Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bank of America Settles Mortgage Issues for $8.5 Billion

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 4: The Bank of Americ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Bank of America and its Countrywide unit will pay $8.5 billion to settle claims that the lenders sold poor-quality mortgage-backed securities that went sour when the housing market collapsed.

The deal, announced Wednesday, comes after a group of 22 investors demanded that the Charlotte, N.C. bank repurchase $47 billion in mortgages that its Countrywide unit sold to them in the form of bonds. The group, which includes the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Pimco Investment Management, and Blackrock Financial Management, argued that Countrywide enriched itself at the expense of investors by continuing to service bad loans while running up servicing fees.

Bank of America, which bought Countrywide in 2008 for $4 billion, has denied those claims.
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said Wednesday that the settlement would minimize "future economic uncertainty" in the banking business and "clean up the mortgage issues largely stemming from our purchase of Countrywide."

If you want to fully understand the issues in the Wall Street Meltdown, get the academy award winning movie "The Inside Job". If you think you are mad now, just wait until you better understand the whole issue. You'll wonder why people didn't go to jail!

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