Bank Of America Cutting At Least 3,500 Jobs

Bank of America plans to cut at least is 3,500 jobs and possibly up to 10,000 in a major restructuring of one of the nation's largest banks, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In an article posted online late Thursday, the Journal said Bank of America would cut 3,500 of its approximately 300,000 positions by the end of September. The total number of cuts has not been determined but one person familiar with the situation said at least 10,000 jobs are likely to be eliminated.

"I know it is tough to have to manage through reductions," "but we owe it to our customers and our shareholders to remain competitive, efficient and manage our expenses carefully," CEO Brian Moynihan said in a memo to managers, according to the Journal.

Many banks have been eliminating jobs as the global economy hits another slow patch after barely emerging from a recession that technically ended in 2009.

London-based HSBC Holdings recently announced plans to cut about 30,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2013.

Bank of America shares are down 47 percent this year and 28 percent this month alone, when the market has been hit by a wave of volatility.

The bank has been working through a slew of problems related to the mortgage mess, many of which it inherited when it bought subprime lending specialist Countrywide Financial in 2008.

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