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Bank of America Faces New Housing, Forex Probes

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 06:48 PM

Bank of America is facing new probes into its mortgage practices as well as its foreign exchange business.

The bank, which has already paid out billions of dollars to settle legal claims resulting from the housing and financial crisis, said in a regulatory filing late Tuesday that it was cooperating with government authorities in North America, Europe and Asia. The authorities are investigating a "significant" number of participants in the foreign exchange markets for their conduct over a number of years.

Bank of America also said that the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York is conducting an investigation concerning its compliance with the requirements of the Federal Housing Administration's Direct Endorsement Program and the quality of mortgages it passed along to the government-backed mortgage agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The bank also increased its estimate of possible losses from legal actions against it by $1 billion to $6.1 billion from $5.1 billion for the end of the third quarter.

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Bank of America disclosed late Tuesday that it is facing new probes on three continents into its mortgage practices as well as its foreign exchange business.
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