Wall Street 50 – 2004

James P. McCarthy/Goldman Sachs

James McCarthy is a managing director and senior fixed-income portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs. He heads the strategic cash and short duration strategies at the company’s Asset Management division (GSAM). He previously worked as a specialist on the mortgage-backed securities team. He joined GSAM in 1995 after working for Nomura Securities as an MBS trader.

McCarthy earned his BA from Rutgers University, where he is a guest professor. In addition to his academic interests, he enjoys charity work. He is an active volunteer for the Special Olympics, Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity.

A first-generation Irish American, his Irish roots go back to his parents, Patrick and Mary, who are from County Cork. His personal quote is the famous Irish blessing, which begins, “May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back.”