Freddie asks for just $146M in aid after better 4Q

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Posted: Mar 09, 2012 9:17 AM
Freddie asks for just $146M in aid after better 4Q

Government-controlled mortgage giant Freddie Mac has requested just $146 million in additional aid after posting a smaller loss in the fourth quarter.

That's far less than in the third quarter, when Freddie received $6 billion from the government. It received $7.6 billion for all of 2011.

Freddie Mac says it lost $1 billion, or 32 cents per share, in the October-December quarter. That compares with a loss of $1.72 billion, or 53 cents a share, in the same quarter of 2010.

Freddie's losses are decreasing because of a drop in the number of homeowners paying less interest as they refinance at lower mortgage rates.

The government rescued McLean, Va.-based Freddie Mac and sibling company Fannie Mae in September 2008 after massive losses on risky mortgages threatened to topple them.