Treasury plans to sell $4.5B shares of AIG stock

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 3:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government says it plans to sell $4.5 billion shares of American International Group stock, the latest effort to recoup taxpayer money spent on the largest bailout of the 2008 financial crisis.

The Treasury Department announced the fourth round of AIG stock sales Friday. The insurance company has indicated it intends to purchase up to $3 billion of the stock being offered in this sale.

Treasury and the Federal Reserve stepped in with $182 billion to rescue New York-based AIG from collapse in September 2008. AIG still owes taxpayers $30 billion on the initial investment. Treasury still owns about 61 percent of AIG's common stock.

Treasury's announcement Friday came a day after AIG announced in an earnings report that its net income rose 27 percent in the second quarter as its property and casualty and life insurance business brought in more revenue.

During the quarter, AIG repaid all of the loans it owed to the Federal Reserve as part of the financial rescue in 2008 and 2009.

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