Freddie Mac posts $475M loss in 3Q; no dividend payment

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Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported a $475 million net loss for the third quarter, as it sustained losses on the investments it uses to hedge against swings in interest rates.

The government-controlled company said Tuesday the July-through-September loss mainly reflected accounting measures, while its business was strong and continued to improve. The loss compared with net income of $2.1 billion in the same period of 2014. It broke a streak of 15 straight profitable quarters.

The company won't pay a dividend to the U.S. Treasury next month. Freddie previously has paid $96.5 billion in dividends, exceeding its government bailout of $71 billion.

The government rescued Freddie and larger sibling Fannie Mae at the height of the financial crisis in September 2008, after they suffered huge losses from risky mortgages.