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MD&A | Consolidated Balance Sheet Analysis

The decrease in debt of Fannie Mae from December 31, 2017 to September 30, 2018 was primarily driven by lower funding needs as our retained mortgage portfolio continued to decrease during the first nine months of 2018. The increase in debt of consolidated trusts from December 31, 2017 to September 30, 2018 was primarily driven by sales of Fannie Mae MBS, which are accounted for as issuances of debt of consolidated trusts in our condensed consolidated balance sheets, since the MBS certificate ownership is transferred from us to a third party. See “Liquidity and Capital Management—Liquidity Management—Debt Funding” for a summary of the activity of the debt of Fannie Mae and a comparison of the mix between our outstanding short-term and long-term debt. Also see “Note 7, Short-Term and Long-Term Debt” for additional information on our outstanding debt.
Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)
The shift from a net deficit of $3.7 billion as of December 31, 2017 to net equity of $7.0 billion as of September 30, 2018 reflects:
our comprehensive income of $12.4 billion for the first nine months of 2018;
our receipt of $3.7 billion from Treasury during the first quarter of 2018 pursuant to the senior preferred stock purchase agreement, which eliminated our net worth deficit as of December 31, 2017; and
our dividend payments to Treasury of $5.4 billion during the year.

Fannie Mae Third Quarter 2018 Form 10-Q