bonuses

  • 04 Feb 2014 at 9:15 AM

Bonus Watch ’14: Bank of America

Bank of America’s got good news if you’re a managing director in Europe and less good news if you’re a rates trader in Charlotte. Read more »

  • 03 Feb 2014 at 1:52 PM

No Bonus For Me, Thanks: Barclays CEO

Reuters reports that for the second year in a row, Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins has turned down the bonus offered to him. This time around, he said that it would be inappropriate to take the money, in light of “the bank’s hefty bill to pay for past problems.” All of this probably comes as a surprise to another CEO, whose name shall not be mentioned, who thought they agreed to put up a united front re: bonus accepting in the face of legal fees, be they Libor, whale, mortgage, or alternate side parking ticket-related, and who at this moment is angrily dictating an email thanking Jenkins for making him look like a Grade A Jackass. Read more »

Goldman Sachs is pioneering a new type of financial innovation: European compensation structures. Goldman has gained approval from U.K. regulators for a complex pay structure, according to people familiar with the matter, putting it ahead of rivals still scrambling to deal with a new European Union bonus cap. U.K.-based staff are being told about the details of this year’s pay structure but the information isn’t public yet…Allowances won’t count toward pension contributions but, crucially, will count as fixed pay in bonus calculations—essentially giving banks a partial way around the bonus cap…Backers of the bonus cap say reducing overall pay levels wasn’t their goal. Instead it was to make sure pay structures didn’t encourage short-term risk-taking, said Arlene McCarthy, a British member of the European Parliament who helped draft the rules. “I don’t give a s— what they’re paid frankly,” she said. [WSJ]

Deutsche Bank reduced salaries and bonuses at the investment bank, which also includes sales and trading, by 14 percent to 5.34 billion euros last year from 6.24 billion euros in 2012, the company said. The compensation fell 23 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier. “We are keeping an eye on the competition and the pack that we’re competing with for talent,” Jain said. “What we are doing is something the whole industry is doing at varying speeds.” The bank hasn’t lost a “material” number of investment bankers after overhauling its compensation system, which includes staggering annual bonuses over a longer period, he said. [Bloomberg]

  • 27 Jan 2014 at 2:57 PM

Bonus Watch ’14: Citi EMEA

Citigroup’s got (half of) your (total compensation’s) cold hard cash right here. Read more »

“I admire the move by the European Union to restrict the bonuses of that class of privileged civil servants called “bankers” — a recognition that the taxpayers have the right to control the income of those they subsidize and bail out, just as they set the salaries of other state-sponsored workers. Alas, bankers in their current status are an offense to capitalism; they are in a strange situation of having upside without downside, no skin in the game. As an additional insult to the taxpayer, bankers paid themselves the largest bonus pool of their history in 2010 — thanks to Troubled Asset Relief Program. If a banker wants to be free in his income, he should start his own hedge fund. Because hedge fund operators are invested in their funds; they typically have 50 times more risk as a share of their net worth than their largest customer.” [NYT]

  • 23 Jan 2014 at 1:07 PM

Bonus Watch ’14: Credit Suisse

A quick update re: yesterday’s bonus communication day, the update being that Brady Dougan apparently has some ticked off junior mistmakers on his hands. Read more »