If you want to hear someone really ragging on Wall Street, look no further than the venerable Bill Gross of Pimco, one of the biggest money managers in the world.
Why suffer the banter of left-leaning anti-capitalist bloggers when you can get the same complaints from one of the finest minds on Wall Street?
Some highlights from Gross’ lastest “Investment Outlook”:
“Money is made from securitizing things instead of booting and rebuilding America.
“The tallest buildings in almost every major city are banks, with tens of thousands of people shuffling and trading paper for a living. One of this country’s premier investment banks paid each of its 26,000 employees an average of $370,000 in 2010, nearly ten times the take-home pay of other American workers.
“This is not God’s work – it has the unmistakable odor of Mammon.
“As a profession we have failed miserably at our primary function – the efficient and productive allocation of capital: The S&L debacle of the early 1980s, the Asian crisis, LTCM, dotcoms, subprimes, Lehman and the resurrection, instead of the reformation, of Wall Street, are major sins of the modern era of money. Hang your heads, moneychangers.
“And no, it is not yet time to move on, as many banking CEOs suggest. How can bond traders make ten, one hundred, one thousand times more money than an engineer or social worker given their dismal historical performance? Why is it that some of today’s doctors are using food stamps while investment banking executives complain about millions of dollars in compensation that might be deferred in case of a future bailout?
Click here to read the complete text of Gross’ latest remarks.