Treasury To Sell Final Shares of GM

The U.S. Treasury filed plans Sept. 26 to sell the remaining 101.3 million shares — 7.3% — of GM stock, which began immediately. Taxpayers once owned 61% of the Detroit automaker when the federal government took 912 million shares as part of a bailout under the Bush and Obama administrations. If the remaining portion sells at GM's current stock price, taxpayers will lose about $10 billion on the automaker's $49.5 billion bailout. That's about $1 billion less than a July estimate by a government watchdog, but it still means GM is responsible for the lion's share of the Treasury’s estimated $15 billion loss on the $85 billion auto bailout. The remaining loss comes mostly from Chrysler ($2.9 billion — booked when the government exited ownership in 2011) and Ally Financial (still undetermined as taxpayers own the vast majority of the Detroit auto financer).

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