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Money for nothing - the bonus fiasco

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Great piece in the Times today on the fake numbers but real bonuses. Let the bastards go back and reclaim the bonus money based on trash that was so easily handed out instead of asking taxpayers to foot the bill.

For Dow Kim, 2006 was a very good year. While his salary at Merrill Lynch was $350,000, his total compensation was 100 times that — $35 million.

The difference between the two amounts was his bonus, a rich reward for the robust earnings made by the traders he oversaw in Merrill’s mortgage business.

Mr. Kim’s colleagues, not only at his level, but far down the ranks, also pocketed large paychecks. In all, Merrill handed out $5 billion to $6 billion in bonuses that year. A 20-something analyst with a base salary of $130,000 collected a bonus of $250,000. And a 30-something trader with a $180,000 salary got $5 million.

But Merrill’s record earnings in 2006 — $7.5 billion — turned out to be a mirage. The company has since lost three times that amount, largely because the mortgage investments that supposedly had powered some of those profits plunged in value.

Unlike the earnings, however, the bonuses have not been reversed.
So open your wallet and feel free to help pay the 50% bonus rates this year. What $5 million between friends after all? I'm sure they all deserve their bonuses since gosh, they did work hard and all.

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