The mortgage portfolios of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew briskly in August on attractive purchase opportunities. And Freddie increased its upper estimate of growth this year by $5 billion, to $50 billion.

Freddie's portfolio has grown by $42.4 billion for the year so far, bringing it to $206.9 billion at Aug. 31. Fannie's portfolio has grown by $50.9 billion, to $367.2 billion.

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