Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wall Street Vs Main Street..........

Thanks Ben, Timmy etc....... Yes we can´t........ I think the guy from Main Street ( see Chart of the day, underemployment edition & Still on the Job, but Making Only Half as Much ) will be pleased when he reads this kind of news....... Make sure you watch the Bird & Fortune, FT video: Banking, bonuses, boom and bust :-) & Bank-Favoring Censorship by Congress :-( !

Besten Dank an Ben, Timmy usw........ Yes We Can´t........ Solche "dollen" Nachrichten dürften bei dem Durchschnittsbürger ( siehe Chart of the day, underemployment edition & Still on the Job, but Making Only Half as Much ) besonders gut ankommen..... Die satirische Betrachtung von Bird & Fortune, FT video: Banking, bonuses, boom and bust ist sehenswert und leider recht nahe an der Realität :-)! Wer immer noch Zweifel hat das sich nichts ändern wird sollte dringend Bank-Favoring Censorship by Congress lesen..... DEPRIMIEREND!


Wall Street On Track To Award Record Pay WSJ

Major U.S. banks and securities firms are on pace to pay their employees about $140 billion this year -- a record high that shows compensation is rebounding despite regulatory scrutiny of Wall Street's pay culture.

Workers at 23 top investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers and stock and commodities exchanges
can expect to earn even more than they did the peak year of 2007, according to an analysis of securities filings for the first half of 2009 and revenue estimates through year-end by The Wall Street Journal.

Total compensation and benefits at the publicly traded firms analyzed by the Journal are on track to increase 20% from last year's $117 billion -- and to top 2007's $130 billion payout. This year, employees at the companies will earn an estimated $143,400 on average, up almost almost $2,000 from 2007 levels.


H/T Rolfe Winkler

Here is a link to the raw data, below a list of the top 10.

NOTE: This includes only public companies

Blackstone: $4.04 million per employee
Och-Ziff: $878k
Goldman Sachs: $743k
Jeffries: $514k
Lazard: $473k
BlackRock: $318k
Legg Mason: $291k
Eaton Vance: $280k
IntercontinentalExchange: $279k
Morgan Stanley: $263k

Felix Salmon on Goldman

But just because we need these banks to exist does not mean that we want these banks to make enormous profits.....

So the answer to the question Sorkin poses in the question is, essentially, “yes”: we don’t want Goldman to fail, and neither do we want Goldman to reward success in the way it has of late. What we do want is less excess and less systemic risk.

Allowing a super-sized Goldman to pay out untold billions in bonuses every year — even if they’re cleverly structured in the form of slowly-vesting stock — achieves neither of those aims.

Havn´t heard the word "moral hazard" for a long long time.....Unfortunately i think the following excellent cartoon from Gary Varvel is spot on.....

Was ist eigentlich aus dem Wort "Moral Hazard" geworden....... Leider ist der Wahrheitsgehalt des folgenden Cartoons von Gary Varvel erschreckend hoch......

Geithner Aides Reaped Millions Working for Banks, Hedge Funds

Speaking to financial executives last month, Obama said: “We will not go back to the days of reckless behavior and unchecked excess that was at the heart of this crisis, where too many were motivated only by the appetite for quick kills and bloated bonuses.”

At the same time, the president has promised to change Washington by keeping lobbyists for special interests at a distance and by making decisions in the open.

I´ll finish with a good "advice" from Jesse Gold: Until the Banks Are Restrained and Balance Is Restored ... ;-) & a nice rant from Black ( see The financial sector harms the real economy. )

Denke der folgenden Ratschlag Gold: Until the Banks Are Restrained and Balance Is Restored von Jesse & der Standpunkt von Black ( The financial sector harms the real economy. )sind ideal um dieses Posting zu beenden..... ;-)


JPM Sets Aside $471,779 Run-Rated Compensation For 2009 ZH

Lobbyists Mass to Try to Shape Financial Reform NYT

The financial services industry has poured more than $220 million into lobbying in 2009, much of it in anticipation of this Congressional effort now beginning

Bank Lobbyists Are Not Only Trying to Kill NEW Legislation, They Are Trying to Weaken EXISTING Regulations Washington´s Blog

WALL STREET IS WINNING! Elizabeth Warren "Speechless" About Record Bonuses Blodget

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Blogger jmf said...

Mish nails it

Mish: Obama, Geithner, Congress, Bernanke, the Fed, central bankers in general, and foreign governments are all in the process of rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic right now. Their solution is printing money.

12:49 AM  
Blogger jmf said...

“Does Banking Contribute to the Good of Society?”

The remarkable thing is that despite the ample evidence of the damage wrought by the financial sector, it has managed to secure even greater rewards for its predation and incompetence.

But that is largely a function of media coverage, which has presented a picture flattering to the Obama Administration and and the perps.....

So with vested interests firmly in control of spin, is it any wonder that most people have been lulled into complacency, or at worst, sullen resignation?

5:59 AM  
Blogger jmf said...

Must admit that i still not get Barries opinion why the size of the bonuses is ok.... Especially after reading his arguments......

Much Ado About Nothing $23B: Goldman Sachs Bonus

What should you be upset about?

• Paying people in year one for risks that last years or decades;

• The “privatized gains, socialized losses” of the current system;

• Dramatically reduced competition in the Banking sector;

• The idea that “Too Big To Fail” is now an official policy of the United States;

• The “gifting” of $100s of billions of dollars to mismanaged banks that should have been allowed to fail in a controlled fashion;

• Bank lobbyists preventing any sort of credible regulation from passing;• Goldman Sachs wresting $19 billion from AIG;

• The absurd and poorly thought out $750 billion TARP plan;

• The suspension of mark-to-market allowing banks to hide losses and not accurately disclose their bad assets;

• The outsized influence Banks have on Congress and Goldman Sachs has within the Executive branch.

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