"I'll be surprised if anyone's here tomorrow," joked one senior equity salesman at a bank that received TARP money, adding more seriously that the bill "penalizes the people that are trying to earn their banks' way out of the industry's problems."
And banks are unlikely to be able to contest the bill, adds another banking representative, who asked not be named because he was not speaking on behalf of the bank. "At this point, it's like the French Revolution -- the mob has got the banks' heads in the guillotine," he says.
"If the Federal Government can capriciously and retroactively change the basic rules of business and contract law, it is difficult to expect hedge funds and private equity shops to take big chances on government sponsored assets regardless of the potential returns," states a note by Strategas Research Partners to clients today.
Outrage Or Political Pandering?
Of course Washington's outrage is real, but some people including our own Jeff Macke thinks there's an element of showmanship involved too. “It seems to me the lawmakers are cherry picking issues so they can rail at Wall Street because it’s popular with their constituents,” adds Jeff Macke.
He makes an interesting point and we're hoping you'll weigh in. What do you think? Are lawmakers imposing heavy taxes on some bonuses to increase their popularity with voters?
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