For decades, Wall Street offered the allure of big league paydays and behind-the-scenes power.
But since the 2008 financial crisis there's been a growing sense - or even hope - that The Street's stride had been broken. After all, demand for a financial system overhaul, regulatory reform, and a crackdown on Wall Street pay must take some toll.
Not hardly. Wall Street hasn't changed its ways and it never will.
Take it from a man who has spent decades on The Street, seeing everything firsthand.
Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist and retired hedge-fund manager Shah Gilani says that in the short-term, firms will have to deal with new rules and slimmer paychecks, but ultimately, they will still find a way to prosper.
"The bloom is off the rose and Wall Street is showing its thornier side, but the Street is still paved with gold," said Gilani. "On any relative basis, unless you're a rock star, star athlete or Hollywood heavy, there's no place like Wall Street to make your fortune. That's not going to change any time soon."