Senator Patrick Toomey urges “fair treatment of investors” as he outlines some key questions in the ongoing Fannie Mae / Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me (OTCBB:FNMA) and Freddie Mac / Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (OTCBB:FMCC) saga in an email set to ValueWalk. Below are comments from the senator just made.
Sen. Toomey’s opposition to the Third Amendment, which Crapo Johnson would codify.
Sen. Toomey”any proposal needs to address third amendment and fair treatment of investors”
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To: The Honorable Jacob Lew Community banks, retirement funds and other investors have all reached out to me to express their concern and even outrage about the unprecedented ³sweep² that takes all of the GSEs¹ profits and gives them to the government.
Mr. Secretary, you have emphasized repeatedly the importance of returning private sector capital to the housing finance market. However, the government¹s actions with respect to the GSEs¹ profits raise serious concerns, including whether these actions lawfully respect the rights and interests of all Americans. As we can both agree, our nation is the most attractive place in the world to invest partly because of our commitment to the rule of law.
While I strongly support GSE reform that protects taxpayers, such efforts should also be mindful of investors in addition to other considerations. Taxpayers should be fully compensated, but once they are, investors, such as the York County pension fund in Pennsylvania, should not be denied their fair share of any remaining value.
What comfort can you give to private sector investors considering investing in the future of the housing finance system when they believe that the government arbitrarily changed the rules of the game mid-stream with the Third Amendment?
Treasury’s stake in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Based on the terms of the conservatorship, Treasury¹s stake in Fannie Mae / Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me (OTCBB:FNMA) and Freddie Mac / Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (OTCBB:FMCC) is 79.9 percent. Has Treasury done any analysis of the value of its 80 percent equity stake in the absence of a Third Amendment? Did it value its stake prior to adopting the Third Amendment?
Do you believe that Treasury owns a 100 percent economic interest in the GSEs? If that is Treasury¹s view, why have Fannie Mae / Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me (OTCBB:FNMA) and Freddie Mac / Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (OTCBB:FMCC) not been consolidated on the Federal balance sheet?