Skip to comments.Freddie Mac Loses $4.4B in Third Quarter, Requests $6B More From Treasury
Posted on 11/03/2011 10:20:35 AM PDT by ETL
Government-controlled mortgage giant Freddie Mac has requested $6 billion in additional aid after posting a wider loss in the third quarter.
Freddie Mac said Thursday that it lost $4.4 billion, or $1.86 per share, in the July-September quarter. That compares with a loss of $4.1 billion, or $1.25 a share, in the same quarter of 2010.
This quarter's $6 billion request from taxpayers is the largest since April 2010.
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Any update on the bonuses for the directors? That came and went pretty fast in the news cycle.
a billion here a billion there before you know it we are talking real money.
” Any update on the bonuses for the directors? That came and went pretty fast in the news cycle. “
I was thinking, if they ‘lost’ 4.4, and ‘asked’ for 6, it must be coming up on “Bonus Time”.....
When last week we reported about the scandal of outgoing Freddie Mac CEO Ed Haldeman receiving at least $3.9 million as a reward for his two year tenure at the top of the insolvent and nationalized housing entity...
Put them down. It’s the humane thing to do.
Just more of the same, the establishment elites keep milking us sucker tax payers
They all seee the handwriting on the wall in this election cycle...they’re all going to manipulate and milk every source of revenue to their own purses ....like someone being evicted from their home...they’re going to steal and destroy all that’s left before they leave...
Can we Occupy Fannie Mae?
Give it to them, after all do we really have ANYTHING left to lose any more???
Please don’t get me started...I don’t know how much more I can take and remain sane
Hey, they need to pay for services rendered... or we'll show them what a real occupation is like!
Same here! It’s insanity run amuck. And the really insane part is....
we are doing NOTHING to stop it.
This is a long post I made the other day, but I am about 3/4 of the way through an unbelievable book: “Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon” by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. This far into it, and I haven’t really been able to talk to anyone about it...:( I hope my somewhat long post can convince others to read it, because of the four books I have read on this subject, this one is by far and away the best explanation. It will make your blood boil.
A lot of people like to blame the banks in this fiasco. Banks are not blameless by any means in this, neither are Republicans by a long shot, but there is no doubt that the primary root causes of this entire mess are:
1.) Liberals in all branches of government and society
2.) Fannie Mae
3.) James Johnson
4.) Derivatives (securitized mortgages sold as investments, boatloads of subprime loans, packed into large bundles and sold as investments)
Liberals implemented this mess beginning with Fannie Mae back in the 30s. Even though it chugged along under the radar for decades, it was used primarily in a limited type of market, where they provided a mechanism (right or wrong) to allow certain types of more marginal lenders to get loans, which Fannie Mae would purchase from the lender and assume the risk. But it wasnt a monstrosity, just another government program, most people had only a vague understanding of what it was.
Beginning with the Community Reinvestment act in 1977, liberals in and out of government began pushing legislation under the rubrik of fairness to make it easier for unqualified people to get mortgages.
Every step along the way, anyone who threw even the slightest speedbump or raised the most innocuous objection was vilified, branded as a racist and characterized as being against working people.
When James Johnson took over Fannie Mae, this type of activity became codified as policy.
James Johnson saw the company as the cash cow it was for the bureaucrats who ran it, and implemented a strategy that was on the job 24x7 with eyes and ears everywhere. He created Fannie Mae branches in a huge number of cities across America (I think it was between 50 and 100) staffed by like-minded people who served as the canary in the coal mine for any push back. They had armies of powerful lobbyists with lots of important connections.
If any legislator, bank or agency even breathed a trace of opposition or conveyed any interest in rolling back or limiting what was going on at Fannie Mae, they were attacked immediately, unhesitatingly and with the full force of the liberal machine (which is what it was) often within an hour of making a statement or phone call.
In tandem with this iron fist, they would sweeten the pot for legislators to oppose, waffle or simply not vote on various proposals (at all levels of government) by making campaign donations, a lot of them.
There were very few politicians who could withstand both ends, which shows how corrupt they have become, or how effective a smear campaign can be. It is another manifestation of the liberal approach of You dont want this because you are against the working man/children/insert race here...
Even Speaker of the House Gingrich, who was supposed to be for small government and against entities like Fannie Mae, even got up on the podium with James Johnson in 1995 to sing the praises of Fannie Mae and their fulfillment of their manifest to provide mortgage access for minorities and such.
Nobody wants to be branded a racist, and even some people viewed as strong and principled didnt want to fight that battle.
James Johnson turned Fannie Mae into a fully functioning cash machine for Democrats in full view of everyone. A part of the book I read this morning described how, when a piece of proposed legislation came out that would tie the hands of Fannie Mae in even a small instance, it was countered by a massive email and letter campaign. It turned out that in one focal area, the Fannie Mae office had purchased a list of constituents in an area, made up letters with their names as constituents, and emailed and mailed them to the legislators. When it was discovered (the first nine constiuents who were called about the letters denied ever writing them, knowing anything about them or even agreeing with what they said) Johnson was called in front of a committee where the legislator for those constituents demanded a signed apology be mailed directly to each of his constituents in his district. Johnson not only did not agree to do this, but even caught red handed, came out aggressively and said he would do no such thing, but would send letters to those constituents asking them if they wanted a representative who was against providing the dream of home ownership for minorities (or some wording like that)
Just amazing arrogance, but that is how he ran it, because he was making scads of money there.
He lobbied congress relentlessly to change rules that allowed even more dangerous and shady practices, at each point along the way providing assurances (and getting the rating houses in bed with him to back him up) that these changes would have no deleterious effect.
A good example was a paper in 2002 (Johnson was no longer there, I think it was Raines by then) published by Joseph Stiglitz and Peter Orszag (who would, amazingly after publishing this piece of crap in 2002 become the HEAD of the OMB under Obama!) This paper dealt with risk management at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (who had much lower capital cushions than did other financial institutions) and concluded...get this...that the risk of some catastrophic incident or sequence of events requiring a bail-out by the government was between 500,000:1 and 3,000,000:1!!!!!!!!!! Geez, you think they could have made the range any broader??????
Anyway, they concluded that the cost of providing an EXPLICIT government guarantee on $1 Trillion in debt (that was Fannie Maes target...a trillion dollars for people who couldnt afford loans!) was only $2 Million.
Amazing. This dimwit who put out this paper to buttress an effort by liberal dipsticks to throw more gasoline on the fire in 2002 was actually appointed to the HEAD of the Office of Management and Budget under Obama!
And the securitization and bundling of loans allowed this crisis to not only metastisize throughout the entire US economy, but the world economy as well.
Bankers and Wall Street are complicit because, due to changes put in place by liberals, they no longer had to perform that nasty, time consuming and contentious underwriting task to find out who was safe to lend to. Now, they used automated tools that would let a dead cat buy a $250K house, and simply sold those loans to Fannie Mae or other entities who could now tie them all up in nice bundles to sell to investors.
Fannie Mae and the liberals made damn sure the rules were written in such a way that nobody could look inside those bundles before they purchased them to see the nature of the loans, which were all bad.
Wall Street and Bankers, doing what comes naturally to people who encounter a spigot with money flowing out of it, took advantage of it and put their mouths under it.
Gingrich, Bush and other Republicans, went along with it so as not to be villified, and went out of their way to assist. Why go halfway, right? They are complicit as well for not standing up, even though I do give some credit to the Bush administration for trying back in 2003-2004 to bring this issue to light. The OFHEO official in front of Barney Frank and the Banking Committee was essentially raped in public, and that was that.
It was like a perpetual motion money making machine...everyone wins and gets rich.
... and Barney Frank isn’t in prison because... ?
Who cares, eh?
It's just your money.
Everywhere you look, taxpayer money is being channelled to the Democrats to create more government...
This is criminal. FHMA continues to give loans to people who cannot afford those loans. It is nothing more than a multi-billion dollar wealth redistribution scam. The GOP House needs to do the right thing here and just say ‘no’. The bleeding stops now.
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