Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (RBS) is in advanced negotiations with the Federal Housing Finance Agency to cut a deal related to the 2008 sale of toxic mortgage bonds to U.S. government-backed loan firms Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) , SkyNews reported.
The settlement will cost RBS at least $4.5 billion.
RBS is also in formal settlement discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice over another residential mortgage-backed securities penalty. The settlement has been drawn out because of changes in DOJ senior officials under the Trump Administration.
RBS has not been profitable since 2007. Shares traded down almost 1% in mid afternoon trading.
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