President Obama's decision to create a new task force to investigate risky lending and securitization practices leading up to the financial crisis could complicate and delay a potential $25 billion settlement involving foreclosure and servicing abuses.Participants in the ongoing 'robo-signing' settlement negotiations recently signaled that they could be close to an agreement with the government.

However, the President's new task force – announced during Tuesday's State of the Union speech – could mean that some bank servicers participating in the settlement talks with state AGs and the Department of Justice could face additional enforcement actions and penalties.

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