Buffett to the rescue . . . again?

Real Estate Agent with RealtySouth
Countrywide Financial (CFC, news, msgs)may be getting a big-name backer.

Investment guru Warren Buffett could be interested in buying parts of the troubled mortgage lender, which has suffered immensely in the market's recent turmoil, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Countrywide, which was trading at $40.56 three months ago, has since lost 51% of its value as delinquencies and foreclosures have risen and credit has tightened. At midday, shares were up $1.88, or 9.5%, to $21.69.

Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway (BKA.A, news, msgs) is invested in financial firms with strong brands like Wells Fargo (WFC, news, msgs) and Bank of America (BAC, news, msgs), might like both Countrywide's price and its portfolio of "high-quality mortgages and mortgage-backed securities," the paper noted.

This wouldn't be the first time Buffett has stepped in as white knight. In 1991, Buffett helped the investment bank Salomon Bros. weather a criminal investigation by stepping in as chief executive officer, the paper wrote, and then Buffett was close to leading the bailout of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management in 1998.

The recent market volatility and mortgage crisis has been likened to the demise of Long-Term Capital Management, which suffered massive losses amid a flight to liquidity and was bailed out by a number of Wall Street banks.


Information found on msn.com


Chris Lee



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Thanks for this information Chris.  I'm going to read the links you provided.
Aug 21, 2007 05:14 AM #1
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
It would be a wise move for him. If he could get them back on track, he would make out very well. -Charles
Aug 21, 2007 05:32 AM #2
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
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Buffett is very shrewd. He has the assets, reputation and guts to go where others are a little hesitant to tread. It will be interesting.
Aug 21, 2007 05:46 AM #3
James Gordon
Sibcy Cline RealtorsĀ® - Cincinnati, OH
He is not coming to the rescue he is taking advantage of a buying opportunity
Aug 21, 2007 06:37 AM #4
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