United States Code

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§ 1718.
Capitalization of Federal National Mortgage Association
Common stock; preferred stock; transferability of shares

The corporation shall have common stock, without par value, which shall be vested with all voting rights, each share being entitled to one vote with rights of cumulative voting at all elections of directors. The corporation may eliminate such rights of cumulative voting by a resolution adopted by its board of directors and approved by the holders of a majority of the shares of common stock voting in person or by proxy at the annual meeting, or other special meeting, at which such resolution is considered. The corporation may have preferred stock on such terms and conditions as the board of directors shall prescribe. The free transferability of the stock at all times to any person, firm, corporation, or other entity shall not be restricted except that, as to the corporation, it shall be transferable only on the books of the corporation. The corporation may issue shares of common stock in return for appropriate payments into capital or capital and surplus.

Fees and charges; annual transfer of earnings to general surplus account
The corporation may impose charges or fees, which may be regarded as elements of pricing, with the objective that all costs and expenses of the operations of the corporation should be within its income derived from such operations and that such operations should be fully self-supporting.
All earnings from the operations of the corporation shall annually be transferred to the general surplus account of the corporation. At any time, funds of the general surplus account may, in the discretion of the board of directors, be transferred to reserves.
Capital distributions from general surplus account; minimum capitalization levels
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the corporation may make such capital distributions (as such term is defined in section 4502 of this title) as may be declared by the board of directors. All capital distributions shall be charged against the general surplus account of the corporation.
The corporation may not make any capital distribution that would decrease the total capital of the corporation (as such term is defined in section 4502 of this title) to an amount less than the risk-based capital level for the corporation established under section 4611 of this title or that would decrease the core capital of the corporation (as such term is defined in section 4502 of this title) to an amount less than the minimum capital level for the corporation established under section 4612 of this title, without prior written approval of the distribution by the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Institutions eligible to purchase stock

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any institution, including a national bank or State member bank of the Federal Reserve System or any member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, trust company, or other banking organization, organized under any law of the United States, including the laws relating to the District of Columbia, shall be authorized to purchase shares of common stock of the corporation and to hold or dispose of such stock, subject to the provisions of this subchapter.

(June 27, 1934, ch. 847, title III, § 303, 48 Stat. 1254; Feb. 3, 1938, ch. 13, § 7, 52 Stat. 24; July 1, 1948, ch. 784, § 1, 62 Stat. 1206; Aug. 2, 1954, ch. 649, title II, § 201, 68 Stat. 613; Aug. 7, 1956, ch. 1029, title II, § 202, 70 Stat. 1096; Pub. L. 85–10, § 1(a), (b), Mar. 27, 1957, 71 Stat. 7; Pub. L. 85–104, title II, §§ 201, 202, July 12, 1957, 71 Stat. 298; Pub. L. 87–70, title VI, § 603(b), (c), June 30, 1961, 75 Stat. 176; Pub. L. 89–117, title X, § 1004(b), Aug. 10, 1965, 79 Stat. 501; Pub. L. 89–566, § 2, Sept. 10, 1966, 80 Stat. 738; Pub. L. 90–19, § 1(j)(2), (l), May 25, 1967, 81 Stat. 18; Pub. L. 90–448, title VIII, § 802 (i)–(n), (s), Aug. 1, 1968, 82 Stat. 537, 538; Pub. L. 91–609, title IX, § 902, Dec. 31, 1970, 84 Stat. 1808; Pub. L. 93–383, title VIII, § 806(g)–(i), Aug. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 727, 728; Pub. L. 97–320, title VII, § 707(a), Oct. 15, 1982, 96 Stat. 1540; Pub. L. 100–242, title IV, § 442, Feb. 5, 1988, 101 Stat. 1921; Pub. L. 102–550, title XIII, § 1381(d), Oct. 28, 1992, 106 Stat. 3995; Pub. L. 110–289, div. A, title I, § 1161(b)(1), July 30, 2008, 122 Stat. 2779.)
cite as: 12 USC 1718