As it waits for the fee income that will come once interest rates rise, Bank of New York Mellon will continue to try and control costs and focus on expanding its asset management and asset servicing businesses overseas, the firm said during an earnings call last Wednesday.

Robert Kelly, BNY Mellon's chief executive, said the firm will cut expenses by $100 million, or 4.3%, this year. "There are a lot of opportunities to drive efficiencies in our businesses," he said. "Executives will re-engineer operations to make us more efficient."

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