Wall Street bankers and traders are likely not going to be rolling in as much cold, hard cash this year. That’s because their bonuses are expected to be smaller this year due to trading revenue declines.
As big banks revealed their earnings this week, the prospects of a big bonus got ever dimmer, reported Reuters. Goldman Sachs (GS) said it allotted 16% less money for compensation last quarter than the year earlier. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CFO Marianne Lake echoed that sentiment saying the “markets are pretty quiet” and aren’t looking to heat up in the fourth quarter, when banks determine holiday bonuses.
Banks are already starting to reign in costs, especially given uncertainty around when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, Reuters reported.
The belt-tightening won’t necessarily affect every bank equally, and such declines will be handled on an employee-by-employee basis, even within the same company.