Bank of America brought in $22.3 billion in revenue in the second quarter. Its profit — $5.3 billion — was almost double compared to this time last year, CEO Brian Moynihan said, because expenses were lower and the bank made more loans and originated more mortgages amid an improving U.S. economy.
But a small slice of BofA’s earnings boost, $204 million, came from a relatively obscure New York court case about an even more obscure pre-crisis mortgage deal.
The transaction in question is generally referred to simply as ACE. ACE was a 2006 residential mortgage-backed security whose full name is ACE Securities Corp., Home Equity Loan Trust, Series 2006–SL2, because that’s the sort of unwieldy jumble of a name banks gave mortgage securities in 2006. Also, because ACE was a mortgage security issued in 2006, it turned out to be filled with a lot of really bad mortgages. The mortgages in ACE were so bad — 2,375 of 5,000 loans were allegedly misrepresented — that the investors who bought the security sued the unit of Deutsche Bank that sold it. But it took them until 2012 to realize that and file a lawsuit against Deutsche — just over six years after the deal was done.