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Downturn blamed as wealth management service cuts jobs

HSBC Merrill Lynch is axing an undisclosed number of jobs from its UK wealth management venture, blaming the downturn in the world economy.

The HSBC Merrill Lynch Integrated Direct Investment and Banking Service, focusing on high-net-worth individuals, went live in April but is understood to have suffered badly after the US terrorist attacks of September 11.

It employs 700 staff worldwide, with the majority located in UK, but will not say how many or what category of jobs will be cut at its two offices in Leamington Spa and London.

HSBC Merrill Lynch says it regrets having to cut numbers but has made the decision out of necessity as part of ongoing management of its cost base.

It says the cuts will not affect the investment and savings products it offers online and offline and it will continue to expand its services. Over the next six months, it will be launching Isas, Pep transfers, a service for international investors, a managed fund programme and a customised fund.

HSBC Merrill Lynch spokesman Neal Jenkins says: “We are regrettably making staff reductions at our UK locations due to slowing economic conditions globally.”


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