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Top links: Share buybacks stir controversy

A roundup of what The Globe and Mail's market strategist Scott Barlow is reading this morning on the World Wide Web.

Angelo Mozilo, bizarrely-hued former CEO of Countrywide Financial Corp, provided a handy scapegoat for investors looking to pin responsibility for the financial crisis on specific people. Countrywide was a famously aggressive mortgage lender in the years leading up to 2007, and Bank of America, which purchased the firm, has been fined tens of millions of dollars because of Countrywide’s practices.