Bank of America Will Cut 30,000 Jobs -- The Largest Number This Year


Bank of America is cutting more jobs. Following the 6,000 jobs lost earlier this year, a $5 million investment by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and a management-team shake-up, the company will lose 30,000 jobs in attempt to scale down the largest bank in the country.

CEO Brian Moynihan has some explaining to do. The stock is down 48% this year, and the Bank is still paying for what some believe were poor acquisitions of Merrill Lynch and, particularly, Countrywide. BofA wins the dubious honor of having the largest number of cuts this year. (The U.S. Postal Service announced 30,000 last year and has cut more than 100,000 jobs in the past five years.)

As part of its communication strategy, Bank of America issued a press release to provide an update on "Project New BAC." (BAC is the stock symbol.) And in a conference call, Moynihan described four points that support Bank of America's future success.

Discussion Starters:

  • Read Bank of America's recent press release. If you were an investor, would you find this reassuring? Why or why not?
  • Listen to the introduction to Moynihan's conference call. Based on this introduction, which of his four points do you find most convincing? Least convincing?