Monday, December 13, 2010

Wall St. Bonuses Soar Thanks to the US taxpayer

Please do me a favor and grab a barf bag before you watch the video below:

Here are the statistics from the tech ticker:

"Even if this quarter only matches the third, the banks' revenue will top that of any year except 2009," when the top five banks hauled in $127.8 billion. (Through the first 9 months of 2010, the five firms generated $93.7 billion in revenue, Bloomberg reports.)

Given those tallies, it's no surprise Wall Street bonuses are also expected to be robust this year. Overall pay per employee is expected to be down from the peak years, and more is coming in the form of restricted stock. But the overall bonus pool is projected to hit $144 billion this year, which would be a record, The WSJ reports.

Given the ongoing struggles in the "real" economy, it's no surprise most Americans most definitely do begrudge Wall Street's outsized compensation structure, more especially since these firms only survived 2008 thanks to tax-payer funded bailouts.

As separate Bloomberg survey shows over 70% of Americans think big bonuses should be banned this year while over 85% of those surveyed favor a 50% tax on bonuses exceeding $400,000."

My Take:

I'm sorry folks, I can't help it, I must rant about the bankers after watching this.  I know I have done this repeatedly so please forgive me.   However,  I feel the need to hammer it home again in case some of my newer readers haven't experienced one of my Wall St rants.

Time to let it rip:

OK, so let me get this straight:  Wall St gets to pay themselves record compensation based on profits from the money that was given to them by the US taxpayers via the TARP.

A few questions here:  Where is our cut Wall St.?  It's OUR money you are gambling with.  Why don't we get to share in the profits that you never would have made without us bailing you out when you were up to your neck in toxic mortgages?

folks, This makes me LIVID.  Where does Wall St get the balls to pay themselves this type of bonus as this country sits in financial ruin?

Why isn't at least half of this money getting paid back to the taxpayer?  How does the government allow this to happen?  It's just flabbergasting to see something like this when 20% of this nation is unemployed.

Folks, this is the type of stuff you see in 3rd world nations.  It's not supposed to happen in the civilized world.  Why aren't 2 million Americans marching on DC demanding blood after being flat out looted by Wall St?

Let's not forget, our major banks are INSOLVENT.  They wouldn't have changed the mark to market accounting rules if this wasn't the case.  This is why most TBTF institutions were trading in the single digits in early 2009.  The street was basically betting that these firms were TOAST.

The truth is they would have all FAILED without the bailouts and mark to market changes.


This country is about to go tits up and $150 billion would come in pretty handy right now.

You have to wonder:  Why are the feds legally allowing the bankers to line their pockets when America sits on the brink of default?

The Bottom Line

Please remember:

Remember this post when America is forced to pay the piper. 
Remember this post when your pension fund payout is cut in half.
Remember this post when the retirement age rises to 75.
Remember this post when inflation soars as our dollar turns into toilet paper.
Remember this post when your home is worth 70% less 5 years from now.
Remember this post when our 10 year bond yield rises to "Greece" levels.
Remember this post when stocks collapse.

Wall St created this problem and we were forced to clean up the mess.  They have thanked us by paying themselves $150 billion.

Warning:  Be prepared to bail them out again folks.  This bubble is going to end in tears just like the housing bubble did, and Wall St will be back to pillage the taxpayer a second time.  Like subprime, our government debt levels are unsustainable and it's just a matter of time until it all ends in tears. 

Mathematically the money cannot be paid back without extreme catastrophic cutbacks in spending and benefits.  I am not even sure we can come up with a solution where we are able to pay off our debts. 

The fat cats on Wall St obviously could care less.  If they did then they never would have never paid themselves such a disgusting amount of money.

Karma is a bitch and one day they will get theirs.  Unfortunately, we will probably go right down with them.

Never forget:  THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH.


getyourselfconnected said...

There is No Free Lunch reminds of the novel "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".

So glad the bankers are doing well, maybe they can spend more and save the economy?

Jeff said...

It's already saved Get!

You didn't get the memo? The great economic recovery has already started!

What a bunch of douchebags.

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getyourselfconnected said...

Oh, you are an online type! Nothing like reading a first edition signed novel by the author for that one!

Hadronos said...

Jeff, keep up the good work, you are speaking truth and you know it. The fat cats will have their day of despair, but of course not as soon as we hope. Keep on writing, the more people that see this, the better.

We need to DDOS the congressional phones like during the TARP, 300-1 "We don't want it" barrage. The bigger burr in their saddle the better. It's about time they learned who they are paid to represent. As Karl Denniger says, Stop the Looting, Start Prosecuting!

Jeff said...


Thanks Had

I will continue fighting the good fight.

Couldn't agree with you more. We need to continue and keep the pressure on!

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Anonymous said...

Jeff, as frustrating as it is to see the bankers getting larger bonuses while so much of the country is suffering, I think the government & the fed are to blame for this. They are the ones that should be confronted on this as they are the ones that fostered this environment. I truely believe that the fed worries more about the stock market then actual fiscal responsibilty and a "real" strong economy. I also feel the markets,banks & individuals should be or have experienced more consequences and build this recovery on a strong foundation rather than trying to stomp on the gas pedal to get us out of the ditch. I don't think we should have let the whole banking system collapse but seriously, they should have taken thier lumps. Very angering but put the blame where it needs to be & if you really want to know the truth, until we can as society learn to not be so full of greed then Rome will perish!

Jeff said...


If getting thrown outof this board for being a such in the ass is the biggest delight of your day a week before X-mas then I feel sorry for you.

Bye bye!! Come back never!

Jeff said...


I agree. I thought I threw a few decent shots at the Fed and government in this post but I agree with you.

I am as angry at them as I am with Wall St.

I will try and focus my rant more evenly on them next time. YOu make an excellent point.

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The Anonymous said...

Anon said...I don't think we should have let the whole banking system collapse but seriously, they should have taken thier lumps.

Call it the survivor's bias. Like it is with all paring down of areas when there are excesses in the economy, the survivors soak up the failed banks business, and come out stronger than many can imagine.

Fact of the matter was, banking was pretty bloated in 2007. Still, from 2007 to early 2009 the banking sector suffered a massive blow. Several institutions that had been around for over 200 years, places that survived the great depression went down!

The problem is, the pain is over, and the surviving banks (which were as much to blame as the now dead & defunct) are still here and thriving. We see this and want to heap our problems on them. Still, as a sector, lets not forget, the banks suffered, and suffered mightily.