Thursday's Headlines: ING to cut 2,700 jobs to prepare for leaner times

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ING, the Netherlands' largest financial services firm, says it will cut 2,000 positions and 700 contractors at its retail bank, news media are reporting today.

The firm says the cuts will create $412.4 million in annual savings starting in 2014 and help it prepare for leaner times ahead, according to Bloomberg. The news came on the same day that ING posted a steep jump in third-quarter earnings, a jump partly due to write-downs taken in the same period a year ago.

"It makes ING the latest major European financial institution to restructure against a backdrop of tighter regulation and economic uncertainties due to the euro-zone debt crisis," the Wall Street Journal writes.

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