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BofA Denies Brokerage Shakeup Report

Bank of America strongly denied a Clusterstock report that it is mulling major changes to leadership of and compensation for Merrill Lynch financial advisors.

Bank of America

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on late Wednesday strongly denied a report that it is mulling major changes to leadership and compensation for its

Merrill Lynch

financial advisor unit.

BofA spokeswoman Selena Morris strongly denied a report on the Web site

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that suggested Dan Sontag, head of Merrill's "Thundering Herd" of financial advisors was about to be replaced by BofA insider Keith Banks. The report also said BofA was considering changing its pay system to compensate advisors with smaller salaries and larger bonuses that could be subject to government restrictions.

The two rumors were "roiling the financial advisers,"


says. The report also notes that "last minute maneuvers" could keep Sontag atop the financial advisor unit and abort the expected changes to the compensation plans.

"It's completely without merit," Morris says. Sontag could not be reached for comment.

Merrill's "Thundering Herd" was one of the main attractions for Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis, who struck a controversial deal to acquire Merrill last year in the darkest days of the financial crisis. But the head of that business, Robert McCann, was a surprise early departure in the first days after the deal closed at the start of the year.