``This is the third consecutive step the government has taken to ensure the two firms will be able to take on more of the country’s bad mortgage debt. The first came when Congress raised the limits for the loans that Fannie and Freddie can buy or insure from $417,000 to $729,750. The second occurred March 1 when Fannie and Freddie were released from the combined $1.5 trillion cap on their mortgage investment holdings... the risk of failure is very real. In the fourth quarter of last year, the two GSEs were responsible for nearly 75 percent of the mortgage backed securities on the market. They are also losing money fast and expect to see more red ink in the future.''

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