CHARLOTTE, N.C. - For the first year in almost a decade, executives at Bank of America Corp. do not have to worry about closing a merger. And James Hance Jr., vice chairman and chief financial officer, says he couldn't be happier.

"Since 1992, we have basically had a megamerger every year," he said. "This is the first year in a long time that we are not facing the disruptions of a big deal, and frankly, it is nice not to have to worry about it."

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