Bank of America - The Contrarian

I welcome the Bank of America (BAC) acquisition of Countrywide (CFC), as for the first time as I can remember BAC acts as a contrarian investor. I really don’t know what CFC is worth but I know it is worth more in BAC’s hands than as a stand alone company. BAC will be able to provide CFC with liquidity and staying power to survive through the current crisis. In other words it brings continuity to the table (customers and partners that were having second thoughts about dealing with CFC are likely to stick around now).

I am applauding this deal because typically these are done at the top of the market, but BAC found a restraint to wait till things went to hell. Yes, it was early with its first purchase, but picking bottoms is not easy, even for almighty BAC.

Vitaliy Katsenelson

I am the CEO at Investment Management Associates, which is anything but your average investment firm. (Seriously, take a look.)

I wrote two books on investing, which were published by John Wiley & Sons and have been translated into eight languages. (Even in Polish!)

In a brief moment of senility, Forbes magazine called me “the new Benjamin Graham.” (They must have been impressed by the eloquence of the Polish translation.)

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