Bank of China Bothered by Fannie and Freddie Mess?
The Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae investments would amount to about 2.6 percent of total assets at Bank of China, the nation’s third-biggest, CLSA analysts said yesterday in a note to clients. That compares with 0.09 percent at larger Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC), they said.
ICBC may have $1 billion of securities linked to the two beleaguered US home loan companies, while China Construction Bank Corp, the second largest, may have $7 billion of such holdings, according to the report. China CITIC Bank Co may own $1.4 billion of agency debt, CLSA said.
Fannie and Freddie were recently the beneficiaries of an unprecedented government bail-out plan.