Why Investors Should Care About Bank of America Corp's Latest Bad News

If there's one thing investors can rely on, it's the fact that Bank of America (NYSE: BAC  ) will continue to surprise shareholders with bad news. On Monday, the Charlotte-based bank suspended its recent dividend increase after uncovering an error in the way it accounted for cumulative realized losses on securities inherited via its 2009 purchase of Merrill Lynch.

The announcement sent shares tumbling. By the end of the day, they had dropped more than 6%, and settled at their lowest point in almost six months.

The issue now is whether or not Bank of America will be given reapproval by the Federal Reserve to increase its quarterly distribution for the 2014 fiscal year. In the video below, Motley Fool contributor John Maxfield draws a parallel to Citigroup (NYSE: C  ) to explain why he believes the central bank may decline to do so.

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  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 7:43 PM, Hansen wrote:

    Bank of America issued more than a million new credit cards during the quarter.

  • Report this Comment On May 01, 2014, at 1:06 PM, SkepikI wrote:

    ^ well thats comforting Hansen....more credit extended by a bank that cant accurately calculate its required reserves! What's next? More loan origination from banks that cant calculate interest?

    John- I wont know what you had to say cause I wont view videos with no transcript. But I DO wonder how you are doing convincing the local MF fans of BAC that there are dolts and charlatans running the bank?

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