Michael Driscoll on Wall Street compensation levels

Professor Michael Driscoll weighs in on the growing trend of lowering compensation levels for Wall Street professionals :

This week, Wall Street veterans were marveling that after paying federal and New York’s high state and city income taxes, Morgan Stanley employees who get the maximum cash bonus would take home just $65,000 to $75,000 on top of their base pay. “That’s an eye-opener,” said Michael Driscoll, a former top trader at Bear Stearns and Geosphere Capital, a hedge fund, who is now a visiting professor at Adelphi University. Many people on Wall Street, he said, have “multiple homes at high cost and with big mortgages, private school payments, college tuitions, car leases and payments. They were out over their skis with leverage and assumed the good days would last forever.”

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