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The Systemic Effects of Countrywide Going Bust…

It looks increasingly likely that the deal of Bank of America (BAC) buying Countrywide (CFC) may collapse: according to many banking experts once BAC does its due diligence on this deal it will become obvious that Countrywide is effectively bankrupt (negative equity) and saddled with a mountain of litigation and potential liabilities whose size are likely to be extremely large and uncertain. The point that is becoming clear is that BAC will be better off paying the modest break-up fee and walk away from a deal that sucks in every dimension. So if CFC goes bankrupt (its bank subsidiary[...]

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