Saturday, October 10, 2009

FHFA's Acting Director DeMarco Speaks - Ouch!

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by Bruce Krasting

FHFA’s Acting Director Edward DeMarco provided written testimonyto the Senate today. I would give his presentation a B+. There is little room for optimism in this story. Mr. DeMarco did not gloss that fact over. A few snips from that speech:

-From July 2007 through the first half of 2009—combined losses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac totaled $165 billion. In the first half of 2009, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac together reported net losses of $47 billion.

-Since the establishment of the conservatorships, the combined losses at the two Enterprises depleted all their capital and required them to draw $96 billion. The combined support from the federal government exceeds $1 trillion.

-The short-term outlook for the Enterprises remains troubled and likely will require additional draws under the Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements.

FHFA's Acting Director DeMarco Speaks - Ouch!

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