Fannie Mae Asks for $2.5B in New U.S. Aid

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Washington, D.C. (AP) - Government-controlled mortgage buyer Fannie
Mae is asking for $2.5 billion in additional federal aid after
posting a narrower loss in the third quarter.

Fannie Mae said Friday it lost $3.46 billion, or 61 cents a
share, in the July-September quarter. That takes into account $2.1
billion in dividend payments to the Treasury Department. It
compares with a loss of $19.8 billion, or $3.47 a share, in the
third quarter of 2009.

The government rescued Washington-based Fannie Mae and sibling
company Freddie Mac about two years ago and it estimates that will
cost taxpayers up to $259 billion. That's nearly twice the $133.4
billion Fannie and Freddie are in line to receive from taxpayers so
far and would make it the most expensive bailout of the financial

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