Now a Message from the “We Hate Wall Street” Coalition
A series of radio ads highly critical of Wall Street pay began airing this week in New York City. The radio spots — which lament that bankers, brokers, and money managers are now earning more than ever before, just two years after a taxpayer-financed industry “do over” — are courtesy of an organization known as the Coalition for a Strong Economy for All, a group of public and private-sector unions and community groups.
While we are accustomed to negative campaign ads in the heat of the political season, or even when labor contracts are up for negotiation, this is notable, even by Wall Street standards. The ad campaign offers a poignant reminder that the public, like never before, is fed up with what they perceive as a system skewed in favor of Wall Street executives, even as a widespread recession, rife with staggering unemployment and a record number of personal bankruptcies, continues to exacerbate the plight of many Americans.
As a professional association whose members dot the entire landscape of the global financial services industry, we cannot afford to ignore the mounting public outrage over compensation. We know that, on the one hand, our industry provides one of the most important services an industry can offer to a maturing population — financial security. At the same time, the industry is compensated dearly for the privilege of providing that service.