Bank of America Corporation BAC
Q2 2013 Earnings Call Transcript
Transcript Call Date 07/17/2013

Operator: Welcome to today's program. At this time, all participants are in listen-only mode. We'll take questions in turn during our Q&A session. Please note, today's call is being recorded.

It's now my pleasure to turn the program over to Lee McEntire. Please begin, sir.

Lee McEntire - IR: Good morning to those on the phone joining us by webcast. Before Brian Moynihan and Bruce Thompson begin their comments, let me remind you that this presentation available at bankofamerica.com does contain some forward-looking statements regarding both our financial condition and financial results and that these statements involve certain risks that may cause actual results in the future to be different from our current expectations. Please see our press release and SEC documents for further information.

With that, let me turn it over to our CEO, Brian Moynihan.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Thank you, Lee. Good morning, everyone. And just to start off, let me remind you where our focus is and has been for some time; on capital generation, on managing our risk, on continuing to reduce our cost, and on addressing the legacy issues so that we can drive our growth strategy by simply doing more with our customers and clients.

This quarter shows very clearly how the focus is paying off as we earned $4 billion. We built our Company over the last several quarters to maintain stability. We'll continue to make progress to withstand the volatility that we saw in part at the end of this quarter while delivering for our customers and shareholders, and that came through. Even as more (used to manage) decreased, we saw a 40% increase of new share production over last year, and an increase over the last quarter. Even as interest rates grows, we were able to add to our capital ratios. And keep in mind, with our $1 trillion deposit book, rising rates will continue to increase the value of those over time.

We have leading capabilities in the areas where our customers want us to be. We do more business with them. We're gaining momentum across every customer group we serve. And while we're doing that, our balance sheet continues to strengthen, our capital ratios again moved higher, and just as importantly, we've begun the process of returning capital to our shareholders.

Our credit quality continued to improve. Expenses are down by $1 billion from the year ago. LAS expenses or Legacy Asset Servicing expenses, excluding our litigation are down by nearly $800 million on the quarterly basis from the peak only a couple of quarters ago and are ahead of our projections.

Our loans and our deposits continue to grow. All the businesses produced solid stable revenues in the focused areas where we are growing, they grew their revenues and we are seeing growing activity levels across all our customer and client groups.

So, as we look forward we're closely filing recent regulatory proposals around capital and leverage just as you are. Obviously, we have already taken significant steps in our Company to build our current strong levels of capital and liquidity and we maintain a comfort level here and Bruce will take you through the numbers later. The good news in all this is that we are seeing in our businesses is reflected in improving economy. Economy continues to improve across all areas. That benefits our Company across multiple fronts.

But most importantly with improving economy it straightens and creates opportunity for the people, companies and investors that we serve. And that opportunity will continue to provide opportunity for us to capture as we connect all our capabilities to help those that we serve to realize our financial goals.

With that, let me turn over to Bruce.

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Great. Thanks Brian and good morning, everyone. I'm going to start on Slide 5 of our presentation materials. Total revenues for the quarter were very solid at $22.9 billion and we earned $4 billion or $0.32 per diluted share, which is up significantly both from the first quarter of this year, as well as the comparable period in 2012.

We made significant progress in all of our primary businesses this quarter and on a linked quarter basis, we had growth in four out of the five businesses. Consumer activity levels were solid as mortgage production increased. Credit card loan balance has stabilized and both deposits and brokerage flows increased from the previous quarter.

Global Wealth & Investment Management reported another quarter of record revenues, as well as earnings. Global Banking revenue showed continued strength driven by increased lending in both our commercial, as well as our corporate bank. Investment Banking performance remained strong and close to record levels.

Total noninterest expense of $16 billion represented a significant improvement in expenses both relative to the first quarter of this year, as well as the comparable quarter in 2012. Asset quality improved significantly as our provision expense declined to $1.2 billion this quarter.

On Slide 6, we give some balance sheet highlights. First, the overall size of the balance sheet came down this quarter to about $2.125 trillion. Importantly, customer activity remained strong with loans led by our commercial loans up $10 billion. Period-end deposits were down driven by seasonality associated with tax payments. However, our average deposits did experience modest growth.

I'd also call out on the page; the tangible book value per share remained relatively flat from the first quarter of this year. That's significant in the context of our $4 billion of earnings largely offset the negative after-tax impact from accumulated other comprehensive income, driven by the increase in rates that we saw during the quarter.

Also helping our tangible book value per share in the quarter was the return of roughly $1 billion of capital due to repurchase of 80 million common shares at a price below tangible book value. And as we look forward we have an additional $4 billion available for common share repurchases.

The combination of the earnings that I discussed on Slide 5 is well as the work that we did on our balance sheet led to a return on tangible common equity of just under 10% for the quarter and a return on average assets of 74 basis points.

On Slide 7 we walk through some of the different regulatory capital ratios as far as where we ended up at the end of the second quarter. If we start with Basel 1 and Tier 1 common ratio, we ended the quarter at 10.83%, up 34 basis points from the first quarter of this year and 45 basis points on a pro forma basis at the end of 2012.

Moving to Basel III on a fully phased-in basis under the advanced approach and based on final rules our Tier 1 common ratio was 9.6% showing progress from the first quarter of '13 despite a 32 basis point negative impact from the change in OCI during the quarter.

Risk weighted assets under Basel III were $1.31 trillion, or $43 billion lower than the first quarter of '13 due to an improvement in both the composition, as well as the overall credit quality on the books.

If we move to the proposed supplementary U.S. leverage ratio requirement which will kick in at the beginning of 2018, our preliminary analysis indicate that at the holding company our leverage ratio for the second quarter of 2013 was in the range of 4.9% to 5% which positions us very well relative to the 5% minimum.

If we look at our primary bank subsidiaries which we have two, BANA, our primary banking subsidiary and FIA our card subsidiary, during the second quarter of 2013 both of those were in excess of the 6% proposed minimum. So, net-net from a regulatory capital perspective we feel like we've made very good progress across all of the different measures that will be required to operate within.

On Page 8, funding and liquidity, you can see long term debt during the quarter declined $18 billion, as the maturities outpaced issuances during the quarter. Our global access liquidity sources did decline during the quarter. It was expected as a result of our reductions in the long term debt footprint, our preferred stock redemptions, as well as the seasonal deposit outflows that I referenced earlier from tax payments.

At the parent company, liquidity remains very strong at %95 billion due to capital returns from our subsidiaries during the quarter. Time to required funding increased to 32 months, up from 29 months in the first quarter of '13 and well above our target of approximately 24 months and as we've indicated before, over the next four to six quarters we will look to move that time to funding towards the 24 months as we repay the upcoming debt maturities in 2013 and 2014.

Our net interest income, if you look at Slide 9. Net interest income on an FTE basis was $10.8 billion down just about 1% from the first quarter of 2013. If you adjust our net interest income from market-related items it was $10.4 billion, which was less than $100 million below our guidance as our trading related net interest income declined as a result of reduced balance sheet utilization in our global markets business during the last month of the quarter.

On the positive side, we benefitted during the quarter from lower long-term debt, higher levels of commercial loan balances, as well as one additional day of interest in the second quarter relative to the first. On the flip side in addition to the negative impact of lower asset balances on the trading books, we also had slightly lower consumer loan balances in yields driven by our one-off portfolios.

As we came into the second quarter of 2013 our interest rate sensitivity as we disclosed in the first quarter 10-Q estimated a $1.6 billion annual benefit to net interest income from a 100 basis points instantaneous long and steepening if rates remained at that level. During the second quarter the 10 year rate did increase by more than 60 basis points and we realized $300 million of that benefit immediately through the impact on FAS 91.

We expect to realize the balance of the benefit approximately $700 million over the course of the next 12 months. As a result of those different factors we do expect net interest income excluding any market-related impacts to build off of the second quarter of 2013 $10.4 billion adjusted level as we move forward during the balance of '13 and into 2014.

If you look at the work that we did on expenses on Slide 10; total expenses were down significantly on both the linked quarter as well as year-over-year basis as we continued to deliver on the expense reductions that we have discussed within our legacy assets and servicing area as well as the ongoing cost savings from our new BAC initiatives that were implemented in the other businesses that we operate.

Our number of full time equivalent employees in the quarter ended at just over 257,000, which was down 2% from the first-quarter of 2013 and almost 7% from the comparable period a year ago. Total expenses did decline $3.5 billion from the first quarter of 2013 as we benefited from a $1.7 billion decline in litigation, our LAS expenses ex-litigation were down roughly another $250 million, our retirement eligible costs, which we only incur during the first quarter of each year were down $900 million and all other expenses were down approximately $600 million.

As we look at the progress that we make on our LAS expenses, from the fourth quarter of 2012 when they peaked at $3.1 billion, we are now down approximately $800 million from that peak and we did all of that within the last two quarters. As a result, we previously had said that our LAS expenses ex-litigation would be approximately $2.1 billion by the end of 2013, meaning in the fourth quarter of 2013 and with the progress that we have made we now believe our fourth quarter LAS expenses will be below $2 billion in the fourth quarter of '13. Keep in mind that as we work through these the realization of these savings can be somewhat lumpy.

In addition to our LAS expenses, the $600 million improvement in all other cost was driven primarily by lower incentive compensation cost during the quarter, as well as our new BAC efforts. We remain on track to achieve $1.5 billion of new BAC quarterly savings by the fourth quarter of 2013.

On Slide 11, we give some information on the trends from an asset quality perspective and as you can see, credit quality once again improved significantly during the quarter. Net charge-offs declined to $2.1 billion, an improvement of 16% on a linked quarter basis and 42% relative to the second quarter of 2012. Our second quarter of 2013 net loss rate of 94 basis points is the first time that we've been below 100 basis points since 2006.

Given the improving trend in delinquencies and other metrics, we now expect our net charge-offs will come in below $2 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Provision expense of $1.2 billion this quarter does reflect a reserve reduction of approximately $900 million, reflecting improving credit trends. The loans coverage remained strong and given the pace of improvement in credit quality, we do anticipate continued reserve releases particularly in our consumer real estate portfolios.

Let's now move to a discussion of the performance within our lines of business on Slide 12. Consumer and Business Banking, before we go through the results, I do want to highlight a technical change that this quarter, we did move our direct and indirect auto and other specialty lending into the CBB business from global banking given that it more closely connects with consumer lending activity. This book does include $37 billion of loans and we have adjusted prior periods to having this data to be comparable.

Earnings in the business were relatively stable compared to the first quarter of '13 and up 15% from the prior year driven by both expense improvements as well as lower credit costs. We do continue to do more business with our core customers. Our average deposits were up almost $9 billion from the first quarter of '13 excluding the transfers that we had from the Wealth Management business.

Loans declined a modest 1% as a decline in our credit cards was mitigated by a balance growth in both small business, as well as auto lending. There's been a lot of discussion on our U.S. credit card balances. Those balances appear to have stabilized and at the end of the second quarter were at $90.5 billion, up from $90 billion at the end of the first quarter of this year.

Our card issuance remained strong in the second quarter and is at its highest level since 2008. U.S. consumer credit card retail spend per average active account was up 9% from the second quarter a year ago. We continue to optimize our delivery network and usage within the mobile channel continues to increase. And lastly, expense levels reflect both the benefits of the network optimization, as well as the investments to build out our specialty sales force.

If we move to Consumer Real Estate services, on Slide 13, we address home loans, one of the two businesses within our CRES segment. First mortgage retail originations were $25 billion and were up 6% from the first quarter and 41% compared with retail originations in the year ago period. Our market share in the retail mortgage space improved.

We broke through 5% versus below 4% just over a year ago. We do anticipate some slowdown in mortgage production resulting from recent increases in interest rates, and that is seen by the 5% reduction in our mortgage origination pipeline at the end of June relative to what we had seen at the end of March this year.

While production has experienced a nice trajectory over the last year, we now like the industry have experienced compression on margins that affect revenue. While these margins do remain high relative to historical periods, the compression is most notable when you look at our year-over-year production revenue.

We continue to add mortgage – or we continued to add mortgage loan officers during the second quarter primarily in the banking centers as well as other employees in our sales and fulfillment area in order to deliver a first-class mortgage experience for our customers. These actions did contribute to higher expenses in the quarter.

On Slide 14, we move to Legacy Assets and Servicing, which still did report a loss in the quarter, but showed significant improvement from the first quarter, which included the MBIA and RMBS litigation settlements, and so the reduction in expenses more than offset a decline in the revenues.

Revenues were negatively impacted by Servicing revenue decline of $175 million, as the servicing portfolio declined 17% and we had less favorable MSR hedge performance. That was partially offset by higher sales volume of loans that returned to performing status.

As you look at LAS, several key takeaways from this slide. The first is our level of 60 plus day delinquent loans which is one of the primary drivers of the elevated cost dropped below 500,000 units at the end of June, a 27% decline from the results at the end of the first quarter of '13. Recall our number of 60 plus day delinquent loans peaked at almost 1.4 million units at the end of 2010.

Looking ahead, we now expect our amount of 60 plus day delinquent loans to come down further than we originally expected to below 375,000 units by the end of 2013. As we continue to reduce these loans, the number of employees and contractors will come down and you can see that by the decrease of 5,000 people during this quarter. Expenses ex-litigation, once again were down roughly $250 million from the first quarter to $2.3 billion.

Global Wealth & Investment Management on Slide 15 had a great quarter with our results once again reflecting records in revenues, earnings as well as pretax margin. Year-over-year revenue increased 10% and net income grew by 38%. Our second quarter pretax margin of about 28% benefitted from strong revenue performance, as well as improved credit cost during the quarter. Long-term AUM flows were solid at nearly $8 billion in the quarter more than double the flows that we saw in the prior year ago period. Ending loan balances grew $5 billion in the quarter to record levels, while ending deposits declined $5 billion due to the seasonality of tax payments.

Global Banking on Slide 16 experienced strong loan growth and slightly higher investment banking fees compared to the first quarter of 2013, both of which helped to drive $1.3 billion in net income and a 22% return on allocated equity. The investment banking strength kept fees near record levels and we retained our second place ranking in net investment banking fees.

Within the investment bank, debt underwriting fees continued the momentum from near record levels during the first quarter of '13; and we are up 53% from the second quarter of 2012. Equity underwriting fees grew 10% relative to the first quarter of '13, and up 86% from the comparable year ago period due to the strong global IPO market, as well as our focus on continuing to grow capabilities within this space.

On the balance sheet, average loans increased by almost $12 billion from the first quarter driven by growth in both corporate C&I as well as commercial real estate. As you look at the loan growth, I think it's important to note the strong diversity in lending to our global customer base as the U.S. represented approximately 40% of the growth, with the balance outside of the U.S.

If we switch to Global Markets on Slide 17, we earned roughly $1 billion during the quarter on revenue of $4.2 billion, which is up significantly from the second quarter of 2012 results but down from the first quarter of '13. The business during the second quarter generated a 13% return on allocated equity. Sales and trading revenue if we back out DVA was $3.5 billion solidly above our 2012 results.

FICC sales and trading was down versus the second quarter of '12 as well as the first quarter of '13 given the rate volatility in spreads writing that we saw during the last month of the quarter. Equity sales and trading had a very strong quarter, actually the best that we have seen since the first quarter of 2011. Results ex-DVA were up 53% from the second quarter of 2012 and 4% over the first quarter of '13 as we continue to gain market share in cash equities, improved our performance in equity derivatives and had higher client balances in our financing area.

If you look at the balance sheet, trading asset levels did decline as we reduced at-risk during the end of the second quarter. Average VAR at 99% (confidence) level was $69 million in the quarter down from $80 million in the first quarter of last year.

On Slide 18, we walk you through the results of our All Other segment, which includes Global Principal Investments, our non-U.S. consumer card business, our discretionary portfolio associated with interest rate risk management, insurance as well as our international wealth management area. Gains on the sale of debt securities were $452 million in the second quarter of '13 compared to the $67 million in the first quarter and $354 million in the second quarter of 2012.

That coupled with the prior quarter cost for retirement eligible compensation, lower litigation expense, higher equity investment income, and lower provision for credit losses due primarily to the improvement in the residential mortgage portfolio drove the significant improvement in earnings in this segment compared to both the first quarter of this year and the prior year ago period.

Before we leave this slide, two things I would note for modeling purposes as it relates to preferred dividends and taxes. The first, preferred dividends, we expect our preferred dividends to drop from $441 million this quarter to about $280 million in the third quarter and then settle in around $260 million per quarter as we move forward. These declines are the result of the redemption of the $5.5 billion of the preferred stock this quarter.

If we move to taxes, the effective tax rate for the quarter was 27%. As we look out during the balance of the year, we would expect the rate to be approximately 30% plus or minus any unusual items like the U.K. tax rate reduction. As we've disclosed previously, this year's expected U.K. corporate income tax rate is likely to be reduced by 3% and will be enacted in the third quarter of this year.

As a result, for modeling purposes, you should include a charge of approximately $1.1 billion associated with the write-down of our U.K. deferred tax assets in the third quarter of this year. But keep in mind, given where we are from a DTA disallowance position, this will not impact our Basel 1 or Basel 3 capital ratios.

And before we wrap up and take questions, I'd like to leave you with a couple of thoughts about the second quarter performance. We achieved many of the objectives that we laid out for the quarter. Revenue was solid, cost came down significantly, credit continued to improve and our capital ratios remains strong and improved despite the change in both OCI as well as the initiation of our share repurchase program during the quarter.

The higher rate environment to the extent it stays with us allows us to improve our net interest income going forward, and we plan to continue to drive forward, execute on our strategy and deliver on the earnings capability of our company.

And with that, operator, we'll go ahead and open it up for questions.

Transcript Call Date 07/17/2013

Operator: Betsy Graseck, Morgan Stanley.

Betsy Graseck - Morgan Stanley: Couple of questions on improving RWAs, you mentioned that credit helped drive the RWAs down a little bit. Could you give a little bit more color on how much of the HPI improvement has already come through the RWAs, are any more to come from what's happened so far in your 2Q and your 3Q and 4Q outlook?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: When we referenced Betsy the improving credit quality, you can look at it in three different buckets. The first which you, you already pointed out, clearly HPI under Basel 3 as home prices go up, there is benefit to that and that improvement accounted for roughly a third of the improvement we saw during the quarter. The other two things that we benefited from was at the end of the quarter we had less risk on the books, so that obviously there was a reduction in risk provided some benefit, and then third, the overall credit quality of the wholesale book that we had seen also improved. So, within that credit quality characterization, it was those three things. As we look forward, any improvement, any further improvement that we have with respect to risk-weighted assets is going to be a function of home prices. Obviously the prints that we've seen during this quarter continue to be strong into the extent that the improvement continues. We would expect to benefit from that. The other thing that is noteworthy and you see this is that we do continue to run off a fair bit of legacy positions within the consumer mortgage portfolio and you saw that the home equity lines of credit is reduced by about another $3.5 billion during the quarter, and that obviously provides some benefit as well.

Betsy Graseck - Morgan Stanley: Then, a follow-up on your comment regarding the outlook for NII, where you indicated that – and actually market-related items could build from the $10.4 billion at 2Q '13. Could you describe how you are thinking about that? You have had a lot of conversations over the last quarter about what you put in your Q which is 100 basis points back up in rates (with) a meaningful increase in EPS. That's got to come more from reinvesting the cash flow or the securities portfolio. So, could you give us a sense how you drive higher NII.

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Sure. Well, in the Q, we've put out two different numbers. The first is that we've put out is the parallel, the 100 basis point parallel shift which is the end of the first quarter. I believe we've said, it was either $3.6 billion or $3.7 billion, and then we have the steepening, where just (VAR) rates went up and we had the $1.6 billion that I referenced. Obviously as we look at – and look at net interest income in the future we've not seen a parallel shift at this point, we have just seen a steepening and that's why in my comments I referenced the $1.6 billion. But as we look forward and look at the – and look forward from a net interest income perspective, to the extent that (loan-end) rates are higher and we are investing excess liquidity of the Company we will benefit from being able to invest in higher rates. The other two items that we have that will benefit net interest income going forward is we do continue to take down the debt footprint and you can see that commercial loan balances are moving up as well and we would expect the combination of those things to more than offset some of the decline in both balances and yields we have seen on the consumer side.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Just to add. If you think about sort of over the last several quarters we have been fighting the run-off portfolios and the impact of those going forward continues to mitigate. So if you look in some of the information, (with) the card balances actually growing quarter-to-quarter, whether even the home equities, the size of the run-off portfolio in mortgage is lower. You assume those that had higher yields are the general case, so the stuff coming on replacement now helps replace those yields and is better than securities. So that gives us confidence that we are starting to see the growth that helps drive the core NII.

Betsy Graseck - Morgan Stanley: Would you be looking to shift on the liquidity pool into securities, obviously it would be longer duration on the liquidity pool?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: I mean, as we place that – the first place is we continue to build liquidity that we are looking to place it is within the lines of business to fund loan growth from those customers and if you look at this quarter and you look at the balance sheet you saw some of that in that overall securities balances, I believe we are down about $18 billion, whereas our average in overall loans were up. So, clearly the lines of business to the extent that we continue to originate well structured, well priced loans that return the way that we'd like, that's where the liquidity is going to go. First, the excess liquidity is invested in a miss-environment we continue to be very mindful of the OCI risk and will manage with the mindset of mitigating that risk.

Betsy Graseck - Morgan Stanley: And then just lastly on the (VIM) pretax margin, pretty strong number this quarter and I know last quarter you called out some one-timers. Were there any one-timers in there this quarter?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: The only one-timer that I think jumps out is, if you look at it you can see that we actually had a negative provision of about $15 million for the quarter. A more normalized provision number within that business is probably $25 million to $50 million but not unlike the balance of our consumer real estate portfolio. The consumer lending with respect to mortgages in that segment benefits from the increasing home prices that we've seen. That's probably the one anomaly that Meredith was mentioning.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Betsey we've been as (indiscernible) and David Darnell, Don runs the business and along with the key things this trust has done a good job. If you look at the revenue year-over-year I think there is a 10% increase in expenses, it went up 3% in the business which as you know has high sensitivity to compensation increases. They just have been doing all the hard work in the new BAC work like everybody else and so as the markets rose they've benefitted dramatically from it.

Betsy Graseck - Morgan Stanley: So what's the targeted pretax margin there?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Over time as we look at where we are and I want to highlight over time we think that can get to a margin of 30%. But at the same time (indiscernible) called out we were at 28% this quarter and we did have some benefit from the provision line.

Betsy Graseck - Morgan Stanley: Over time includes a higher interest rate environment?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Yes. Remember they've got a lot of loans, deposits and funding in there too that benefits this rates (for us).

Operator: Matt O'Connor, Deutsche Bank.

Matthew O'Connor - Deutsche Bank North America: Within fixed income trading businesses, I mean, obviously June proved to be a tough month, I think, for a lot of folks, and it seemed like the trends were maybe a little bit weaker than we're seeing elsewhere when we factor in some of the charges that you had in the first quarter?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Sure, a couple of things on the fixed income business. If we look at the – and let's look at it year-over-year because this business probably has the most seasonality with respect to the first quarter. If you look at year-over-year and if you look within the businesses, within both the rates and currencies area as well as the different credit trading areas which we look at investment-grade, high-yield, as well as our loan sales and trading, the performance year-over-year was actually pretty good. Where we had weakness in the second quarter this year was in three areas. The first is that we continue to run off the structured credit trading book, and you had a pretty significant decline during the second quarter of '13 relative to the prior year from the continued run-off of that book. From a P&L perspective, it's largely run-off at this point, so we're not going to have to discuss that much going forward. The other two areas on a relative basis that were weaker, we have a very significant business that's got number one market shares in the municipal finance space. And if you look at the prices and the spread widening, it was very dramatic during the month of June in the muni space. That negatively affected us. And that in the mortgage space, obviously, the markup wind out significantly there and we had some lumpy items in the second quarter of 2012 as well. So, I think as you look at the quarter and you look at the fixed income business, once again, we run it as a holistic business between new issue and sales and trading, the new issue business had a great quarter. Those areas where the markets were good, rates and currencies, fixed income across -- credit trading across the board actually performed pretty well in the three areas that I mentioned; one, because it's running off and two given the market dynamics didn't perform, as well as we would have expected.

Matthew O'Connor - Deutsche Bank North America: That's very helpful color. So, just as we think about FICC going forward maybe a little bit of a lower run rate as you are running down the -- or ran down the structure trading but also hopefully less volatility given that?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: I think that's fair. And just to give you a sense Matt, the structured credit trading book this quarter was less than a $100 million. So as you look at the go forward basis there is just not much left.

Matthew O'Connor - Deutsche Bank North America: And then separately…

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Matt, just as you look at Slide 17. Both Tom Montag and team were able to do is continue to take advantage of opportunities. The equities business last year, we are still work-in-progress and the day of rebuilt that business is doing well, the fixed income Bruce just went through that. But look at the ability to drive the profit by getting the expenses lined up well. So, on the year-over-year basis the profit increased by $450 million, $460 million because we are able to maintain the expense discipline at the same time as the revenue went up. And so I think, the key there is that we're trying to manage that business in the context of who we are as an entire company in the minimum markets business. And Tom and his team continue to drive where the opportunities are and FICC aside I think had a very good quarter. But when you step back and look at it holistically their ability quarter-after-quarter to drive the profit growth or good return on capital even in more volatile spaces where we've got, obviously hit a little in FICC and the latter part of the quarter is pretty solid.

Matthew O'Connor - Deutsche Bank North America: It's helpful color. I mean we do see good core trends in the I-banking fees and of course, the equities business as you mentioned. And then just separately, if you look at loan loss provision expense going forward, you gave us some components of charge-offs and then just kind of big picture, some more reserve release; but any thoughts on just the specific level of provision expense going forward. I think you have been targeting 1.8 to 2.2 which obviously you've broke through that now for a couple of quarters?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Yeah, I think it's a good question. What I would point to is that credit quality across the board and particularly as you look at early stage delinquencies, as well as what we're seeing as we move some of the consumer real estate out is quite strong. As we've said, we think the charge-off number will come below $2 billion in the third quarter. And as you look at the reserve release, the reserve release this quarter, roughly 650 of it was from core reserves and roughly 250 of it was from PCI. We can't project PCI, but I think if you look at the core 650 and take the charge-off guidance that we've given, absent any change in home prices, you get a sense as to where we are trending.

Operator: John McDonald, Sanford Bernstein.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: Bruce, I was wondering if you had any sense of where we might think of legal expense going forward. It came down a lot this quarter. You've got some things behind you. How should we think of that number going forward?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: I think, John, as we look at legal expense, it's always a little bit difficult to predict but just under $500 million that we saw this quarter is clearly at an elevated level from what we'd expect long-term. At the same time within the $500 million there was nothing lumpy from the quarter. So, it's – I always hesitate to say too much on that because it is lumpy, but the $500 million number as it relates to a base level at least what we can tell in the near term is probably not a bad level to keep.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: Putting expenses altogether the $16 billion is probably a pretty good jumping off point for us to think going forward starting in the third quarter?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: That's correct.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: And then on the quarterly LAS trend you mentioned getting below $2 billion by the end of this year. any thoughts on what your destination for that might be by the end of 2014, ultimately you want to get that number down to $500 million, right?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: As we make progress, we've previously said, we'll get $1 billion out this year and $1 billion in 2014. We will be at a lower level at the end of '13 as we said today and I don't think it's unreasonable to think we'll get another $1 billion out in '14 relative to that lower level.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: And just separately you mentioned the DTA, I assume that DTA consumption is still helping drive up your capital ratios. Could you remind us how much DTA you have right now and how much is disallowed?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Right now on a disallowed basis under Basel 1.5 it's in the zip code of $15 billion to $16 billion. I think the important thing to keep in mind is during the quarter we didn't get the benefit that you would think from DTA because the impact of OCI offset that.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: Okay. But normally you would probably be building at close to the pretax rate you said before?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Absolutely.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: Last thing for me on NII, can you just review that again the benefit you've talked about that's a benefit from the 10 year moving up and did you say that you received $300 million of that benefit that's already in the 10.4 that we see this quarter?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: The 300 was in the 10.8, but 10.4 backs out to 300.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: Okay. So, the benefit to 700 that's to come over the next 12 months?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Yeah the 700 would be the benefit all other things being equal off of that $10.4 billion number and that's just the benefit from the moving rates, not anything else to do with the balance sheet.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: Okay. But you're thinking of that as helping the core number grow and not up…

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: That's correct. The 700 that's left is all core. The 300 was in the pre-adjustment number that we reported of 10.8 this quarter.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: Okay, right. That 300 was in core, but this the next one to come in. Got it.

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Correct.

John McDonald - Sanford Bernstein: Bruce yeah so do you have – and you have additional benefits beyond that if sure rates rise, was that the point you were making earlier?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: That's correct and I think that's the important point as you look at and I'm just going to speak to what we had in the first quarter Q the difference between a 100 basis points parallel shift and 100 basis points on the long end is an incremental $2.1 billion which is to your short-end question.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: John the power of the deposit franchise in the short rate rise because of the mix of so transactional and core-oriented, that's where there is a lot of lift left. It's not shown up yet obviously because of the steepness of the curve.

Operator: Brennan Hawken, UBS.

Brennan Hawken - UBS: A quick question I just want to confirm I believe you guys said in the past that there is when we look at the revenue decline from the sales in the MSR in the OAS business versus the corresponding reduction in expenses, which you kind of count on the lag on that front, is that right?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Yeah, there is always a lag of three to six months from when the work goes away to when the actual employees that are working on that, as well as the expenses associated with it leave the income statement.

Brennan Hawken - UBS: And in your experience generally how sensitive – what is the MSR market to say there the MSR purchase market like at this point, are you guys still out there shopping MSRs and how sensitive are those buyers to home prices?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Sure. I wanted to make sure we clear up one question that we got a lot on this. We worked hard to enter into the MSSR sales that we entered into at the end of 2012, lot of the goal associated with that was to be able to reduce the work so we could take the expenses out of our legacy assets in servicing area. We entered into a number of transactions in the fourth quarter of 2012 and those will close throughout 2013. The most significant sales have already closed and there will be some smaller sales that close during the balance of this year. Outside of the closing of those sales, any activity that you see from an MSR perspective will only be because it makes so much sense and it results in getting out loans that are very difficult to work out. But going forward you should not expect to see any incremental MSR sales and all the guidance we've given you with respect to expense as well as 60 plus day delinquencies is solely based on us doing the work that we control.

Brennan Hawken - UBS: And then on your AFS portfolio I think you guys have indicated in the past it was a roughly two year duration given your allocation to RMBS in that portfolio, did we see an extension of that duration, can you kind of help us give an idea about what the impact might have been during the quarter?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Ideally as you look at that and one of the conferences that we spoke at the comment that we had made at that point was that as you look at the impact of OCI relative to net interest income that it took between 2.5 to 3 years to be able to earn back the OCI that's lost through net interest income and you're absolutely right that durations do widen in mortgage-backed securities. So, as we leave 2012 it's more in the context of three years to earn it back s oppose to the 2.5 to 3 years that we've spoken about previously.

Brennan Hawken - UBS: And then last one for me. The results in GWIM have definitely been impressive. Can you guys speak to any change we've seen in high net worth risk appetite or behavior over the last roughly year or so and how sustainable you view that?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Well I think a year or so I didn't -- I think if you went back a little shorter than that in the first quarter as the markets move people started putting money back in the market on a retail – on a high net worth retail level and I think that trend has continued. But there is still a lot of cash out there and so if you look at some of deposit dynamics you can see that repositioning. And so we see people constructive, I'm not – we've got our research experts that can give you every year's the S&P levels and things like that. But from a general trend from both in our Private Banking clients the (eagerness) to borrow money put it to work for Private Banking and Wealth Management clients and their investment patterns we've seen they are willing to take risk over and so you've seen growth in our lending across the board and that's been -- that indicates that people are willing to take risk. I think if you look back a year ago people were not using lines and when asking for lot of lines and that's changed in the last couple of quarters.

Operator: Paul Miller, FBR.

Paul Miller - FBR: Switching to the mortgage banking side, you got 5% market share which you've really build back your market share over the last year, year and a half, but most of them are refis. With the refi with rates going up what do you think that market share goes to or you think you've done a pretty good job building up your purchase sales force for maintaining that?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Bruce wants to hit on some of that and then I'll give you some broader thoughts.

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: So, I think as you step back this quarter our purchase percentage of our overall total went up to 17% from what I believe was right around 7% during the first quarter. So, we've started to see the purchase share go up. As we look forward we have roughly 12% deposit market share throughout the country and if we're doing this business as well as we believe that we can we clearly would expect over time that that mortgage market share can grow from the 4 that we started at a year ago to the 5 that we're at today up to a high-single digit market share and as we look at where we are today relative to going forward and as we look at what some of our peers have said the 5% decline in pipeline end of second quarter this year or in the second quarter currently versus the first quarter is reflective of the fact that we're picking up share because the pipeline's aren't down as much as some others.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Paul the other thing is about 75% -- 72% 74% I think it is of the activity that we do in mortgage is really off the customer base and so we now have more than half the mortgage loan officers we have working through the branch at the retail stores on teams the people along with the financial advisors what the class that stays in the branch and personal bankers and small business banker and so that business system is really taking hold and the amount they are producing continues to grow and that's where we've placed a lot of the growth year-over-year I think we're up to 700, 800 or so of mortgage loan officers and mostly in that platform. That platform performs wells from both real refer basis plus direct to consumer basis and so we think that it will service well as the market ebbs and flows between refi purchase. And then when you look at our purchase statistics you also have to remember that we still have probably more than other of our peers a lot of the government early refinancing business going through which we identified for you. So, if you sort of back that out, you see a more represented picture of how we're doing in purchase market, but we've got to make that transition happen and the team to work hard at it.

Paul Miller - FBR: And then, can you add some color I mean we've been in the first – rates have really moved up gain on sale margins are coming down, but can you give some color where you're seeing gain on sale margin so far into the quarter or is it too early to tell?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: This quarter or the third quarter?

Paul Miller - FBR: Yeah.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: I think it's too early to tell. We've only had a couple weeks activity obviously but they came down in the quarter. Bruce why don't you?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Yeah they were down Paul 50 basis points during the second quarter relative to the first and as Bryan indicated it's too early to tell in this quarter.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Generally in this business remember – this business is a business which ebbs and flows and you know it as well than anybody. Our goal in this business is to serve our customers well and I think we've rebuilt the platform to do that and that's why we're having success. And so, as the margins have come in, they're still strong and we still make money in the business, but we got to monitor it as we go forward. It doesn't mean that we ought to take expenses down like everybody else will. It's the volumes (indiscernible).

Paul Miller - FBR: Did you disclose what your HARP percentage is? If you did, I missed it.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: We can get to you on that. We'll get to that. I don't know of off the top of my head. Do you have, Bruce…?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: It's in the 40s.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Yeah, the 40%, I thought.

Operator: Guy Moszkowski, Autonomous Research.

Guy Moszkowski - Autonomous Research: Thanks for the disclosure on the supplemental leverage ratio. I was wondering if you had any assessment of what the impact might be of the BIS proposal for add-ons on disallowed repo and CDS protection sold and disallowed derivatives collateral.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Yeah, I think at this point, Guy, we've worked hard given that these rules came out at the end of last week to be able to get to both the parent as well as to be very specific about our two primary banking subsidiaries. From best that we can tell in the different releases, that's what the U.S. regulatory framework is focused on. There are obviously some different views that were put out in BIS, but we don't have a number for you on that.

Guy Moszkowski - Autonomous Research: Okay, that's fair. I know that's early days. How will you – and stipulating to the fact that clearly based on what you've told us and some stuff that we've done, you are pretty much where you would need to be on the supplemental leverage ratio per the U.S. take. How would you think about managing your off-balance sheet lending commitment to the extent that they do drive the denominator there?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: It's one of the questions and as we have different discussions that you raised that, as policy gets set on this there is a concern of to some of the policies out there to possibly have an impact on the availability of undrawn credit and so directly to your point, to the extent that over time you're required to hold capital in this case in the form of a leverage ratio for committed undrawn facilities by definition the cost of those facilities to have truly committed facilities will need to migrate up over time so there is a fair return that's generated on the capital that needs to get help for those. To the extent that they are not committed obviously the percentage that you need to hold is much less but across the industry to the extent that you need to hold capital for those in greater amounts the costs will need to change over time. Keep in mind that doesn't kick in until 2018.

Guy Moszkowski - Autonomous Research: Fair enough, and because the numbers you gave you obviously don't have a lot of pressure to do anything there, but you're right it would seem like pricing of those facilities probably has to get rationalized. On the shares you did initiate the share repurchase and you talked about that. But there was still a fairly meaningful amount of share creep in the quarter. Was that just employee grants, although I would have expected to see those more in the first quarter and should we expect that we're at this point kind of at the high for the year in terms of the share count should it head back down to where it was say in the first quarter?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Guy I'd ask you to take a look at – and if you flip back to the balance sheet data that we present on Page 6, you can see that the actual number of outstanding shares for the quarter came down by 80 million which is the 80 million shares that we told you we repurchased. The only variation in the share count on a fully diluted basis is the treatment of the 700 million shares that were associated with the Berkshire investment. And depending on the price of the stock, as well as where the preferred shares are, that fully diluted share count can bounce around a little bit, but on a pure shares outstanding, we came down by the 80 million that we show on Slide 6.

Guy Moszkowski - Autonomous Research: Fair enough. I just have one more question. When do you expect at this point to have completed the rationalization of the branch system?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: As you go back through in the guidance and what we've spoken about is, that we wrapped and did the new BAC for the consumer businesses at the beginning of 2011. We had a plan to work through and to rationalize that branch network down to in the zip code of 5,000 branches by the end of 2014. And beyond '14 at this point, we will continue to evaluate and optimize the branch network going forward. What we've been very pleased with as we look at that optimization of the network is two things. The first is we've rationalized the network in the markets that we operate. We've been very pleased with our retention of both consumer deposits, as well as overall relationships; and that as we've rationalized that network, our customers have continued to do business with us, and just use a different branch. The second thing that I would mention is that, you've seen some announcements that in some of the more rural markets, we've actually been able to sell those branches and generate decent premiums as we've sold those. But in the near-term, we've got the plans through 5,000 and we'll continue to look to optimize based on the environment that we are operating in.

Guy Moszkowski - Autonomous Research: But it almost sounds like based on the success that you had that you outlined that might encourage you to take a little bit further or would that be reading too much into it.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: No. I think if you look at Page 12, you can sort of look at dynamics in there. So, deposits up $50 billion from last year second quarter. The branch count down about 270 in the rate paid on deposits from 19 basis points down to 12 basis points, but importantly look at (middle) banking customer and look at the uses behind that. So, this is a matter of continuing to optimize as you said, Guy, the distribution system, but it's going to be led by the customer behavior change. We are seeing -- because of our customer base and because of our capabilities like our online banking system is rated best in business ninth year in a row and things like that. The mobile banking system gets great feedbacks from our customers and the constant improvement that our ability to do this is still in front of us, because we got to watch the customer behavior and how we change. There will be some point where the core store level will probably settle in, but you're seeing it work through that if you sit there inside and have 10% more deposits in, 5% less branches and 30% more mobile customers, that's a pretty good dynamic towards expense base of the platform, and so we'll continue to optimize it, but it's going to led by our customers.

Operator: Christopher Kotowski, Oppenheimer & Company.

Christopher Kotowski - Oppenheimer & Company: I'm looking at the supplement on Page 23, where you go through the consumer real estate services and looking down the column that says home lending and year-to-date you have nearly $2 billion of revenues and only $94 million drops to the bottom line, and I'm wondering is that lack of profitability on vagary of segment accounting or is it that the business is just kind of feels margin line profitable and if so, then why (BNS)?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Yeah, the big thing there Chris – the big – remember the home loan space that the only activity that's reflected within that is the front-end or the origination side as well as a small amount of the home equity book that's held there. Keep in mind relative to our peers all of the servicing assets and the profitability that comes out of the servicing asset for what I would characterize as the quote good or current servicing is all based within the legacy assets in servicing segment. So, it's a little bit apples to oranges relative to our peers as to how to report it.

Christopher Kotowski - Oppenheimer & Company: The servicing revenues are in the LAS?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: That's correct.

Christopher Kotowski - Oppenheimer & Company: And this is just origination.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Correct.

Christopher Kotowski - Oppenheimer & Company: And is that kind of historically the norm that origination is sort of a loss leader on those?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: I wouldn't say loss leader you got to do it to make some money but the value tends to be extracted to the servicing over time. But I think the reality is that we've been building this up and investing in it and as we sort of reach a level the way the investments paying us back we still have a lot of efficiency to get in this business too.

Christopher Kotowski - Oppenheimer & Company: And then overall in terms of liquidity I mean it looks like your non-loan earnings assets were down by almost $40 billion this quarter. How much further do you suppose you can run those down as you – as a way you reduce your debt footprint?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Well, for liquidity I think let me go back and you have to be careful with what you're referring to on the liquidity side keep in mind a big chunk $18 billion of what you saw was a result of what we saw in running down the debt footprint and as we said we've got $13 billion of maturities left in the balance of '13 and just under $40 billion during 2014. So, we will continue to be a net reducer of our debt balances and we'd expect that to continue to benefit the net interest income line.

Operator: Moshe Orenbuch, Credit Suisse.

Moshe Orenbuch - Credit Suisse: Could you talk a little bit about whether you either have it doesn't look like it, but whether you have or are planning to kind of retain mortgage loans in the second half of the year? I've got a follow-up question too.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: I'm sorry I'm not sure I understand your first question.

Moshe Orenbuch - Credit Suisse: Well I mean when you think about – you said in terms of the investment portfolio you'd kind od be cognizant of the AOCI impact, you could achieve a similar objective without that by retaining just – retaining residential mortgages?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: Sure. We would expect and if you look at during the quarter and you look at the composition and keep in mind Moshe that you do have loans repaid but during the quarter as it relates to the origination activity that we had with our core clients that there were about $13 billion of residential mortgage loans that were originated through the core platform, roughly a third of which were through our Wealth Management area and the balance through our CBB segment. So, there is an origination of activity and as I've said the investment portfolio is there to invest the residual of what to use. There will be some incremental investments during the year, but I don't think in the aggregate you should expect to see the overall level of securities balances change dramatically between now and the end of the year.

Moshe Orenbuch - Credit Suisse: And maybe given that you've been kind of ahead of or meeting at least or regulatory capital levels kind of faster than some of your large peers, what are the areas that you think could benefit from incremental kind of capital investment or where they might be divesting? Are there any opportunities there?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: What we are focused on and you have seen two different levels of activities amongst our peers. You have seen some looking to deploy and to invest in those areas where there are things that are being sold. What you’re going to see us and I think you see some of it as you look at our commercial loan activities, we’re very much focused given the capital liquidity that we have built and using that capital liquidity within our core customer segments. So when you look at that liquidity, if you look at our wealth management business, you will see that the loan balances were up $5 billion, Q1 to Q2, because of what we are doing from securities lending perspective and a mortgage lending perspective. You look at the commercial loan balances and so they were up $10 billion. That’s not from buying loans or doing anything else. I do think though to your point, some of that comes from being able to lend where other people are pulling back. So, you’re not going to see anything inorganic that we’re doing. What you will see and what you should expect us is to continue to driving those growth in those customer areas where because of the dynamics that you have mentioned other people might be doing less.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: If you link this question to the last question about the efficiency, the mortgage business, year-over-year we deployed about $5,000 people, about 25% increase to make sure we can close mortgage on time and meet the demand of the customers. So, at the same time the headcount of the overall company is down significantly. We have that kind of investment go on. We have more commercial bankers today than we had a year ago. We have more small business bankers, financial services advisor branches, so we continue to make the investments. It’s not really about capital I think, because we still have so many loan portfolios that are running off, that if we replace them it would be good core growth to replace them. It’s more about expense dollars and redeployment. That’s where we make the judgments right now, and so businesses are returning the cost of capital on the allocated capital, which is regulatory minimums or above. But it’s really the question of where to put the expense dollars and that’s what we are focused on, so in the core business we have the best opportunity.

Moshe Orenbuch - Credit Suisse: Just a follow-up on that, Brian. Do you have a number in mind as to how much you would look to reinvest of the expense savings that you’re generating?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: It’s a net number. So we don’t give you a number that doesn’t take account. But for this year, just to give you an example, we’ll spend $1.1 billion in connection with the new (indiscernible) ideas, which are expense revenue and improving our company basis that is on top of the $2.5 billion we spend otherwise in systems development. That’s pure systems development initiatives to help drive this Company. So there’s investment going in. But all the numbers we give you are net of all the investments we are making. So we are giving a net number, but we are investing significantly at the same time. That was what Bruce and the management team set out a few years ago, was we had to make sure we progressed the core franchise and at the same time we brought the expense base and headcount down.

Operator: Nancy Bush, NAB Research.

Nancy Bush - NAB Research: Two questions for you. You’ve made gains in market share and mortgage and you said that you have stabilized the credit card. Are you going to be able to gain share in credit card? How do you look to do that?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: I think we are in a position, Nancy, for the first time in a long while to – we’ve been stabilizing credit card for a couple of quarters, because we have seen it sort of settle in. We divested some portfolios, as you know. We sized out of some of the business that we didn’t find attractive. In this quarter, we saw the increase for the first time, I think, in almost five years, and so the team produced about 975,000 new cards this quarter, up from 950-ish last quarter. That is a multi-year high in production, I think, it goes back to 2008. So we should see this go on. Now you have activity levels. You have got to be careful in the summer and things like that. But overall, the baseline is set now. That restructured portfolio, which we have shown you guys, I think, started at $15 billion-$20 billion several years ago, and it’s now down to few billions. So the underlying dynamics is that we should be able to grow the business and hold our share. If you look over the last couple of quarters, we’re basically flattish share wise and card balance is a little bit down, but in line with the peers. So, we feel good that we finally reached this point after five years of hard work of restructuring that business.

Nancy Bush - NAB Research: Is that a business where you want to gain share, if you could just sort of give your overall philosophy on the credit card business right now.

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: We will continue to drive share among our customers. We have low penetration in certain segments and low uses of our card in other segments. So we are driving it through three or four core products. The Cash 123 products for people who feel that’s what they want in the card through the travel rewards and other rewards products and we’re seeing the cards come in through those core products and we are driving. Yes, we want to grow share in the context of our customers in the select (affinity) teams that we work with across the country.

Nancy Bush - NAB Research: The second question I have is somewhat imprecise, and I apologize in advance. But I think what everybody is waiting for with your stock and with the earnings outlook is for this massive deposit gathering network to get profitable. And we understand that is a function of short rates going up. Can you kind of walk us through this? Is there an ideal yield curve? Is there an absolute level of short rates? I mean, what do we have to see to begin to see the branches get massively profitable?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Well, the first thing to your point, if we look at and if you go to the supplement, that during the second quarter the deposit segment within CBB did make $0.5 billion during the quarter. As we look forward though more directly to your point, to the extent that the overall yield curve shifts up, and this is once again in our first quarter Q, that the benefit from a net interest income perspective on a 100 basis point parallel shift as of the end of the first quarter was over $3.5 billion, the lion's share of which is going to flow through the consumer segment. So, as it relates to where we are now, it is profitable. We made almost $0.5 billion. We continue to optimize and to reduce the expenses to make it more profitable. And you're correct, once rates go up; it will become much more so.

Nancy Bush - NAB Research: If I could just finally ask a corollary to that question, because of all the issues that you've had in the past few years with closing branches, changing the branch models, several different sort of programs to change the retail footprint of the Company, is there going to be a need as rates go up to give more of that benefit to your customers? In other words, are you going to have act differently in deposit pricing this time around than you have in previous rate cycles?

Brian T. Moynihan - CEO: I think, Nancy, if you think about the lot of adjustments we made on the fee side for the general consumer customer of (indiscernible), and I think they have – the customers have benefited dramatically on our position and how we – overdrafts and other types of fees. So, I think that that will be – that is the – (the following) of your point, the payback to the customers, as rates rise, we will meet the market and grow with the market as we've been doing. But interestingly enough, remember the constitution of deposits across the last three years, we’ve run off a lot of CDs and other things which are not (indiscernible) products. It’s really become more and more core every single quarter, and that will play to our benefit because transactional deposits, checking accounts are non-interest at this point. So as rates rises, no extra cost.

Operator: Mike Mayo, CLSA.

Michael Mayo - CLSA: I have three real small questions and one bigger question. What tax rate should we assume to be normal?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: At this point, as we have said 30% is a reasonable effective tax rate for the last two quarters of the year, realizing that you need to add about $1.1 billion to that for the U.K. tax and as we go into 2014 and 2015 that 30% migrates into more of a 32%, 33% effective tax rate based on what we think we will be earning as we go into ’14 and ’15.

Michael Mayo - CLSA: Secondly, the GWIM margin of 28%, I am just trying to compare that to the old Merrill Lynch Wealth Management margin, and you have the asset management and U.S. Trust in there. Can you give us some estimate where that 28% margin would be? Would it be 26% or 25% or…?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Where it would be – I am not sure…

Michael Mayo - CLSA: Excluding U.S. Trust and excluding asset management and other, just a pure brokerage business, what kind of margin did that have? I am trying to see if it is the highest brokerage margin ever perhaps if you can go back to the old Merrill Lynch.?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: We don’t disclose the difference between – what you’re asking is the margin in the U.S. Trust materially different than what it is in the traditional Merrill Lynch Wealth Management model. You should not assume that the margin improvement and the 28% is driven by a mix. Virtually all of that margin is driven by overall what we’re seeing within what you’ve characterized as the traditional wealth management business at Merrill Lynch.

Michael Mayo - CLSA: Then as far as net interest income, you said you had a $300 million benefit this quarter from the increase in the 10-year. So, am I just doing the math right, you had $10.5 billion of net interest income, so it added 3% just this last quarter or really in the last month? It just seems like a lot. I mean, that’s a nice benefit.

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: Well, a keep an eye, Mike in. if you flip to Slide 9, we show both the reported as well as the actual number, and the reason why that increase in interest rates led to the improvement in NII is because you need to adjust the way you look at premium securities when rates go up to reflect the slowdown in the rate at which you would expect to be paid back. So that is more of a life of loan type adjustment, and that’s why it’s $300 million. It’s the reason why we show you the number both ways.

Michael Mayo - CLSA: Lastly, as the legal expense came way down. You expect to stay around $500 million, but I am still focused on the $8.5 billion settlement and I go down to the (Court House) in lower Manhattan and what I think I hear and again correct my thinking. What I think I hear some lawyers say that Bank of New York rubber stamped the $8.5 billion agreement and therefore through the $8.5 billion deal out. What I think I hear the Kathy Patrick side say is accept the $8.5 billion deal, it’s the best economic alternative out there. So my question is you have $8.5 billion reserves, the $8.5 billion settlement. Your disclosures say if the judge does not approve the deal, your reserves would go higher. So my question is how much higher would your reserves go if the judge does not approve the deal and what part of my logic would you like to perhaps correct?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: The first is that we’re not going to comment on the ins and the outs on the $8.5 billion because as you know technically we are not a part of that. The second thing is it relates to that that I would say is and I think if you go back and look at one of the comments that we have made we accrued the $8.5 billion assuming that all 424 trusts were at the point where they got to the 25% to where there was a negotiation. So at this point to comment whether or not we think the reserves would be higher or they could be lower is really not appropriate because right now there is an $8.5 billion settlement, that’s going through the process. We’ve accrued based on what 22 of the largest investors said was a fair deal, and as you know when we set up the reserves, we applied that same methodology to a variety of our other exposures and to speculate or to comment before then, given where we are in this, I just don’t think is appropriate, Mike.

Michael Mayo - CLSA: I think (indiscernible) thought it would all be wrapped up by now. Any sense of when this might be wrapped up, when you might have this behind you?

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: I am not sure that we ever said that we thought it would be wrapped up in the second quarter. What we do know is what you know now given how you followed the case that I believe that there is a court schedule set up through the 26th of July. It’s not clear whether or not it will be wrapped by the 26th or go beyond that. And we will just have to see how the process unfolds.

Michael Mayo - CLSA: Thank you.

Bruce R. Thompson - CFO: I believe that at this point that we’re through all the questions, so thank you very much for joining us this morning and we look forward to talking to you next quarter.

Operator: This concludes today's program. Have a great day. You may disconnect at this time.