Thursday, November 06, 2008

Wall Street’s Pay Is Expected to Plummet -

A follow-up on last month's bonus discussion.

Wall Street’s Pay Is Expected to Plummet -
"Bonuses, which soared to record heights in recent years, could drop by 20 to 35 percent across the industry, according to a private study to be released on Thursday. Bonuses for top executives could plunge by 70 percent.

But to some, those figures, from the consulting firm Johnson Associates, demand the question: Why should Wall Street executives get any bonuses at all?....
and later

“Given this economic situation, how do you justify any performance bonus at all, is my initial point,” Mr. Cuomo said.

Bankers and traders have been rewarded for taking risks that Wall Street clearly failed to manage. “When you incentivize that type of behavior, you shouldn’t be surprised when you find very risky, overly creative, short-term, highly leveraged products,” he said."

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