachs consultant declined to remark.


CNBC’s Leslie Picker and Steve Kovach contributed to this story.

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