Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2005

Merrill Lynch in 2003: Sunny Skies Ahead?

by Boris Groysberg, Paul M. Healy and David Kiron

Abstract

Merrill Lynch (ML) is at a crossroads. Stan O'Neal became its CEO and implemented a radical cost-cutting program. In addition, the company dot-com continues to recover from the fallout from the Enron and dot-com scandals. What are the future prospects for ML? Can the firm compete against its traditional competitors or against the recently merged Goliaths of banking, such as Citigroup?

Keywords: Management Teams; Forecasting and Prediction; Financial Condition; Investment; Financial Services Industry; Insurance Industry; United States;

Citation:

Groysberg, Boris, Paul M. Healy, and David Kiron. "Merrill Lynch in 2003: Sunny Skies Ahead?" Harvard Business School Case 105-067, April 2005.