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Will Banker Pay Cuts Trim Share Price?

Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 5:38 PM ET

Investors are beginning to wonder if some of the Street’s top talent may pack up their bags and gallup out of Dodge due to government mandated pay cuts.

On Thursday the Treasury outlined plans for the seven companies that have not paid back TARP money to make deep cuts to their top executives' compensation.

They are Bank of America , American International Group , Citigroup , General Motors, GMAC , Chrysler and Chrysler Financial.

Off the Record
A look at the companies that could benefit from pay restrictions, with CNBC's Charlie Gasparino.

Companies that have repaid the bailout money, including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan , are not affected.

The cuts apply to the 25 highest-paid executives, and according to published reports, their total compensation, including salaries and bonuses, will be cut dramatically. Most basic salaries will be less than $500,000, an average cut of 90%.

Will the move send top talent running for the exits?

CNBC's Charlie Gasparino says yes. “I talked to people at Merrill and Citi and they told me, if they cap my salary I’m gone.”

So what’s the trade?

Tim Seymour tells the desk the action in the options market speaks volumes -- at least in Citi. Investors are selling upside calls in Citigroup above $5.50. It suggests they don’t think the stock can go any higher than that.

What do you think? We want to know!



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