Did Bank of America Corp Tarnish the Entire Banking Sector?

Last month, Bank of America shareholders rejoiced after the bank announced it would raise its annual dividend by 400% from $0.05 to $0.20 and commit to buying back more than $4 billion worth of its common stock. However, Bank of America recently disclosed it would be suspending its capital plans and resubmitting to the Federal Reserve for approval following a realization the bank made a mistake in the way it categorized structured notes it assumed when it acquired Merrill Lynch in 2009.

In the following segment from an episode of Where the Money Is, banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss Bank of America's latest issue and what it means for the broader financial sector. Matt believes the issue at Bank of America says as much about the Federal Reserve and its stress testing methods as it does about Bank of America's inability to correct account for its capital. Valuing a bank can be tall task, should investors even try?

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  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 10:28 PM, luthdawg1959 wrote:

    I see you take the fool part literary. The Dividend increased from 1 cent to 5 cent per quarter which represented the 400% increase or 4 cent to 20 cents annually.. NOT 5 cents to 20 cents. Math much?

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 7:38 PM, Hansen wrote:

    Bank of America litigation expenses were the main setback for the company in the quarter, which swelled from $2.2 billion last year to a massive $6 billion during the period.

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