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Freddie Mac Asks Treasury for $146M to Stay Solvent

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Freddie Mac requested $146 million from the Treasury in order help make interest payments on government funds used to keep the mortgage buyer afloat, the company said Friday.

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Although Freddie Mac reported $619 million in net income in the fourth quarter of 2011 as well as other income of $887 million, it was not enough to make the $1.7 billion dividend payment it was required to make to the government.

Freddie Mac and sister company Fannie Mae <FNMA.OB> were seized by the government at the height of the financial crisis and placed under conservatorship. Since then, Freddie Mac has had to seek $72.2 billion in federal aid in order to stay solvent.

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