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Wall Street bonuses projected to rise 10%

Crain’s New York Business

“A strong stock market and a favorable political and regulatory environment are contributing to one of Wall Street’s healthiest years recently,” said Alan Johnson, managing director at Johnson Associates.

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Money manager bonuses expected to be 5% to 10% higher this year – Johnson Associates

Pensions & Investments

Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, attributed the rise in expected bonuses to “a strong stock market and a favorable political and regulatory environment” in a news release announcing the firm’s estimates.

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Wall Street bonuses jump 10% under Trump, but employee wages are stagnant

“A strong stock market and a favorable political and regulatory environment are contributing to one of Wall Street’s healthiest years,” Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, said in a statement. “As a result, incentives will be up noticeably, especially in asset management and investment banking.”

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Bank Bonuses May Turn Higher This Year

Wall Street Journal

For the first time in four years, year-end bonuses for bankers in 2017 are set to grow over the prior year, according to consulting firm Johnson Associates Inc. Over all, incentive pay is expected to rise by 5% to 10%, Johnson’s survey found.

Alan Johnson, who runs Johnson Associates and helps banks design compensation programs, said that Washington’s shift toward a softer tone on banks is a big factor in their improving stock prices, which is in turn a big driver of bonuses.

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New Laws Could Crack Gender Gap in Money Manager Pay

Pensions & Investments

And one compensation consultant doesn’t believe the new law will help achieve its intended goal. Mr. Johnson remains unconvinced that the New York law will have the desired impact on the money management industry, but instead will drag out an already belabored recruiting process.

“I don’t think it’s going to narrow the gap. But politicians want to believe compensation (in the money management industry) is driven by discrimination and not the market,” said Mr. Johnson. “I don’t think it’s going to have a positive impact.”

Mr. Johnson added he believes the law will simply “make the recruiting process more cumbersome (and) more drawn out.”

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How Nick Saban’s pay compares with top CEOs

USA Today

“I think at the big programs, that’s a fair estimation,” he says. “They run a pretty big operation. They’re responsible for a lot of money. It’s an extraordinarily competitive business. So, yeah, they certainly look much more like a CEO than they did 20 or 50 years ago, in simpler times when the money was not as big.”

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Boardroom pay has risen nearly 20%, twice the gain of the average American worker

That said, Alan Johnson, managing director of compensation consulting firm Johnson Associates, pointed out that the level of director pay is set in a competitive marketplace and has actually grown at a slower pace than that of company executives.

“The real issue is the income growth of the middle [class] has been sluggish,” Johnson told CNBC in a phone interview. “We have to grow our economy so the middle-class American will feel better.”

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Wall Street pay negotiations are changing. This is what you need to know


“It will actually be worse than it was before – the problems that it was intended to cure will get worse,” Johnson says. “[Recruiters] can certainly ask their salary expectations, and the better the negotiator you are, the further you’ll get with that, but the truth is, most candidates don’t really know [how much they should be paid].

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Comp Committees Rethinking Clawbacks


Another issue to consider is how executives and potential recruits will react if the clawback provisions are viewed as too onerous, unclear or open-ended, says Alan Johnson, a New York–based executive compensation consultant. A potential worry for executives could be that “five years after I’m gone there will be a witch hunt, and they’re going to call me the witch,” Johnson says.

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iPhone 8 buzz has rescued Tim Cook’s $90 million bonus

“He’s done a great job, but the standards to earn it are way too easy,” says Alan Johnson, managing director of New York-based compensation consultancy Johnson & Associates. “You’re going to get paid an enormous amount of money if you finish in the top third of the race? Really?”

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