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Compensation Report: Will the Bailout Affect Your Pay?

Well, if it didn’t seem challenging enough to land a job in the financial field, now, according to Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, you may have to contend with the U.S. Government regulating your compensation. Although details of the bailout are not yet entirely clear, the WSJ is reporting that banks will be expected “to set standards to prevent excessive or inappropriate executive compensation for participating companies.” It is difficult to understand how this could possibly be enforced, particularly with many international financial institutions participating in the program, but one can be assured that if executive pay is reduced significantly, it should trickle down the line to the Associates and Analysts. This may make private equity jobs even more desirable—if that is possible. 

Still, this is all conjecture at this point….



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