Freddie and Fannie Will Pay Up


Posted To: MND NewsWire

After gathering little attention for nearly a decade, the two GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are making news on several fronts. Two developments in the last few days are worth noting. The Federal Housing Finance Agency confirmed on Thursday that the two GSEs will pay their fourth quarter dividends to the Treasury as scheduled. As we reported here earlier this week, there is growing concern about the ultimate result of the net dividend sweep, in which each of the GSEs is required pay Treasury all of the previous quarter’s profits, less a steadily reserving cash reserve. That reserve reaches zero at the end of this year, leaving the GSE’s with no capital with which to manage any downturn in the housing market. Concern about the GSE’s capital reserves sparked a letter to Treasury and FHFA from…(read more)

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