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Bank of America Hires More Than 50 Financial Solutions Advisors in Central New England

Matt Gellene Appointed to Manage FSA Program for Eastern U.S.

Monday, September 19, 2011 8:08 am EDT

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"By placing more Merrill Edge FSAs in banking centers throughout the country, we are better equipped to serve our Preferred customers. They have the benefit of personal attention from a specialist who can recommend solutions tailored to meet their specific financial needs."

Bank of America today announced the hiring of more than 50 Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisors (FSAs) in the Central New England region, including Boston and Hartford, as part of its overall commitment to enhance the solutions and guidance it offers to Preferred customers. These FSAs will provide financial solutions and guidance to help customers manage their banking and investment needs and stay in better control of their finances. The hiring is part of Bank of America's plan to nearly double the number of Financial Solutions Advisors nationally, to more than 1,000, by the end of 2011.

Preferred customers - those with investable assets of $50,000 to $250,000 - are among the fastest-growing segments in the financial services industry. Bank of America does business with more than 8 million Preferred customers and has unrivaled insight into their financial needs. According to the Merrill Edge Report, some of the top priorities for Preferred customers include tracking and managing money and budgeting (72 percent), saving for retirement (67 percent) and balancing short- and long-term financial needs (63 percent).

"Our banking centers are a critical part of how Bank of America builds and deepens relationships, illustrated by the fact that they are where customers make two-thirds of their purchase decisions," said Matt Gellene, East Division executive, based in Boston. "By placing more Merrill Edge FSAs in banking centers throughout the country, we are better equipped to serve our Preferred customers. They have the benefit of personal attention from a specialist who can recommend solutions tailored to meet their specific financial needs."

In support of its new Preferred service strategy, Bank of America is also working to enhance customer experience and satisfaction by:

  • Rolling out Platinum Privileges, which rewards customers who maintain $50,000 or more in deposit balances with Bank of America or investment balances with Merrill Edge with higher levels of service and comprehensive benefits across their banking and investing needs. Based on the success of a three-state pilot including Massachusetts that began early this year, Bank of America is beginning a national roll-out of Platinum Privileges, with expansion to Connecticut and Rhode Island beginning this month.
  • Introducing specialty stores that provide in-person access to investment, small business and mortgage specialists and use technologies such as video conferencing.
  • Continuing to improve the Merrill Edge offering, including the introduction of a mobile application for iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry earlier this year, and the addition of 481 new no-transaction-fee (NTF) mutual funds.
  • Hiring 1,000 small business bankers in local communities to provide small business customers with local specialists to address their complex financial needs. Together with the 1,000 FSAs, this will create a 2,000-plus person team dedicated to the more complex needs of Preferred and Small Business customers.

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