I'm not saying "all finance is parasitical!" or anything puritan/socialist like that, it's just always struck me as odd.
Look at NBA stars, famous film actors, top musicians, CEOs of national retail stores, etc. Anyone that can scale their abilities to the national/global market is going to be paid more money.
There are many examples of people who matter on a national scale not being well paid (certainly not by the finance sector standard). Physicists (and other scientists) for example. Top law eforcement officials, army generals. Perhaps people like Snowden fall into the same category.
Of course I expect you to claim "That is not what I meant when I said whatever it was I said!" Well... feel free to restate your point more clearly.
Sure, but when (as someone commented below) 40% of the profits in the US economy come from this one sector, you're going to get quite a lot of people that are able to take home the silly money, compared to other sectors.
If money is the product you deal with, you take some of it. If there is little competition you take a lot. The more the money passes you the more it adds up.
Surely "capture" is not unique to finance though - in fact it seems that political opportunists line up corporations with similar financial interests from across sectors. It doesn't take just finance to make a plutocracy with narrow interests.
I think Singapore still has a smaller financial services business than you might think, although growing.
(Need some references but on train)
Wholesale & Retail or Manufacturing is bigger