Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Treasury Department has received a total of $159.5 billion in proceeds from the wind-down of its portfolio of agency-guaranteed, mortgage-backed securities, according to a department release today.
During July, the Treasury received $12.7 billion in proceeds, and principal and interest payments of $2.2 billion. Treasury now has recovered more than 70 percent of its original $225 billion in MBS investments. Treasury still has $82.7 billion in MBS remaining in its portfolio.
“The MBS market has improved considerably since Treasury purchased these securities,” said Matthew Rutherford, Treasury deputy assistant secretary for federal finance, in a release. “Based on current market conditions, Treasury expects to make a profit for taxpayers on this investment.”
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