Re: Fannie & Freddie

(an email exchange)

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>   On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 9:55 AM, Russell wrote:
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>   Fannie and Freddie now back 82% of all mortgages in the U.S.,
>   up from only 46% in the second quarter of 2007. If they need
>   a bailout – could be a trillion dollars –

Funds are already advanced to the homeowners which supports demand.

A ‘bailout’ would only be an accounting entry between the government’s account and the agency’s account – no effect on aggregate demand.

>   the USA may lose its AAA credit rating.

Like Japan did. Just another sign of incompetance by the ratings agency if it happens.

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