The Federal Reserve's monetary-committee released minutes of its January meeting, in which members held benchmark U.S. interest rates steady in a range of 1.25% to 1.5%.
Citigroup boosted CEO Michael Corbat's pay to $23 million, even as the bank failed to meet the CEO's own profitability goal for a third straight year, and as it reported a full-year net loss of $6.2 billion due to the write-off of tax credits that management had touted as a competitive advantage.
The Goldman Sachs board of directors gave CEO Lloyd Blankfein a 9% pay raise in 2017 to $24 million, even as the firm turned in its worst performance in years.
The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile items like energy and food, climbs 0.3% in January. Economists surveyed by FactSet had projected a 0.2% rise on average.
Last week's market drop rattled investors with concerns about rising inflation and interest rates. Yet with the economy progressing at a slower pace than in past cycles, there's plenty of time left to profit from bank stocks like JPMorgan, Bank of America and Citigroup, typically among the biggest beneficiaries of economic growth, argues Sandler O'Neill.
The CEO's raise comes as the bank has reaped increasing lending revenue from Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes while opting not to pass along the higher rates to savers with deposit accounts. His pay was roughly 152 times that of the average worker at Bank of America, who saw pay held roughly flat at $151,125 in 2017.
The fear of interest rate hikes was only the catalyst that blew up the short volatility trade.