FCIC Says Banker Pay Fueled Risk That Hobbled Economy

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Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Wall Street firms’ soaring pay pushed traders to disregard risk and limited regulators’ ability to lure top talent to police banks, according to a panel probing the origins of the financial crisis. Stock-option bonuses motivated financial firms to use leverage to boost returns, and traders were given “aggressive incentives” to dissuade them from defecting, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission wrote in a 545-page book outlining its findings. Bloomberg's Peter Cook reports. (Source: Bloomberg)

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