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Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Report roughly 450 partners own just 4.8% of the global financial services company, the lowest level since the company's IPO 18 years ago, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Since the partners' ownership falls below a 5% regulatory threshold, Goldman Sachs isn't mandated to make public disclosures of its partners' stakes or their buying and selling of shares, unless it goes above 5%.

This would keep the public unaware of partners unloading their shares all at once, as was the case last winter, the Journal pointed out.

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