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Trickle Down Works: UBS Joins Federal Reserve In Hiking Banker Salaries By 9%

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A week ago we reported that despite making 50% less money for the Treasury in the first quarter, the hedge fund formerly known as the Federal Reserve was generous enough to hike the salaries of its employees by a (true inflation indexed?) 11.7%. It appears the workers of the Fed's Markets Group are not the only ones who can barely make ends meet: next up - investment banks, and specifically UBS, which as Bloomberg just reported has hiked the salaries of its bankers by 9%.

And since banks always do compensation decisions in tandem, expect every other bank to hike wages appropriately to avoid "disgruntlement."

The good news - trickle down works.

The bad news - it is only working for those for whom trickle down has always worked (courtesy of the Cantillon Effect and the fact that Wall Street has owned the nation since the advent of the Fed), and for those who have zero urgent need of that marginal dollar increase.

But maybe, some time during QEternity^infinity, the same trickling will finally spill over into the broader economy and the much desired wage inflation will finally reach Main Street.

We wouldn't hold our breath.

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Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:40 | 3610917 camaro68ss
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fuck those mother fuckers. I haven’t gotten a raise in 5 years. Makes it hard for me to buy MOAR PMs

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:41 | 3610942 King_of_simpletons
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It's called LOOT, not salary.


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:45 | 3610951 nope-1004
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So is this an admission that inflation is running at 9%?  Anything above the inflation rate is theft considering the banks are insolvent.  So maybe I am reading this different.....


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:50 | 3610968 NotApplicable
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No silly, this is an indication of the lack of supply of valuable investment bankers.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:53 | 3610971 ZerOhead
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Regular people only buy assets that can't inflate with their incomes... you know food, fuel, etc. etc. ...

Bankers on the other hand buy a disproportionate amount of financial assets with their incomes that DO inflate... hence the need for them to receive more compensation lest they fall further and futher behind their peers...

See? it's just simple economics you dummies...

Heckuva job Bernanke!


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:53 | 3610978 Joe Davola
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The stuff trickling down on me is fueling my gruntlement.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:03 | 3610998 Bay of Pigs
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Is this deflation?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:08 | 3611017 jbvtme
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if the fed owns 75% of bonds, what percent of equities do they own at this point, directly or through dummy corporations?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:17 | 3611055 Caviar Emptor
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You calling banksters dummies?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:30 | 3611448 petolo
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Trickles and gushers of piss on those bottomfeeders.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:51 | 3610974 Jumbotron
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9%...JUUuust outpacing real inflation.....

...and the bonuses make up for the rest.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:17 | 3611052 YC2
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My annual increase, which was for tomorrow, was pushed back to October and will probably be around 3% on average.


My bonus, which is capped at 5% of salary (why bother?), was likely only half funded this year.


I am in the wrong line of business, providing goods, services and the like.  Whats sad is I like my job way more than when I was in straight finance, but being in industry is going to put me in the poorhouse.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 15:44 | 3611326 Its_the_economy...
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If anybody can count, its a banker. If their getting 9% its because that is the true inflation rate. Really makes me angry sometimes. I'd be OK if it weren't for the lying and cheating and backstabbing and stealing and ...., well you get my point.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:59 | 3610987 prains
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somebody let me know when there's a coup

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:03 | 3611002 Jumbotron
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"somebody let me know when there's a coup"

Dec. 23, 1913


You're welcome.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:05 | 3611007 prains
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album: pick a bigger weapon

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:41 | 3610943 coltek
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Viagra man, Viagra. 


You can get it over the counter...........If you take two!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:55 | 3610981 Aeternus
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Damn it must feel good to be a banksta.


Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:02 | 3610996 ZerOhead
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"fuck those mother fuckers. I haven’t gotten a raise in 5 years. Makes it hard for me to buy MOAR PMs"


Don't complain... their ongoing price suppression of PM's is throwing you a very large and juicy bone...

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:14 | 3611049 Caviar Emptor
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Actually, with paltry 2.3% GDP after printing trillions an channeling the cash through he banks, I call that a successful Trickle UP Policy!!!!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:10 | 3611401 Stuart
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yep, these psychotically greedy MFs make a compelling argument to bring back the liberal use of ropes and trees.  

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:36 | 3610919 gold mans sack
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F U Shalom!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:20 | 3611065 Go Tribe
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Someone must think you're anti-Jewish. At this point, they are missing the point.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 18:56 | 3611866 gold mans sack
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I junked myself for not going further.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:37 | 3610920 buzzsaw99
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Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:56 | 3610982 ZerOhead
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It's the gift that never stops taking...

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:37 | 3610923 JJ McApe
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ugggh it is is futile....

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:38 | 3610926 Dr. Engali
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The hubris never stops. A 9% increase for doing and contributing nothing. If it wasn't for the Bernank your firm would be gone.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:45 | 3610956 Groundhog Day
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If it wasn't for the taxpayer subsidy your firm would be gone.

Corrected it for you doc

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:02 | 3610997 alien-IQ
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I have more respect for drug dealers than these assholes. At least drug dealers are providing a product people want and not strutting around proclaiming to be doing gods work.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:39 | 3611138 semperfi
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banksters launder the drug dealer's money - so now do you give some respect to them?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:39 | 3610931 coltek
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Well......Hush my corns.......


Shocked! Truly SHOCKED!!!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:44 | 3610953 kito
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Have pity for them....its hard these days....the cost of private high school....a nanny....butler.....chauffeur......3 mortgages.....yacht upkeep.....private jet timeshare.......whoa to be them....

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:49 | 3610965 denverdolomte
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Don't forget the inflated price of cocaine, higher cost of sex parties, I mean have you seen the price on tax payer expensed trips to Monaco lately? 

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:00 | 3610989 optimator
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And heating and air conditioning that 13 bedroom home isn't cheap either.  But that large Home Office helps a bit.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:22 | 3611077 Caviar Emptor
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Oh and the cost of villas on the Riviera, St Barth's and Aspen!

Are we gonna just sit idly by as Russian oligarchs snap up prime NYC real estate???

No! We gotta make our MeriKan banksters richer!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 17:24 | 3611605 debtandtaxes
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and never forget the new trophy wife and 3 kids in addition to the 2 other wives and their kids Mr. Bankster hasta support! It's tough supporting 3 families with 3 households in the way they are accustomed! Poor fuckers...

How do they afford that new Tesla?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:45 | 3610954 otto skorzeny
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Fuck the Swiss- ever since they rolled over like bitches for the IRS.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:45 | 3610955 buzzsaw99
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UBS Libor rigging, rogue trading, tax evading, LTCM investing, bailout taking...


she works hard for the money...





Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:47 | 3610958 yogibear
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Life is good for the banksters and getting better. 

Load the youth down with school debt and give yourself 9% raises.

Perfom financial crimes, get bailed out, recieve bonuses and 9% raises.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:49 | 3610964 A Lunatic
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I'd like to give the whole banking system a Raze.........

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:49 | 3610966 Colonel Klink
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Tinkle down economics.  The bankers and politicians are pissing down our back and telling us it's raining.

Put your PM raincoat on!

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 09:04 | 3613157 PT
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Colonel Klink re:  "Trickle down" and "tinkle down".  Just what I've been thinking, well not quite.  I was going to call it "Trickle ON" economics.  I sure can feel it trickling on me.

"Trickle down"???  What a fucking stupid phrase.  And people accept this?  "Oh, I'm only a very poor person, I can't expect more than a trickle on lil' old me".  WTF is wrong with this world?

How about, when people can afford to buy stuff, they buy stuff.  And the businesses supplying them, they don't go broke!  In fact, they get richer!  And the businesses expand.  Or people get the chance to exercise their inner greed, let's call it "entrenpreneurialship" for now ( I really should think of a better word but I'm in a hurry right now.  Like in some other post where I commented and left a dozen spelling / grammar mistakes ), and they build more businesses 'coz they want more stuff and swear they can do a better job than the other guy.  F&^#k "trickle down" economics.  It's about time we had something called "FLOOD UP" economics, - where rich people get richer because the poor people get richer and buy more stuff.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:52 | 3610977 Go Tribe
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You guys are bitching over a 9% raise???  You're getting god's work for cheap!

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:57 | 3610983 Seasmoke
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It's great to be an investment banker or a public employee.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:04 | 3611004 NotApplicable
Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:58 | 3610985 OpTwoMistic
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I thought I felt someone in my pocket

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:59 | 3610988 alien-IQ
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Thus proving once again: Crime DOES pay. (quite handsomely in fact)

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 13:59 | 3610990 muleskinner
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Trickle Down Economics originated:

a) during the Reagan Administration

b) in 1854, the cartoon used was a horse eating oats and the trickle down was at the other end.

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 14:00 | 3610992 Yen Cross
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      According to the bankers we are in a deflationary trend, which means they should be taking pay cuts.

  Long "pitchforks and rope"...

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