From the Sunday Washington Post:
Renowned defense lawyer Edward W. Hayes, a self-described night owl, long ago developed two measurements for gauging the ups and downs of Wall Street: the HEGI and the HESI, which stand for High End Girlfriend Index and High End Stripper Index. When the financial sector’s business is good, he said, the traders and bankers spend huge sums on high-end girlfriends and in the VIP rooms of Manhattan’s pricey strip joints.
Now, said Hayes, who represents many of the woman [sic] in the business, he is seeing evidence of the downturn.
"The strippers are getting killed — it’s terrible," he said. "It really started in the last month. What they really need are the guys who go in and spend $500."