Friday's Headlines: Bank of America to fire 40,000; cut costs by 15%

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Bank of America will announce a three-year restructuring plan that will eliminate up to 40,000 jobs and cut costs by 15% in three years, the Financial Times reports. However, most of the savings and job cuts are part of a plan announced in April. Up to 1,000 investment banking positions are on the line. The news comes in the wake of growing troubles at Bank of America and a management reorganization announced earlier this week.

Separately, Bank of America subsidiary Merrill Lynch has begun executing its previously announced lay-offs, DealBook reports. Several hundred bankers are being notified this week. Lay-offs will affect almost every unit, including sales, trading and investment banks.

"While the Merrill Lynch unit has been solidly profitable in 2010 and 2011, its parent, Bank of America, is in the midst of cutting 7,000 jobs this year, of which 3,500 are to be eliminated in the second half of the year, and only a relatively small number are coming from Merrill," DealBook writes.

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