Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Bank of America CountryWide Watch
Bank of America today announced its management structure for the combined companies. This is certainly a signal that they do not intend to scuttle the deal despite my humble advice to the contrary. This also in despite of what the market seems to be telling them. BofA's stock is down nearly 20% YTD. In fact, BofA is trading at its 5 year low. By comparison, US Bank which I think is one of the best managed banks in the country, is up 10% YTD. I still can't imagine the bank assuming all of the legal and credit risk now peculating up at CountryWide. The managed bankruptcy I wrote about earlier must be the path they are on. But, that could prove costly as well because it will most certainly trigger additional lawsuits attempting to shift the liabilities to BofA. It will be interesting to watch this unfold.