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Are Freddie's Losses on Loans Purchased Since September 2008?

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Thursday, 06 May 2010 03:53

The Washington Post told readers that Freddie Mac needed an additional $10.6 billion from the government to cover its losses. The article never discusses the extent to which these losses are due to loans purchased before Freddie Mac was taken over by the government in September of 2008 or losses on loans purchased after this date.

This distinction is important because when Fannie and Freddie lose money, it means that they paid banks too much for the loans they purchased. If they paid too much for loans before they were taken over then this was presumably the result of bad business decisions. However, if they lose money on loans purchased after September of 2008, then the government is effectively subsidizing banks by paying too much money for their loans. This was the original intention of the TARP program.

Taxpayers have a right to know if Fannie and Freddie are being used to subsidize banks by overpaying for their loans. The Post and other news outlets should be trying to answer this question.

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written by AndrewDover, May 09, 2010 10:01
More on this with quotes from Dean:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05...=business

In the last quarter, Freddie paid out $25 billion in interest.

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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, his latest being The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Read more about Dean.

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