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Mortgage Buybacks

According to Standard & Poor’s, the top U.S. banks could face up to $31 billion in losses from buying back bad mortgages. Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co have the most exposure to such potential repurchase obligations, followed by Wells Fargo & Co, Citigroup Inc, US Bancorp and PNC Financial Services Group, according to S&P analyst Vandana Sharma. In partcular, analysts believe that Bank of America has lost so much credibility with investors that the stock’s decline might start feeding on itself.


  1. According to the article, what percentage of losses from mortgage buybacks have the six companies already accounted for?
  2. Besides the losses, what reason do analysts propose will lead to decreases in net interest income?
  3. Based on Weil’s article, how did Bank of America record the transaction when it purchased Countrywide? 
  4. Rewrite Weil’s 1st paragraph after the “Tipping Point” subtitle, in simple terms, as if you were explaining it to your grandmother or your roommate.


Staff. (2010). Banks Face $31 Billion Loss on Mortgage Buybacks: Report, Reuters, November 8. (Retrievable online at (2010). BofA Under Pressure to Buy Back $47B in Debt (Retrievable online at

Weil, J (2010). Bank of America Edges Closer to Tipping Point: Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg News, Nov. 3.