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AIG Chief: Bonus Backlash 'as Bad' as Lynchings

Robert Benmosche's comment prompts call for his resignation

(Newser) - Doing nothing to help rehabilitate the public image of bankers, AIG's CEO Robert Benmosche has sparked outrage by comparing backlash over the millions in bonuses the company paid staff in 2009 to racist lynchings. The uproar "was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with... More »

Wall Street Braces for Dismal Bonuses

Worst since '08, but average still hits $101K

(Newser) - Poor little Wall Street: The New York Post is reporting that the 2012 bonus season is likely to be a lean one—at least by the Street's standards. It seems your average Wall Streeter will be taking a 16.5% hit over last year's bonuses, and a 50%... More »

Inside Bankers' 'Malaise' Over Slashed Bonuses

Wall Street workers finding it difficult to get by, or so they say

(Newser) - Wall Street bankers received smaller bonuses this month, and it is really hard for them. If you're having trouble dredging up any sympathy, perhaps that's because you just don't understand what it's like to be in the 1%: "People who don’t have money don’... More »

Wall Street Pay Down Big-Time

Total compensation shaping up to be lowest since 2008, experts say

(Newser) - The 1% never had it so rough—well, at least not since the economic crisis was at its worst. Thanks to a terrible year for the stock markets, Wall Street pay is down big-time. The Wall Street Journal reviewed 34 publicly traded financial firms and calculated their total compensation to... More »

JPMorgan CEO Gets 1500% Raise

Plus, see what other CEOs made in 2010

(Newser) - Jamie Dimon had a pretty decent year: The JPMorgan CEO, who steered his bank through Wall Street's meltdown and saw it emerge as arguably the healthiest US bank, took home $20.8 million last year. That's up roughly 1500% over his $1.3 million compensation package the year before, notes... More »

Nuns Rap Goldman Sachs Fatcats for Pay

After Lloyd Blankfein's compensation almost doubles to $19M

(Newser) - Lloyd Blankfein’s salary nearly doubled in 2010 to a total of around $19 million—and the Catholic church isn’t happy about it. Four orders of nuns that invest with Goldman Sachs have all signed on to a proposal demanding the bank review its compensation policy, the Guardian reports.... More »

Wall Street Pay Hits Record $135B

And revenues hit record, too

(Newser) - Wall Street shouldn't have much to grumble about: Total pay at publicly traded banks and securities hit a new high of $135 billion last year, reports the Wall Street Journal. That's up 5.7% from 2009 figures. "Things are shifting back to where they were before," says a... More »

Wall Street May Dish Out Bonuses Early to Avoid Taxes

Executives could lose tens of thousands if paid early next year

(Newser) - Wall Street is worried: If Congress fails to extend the Bush tax cuts for the nation’s highest earners, then any bonuses paid early next year—the normal time frame—will cost a typical worker an extra $40,000 to $50,000 in taxes on a $1 million bonus. So... More »

Wall Street Pay to Break Records (Again)

Pay up 4% from previous record, set last year

(Newser) - Wall Street is set to break the compensation records it set just last year, the Wall Street Journal reports. In a survey of 35 publicly traded securities and investment-services firms, 26 were expected to boost compensation, bringing total pay up to $144 billion—up 4% from last year’s $139... More »

Morgan Stanley Boss: Bankers Are Overpaid

But that's not going to change unless Washington steps in

(Newser) - John Mack, chairman and former CEO of Morgan Stanley, says Wall Street overpays its bankers, but that won’t change unless Washington steps in. “I still don’t think the industry gets it,” he said at an event yesterday. “The issue is not structure, it is amount.... More »

Wall Street Bonuses Surge 17%

After nasty 2008, firms set to make record $55B profit

(Newser) - New York state expects Wall Street bonuses for 2009 to total $20.3 billion, a 17% jump over 2008 that will bring the average bonus up to almost $124,000 from $112,000. At the largest firms, overall compensation is estimated to be up 31% to more than $340,000,... More »

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