Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plan $200bn in mortgage purchases

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their regulator, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (Ofheo), announced in March an initiative potentially worth $200 billion to increase liquidity in the troubled US mortgage market.

The two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) and Ofheo expect to provide up to $200 billion in immediate liquidity to the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) market, which has frozen up in recent months as dealers steer clear of the sector, fearing exposure to depreciating

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