White House wants changes in executive pay rules
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer
2 hrs 18 mins ago
WASHINGTON – Facing a stricter approach to limiting executive bonuses than it had favored, the Obama administration wants to revise that part of the stimulus package even after it becomes law, White House officials said Sunday.
While President Barack Obama plans to sign the $787 billion stimulus bill in Denver on Tuesday, his administration will seek changes in the government’s approach to executive compensation, senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said.
“We all have the same goal. We all have the same sentiment. And we want to do something that’s workable, and we’ll work with them to get to that point,” Axelrod said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Citi, M. Stanley may pay $3 billion to keep brokers: report
Fri Feb 13, 10:11 pm ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley (MS.N) and Citigroup Inc (C.N) are preparing to pay $3 billion of retention awards to brokers to keep them from fleeing a brokerage joint venture, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Terms are not expected until later this month, but the issue could grow politically sensitive because the government has injected money into both companies, the newspaper said.
Morgan Stanley is paying Citigroup $2.7 billion to take control of the joint venture, which will combine its brokerage operation with Citigroup’s Smith Barney unit.
In defence of bonuses: experts warn on banker pay caps
by Katherine Haddon, AFP
Sat Feb 14, 10:47 pm ET
LONDON (AFP) – From Britain to the United States and France, political leaders are clamping down on the bankers’ bonus culture they say helped cause the credit crunch — but some experts warn this could be counterproductive.
The screw-tightening comes amid public fury at big payouts — thousands of people have joined groups on the Facebook Internet site with names like “Bankers Are Leaches”, “Impudence: The Act Of UBS Bank” and “No Ifs, No Buts — Give Up The Bonus, RBS.”
But taking too tough a line with banks could have unintended consequences for taxpayers according to academics and insiders, who say the risks include banks losing their best staff and their share prices falling even lower.
Merkel slams bonuses at bailed out banks: report
Sat Feb 14, 10:40 am ET
BERLIN (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit out at banks that have doled out bonuses to executives despite having received government aid to weather the global financial crisis.
“It’s incomprehensible that, in several cases, banks that have benefited from the support of the state distribute huge bonuses at the same time,” Merkel told Der Spiegel magazine in an interview to be published Monday.
Bank bonuses will be on the agenda at the meeting of the Group of 20 advanced and developing nations in London in April.
Merkel does not rule out nationalising Germany’s HRE bank
Sun Feb 15, 5:15 pm ET
BERLIN (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had not ruled out nationalising the troubled Hypo Real Estate (HRE) bank as a last resort, during a television interview Sunday.
What ever happened, she wanted the state to have a majority stake in the bank, she told Germany’s ZDF public channel.
“We can get that by taking control by means of a majority stake” in the shares, she added.