There is a natural order to the universe. Its immutable laws dictate that regardless of economic conditions, Goldman Sachs will beat quarterly earnings expectations. This has always been true and will continue to be true in the future. There existed only a void before Goldman Sachs, and there will exist nothing after. The timeline of events has already been written.
Q2 Year 2020
Global pandemic. Negative 40% GDP. Double-digit unemployment.
Goldman Sachs beats Q2 earnings. Records second-highest revenue number in firm history.
Q3 Year 2032
Society rips apart. Governments fall. Organized financial markets cease to exist.
Goldman Sachs beats Q3 earnings on strong performance by beaver pelt and penicillin bartering desk.
Q4 Year 2337
Dry land disappears. Machines become self-aware, unleash thermonuclear war. Humanity pushed to brink of extinction.
Goldman Sachs beats Q4 earnings on cost efficiencies associated with future headcount reductions.
Q2 Year 3.25*1098
Untold eons since Earth swallowed by Sun. Last supermassive black hole evaporates. Isolated electrons and positrons drift through empty space. The heat death of the universe.
Goldman Sachs beats Q2 earnings on rumors of new universe with 10% capital gains rate.
So is the way. Now and forever.