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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-07-13 09:06 AM
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Bank of America in $10B-plus mortgage settlement

Jan 7, 9:19 AM EST

Bank of America in $10B-plus mortgage settlement

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bank of America says it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims resulting from the housing meltdown.

Under the deal announced Monday, the bank will pay $3.6 billion to Fannie Mae and buy back $6.75 billion in loans that the North Carolina-based bank and its Countrywide banking unit sold to the government agency from Jan. 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2008. That includes about 30,000 loans.

Its shares edged up 14 cents to $12.25 in premarket trading after the announcement.

CEO Brian Moynihan said the agreements were "a significant step" in resolving the bank's remaining legacy mortgage issues while streamlining the company and reducing future expenses.

Bank of America bought Countrywide Financial Corp. in July 2008, just before the financial crisis. Countrywide was a giant in mortgage lending, but was also known for approving risky loans.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which packaged loans into securities and sold them to investors, were effectively nationalized in 2008 when they nearly collapsed under the weight of their mortgage losses.



http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BANK_OF_AMERI...

Actually, they were put into conservativeship, like many a senile grandparent. Fannie Mae started as a New Deal program. Then, it went quasi public (or quasi private, whatever), where private parties ran it into the ground, bleeding it as they went.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-07-13 11:05 AM
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1. Does this mean the market rewards honesty?
"Its shares edged up 14 cents to $12.25 in premarket trading after the announcement."

Well, semi-honesty. Or not. Perceived honesty.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-08-13 08:51 AM
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2. Maybe the settlement was for a lower sum than the market thought it might be.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-08-13 04:26 PM
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3. That was it!
How do you think of this stuff. The settlement should have been way more.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-13 04:07 AM
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4. For one thing, I just don't believe that financial markets reward honesty per se.
If the stock went up on announcement of a settlement, there has to be some other reason, usually that the settlement was more favorable than anyone anticipated.

For another thing, government and quasi-government agents often settle with big business for a lot less than they should. Maybe always.


Besides, taking a lot of $$ from the banks would only hasten the day when we will bail them out again; and no one wants that.


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