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U.S. Gained $12.7 Billion From August Mortgage Bond Wind-Down

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. taxpayers received $12.7 billion in proceeds from the government’s wind-down of its mortgage-backed securities last month, the Treasury Department said.

Through the end of August, taxpayers received a total of $172.1 billion through sales by the Treasury and principal and interest payments, Matthew Rutherford, the department’s deputy assistant secretary for federal finance, said in a statement today. The Treasury’s original investment in agency-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities was $225 billion.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian Katz in Washington at ikatz2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net

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