Wall Street bonuses are set to soar as volatility breathes new life into trading desks once left for dead

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  • “Substantial growth” in trading and equity underwriting across Wall Street points to good news come yearend, when employees learn what they will get for bonus pay, according to a new report from Johnson Associates. 
  • Equity sales and trading personnel may see incentive pay surge 15% to 20%, while fixed-income colleagues may see a 5% to 10% bump.

Wall Street workers who trade stocks or derivatives linked to equity markets may see annual bonuses surge as much as 20% as market volatility picks up and more startups head to the public markets to sell shares, according to a new report. 

People who work in sales and trading, regardless of their product area, are in line for a strong year, compensation consultant Johnson Associates said in its second-quarter report. At this rate, equities personnel will see incentive compensation climb …

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