It is pretty fascinating that Merrill which ranks horribly in both increasing writedowns and change in leverage over the past 5 years has the highest compensation as % of operating profit (when this was positive). Merrill is the only firm that paid out over 100% of its operating profit to its employees over the '03-'08 period (185% to be exact). Even mighty Goldman barely registers on the chart when compared to Merrill on these parameters. Hat tip to Mike Cembalest.
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