GSEs Celebrate Geithner's Invitation To The "Recovery" With A Demand For $3.3 Billion In New Taxpayer Capital
Last week the Treasury Secretary penned an Op-Ed titled "Welcome to the Recovery" which in retrospect now appears was a terrific top tick indicator. First, the NFP number immediately following was a major disappointment and confirmation that the economy continues to follow a downward path despite trillions in fiscal and monetary stimulus. It has gotten so bad that if the Fed does not announce some form of new QE tomorrow, stocks will likely experience an unpleasant downward kneejerk reaction. The alternative, of course is just a bleak: once input prices surge, should QE2 be enacted, and banks use a new influx of risk-free reserves to bid up commodities of all shapes and sizes, currently record corporate margins will plummet, and corporate earnings will suffer correspondingly. Yes, this will occur 1-2 quarters in the future, and with a market preoccupied with the here and now, and a once-over scan of rosy headlines, the realization of what QE will do to earnings will be appropriately delayed. Yet a more notable indication of just how ill-timed Geithner's pamphlet is, was today's announcement by Freddie Mac that lost $4.7 billion and needs a fresh $1.8 billion from the Treasury. This follows last week's Fannie report of a $1.2 billion loss and a request for another $1.5 from Mr. Geithner. So yes: welcome to the recovery indeed - make sure you have your begging hat in hand demanding a total of $3.3 billion from the Treasury, when you visit the SecTres to congratulate him on a job truly well done.
From the WSJ:
Freddie Mac posted a second-quarter loss as prior-year derivative gains were losses in the latest period for the mortgage financier, which said it would request another $1.8 billion in government aid.
What is worse is that the new loss and bail out request comes at a time when the GSE was allegedly supposed to be finally getting its book back in order, putting into question just how credible the firm's monthly delinquency report is, at least as it pertains to the taxpayers' bottom line.
The company's ongoing bottom-line woes come as delinquencies industrywide have stopped getting worse. In Freddie's portfolio, they fell in June from a month earlier after being flat in May and falling the prior two months, the first declines in three years.
For the quarter, its single-family delinquency rate was 3.96%, compared with 2.89% a year earlier and 4.13% in the first quarter.