Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan on Monday detailed the financial firm’s approach to bringing employees back to the office, telling CNBC that those who have received the coronavirus vaccine are the priority for now.
In an interview on “Squawk Box,” Moynihan said Bank of America began to ask staff whether they had received a Covid shot a few months ago.
“About 60,000 people in the U.S. … have told us that status,” Moynihan said, adding that the number stands around 70,000 for employees outside the U.S.
“Now we’re in the process of inviting those people back to work. We give them 30 days-plus notice,” he said. “The basic concept is from now to Labor Day or mid-September, you’re kind of in that transition mode. The idea is the vaccinated teammates should be back to work after Labor Day.”
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America had 212,201 employees as of March 31, the company said in its latest earnings report.
Moynihan’s comments Monday came on the same day that Goldman Sachs‘ U.S. employees were required to return to the office. In the runup, Goldman required U.S. employees to inform the company of their vaccination status.
Companies across Wall Street and corporate America more broadly have adopted various approaches — some more strict than others — to bringing staff back to the office after the coronavirus pandemic last year prompted an unprecedented adoption of remote work.
Some have decided to embrace a so-called hybrid model permanently, requiring workers to come into the office a few days per week. Other companies have gone further, allowing most employees to work remotely full-time even after the pandemic ends.
Moynihan noted that certain Bank of America employees such as those at bank branches have long been working in person during the pandemic and “done a spectacular job.” For those who are continuing to work remotely, Moynihan said he believes there’s a desire to return to the office.
“People want to get back to work,” said Moynihan, whose firm is the second-largest bank in the U.S. by assets. “It was interesting, I was at this wedding over the weekend and a bunch of young kids working in our industry for a competitor, and they’re all … tired of working out of their rooms.”
Moynihan said bringing employees back to the office who haven’t been vaccinated against Covid remains a bit tricky. “That’s why we’re concentrating on the vaccinated people,” he said, while emphasizing the importance of controlling coronavirus spread in order for the economic recovery to persist.
“The key is not to lose track of the virus vaccine path and the virus infection path. The No. 1 risk to our economy still is that question,” Moynihan said.
New Bank of America Report Says Digital Currencies ‘Could Boost Economic Growth’ in Developing Countries – Fintech Bitcoin News
New Bank of America Report Says Digital Currencies ‘Could Boost Economic Growth’ in Developing Countries
A new Bank of America (BOA) research study has found that both central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and private digital currencies hold “a lot of potential” for increasing financial inclusion in developing countries. In the report, the bank also argues that such “digital currencies could reduce transaction costs and allow more economic activities in emerging market economies.”
Digital Currencies and Financial Inclusion
Still, the study findings show that while digital currencies are likely to “boost economic growth” in developing countries, their adoption will carry some risk. In addition, the study also finds that the rise of digital currencies “could lead to inflation and dollarization.”
Meanwhile, a separate report quotes David Hauner, the BOA’s head of emerging market cross-asset strategy and economics for EMEA, explaining why digital currencies could be pivotal in emerging market countries where more than 50% of adults lack a bank account.
“Digital currencies have the potential to address many practical constraints on financial services in poor countries,” said Hauner.
The report also lists the reduction of cross-border payment costs as well as the reduction of corruption and other illegal activities as some of the constraints that can be addressed by digital currencies.
Risks to Physical Currency
The BOA research study found that the rise of digital currencies could potentially “undermine a country’s physical currency,” however. Expanding on these findings, Hauner stated:
Easier access to alternative digital currencies is also likely to increase the volatility of domestic money supply and the exchange rate. Easier access to alternatives also raises the risks of rapid shifts of liquidity out of (or into) the currency and the banks which can magnify macro volatility in already less stable countries. Higher macro volatility would then reduce the effectiveness of policies and undermine the long-term rate of growth.
Despite these risks, Hauner suggests that more central banks are “likely to issue a general purpose CBDC in the next three years.” As previously reported by Bitcoin.com News, several countries — including a few in Africa — are currently at different stages of developing or piloting their digital currencies. Several more countries are likely to join the race as more studies show that digital currency benefits outweigh the risks.
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Why a HELOC might be right for you | Core Bank Personal
A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a good way to utilize the equity you have in your home to make a large purchase that otherwise is difficult to save up for. A credit limit will be established based on your home’s current valuation. With a HELOC you not only get great flexibility by being able to access your money whenever you need it, but you also only pay interest on how much you actually use.
Let’s run through a few scenarios where taking out a HELOC would make sense.
One of the most popular reasons homeowners take out a HELOC is to fund renovation projects. Renovations can be a great use of money since they not only make your house more enjoyable to live in, they also generally increase your home’s value.
Tired of paying a high-interest rate on your debt? You’re not alone. Using a HELOC to consolidate other forms of debt is a popular choice among homeowners. Credit card debt, for example, has a much higher interest rate than a HELOC would. The key to using this method of debt reduction is to plan ahead and make sure you know how you’ll pay off the loan.
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again – having an emergency fund is always a good idea. Your home’s equity can be that emergency fund for you. If you find yourself faced with a medical emergency, job loss, or any other unexpected emergency, know that your equity is there to help.
Looking to further your education? A HELOC might be a good alternative to student loans since they tend to offer a lower interest rate. Another benefit to a HELOC is that you may have more money available to you.
Federal student loans have borrowing limits which can make it hard to pay for an education if you still have a balance due even after utilizing other forms of aid, such as financial ad and scholarships.
Traveling is always fun, but paying for it is another story. While you can fund some trips with your everyday budget, some trips require a little more money. Using your HELOC can be a lifesaver when it comes to making your dream vacation a reality. No need to pull out the credit card or overextend your budget.
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De-Banking! Former GOP Candidate Witzke Says Wells Fargo Shut Down Her Account: Report
First liberal corporations attacked conservative speech, but now they are destabilizing the finances of those they disagree with, as former Senate candidate Lauren Witzke has reportedly discovered.
American bank Wells Fargo has reportedly shut down the bank account of Lauren Witzke, a 2020 Delaware Senate GOP candidate and outspoken activist. An account purporting to represent Witzke claimed via Telegram that her bank account had been shut down, leaving her penniless in Florida: “Wells Fargo has shut down my bank account, taking all of my money and leaving me with a zero balance.” The Witzke account torched Wells Fargo for leaving her in the lurch and causing her to rely on the charity of her friends:
“When I called Wells Fargo told me that it was a ‘business decision’ and that they have the right to close my account at any time. Had I not been surrounded by friends in Florida, I would be completely stranded. Use this as a warning and get your money out of Wells Fargo if you are a conservative. This is so evil.”
Wells Fargo responded to inquiry from MRC Free Speech America by denying any political motivations:
“Wells Fargo does not consider political views or affiliations in making account decisions. An account may be closed for a number of reasons based on individual facts and circumstances. While we cannot discuss customer accounts because they involve confidential customer information, we can report that we have reviewed this situation, gave ample notice of our decision and it was handled appropriately.”
Conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin wrote in a commentary on CNSNews that Witzke’s “entire life savings of roughly $15,500 had been transferred to ‘loss prevention.’” Malkin further asserted that “[Witske] would be barred from retrieving her funds at any branch office and that they would ‘mail a check.’”
Malkin reportedly heard from Witzke directly, the former candidate stating, “The current weaponization of corporations and banks against conservatives and Christians is terrifying.” Witzke reportedly recounted how sudden her ousting was from Wells Fargo:
“I have banked with Wells Fargo for years, using it as savings when I was working in ministry. Only when I was given a platform to share my Christian views on the national stage did Wells Fargo decide to shut down my account. The Evil Oligarchs at Wells Fargo left me, a young woman, with a balance of zero dollars, stranded, and a thousand miles away from my home with no explanation…Christians and Conservatives, get your money out of Wells Fargo, NOW!”
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