Goldman Sachs in deal worth $1.2 bn over US bond claims

Goldman Sachs in deal worth $1.2 bn over US bond claims

Goldman Sachs has agreed to a settlement worth $1.2 billion to resolve claims that it misled US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky mortgage securities it sold them before the housing market collapsed in 2007.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, announced the settlement on Friday with the Wall Street powerhouse.

New York-based Goldman Sachs sold the securities to the companies between 2005 and 2007. Under the settlement, Goldman is paying $3.15 billion to buy back the securities from Fannie and Freddie.

The FHFA said the settlement was worth $1.2 billion because of the difference between what Goldman is paying and the current value of the securities. That means Goldman is paying $1.2 billion more than what the securities are now worth.

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