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Monday, June 14, 2010

Brother Can You Spare A Trillion?

Fannie-Freddie Fix at $160 Billion With $1 Trillion Worst Case!

One Trillion!  1,000,000,000,000.00

One Thousand Billion.

Fannie and Freddie, now 80 percent owned by U.S. taxpayers, already have drawn $145 billion from an unlimited line of government credit granted to ensure that home buyers can get loans while the private housing-finance industry is moribund.  The cost of fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage companies that last year bought or guaranteed three-quarters of all U.S. home loans, will be at least $160 billion and could grow to as much as $1 trillion after the biggest bailout in American history.

Fannie, based in Washington, and Freddie in McLean, Virginia, own or guarantee 53 percent of the nation’s $10.7 trillion in residential mortgages, according to a June 10 Federal Reserve report. Millions of bad loans issued during the housing bubble remain on their books, and delinquencies continue to rise. How deep in the hole Fannie and Freddie go depends on unemployment, interest rates and other drivers of home prices, according to the companies and economists who study them.


  1. And a lot of the bailout money went to Goldman Sachs because their mortgage loans were insured by Freddie and Fanny. It'll take many good things to happen to get us out of this mess.

  2. Your blog is fast becoming a must read for me. The topics are all most relevant and well expressed.