bonuses

  • 04 Jun 2014 at 1:59 PM

Bonus Watch ’14: Junior Portfolio Managers

While their banking brethren received word of compensation with directions to go outside if they had to cry, adolescent portfolio managers at hedge funds did well to quite well for themselves last year, as did everyone else they work with. Read more »

  • 19 May 2014 at 1:39 PM

Bonus Watch ’14: Ex-Cons

According to Jordan Belfort, a former boiler room operator who did 2.5 years for defrauding all of his Stratton Oakmont clients, 2014 is going to be a big year for convicted criminals who don’t appreciate being called convicted criminals. Read more »

The German lender is proposing to raise the maximum bonus senior managers can receive to twice their fixed annual salary, double the current level. Deutsche Bank officials say the move is necessary so that the bank can comply with European rules on pay, while also competing for staff with U.S. rivals. They say that if the bonus increase is rejected, the bank would need to raise base salaries to retain top talent. But opposition to the proposals is mounting from shareholder groups who argue the payment is excessive and fosters improper behavior. Germany’s Schutzverein der Kapitalanleger, an organization of small shareholders, said it would vote against the proposal because it lifts the bonus cap indefinitely, rather than for a defined period subject to review. Another shareholder group, the Ethecon, said it plans to vote against Deutsche Bank’s proposal which “would further raise the already irresponsible and inhumane risk appetite level.” [WSJ]

Maybe some banks pay any old bonuses they want (despite continuing to lose money) in order to keep up with the Joneses, Goldmans, and JPMorgans of the world, but RBS isn’t going to be one of them! Not while it lives under the government’s house! Read more »

  • 25 Apr 2014 at 11:53 AM

Bonus Watch ’14: Macquarie

The Aussies have some very unhappy junior mistakers on their hands. Read more »

Antony Jenkins knows people are pissed. He knows it looked bad to increase bonuses after profits fell. He knows investors want results. He knows everyone is tense. He also knows that if everyone would just sit tight, and give him a couple weeks to finish a project he’s been working on, a lot of people will feel a lot better about the pay situation come May 8, when he officially announces the firing of a boatload of employees. Read more »

  • 16 Apr 2014 at 12:14 PM

Bonus Watch ’14: BlackRock CEOs

Larry Fink > Lloyd Blankfein. Read more »