Last week, the New York Attorney General disclosed that it would be investigating securitization and underwriting practices by Countrywide, which was acquired in 2008 by Bank of America . In this video, Motley Fool financial analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss why this may push BAC to settle in its lawsuit with MBIA . MBIA claims that Bank of America still owes the company billions over bad mortgages that it wants the bank to buy back; allowing the case to continue might strengthen the Attorney General's case against BAC. Matt and David also talk about the dire straights MBIA is facing financially, and why this settlement might be life or death for the company. 

Many investors are also hoping to see Bank of America settle, and move one step closer to putting its legal troubles behind it. Bank of America's stock doubled in 2012. Is there more yet to come? With significant challenges still ahead, it's critical to have a solid understanding of this megabank before adding it to your portfolio. In The Motley Fool's premium research report on B of A, analysts Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, and Matt Koppenheffer, Financials bureau chief, lift the veil on the bank's operations, including detailing three reasons to buy and three reasons to sell. Click here now to claim your copy, and as an added bonus, you'll receive a full year of FREE updates and expert guidance as key news breaks.

 

The article Did MBIA Get the Upper Hand on B of A? originally appeared on Fool.com.

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