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February 27, 2014
08:30 EDTFMCCFreddie Mac reports Q4 pre-tax income $9.3B vs. $6.5B in Q3
The increase reflects "higher other non-interest income driven by higher private label securities litigation settlement proceeds, as well as a shift from derivative losses in the third quarter to derivative gains in the fourth quarter. These favorable impacts were partially offset by higher net impairment expense and a lower benefit for credit losses." The company said that based on its December 31, 2013 net worth of $12.8B, the companyís March dividend obligation to the Treasury will be $10.4B. Freddie Mac added, "The level of earnings Freddie Mac has experienced in recent periods is not sustainable over the long term. Freddie Macís recent financial results, particularly the level of loan loss provisioning, have benefited significantly from strong home-price appreciation, which is beginning to moderate. Recent financial results have also included significant benefits related to the release of the deferred tax asset valuation allowance, as well as legal settlements of both PLS litigation and representation and warranty claims. Freddie Macís settlements of representation and warranty claims related to pre-conservatorship loan originations are largely complete while PLS litigation is ongoing and additional settlements are expected in 2014."
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January 28, 2015
14:00 EDTFMCCU.S. denied motion to stay Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac suits, WSJ reports
A judge in a federal claims court denied the U.S. governmentís motion to stay proceedings in lawsuits brought by a group of Wall Street investors over the treatment of Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC), according to The Wall Street Journal, citing two people familiar with the decision. The U.S. asked that those suits be put on hold pending the appeal of a decision by a D.C. district court that previously dismissed a similar group of cases, the report noted. Reference Link
07:32 EDTFMCCRegulator defends Fannie and Freddie 3% downpayment mortgages, LA Times says
Mortgage regulator Melvin Watt stated Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac's (FMCC) new 3% downpayment mortages are just as safe as loans with 10% downpayment, reports the LA Times, citing a hearing by the House Financial Services Committee. Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, said the mortgage giants are combining low downpayments with "compensating factors" such as strong credit requirements and private mortgage insurance. Fannie's program began in December and Freddie's begins in March. Reference Link

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