Thursday, October 13, 2011

Laughing all the way

Another from the prolific Paul Krugman:
A wonderful juxtaposition:
Options Group’s Karp said he met last month over tea at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York with a trader who made $500,000 last year at one of the six largest U.S. banks.

The trader, a 27-year-old Ivy League graduate, complained that he has worked harder this year and will be paid less. The headhunter told him to stay put and collect his bonus.

“This is very demoralizing to people,” Karp said. “Especially young guys who have gone to college and wanted to come onto the Street, having dreams of becoming millionaires.”
Meanwhile, Catherine Rampell reports on Bankers’ Salaries vs. Everyone Else’s, telling us that
the average salary in the industry in 2010 was $361,330 — five and a half times the average salary in the rest of the private sector in the city ($66,120). By contrast, 30 years ago such salaries were only twice as high as in the rest of the private sector.
It would all be hilariously funny if these people weren’t destroying the world.
I'm laughing, all right.

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