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Looking For A Safe “Bank” For Your Money?

Posted by 104Inc.com on November 25, 2008

Overall Messages

  • Bank of America is one of the world’s largest and strongest financial institutions, by many indicators.
  • We believe it has a strong balance sheet and liquidity, a diverse earnings stream, leading positions in key businesses and a world-leading brand.
  • Even in these challenging and uncertain times, they have continued to meet the needs of their customers and clients while taking steps that should significantly enhance earnings capabilities when economic and financial markets conditions improve, and they will.
  • Because of the sheer scale and diversity of their businesses, the company is better able to withstand market shocks than many of their peers.
  • The advantages of comprehensive financial solutions, geographic and earnings diversity, liquidity and capital strength position them to compete in the marketplace.

Proof Points

  • Strong balance sheet and liquidity.
    • More U.S. deposits than any other bank, with total deposits of nearly $874B as of September 30, 2008.
    • Bank of America and Bank of America, N.A. have high long-term bond ratings from the major credit rating agencies. Bank of America, N.A. (long term): Moody’s, Aaa; Standard & Poor’s, AA. BAC (long term senior): Moody’s, Aa2; Standard & Poor’s, AA-.
    • Tier One Capital Ratio exceeding 9% (assuming acquisition of Merrill and after TARP money).
    • Third quarter results. Net income of $1.18B, even after absorbing losses associated with market turbulence and several one-time charges as well as continued high credit costs. With year-to-date net profits of $5.8B, Bank of America has been one of the most profitable banking companies in the world while operating in a very difficult environment.
  • Leading positions: Largest retail bank in the U.S., serving 1 in 2 households. Largest commercial bank in the U.S., serving 1 in 3 companies with revenues of $2.5MM to $2B. Relationships with 99 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 83 percent of the Fortune Global 500.
  • Most admired financial services brand in the world by the Financial Times.
  • Open for business and planning for the future.
    • Even in this challenging environment, we are taking advantage of key growth opportunities, using our continued strength and stability.
    • We continue lending to those who need and can afford credit.
      • Business lending remains strong and we have continued making loans to states and municipalities in a time of extraordinary uncertainty.
      • In just the three months since the merger with Countrywide was finalized, we have helped more than 250,000 Americans purchase a home or save money on the home they already own.
    • The Countrywide and Merrill Lynch acquisitions will expand our ability to deliver critical financial services to millions of Americans – including mortgages and financial planning –and help stabilize the financial markets.
    • Our home retention programs will help up to 630,000 borrowers keep their homes, by modifying more than $100B in current home loans.

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Federal government outlines new initiatives, to strengthen markets and the economy

Posted by 104Inc.com on October 15, 2008

The federal government today outlined new initiatives to strengthen markets and the economy, with a particular focus on ensuring stability in the nation’s major financial institutions. These actions include investing at least $250 billion directly into major banks and expanding federal insurance protection to encourage financial institutions to resume lending to one another.

This money will come from the recently passed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act — legislation that empowers the Treasury to use up to $700 billion to provide greater liquidity in the markets and promote overall financial market stability.

The $250 billion will be invested into the nation’s banks, with about half of that total going to nine major institutions, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. In return, the federal government will receive equity stakes in these companies in the form of preferred shares.

In addition, FDIC coverage will be expanded on all non-interest-bearing deposit accounts (which include all checking accounts, with the exclusion of Interest Checking, Tiered Interest Checking, Business Interest Checking and Analyzed Business Interest Checking) for the next thirty days. Banks may extend this expanded coverage through Dec. 31, 2009 for a fee. This action by the FDIC is expected to benefit small businesses by providing FDIC coverage for accounts through which they manage their day-to-day operations.

To better understand today’s action’s please review the following key messages.

Key messages include:

  • The Treasury is investing in the nation’s largest banks in another, complementary move designed to strengthen the financial markets, increase investor confidence and lessen continued volatility. This move follows a similar one taken in the United Kingdom last week.
  • This action, combined with others in recent weeks, can be expected to help increase liquidity and support greater stability in the markets.

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