“Bank of America has been underestimating its legal risks for years, and brazenly so, according to its critics. Is that strategy about to pay off with the Federal Reserve?
“On Thursday, the Fed will release figures on how much capital the nation’s biggest banks must have to cover a “stress” situation. The following week, investors find out whether those banks will be able to return more of their capital to shareholders by paying dividends or buying back stock.
“Last year, the Fed passed most of the big banks and let them pay out billions. Bank of America, sensing a request would be unwelcome, didn’t even ask. This year, however, Wall Street expects that Bank of America will get the green light.”
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