The Big Money’s Back in Town


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Published in The New York Times February 24, 2010 

It’s about as official as it gets: the big money is back on Wall Street, Graham Bowley writes in The New York Times. Flush with record profits in 2009, investment banks and securities firms paid employees in New York City an estimated $20.3 billion in annual bonuses, according to a report released Tuesday by the New York State Comptroller. That was up from $17.4 billion for 2008. The tally, which is based largely on personal income tax receipts, provides a signpost for what has been one of the most controversial bonus seasons in Wall Street history.

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