Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Meditation for 29 August 2008

What happens if this moves from anomaly to trend?

Bank of China flees Fannie-Freddie
By Saskia Scholtes in New York and James Politi, Financial Times
Bank of China has cut its portfolio of securities issued or guaranteed by troubled US mortgage financiers Fannie Mae (NYSE:FNM) and Freddie Mac by a quarter since the end of June.

The sale by China's fourth largest commercial bank, which reduced its holdings of so-called agency debt by $4.6bn, is a sign of nervousness among foreign buyers of Fannie and Freddie's bonds and guaranteed securities.

Foreign investors have been a mainstay of the market for such debt, but uncertainty over the mortgage financiers' capital positions and the timing and structure ofa potential government rescue has made some investors reassess their exposures. Asian investors in particular have become net sellers of agency debt, said analysts.

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