Skip to comments.Fannie Mae posts biggest profit since 2007
Posted on 05/09/2012 7:36:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
In a potential turning point for one of the biggest financial crisis bailouts, Fannie Mae reported a first-quarter profit andfor the first time since the government seized it in 2008does not need a quarterly infusion of taxpayer money.
The $2.7-billion profit that the giant housing finance company posted Wednesday was its largest since the housing bubble burst in 2007 and is another signal that the real estate market finally might have hit bottom.
"It's always hard to call a turn until everything is in the rear-view mirror," said Susan McFarland, Fannie Mae's chief financial officer. "It's certainly a positive indication that if we haven't turned the corner, we're pretty darn close to turning the corner because you now can see the earnings potential of the company and our ability to repay the taxpayer."
But with Fannie Mae so dependent on the fate of housing prices, it's too soon to say the company's finances are out of danger, said Bert Ely, an independent banking consultant.
Fannie Mae lost $2.4 billion in the final three months of last year and needed $4.6 billion in government money.
"We're seeing some hopeful signs, but these are like flowers that blossom in an early spring and then you get a freeze and they all wilt," Ely said. "We need to see several more quarters of data before we can read a trend into this."
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How long can the government continue to lie and pull statistics out their a$$es and expect people to believe them? And that counts Unemployment!
C-SPAN: Democrats Cover Up Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac - Housing Crash
I think we have a government sponsored “flying pigs” event here! Similar to the news that the government “could possibly” make a profit on the AIG bailout .... operable words “could possibly”. All this based upon the share price of AIG ... as if anyone will really buy the government shares .... remember Government Motors recently not selling their shares because “Wall Street has manipulated the shares pricing” so they are going to hold off on the sale rather than realize massive losses on the sale.
I don’t see the numbers (valuations, sales, etc) even remotely close to this bullshit.
How could you be so cynical? Why do you think they call it Fannie? There are all kinds of statistics in there. In fact it is the major source of government statistics. When they need a number the president just says, “Pull that one out of my Fannie.”
Could be a similar procedure used by the Bureau of Lies & Statistics BLS). Declare a profit, get multi-million dollar bonuses, and then weeks or months later adjust the profit down to a loss!
I predict they are about ready to declare $4-5 billion in bonuses.
Quick, write those bonus checks before the cooked books in the deep freeze thaw out!
Media Mum on Barney Frank's Fannie Mae Love Connection:
Democratic House Financial Services Committee Chair promoted GSEs while former 'spouse' was Fannie Mae executive
By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute, 9/24/2008
"Frank, who is openly gay, had a relationship with Herb Moses, an executive for the now-government controlled Fannie Mae. The column revealed the two had split up at the time but also said Frank was referring to Moses as his "spouse." Another Washington Post report said Frank called Moses his "lover" and that the two were "still friends" after the breakup.
Frank was and remains a stalwart defender of Fannie Mae, which is now under FBI investigation along with its sister organization Freddie Mac, American International Group Inc. (NYSE:AIG) and Lehman Brothers (NYSE:LEH) all recently participants in government bailouts. But Frank has derailed efforts to regulate the institution, as well as denying it posed any financial risk."
Lawmaker Accused of Fannie Mae Conflict of Interest
By Bill Sammon, October 03, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Franks efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s.
So did Franks partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agencys push to relax lending restrictions.
Now that Fannie Mae is at the epicenter of a financial meltdown that threatens the U.S. economy, some are raising new questions about Frank's relationship with Herb Moses, who was Fannies assistant director for product initiatives. Moses worked at the government-sponsored enterprise from 1991 to 1998, while Frank was on the House Banking Committee, which had jurisdiction over Fannie.
Both Frank and Moses assured the Wall Street Journal in 1992 that they took pains to avoid any conflicts of interest. Critics, however, remain skeptical.
"Its absolutely a conflict," said Dan Gainor, vice president of the Business & Media Institute. "He was voting on Fannie Mae at a time when he was involved with a Fannie Mae executive. How is that not germane?
"If this had been his ex-wife and he was Republican, I would bet every penny I have - or at least whats not in the stock market - that this would be considered germane," added Gainor, a T. Boone Pickens Fellow. "But everybody wants to avoid it because hes gay. Its the quintessential double standard."
A top GOP House aide agreed.
"Cmon, he writes housing and banking laws and his boyfriend is a top exec at a firm that stands to gain from those laws?" the aide told FOX News. "No media ever takes note? Imagine what would happen if Franks political affiliation was R instead of D? Imagine what the media would say if [GOP former] Chairman [Mike] Oxleys wife or [GOP presidential nominee John] McCains wife was a top exec at Fannie for a decade while they wrote the nations housing and banking laws."
Franks office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Frank met Moses in 1987, the same year he became the first openly gay member of Congress.
"I am the only member of the congressional gay spouse caucus," Moses wrote in the Washington Post in 1991. "On Capitol Hill, Barney always introduces me as his lover."
The two lived together in a Washington home until they broke up in 1998, a few months after Moses ended his seven-year tenure at Fannie Mae, where he was the assistant director of product initiatives. According to National Mortgage News, Moses "helped develop many of Fannie Maes affordable housing and home improvement lending programs."
Critics say such programs led to the mortgage meltdown that prompted last months government takeover of Fannie Mae and its financial cousin, Freddie Mac. The giant firms are blamed for spreading bad mortgages throughout the private financial sector.
Although Frank now blames Republicans for the failure of Fannie and Freddie, he spent years blocking GOP lawmakers from imposing tougher regulations on the mortgage giants. In 1991, the year Moses was hired by Fannie, the Boston Globe reported that Frank pushed the agency to loosen regulations on mortgages for two- and three-family homes, even though they were defaulting at twice and five times the rate of single homes, respectively.
Three years later, President Clintons Department of Housing and Urban Development tried to impose a new regulation on Fannie, but was thwarted by Frank. Clinton now blames such Democrats for planting the seeds of todays economic crisis.
"I think the responsibility that the Democrats have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was president, to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," Clinton said recently.
Bill Sammon is FOX News' Washington Deputy Managing Editor.
Rush Limbaugh's Barney Frank/"Banking Queen" parody of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" (fun-nee!):
AP via Fox News ^ | November 03, 2011 | Associated Press
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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