The U.S. Treasury may have to shell out an additional $73 billion to $215 billion to keep the capital positions of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from going negative, according to new loss projections released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

The estimates, however, also took into account anticipated dividend payments to the U.S. Treasury. Moreover, the anticipated losses only reflect their pre-takeover book of business, with projections covering writedowns stretching out to 2013.

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