...are feeling pretty good about their odds this year.
Bankers in the U.S. feel the most upbeat among their peers globally about their bonus prospects for this year, according to a new survey. The eFinancialCareers Bonus Expectations Survey polled 2,261 professionals working in the banking and finance industry in the U.S., U.K. and Singapore during September and October 2014. Sixty percent of respondents in the U.S. expect an increase in their bonus this year, compared with 56 percent in the U.K. and 42 percent in Singapore. "Bankers in the U.S. and the U.K. appear more optimistic this year. This is likely to be because the western markets were hit harder by the economic crisis," said George McFerran, director at careers website eFinancialCareers. "Many firms in financial centers like London and New York saw their bonus pots reduce during that period and now they are recovering from a lower base than their counterparts in Asia," he said.