Decision on Fannie and Freddie May Come Soon
Government and banking experts meet next week to decide the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The likeliest solution is a complex one. The Mortgage Bankers Association is proposing a system where risk-based fees on a class of mortgage-backed securities would be charged in exchange for a government guarantee against losses.
Whatever the outcome, it is unlikely that Fannie and Freddie will be able to pay back the nearly $150 billion in taxpayer bailout money that they have received since 2007.
Source: Reuters News (08/12/2010)