The capital markets headcount of the combined banks is expected to be reduced by between 30 and 40 percent, meaning the number of job cuts could reach about 4,000, a Merrill executive told the paper.
Bank of America Securities employs between 4,000 and 5,000 people, and at least as many are believed to work in Merrill's capital markets divisions, bank executives said.
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Last week, Bank of America (NYSE: bac) received a federal backstop against $118 billion of bad assets it holds, as well as $20 billion in fresh government capital, as part of an aid package designed to help it absorb Merrill Lynch.
Fourth-quarter losses at Merrill Lynch were around $15 billion.
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