It is quite amusing there are people in our government (hi Tim) who are purposefully pushing Fannie Mae requests for more taxpayer money out after 4 PM on a Friday when most of the speculating world is headed home or to the bars. But then again, this is the same government that used Christmas Eve 2009 as a moment to hand the U.S. taxpayer unlimited liability for the next 2 years on FanFredron (Fannie + Freddie + Enron). [Jan 5, 2010: WSJ - The Treasury Department's Christmas Eve Masscare of the US Taxpayer]
So just between you and me.... this might (or might not have) happened Friday after 4 PM.
- Government-controlled mortgage buyer Fannie Mae is asking for $2.5 billion in additional federal aid after posting a narrower loss in the third quarter.
- The $2.5 billion in additional aid that Fannie is asking for compares with a request for $1.5 billion in the second quarter.Fannie Mae said Friday it lost $3.46 billion, or 61 cents a share, in the July-September quarter. It compares with a loss of $19.8 billion, or $3.47 a share, in the third quarter of 2009. (second derivative improvement, yo!)
- Thus far, the 2 government agencies have request $133.4 billion