Recapitalizing Fannie, Freddie Not Viable -Treasury Official (Because, Psst, Recent "Profits" Were Bogus...)
2014-06-17 — moneynews.com
A senior U.S. Treasury official on Friday rejected calls to recapitalize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying it would take at least 20 years to make sure they were adequately funded and that in the meantime taxpayers would be on the hook.
Miller noted that their recent profits have been driven largely by one-time, tax-related adjustments and legal settlements. She also noted they are required to shrink their loan portfolios, which are also helping drive income, by 15 percent a year.
"The GSEs will not be able to replicate the levels of revenue they achieved over the past two years," she said.
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