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If only they could see Enron-like results, but that's not likely to happen since they're so deeply intermingled with the government. While they've lost a few billion, everyone else has lost a lot more than that including jobs, benefits, savings, houses, and retirement accounts. During those losses for everyone else, the free-flowing bonuses never arrived as they do on Wall Street.

Does anyone care how much Wall Street loses betting on itself? If anything, most wish they'd lose a lot more since everyone else has been hit so hard due to Wall Street. Bloomberg:
Workers at the five largest Wall Street banks saw the value of company stock in their 401(k) accounts, sometimes the biggest holding of those plans, decline more than $2 billion last year, according to annual filings. Those losses don’t include shares received as bonuses.

The 2001 collapse of Enron Corp. led to warnings that tying retirement funds to an employer’s stock could be more crippling when a company fails, resulting in the loss of both a nest egg as well as a source of income. Traders and bankers felt the pain of last year’s decline in revenue from job cuts and lower bonuses in addition to the shrinking of their 401(k) accounts.

“You’re already relying on that company for your job, your income, benefits and everything else,” said Chris Baker, co- founder of Carmel, Indiana-based Oaktree Financial Advisors Inc., which manages $100 million and primarily advises employees of drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. “It’s not just another stock. It can magnify the impact on your personal finances if your portfolio takes a beating and your employer isn’t doing well.”

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