Banks Get Their Hands Slapped


In the following video, Motley Fool financials analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss two of the biggest headlines in the financial world this week.

David tells us how January's increase in home prices is the biggest since 2006, and explains not only how this is a great cause for optimism in big bank investing, but also great for the economic recovery as a whole (and some banks in particular). Matt addresses a different headline, as the Federal Housing Finance Agency moves to ban fees and commissions paid by insurance companies to banks on force placed insurance. Matt explains the idea of force placed insurance, tells investors why the system is so subject to corruption and exploitation, and how, for once, Bank of America may have gotten out ahead of this one.

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