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Bonus Money: How Traders Spend

Ever wonder what big time traders do with their legendary Wall Street bonuses? Us too. Here are the results of a joint survey from Trader Monthly Magazine and Fast Money.



Do you expect this year's bonus to be…

More than last year’s - 43%
Less than last year’s - 20%
About the same - 20%
Can't tell - 17%



















Are you planning to use part of this year's bonus on real estate?

Yes - 33%
No - 67%

Are you planning to invest or spend this year's bonus?

Invest - 33%
Spend - 10%
Invest and spend - 44%
Undecided - 13%

Will you be looking to change jobs in 2008?

Yes - 29%
No - 56%
Will know when I get my bonus - 15%

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Here’s where traders may be spending that bonus cash!

Pick one item from each of the following categories that you consider the most desirable, regardless of price.

Cars

Aston Martin DBS – 39%
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano – 31%
Porsche 911 Turbo – 12%
Mercedes CL65 AMG – 10%
Audi R8 - 8%

Motorcycles

Ducati 1098 S – 50%
Harley Davidson FXCWC Rocker C – 20%
BMW K1200 S – 17%
MV Agusta F4-R 312 – 8%
Suzuki Hayabusa – 5%

Bottles

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1805 Whisky – 39%
Macallan 55-Year-Old Whisky – 38%
1952 Balvenie Whisky – 13%
1974 Ardbeg Double Barrel Whisky – 5%
Highland Park 33-Year-Old Whisky – 5%

Homes

One Hyde Park (London) – 29%
The Centurion (New York) – 23%
W New York (New York) – 23%
Mandarin Oriental Tower (Chicago) – 14%
Trump International Hotel & Tower (Chicago) – 7%
The Shard, London Bridge (London) – 4%

Watches

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph – 42%
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon – 19%
IWC Perpetual Calendar Edition Kurt Klaus – 17%
Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT – 13%
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph – 9%

Retreats

Raffles Dubai (United Arab Emirates) – 24%
La Réserve (Paris) – 22%
Tides Riviera Maya (Mexico) – 19%
The Library (Thailand) – 18%
Wine & Spa Resort, Loisium Hotel (Austria) – 17%


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