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Asset, wealth managers set to take the bonus crown for 2013

After decades of seeing bankers and traders take home annual bonuses that dwarf their total compensation, asset and wealth managers may have finally leveled the playing field, at least for one year.

Wall Street employees as a whole should see a 5% to 10% uptick in bonuses for the year, with financial advisors and asset managers leading the way, according to a new report from compensation analyst Johnson & Associates. Bonuses for money managers could rise as much as 15%.

Then there are the bond traders and merger bankers, who have suffered through an incredibly sluggish 2013 marred by a difficult interest rate environment and a tough M&A market. Merger bankers could see a 5% to 10% dip in bonuses. Bond, currency and commodities traders, meanwhile, are facing a 15% drop.

“What’s interesting is, for decades almost every year the big Wall Street firms were the highest-paid firms in financial services,” Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, told the New York Times. Now, the shoe appears to be on the other foot.

Those working at hedge funds and private equity firms should see a small bump in bonuses, according to the report. In the investment banking sector, the only real winner will be underwriters, who may see as much as a 15% rise in incentivized comp.

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Not a Bad Backup Plan (NY Post)

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Tech Kings (eFinancialCareers)

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Promotion (Bloomberg)

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Guilty (FIN Alternatives)

Sandeep Aggarwal, the technology analyst arrested for allegedly passing inside information to SAC Capital traders, is expected to plead guilty. Seeing the firm do the same thing earlier this week may have made his decision easier.

Buzz Around the Office

F Ain’t for Female (AP)

Sweden has developed a new rating system to help moviegoers identify films with potential gender biases. To earn an “A,” all a movie needs to do is feature a scene where two named female characters have a conversation about anything other than a man. A ridiculous number of famous movies fail the test.

List of the Day: Interview Clichés

Most every interview will start off with a clichéd question or two. Prepare answers to these common questions.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to work here?
  3. What is your biggest weakness?

(Source: Glassdoor)

AUTHORBeecher Tuttle US Editor

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