White House and Bush Officials Preparing To Take Over Fannie and Freddie

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by THE-BEAKER, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. i hate being right on this but this is going to happen sooner than we think.

    the shares are worthless.

    any day now paulson will eat his own words.

    he is going to go down as history as the us treasury secretary that had a bank go under and two of the largest gse's as well.

    WASHINGTON — Alarmed by the growing financial stress at the nation’s two largest mortgage finance companies, senior Bush administration officials are considering a plan to have the government take over one or both of the companies and place them in a conservatorship if their problems worsen, people briefed about the plan said on Thursday.

    The companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have been hit hard by the mortgage foreclosure crisis. Their shares are plummeting and their borrowing costs are rising as investors worry that the companies will suffer losses far larger than the $11 billion they have already lost in recent months. Now, as housing prices decline further and foreclosures grow, the markets are worried that Fannie and Freddie themselves may default on their debt.

    Under a conservatorship, the shares of Fannie and Freddie would be worth little or nothing, and any losses on mortgages they own or guarantee — which could be staggering — would be paid by taxpayers.

    The government officials said that the administration had also considered calling for legislation that would offer an explicit government guarantee on the $5 trillion of debt owned or guaranteed by the companies. But that is a far less attractive option, they said, because it would effectively double the size of the public debt.

    The officials also said that such a step would be ineffective because the markets already widely accept that the government stands behind the companies.

    The officials involved in the discussions stressed that no action by the administration was imminent, and that Fannie and Freddie are not considered to be in a crisis situation. But in recent days, enough concern has built among senior government officials over the health of the giant mortgage finance companies for them to hold a series of meetings and conference calls to discuss contingency plans.

    A conservatorship or other rescue operation would be the second time in four months that the Bush administration has stepped in to engineer a rescue to prevent the financial system from collapsing. Last March, it forced the sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan Chase to avert a bankruptcy of that venerable investment house.

    Officials have also been concerned that the difficulties of the two companies, if not fixed, could damage economies worldwide. The securities of Fannie and Freddie are held by numerous overseas financial institutions, central banks and investors.

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  2. mokwit


    He will go down in history as a clown (less than ideal unless you are a full time circus performer).
  3. Jim Rogers was again right. Watch out for Citi at $5 or below.
  4. Whats going to happen if the US takes over FNM and FRE is that the credit rating of the US will be lowered....haha, no joke...
  5. Just another chapter in his legacy.

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