Before the Fed bailed out Bear Stearns, $4.15 Billion out in salaries/bonuses


Based on what is known, it’s widely believed that, using J.P. Morgan as the conduit, Bear Stearns swapped its bad assets (Alt-As) for U.S. Treasuries.  The Federal Reserve ends up with the BS bad assets; BS ends up with clean Treasuries.

This past December Bear Stearns increased the percentage of its revenues used to compensate its traders, executives, etc. to 57.6% of its revenues (up from 47.1% in prior year)?  Yes.  And guess what?  These same executives took $4.15 Billion out of BS as 2007 compensation.


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