Risk salary in Margin Call

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In Margin Call the 23 year old analyst says he earned ~$250k, working in the risk department.

I know movies tend to exaggerate a bit especially banking ones which look to portray excess wealth, but just curious if this figure is realistic? Could a 23 year old analyst really make that much working in risk before the crash? Just seemed quite surprising to me.

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Aug 15, 2012

no

Aug 15, 2012
mknight:

In Margin Call the 23 year old analyst says he earned ~$250k, working in the risk department.

I know movies tend to exaggerate a bit especially banking ones which look to portray excess wealth, but just curious if this figure is realistic? Could a 23 year old analyst really make that much working in risk before the crash? Just seemed quite surprising to me.

total bullshit. I know people with that exact job who earn 100-120K.

Aug 15, 2012

Agreed, I know those who earn less. ~70

Aug 16, 2012
shark-monkey:

Agreed, I know those who earn less. ~70

including bonus? that's rough...

Aug 15, 2012

Maybe he was including his inflated home value.

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Aug 16, 2012

I sort of understood it that they made the 23 year old into a hybrid of sorts, remember, he was involved in the "sell all our shit securities" onslaught near the end of the film. Obviously, no one in risk at 23 makes that much money. That said, it's a movie that blends roles for purposes of story telling.

Personally, I think it did a better job portraying Wall Street than most other films about it.

Aug 16, 2012

well, it is supposedly depicting Lehman right at the height of heights of IB salaries. So..maybe not that far of reality.

don't really know though, but comparing it to today's salaries is wrong.

Aug 18, 2012

23 yrs old and 250K don't mix.

Aug 19, 2012

Yeah I knew that $250k figure was bullshit.

Also there was that guy who I assume to be a VP that was making $2.5m a year, the guy that almost jumped off the roof (lol). that's a little more believable I guess given that it had been like their best year ever

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Aug 19, 2012
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