Merrill to Slash Year-End Bonuses: Report - TheStreet

Merrill Lynch


plans to cut year-end bonuses in half after more than $20 billion of losses,


reports, citing people with knowledge of the situation.

The average bonus reduction will be about 50% at the New York-based company, and some traders and investment bankers will face steeper cuts, according to



Merrill Lynch agreed to be acquired by

Bank of America

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in September.


reports Merrill's revenue through September fell 96% from a year earlier, forcing the company to slash compensation, its biggest expense.

The drop in bonuses at Merrill would be less severe than the 70% average cut for all Wall Street firms that compensation consultant Johnson Associates predicted last month. Bonuses make up the bulk of a year's pay for most traders and investment bankers, and they usually fall when markets sour, according to



Goldman Sachs

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said last month CEO Lloyd Blankfein and six other top executives at the bank won't be receiving cash or stock bonuses for 2008.

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