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7/23/13 10:00 am EDT

U.S. financial officers gave the economy its highest score in five years and were significantly more confident about economic growth in 2013 in the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch CFO Outlook survey.

Executives who participated in the 2013 CFO Outlook Mid-Year Update gave the U.S. economy an average score of 58 out of 100, up from 49 in the previous survey conducted in late 2012. CFOs gave the global economy a score of 51, up from more...

7/16/13 9:05 am EDT

Global investors remain confident in the outlook for economic growth despite their sharply decreased growth expectations for China, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for July. A net 52 percent of respondents now expect the global economy to strengthen over the next year, close to last month’s reading and up four percentage points from May’s.

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6/18/13 8:30 am EDT

Investors are returning to Europe as they retreat from emerging market and Japanese equities, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for June.

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5/14/13 8:30 am EDT

Investors are positioning themselves for slower growth in China and prolonged low inflation – sending commodities allocations to a four-year low, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for May.

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4/16/13 8:30 am EDT

Global investors are moderating their earlier exuberance in the face of somewhat lower conviction over global growth, though they remain positive towards equity markets overall, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for April.

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3/19/13 9:30 am EDT

Increasing confidence in the outlook for the U.S. dollar and U.S. equities is offsetting investors’ renewed concerns over China, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for March.

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2/12/13 8:30 am EST

Confidence in a strong global economic outlook has consolidated while investors have indicated that they see support from current equity valuations after the recent rally, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for February.

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2/8/13 10:00 am EST

Financial executives at U.S. companies continue to be concerned about the economy, with only two out of five executives expecting growth in 2013, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2013 CFO Outlook.

The 602 executives who participated in the 15th annual survey gave the U.S. economy an average score of 49 out of 100, up from 44 in the 2012 report. CFOs gave the global economy a score of 45, up from 43 a year ago. more...

1/25/13 2:00 am EST

Bank of America today announced the formation of the Bank of America Global Advisory Council with the appointment of 13 internationally recognized business, academic and public policy leaders. The Global Advisory Council will share expertise and insights on the bank’s global engagement and help it further strengthen its worldwide relationships.

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1/23/13 2:00 am EST

“At a time of continuing economic uncertainty, nine out of 10 global decision-makers now believe greater collaboration between business, government and other sectors is essential if the world’s economy is to recover.”

This was the main finding of a recent study by PSB, as part of research Bank of America is conducting to better understand customers and clients.

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1/11/13 9:00 am EST

U.S. Trust today released its 2013 market outlook, saying while aggressive monetary policy has been the most important catalyst for stabilization and rising asset prices in the past few years, fiscal policy transparency will take the lead in 2013. Combined with a continued easing monetary policy and improving economies both in the U.S. and abroad, this new fiscal policy transparency should help to spark a long-awaited reallocation of capital for more...