(Story updated with the announcement that Triaxx was sold to Bank of America.)
NEW YORK ( TheStreet Ratings) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission and AIG (AIG - Get Report) accuse its manager of fraud, while Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) and Bank of New York Mellon (BK - Get Report) are fighting it in a multibillion lawsuit.
Now Federal Reserve Bank of New York is looking to send it back to Wall Street, where it will likely be broken up and sold to eager investors in spite of its notorious past.
That is the strange, bizarre world of the Triaxx.While it may sound like a character from The Transformers, Triaxx is actually a collection "subprime" mortgages packaged into a vehicle called a collateralized debt obligation (CDO). Where the Next Boom Is Coming From >> Vehicles like Triaxx are coming back in style as large, institutional investors look to juice fixed-income returns while corporate and U.S. debt yields hover near record lows. That's why the New York Fed said last week that it had received "several strong reverse inquiries for holdings" from Wall Street banks looking to sell the the high-yielding Triaxx assets and it plans to auction it off later this month. Nine of the largest Wall Street banks -- including Citigroup (C - Get Report), Goldman Sachs (GS - Get Report) and Morgan Stanley (MS - Get Report) -- expressed interest in the Triaxx, the Fed statement said, and those banks will "invited" to bid on the assets. Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit was the winner of the auction, the Fed announced on Thursday. "The winning bids, which were materially higher than the original prices