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Did the Government Set the GSEs Up for Trouble?

Both GSEs are required to reduce the volume of their mortgage portfolios, and both are required to have a zero capital buffer by January 1, 2018. To some, that is an extremely bad combination for taxpayers while the FHFA's conservatorship of the GSEs continues.

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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Q3 Earnings Reports Fuel Bailout Speculation

The GSEs have been under FHFA conservatorship since September 2008, at which time they needed a combined bailout of $187.5 billion from taxpayers in order to stay afloat and "preserve and conserve their assets and property and restore them to a sound financial condition so they can continue to fulfill their statutory mission of promoting liquidity and efficiency in the nation's housing finance markets," according to FHFA's website.

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Will Freddie Mac Require Another Draw from Treasury?

A hugely profitable year in 2013 for both Fannie Mae ($84 billion) and Freddie Mac ($49 billion) shifted widespread speculation from winding down the two GSEs to instead ending FHFA's conservatorship of the two Enterprises, which began in September 2008 after the two received a combined $188 billion from Treasury in bailout funds.

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