The Fed has some “large U.S. financial services firms” by the balls. Morgan Stanley is not among them.

Seven large U.S. financial-services firms, including PNC Financial Services Group, Capital One Financial Corp., and Discover Financial Services Inc., said they are scaling back the maximum bonuses awarded to executives who beat their performance targets, according to regulatory filings.

Late last year, the Federal Reserve began contacting banks about their compensation plans, said a person familiar with the phone calls. In regulatory filings, many of the firms cited the Fed as a reason for changes….

BB&T Corp., KeyCorp, U.S. Bancorp and SunTrust Banks Inc. are the other U.S. firms that cut their maximum performance-based bonuses recently, according to a study set to be released as early as Tuesday by pay-consulting firm Compensation Advisory Partners. The study examined practices at 23 of the largest financial-services firms.

Seven firms kept their performance programs the same as last year, according to the study. Eight others didn’t have a plan last year. One securities firm, Morgan Stanley, increased the maximum performance payout after reducing it a few years ago, according to the study’s authors. The report points out that Morgan’s payout couldn’t increase if the company’s shareholders experienced a loss.

Regulators Get Banks To Rein In Bonuses [WSJ]

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  1. Posted by asdf | April 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Shazar, "That Is All"?

    I WILL FUCKING ASSAULT YOU.

  2. Posted by Guest | April 23, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Will DB consider cutting Shazar's compensation?

    -Every single DB reader

  3. Posted by hvg | April 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Control C, Control V.
    -Keyboard action and execution quant

  4. Posted by Guest | April 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    What about John Thomas Financial?

  5. Posted by Fewdollarsmore | April 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Five Steps to constructive criticism:
    1) Plan before you do it
    - Ok Shaz, here we go.
    2) Build the person up
    - This post did not totally suck! I mean you did include a pic (albeit small) and have 5 para's. Awesome!
    3) Provide clear criticism.
    - It is boring. Give us at least one histogram on bonuses or something and try not to use the phrase – 'That is all'.
    4) Build the person up again.
    - You are doing great! One solution is to throw in some numbers, some cross-references, and a litlle bit of witty analysis. Remember that every day a post sucks less than yesterday's, it is an improvement.
    5) Follow up.
    - Wanna get a beer?