The big recession officially ended in June of 2009. In practice, the only people for whom it ended work on Wall Street. Last year, Wall Street pay was a record high. This year? Even higher.

The WSJ did a survey of "Wall Street," meaning the top three dozen or so banks and investment firms. Behold those numbers!

Total projected Wall Street revenue, 2010: $448 billion (up 3%)
Total projected Wall Street pay, 2010: $144 billion (up 4%)

In other words, Wall Street pay this year is projected to be more than the gross domestic product of New Zealand. Of course, New Zealanders don't make credit default swaps. So.

[WSJ. Pic: Abeeeer]