Any Bank of America investor or banking-sector fan knows that Bank of America's acquisition of Countrywide will go down as one of the worst of all time.

The mortgages written by Countrywide ultimately became responsible for billions of dollars of legal expenses for Bank of America. But how much worse were these loans? Matt Koppenheffer details these loans in his article "The Great Undoing of Bank of America."

In this video, Matt joins Motley Fool banking analyst David Hanson to discuss this article and tell investors the key takeaway from the multiyear debacle.

With the amount of legal uncertainty diminishing for Bank of America, are shares poised to climb higher? 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, analyst Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, joins Matt to 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.

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Even worse than the bad Countrywide loans is the fact that many of the people that wrote them were hired by other banks and mortgage lenders. So they are still out there, waiting for thier next victim. Amazes me how anyone that was a former Countrywide employee could find a job in banking or finance, but then you only have to look at JP Morgan and thier CEO, to realize that greed outweighs ethics every day in that industry.

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