Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Seems like Bonuses won't suffer as much as most expected

Bloomberg.com: U.S.:
"Securities firms typically use slightly less than 50 percent of their revenue to pay salaries, benefits and bonuses....Year-end bonuses usually account for about 60 percent of compensation. In the first nine months of 2007, Goldman, Morgan Stanley, Merrill, Lehman and Bear Stearns told their shareholders that they set aside $52.4 billion for compensation, up 9 percent from a year earlier. For the whole year, the figure rises to $62.5 billion...The total increases when bonuses for employees at hedge funds, leveraged buyout firms and banks such as New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank AG are included. The industry's bonuses are larger than the gross domestic products of Sri Lanka, Lebanon or Bulgaria. The average $201,500 bonus is more than four times the $48,201 median household income in the U.S. last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics."

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