Reuters reports that the firm usually culls out the weakest 5% of its employees around now following annual appraisals, but the cuts will likely be deeper in some businesses, particularly equities trading, where volumes and earnings are weak.
Fixed-income trading at Goldman, which took big hits last year but has had better volumes this year, will likely see cuts of less than 5%, the sources said.
'As market activity has picked up in certain areas, we remain focused on prudently managing expenses and allocating resources to ensure we are best able to meet our clients' needs and generate good returns for our shareholders', said Goldman spokesman David Wells, who declined to comment on layoffs.
In the meantime, Bloomberg reports that JPMorgan Chase expects headcount to decline by about 4,000 in 2013 as Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon targets mortgage operations for cuts.
Dimon is seeking expense reductions of $1bn after posting three straight years of record net income.