May 08, 2008

Will Bernanke and Paulson let Countrywide Toxic Mortage fail (after BofA pulls out in the next few days)?


It's coming.

You can just feel it.

Countrywide is about to go belly up, Angelo Mozilo is about to be indicted, and BofA is about to make a run for it.

No way this deal goes through as announced. No way.

So the question is - is Countrywide "too big to fail"?

I don't think so. We're not talking trillions in counter-party risk like Bear Stearns. And we're talking about a company that everyone pretty much knows is going belly up anyway.


If you have ANY money in Countrywide, GET IT OUT AND GET IT OUT NOW.

Stick a fork in it. This orange pig is toast.

Beware Collapse of Bank of America-Countywide Deal

28 comments:

Edgar Alpo said...

It won't matter, the crooks always get to keep their loot. I wish I could live to see the day when all their heads are impaled and hoisted upon pikes made of sharpened 2x4s.

Tan Man's Corporate Prostitute said...

Keith--

I work for CFC, and I have to say, I hope this barge does go tits up and SOON!!

I don't know how we can keep going, pretending everything is hunky dory with all the news out there...I just can't do it anymore!!!!!

Working at Hooters is starting to sound like fun...seriously!

Anonymous said...

They are a mortgage lender - definitely not too big to fail. BS has 7 trillion of derivatives contracts outstanding taht would have blown up the bond market had they gone under.

AZDavidPhx said...

Thanks for the heads-up.

I just initiated the transfer of all my cash out of my Countrywide account.

Interest rate isn't as good in the other account, but figure it's better to be safe than sorry for the next few months to see if they collapse.

Anonymous said...

I say old Hank better start dancing to distract the market tomorrow. With AIG the latest to hit the skids the market will not be happy tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

The take home message here is that they may actually believe "the worst is behind us" and they will start letting things fail.

Bush vetoing the give away to the little guy is another aspect of this confidence/hubris.

Anonymous said...

This is usually a bad sign of inflation:

When the value of money is worth less than the metal it's made of.

Congress considers the steel penny

Anonymous said...

Not only will Countrywide fail completely so will the much bigger and more dangerous financial neutron bombs Fannie and Freddie.

And you the American people will be the one's to bail them out.

HahahahahaAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Grilled snapper turtles here we come!!

mairca izda debol said...

Mairca is evil. We should kill all Maircans. Start the killing on both coasts and work your way into flyover territory

Refuse to buy overpriced said...

If Bernanke intervenes to help Countrywide, he will lose that last little shred of respect that I still have for him.

Citigroup said...

Citigroup considers $400bn asset sale

By Francesco Guerrera in New York

Published: May 9 2008 00:41 | Last updated: May 9 2008 00:41

Citigroup will on Friday identify as much as $400bn in non-core assets that could be sold as part of plans to reduce costs and restore profit growth to double-digit rates, according to people close to the situation.

At a long-awaited meeting with Wall Street analysts, Vikram Pandit, Citi’s chief executive, also plans to confirm his pledge, first disclosed in the Financial Times, to cut Citi’s cost base of over $60bn by about 20 per cent.

TM said...

They may have been "too big to fail" a couple years ago, but not anymore. Goodbye CFC. And good riddance.

Anonymous said...

here are major insiders and major holders of stock according to yahoo financial at this time. would someone care to explain to me why these companies never bailed on this investment when they had the chance or is it that they couldn't?

i mean what does this all mean? that all of these investments now go to zero? doesn't that put a crimp in someone's portfolio? or do they know something we don't? do they smell a federal bailout coming?....

Major Holders

% of Shares Held by All Insider and 5% Owners: 8%
% of Shares Held by Institutional & Mutual Fund Owners: 109%
% of Float Held by Institutional & Mutual Fund Owners: 118%
Number of Institutions Holding Shares: 381

MAJOR DIRECT HOLDERS (FORMS 3 & 4)
Holder Shares Reported
MOZILO ANGELO R 497,297 12-Oct-07
GARCIA CARLOS MANUEL 496,391 21-Jun-07
SIERACKI ERIC P 221,928 31-May-07
SAMBOL DAVID 200,837 19-Jul-07
DONATO ROBERT J 189,647 1-Apr-08




TOP INSTITUTIONAL HOLDERS
Holder Shares % Out Value* Reported
BRANDES INVESTMENT PARTNERS L.P. 55,325,167 9.53 $494,606,992 31-Dec-07
Legg Mason Capital Management, Inc. 54,636,544 9.41 $488,450,703 31-Dec-07
Capital World Investors 31,259,000 5.38 $279,455,460 31-Dec-07
FMR LLC 30,992,478 5.34 $277,072,753 31-Dec-07
GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC 28,095,122 4.84 $251,170,390 31-Dec-07
Capital Research Global Investors 25,450,000 4.38 $227,523,000 31-Dec-07
WELLINGTON MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLP 23,883,186 4.11 $213,515,682 31-Dec-07
Barclays Global Investors UK Holdings Ltd 22,376,812 3.85 $200,048,699 31-Dec-07
PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, LLC 22,128,424 3.81 $197,828,110 31-Dec-07
Allianz Global Investors of America L.P. 21,857,872 3.76 $415,518,146 30-Sep-07

TOP MUTUAL FUND HOLDERS
Holder Shares % Out Value* Reported
Capital Research Global Investors 25,450,000 4.38 $227,523,000 31-Dec-07
WASHINGTON MUTUAL INVESTORS FUND 15,794,000 2.72 $141,198,360 31-Dec-07
LEGG MASON OPPORTUNITY TRUST FUND 13,500,000 2.32 $120,690,000 31-Dec-07
AMERICAN FDS INSURANCE SER-GROWTH/INCOME FD 8,500,000 1.46 $75,990,000 31-Dec-07
JOHN HANCOCK CLASSIC VALUE FUND 8,163,924 1.41 $72,985,480 31-Dec-07
AMERICAN FDS INSURANCE SER-GROWTH FD 7,740,000 1.33 $69,195,600 31-Dec-07
VARIABLE INSURANCE PRODUCTS FD-GROWTH PORTFOLIO 5,642,800 .97 $35,606,068 29-Feb-08
VANGUARD 500 INDEX FUND 5,441,516 .94 $48,647,153 31-Dec-07
FIDELITY MAGELLAN FUND INC 5,000,000 .86 $31,550,000 29-Feb-08
PRICE (T.ROWE) EQUITY INCOME FUND 4,974,000 .86 $44,467,560 31-Dec-07

toasted ham and swiss said...

Bush loves al-Qaida, if you think about it for just one minute.

Bush (should) be arrested as well.

Put them both in the same cell. (Bush and mozolo whatever.)

The world will be a much safer place.

Dont forget Dick too.

Anonymous said...

Hey, can you report the on a server down here in the Carribean?

Are they saying CFC will go Bankrupt soon?

Thinking of moving more money to my bank in Panama.

Angelo

Anonymous said...

I have a silly question. If it was common knowledge Countrywide was such a stinker investment, why were investors buying its stock even when Mozilo was bailing out of his holdings? I mean for every seller there has to be a buyer, right?

Peter T said...

> If you have ANY money in Countrywide, GET IT OUT AND GET IT OUT NOW.

... if it is not FDIC insured and you may need it soon, otherwise the money will earn you interest even through Countrywide's blow-up.

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Anonymous said...

It will go through - Lewis has never backed out of anything.

Anonymous said...

Keith - You nail it every time. Where did you get your crystal ball? Mine never seems to work so I have to keep coming back here to find the truth. Really, you are amazing.

Anonymous said...


I have a silly question. If it was common knowledge Countrywide was such a stinker investment, why were investors buying its stock even when Mozilo was bailing out of his holdings? I mean for every seller there has to be a buyer, right?


There were people denying that there was a housing bubble in 2006-2007. People are delusional and believe what they want to believe.

Anonymous said...

The cfc employee blog stated that LAYOFFS were happening today (5/9/2008)at CW.

I'll be watching Mortgage Implode like a hawk today.

Also, they only have 1,500 foreclsores listed on there website for the state of FL. What a crock of crap, they must have 1,500 foreclosures JUST in central florida.

Beignet

Anonymous said...

Email/Call Bush to stop housing bailout!

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2008/05/tax-rebates-robbing-peter-to-pay-paul.html

F*ck the REIC. ALL of you. said...

"Working at Hooters is starting to sound like fun...seriously!"

New REIC Mantra and Job Posting.

F*ck the REIC. ALL of you.

Edgar Alpo said...

Mozilo is an Oompa Loompa. Paulson is Ming the Merciless. Bernanke is the (dee plane! dee plane!) guy.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Tan Man's Corporate Prostitute said...

Keith--

I work for CFC, and I have to say, I hope this barge does go tits up and SOON!!

I don't know how we can keep going, pretending everything is hunky dory with all the news out there...I just can't do it anymore!!!!!

Working at Hooters is starting to sound like fun...seriously!

May 08, 2008 10:16 PM<<<<

we don't want men to work at hooters. hooters is for hot chicks to walk around chatting up chumps so they will continue to buy cheap rot gut beer and eating crappy food because the silly rednecks think somehow in their demented states , that they will somehow get a phone number off of one of the bimbo employees.....

Anonymous said...

....and Countrywide is still writing bad loans as we speak.

Anonymous said...

hot chicks to walk around chatting up chumps so they will continue to buy cheap rot gut beer and eating crappy food because the silly rednecks think somehow in their demented states

Remove the bat from your ass and lighten up. I bet your idea of a fun night is watching one of those stupid BBC shows on PBS