From The Motley Fool
Of course, I'm far from the first to say that Countrywide was essentially a bought-and-paid-for cancer for Bank of America. This has been said to such an extent that some investors may wonder if Countrywide is simply the scapegoat for an overall ailing bank. But, rest assured, that's not the case -- the Countrywide acquisition was every bit as bad as billed.
It's interesting to note that BofA killed off one of the very few good things about Countrywide (its internet bank).