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January 7, 2013
07:32 EDTFNMA, BACBank of America announces settlement with Fannie Mae
Bank of America (BAC) announced agreements with the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) to resolve outstanding and potential repurchase and certain other claims relating to the origination, sale and delivery of substantially all residential mortgage loans originated and sold directly to Fannie Mae from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2008 by entities related to Countrywide Financial Corporation and Bank of America, National Association. The agreements with Fannie Mae cover loans with an aggregate original principal balance of approximately $1.4 trillion and an aggregate outstanding principal balance of approximately $300 billion. As part of the agreement to settle representations and warranties claims, Bank of America will make a cash payment to Fannie Mae of $3.6 billion and also repurchase for $6.75 billion certain residential mortgage loans sold to Fannie Mae, which Bank of America has valued at less than the purchase price. These actions are expected to be covered by existing reserves and an additional $2.5 billion in representations and warranties provision recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012. Bank of America also agreed to make a cash payment to Fannie Mae to settle substantially all of Fannie Mae’s outstanding and future claims for compensatory fees arising out of past foreclosure delays. This payment is expected to be covered by existing reserves and an additional provision of $260 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012. These actions described above are expected to reduce Bank of America’s pretax income by approximately $2.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. After giving effect to the settlement agreements with Fannie Mae announced today, the company expects to reduce the range of possible loss above existing accruals for both GSE and non-GSE representations and warranties exposures to up to $4.0 billion at December 31, 2012, compared to up to $6.0 billion at September 30, 2012.
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March 31, 2015
08:29 EDTBACDOJ examining dealership loans to minority auto buyers, NY Times says
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March 30, 2015
07:44 EDTBACBasel Committee says new regulations unlikely, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Basel Committee secretary-general William Coen stated most of the post-financial crisis bank regulation is in place, and the committee will now spend 2015 providing clarity on existing regulation. Coen stated that he is strongly inclined to review bank trading book rules by year's end, though the committee's review of market risk regulations may or may not be completed this year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
March 29, 2015
18:02 EDTBACECB stimulus may boost trading opportunities for investment banks, Reuters says
The European economic stimulus plan may boost trading opportunities for major investment banks whose profits have been curtailed by an increase in financial regulations since the financial crisis, says Reuters. publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
March 27, 2015
13:47 EDTBACBofA Merrill's John Cavanagh leaves bank, Reuters reports
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09:37 EDTBACGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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March 26, 2015
11:46 EDTBACBofA: Naming CEO Moynihan chairman followed 'probing independent review'
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08:17 EDTBACSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
March 24, 2015
07:45 EDTBACMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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07:19 EDTFNMAOcwen to sell additional $25B portfolio to Nationstar
Ocwen Financial (OCN) announced that its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing and Nationstar Mortgage, an indirectly-held, wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM) have agreed in principle to the sale by Ocwen of residential mortgage servicing rights on a portfolio consisting of approximately 142,000 loans owned by Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) with a total principal balance of approximately $25B. Subject to a definitive agreement, approvals by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and FHFA and other customary conditions, Ocwen and Nationstar expect the transaction to close before mid-year.
March 23, 2015
09:56 EDTBACMassachusetts securities regulator fines Merrill Lynch $2.5M, Reuters reports
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has fined Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit $2.5M for failing to supervise employees properly, Reuters reports. Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith was accused of failing to stick to its own compliance rules. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
10:36 EDTBACBank of America changes bylaws to allow some investors to nominate directors
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05:57 EDTBACBank of America faces pressure to defend structure, Financial Times reports
Bank of America will have to defend its current structure at its annual meeting in May after the SEC allowed a small shareholder the right to challenge the board on a break-up, reports the Financial Times. Bank of America's board could be under pressure to appoint a committee to examine a plan for divesting all non-core banking businesses if a proposal from Barlett Naylor of Public Citizen is adopted. Reference Link
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTBACU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTBACSEC says BofA must put investment bank spinoff to shareholder vote, Reuters says
The SEC has told Bank of America that it must allow shareholders to vote on whether the company will attempt to spin off its investment bank unit, reports Reuters, citing a decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A bank spokesperson said the company "will respond to the proposal in our proxy statement." Reference Link

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