Morgan Stanley, SEC in proposed $275M settlement of mortgage bond probe

|About: Morgan Stanley (MS)|By:, SA News Editor

Morgan Stanley (MS) reveals in its annual 10-K filing that it has reached a preliminary agreement to pay $275M to settle an SEC investigation into subprime mortgage bond trades from 2007.

The deal in principle, reached on Jan. 30, would resolve allegations that the bank misled investors in mortgage bonds that collapsed during the financial crisis.

Overall, MS said in the filing that litigation expenses totaled $1.95B last year, which includes the SEC case as well as a recently announced agreement to settle a $1.25B dispute with the Federal Housing Finance Agency.