Courtesy of Jesse’s Café Américain
That is not the pay method for a bank. That’s a hedge fund. And that would be all very well and good if they were a hedge fund and responsible for their own failures and successes, but they are obtaining the discount window and federal guarantees and subsidies from the taxpayers as though they were a commercial bank.
This highlights the problem with this ‘trickle down’ approach that characterizes neo-liberal stimulus versus the approach of, let’s say, the Roosevelt administration, that of putting people to work and keeping their savings safe as the first priority.
The US and UK are packing the banks with public money to ‘save the system.’ Their hope seems to be that as the banks recover, they will start lending to the private sector again, and eventually this money will trickle down to the public as real wages generated by organic economic activity.
Another approach would have been to guarantee the people’s savings in banks and Credit Unions, the cash value of insurance policies, and money market funds, up to let’s say $2,000,000 per individual and $5,000,000 per couple.
Keeping the people whole, the government would have then been able to effectively place the banks in receivership as required, and work them through the resolution of their problems, handing out some stiff losses to shareholders and speculators and the debt-holders.
No mechanism to do this? They could have nationalized the banks temporarily with a single executive order, as readily as it took Hank Paulson and Tim to type up a ten page document to give away $700 billion. The guarantees on all savings and private investments would have prevented a panic from the public, but quite a few more bankers and hedge funds might have taken the hard results of their recklessness.
This would have placed all the bailout money in the hands of the people, who could have chosen where they wished to place it after the nationalization process as the banks were either shuttered or restored. We would have ended up with fewer big banks, but more regional banks with real depository bases.
As it is now, the money being given to the banks is being ‘taxed’ at a fairly stiff rate by the unreformed bonus system, and the problems are not being resolved, since the bankers have every incentive to keep the money and not write down their losses, which is the great lie in this ‘profit’ picture being spun for the bailouts.
This is not over, not by a long shot. And if the bankers keep taking 50+% of all the cash that touches their hands from the public subsidy, then what trickles down to the people won’t accomplish anything. Years of zombie-like stagflation look to be the prognosis.
As Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said, "Families face years of pain…The patience of UK households is likely to be sorely tried over the next couple of years" as inflation cuts into their meager wages in order to pay for this. Families Face Years of Pain – UK Telegraph. Don’t expect such honesty from the US Federal Reserve or the government. The realization of how bad stagflation is going to be will sift slowly down through the smug layers of the stuporati.
The economic hitmen and the corrupt politicians are taking their pay, and the people and their children and most likely grandchildren will be stuck with unpayable debts. Just like a third world nation, which is what the US will look like when they get done cutting health, infrastructure, education, and basic services to pay for this.
Daily Mail UK
Morgan Stanley ignores calls for restraint and doles out £8.8bn to bankers
By Simon Duke
20th January 2010
Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley has defied the growing calls for restraint after doling out huge rewards to its staff.
The salary and bonus pot at the bailed-out U.S. firm jumped 31per cent to £8.8billion last year (about $14.4 Billion), despite turning a profit of just £705million (about $1.15 billion) in 2009, it revealed today. An astonishing 62 per cent of revenues were set aside for pay – the highest level in at least a dozen years and nearly twice the 33 per cent level earmarked by rival JP Morgan.
Under Morgan Stanley’s Premier League-style wage structure, an average employee will have banked £144,500 ($235,400) in salary and bonuses for their efforts last year. However, many of its high-flying traders and rain-makers will have ‘earned’ seven- and eight-figure pay days.
In 2008, the average Morgan Stanley worker took home £150,000. The company, which employs around 5,000 staff in the City, added 15,000 to its global workforce after buying the Smith Barney brokerage from ailing rival Citigroup.
The lavish payouts are likely to anger taxpayers on both sides of the Atlantic, who will have to pay for the cost of the mammoth banking bailout for many years to come.
President Barack Obama last week slammed the ‘obscene’ rewards dished out on Wall Street at a time when many ‘continue to face real hardship in this recession’. The U.S. government is now planning to hit American banks with a punishing levy to help re-coup the estimated £72billion US taxpayers have lost from bailing out its financial industry.
New York-based Morgan Stanley was rescued from the edge of oblivion with a £6.1bn taxpayer handout in late 2008. Although it has since re-paid the loan, it still operates with an effective guarantee of the taxpayer.
Morgan Stanley’s pay-outs came as rival Goldman Sachs prepared to publish its 2009 financial results tomorrow. Wall Street’s most profitable firm is expected to reveal a dramatic bounce in the bank’s profits thanks to the colossal economic packages implemented across the world.
The earnings bounce is expected to see Goldman raise its total pay pool to more than £12 billion. This equates to a pay and bonus of nearly £400,000 for each every worker of the firm, which employs around 5,500 people in London.
However, Goldman has delayed telling its staff how much they’ll receive for their efforts in 2009 in the wake of Obama’s planned raid on Wall Street.