Freddie Mac issues a variety of Discount Notes, fixed and floating rate short term debt of various sizes and maturities (less than or equal to one year). Some short term debt have embedded call options. These call options often allow investors to earn an enhanced yield over similar non-callable short term debt, but allow Freddie Mac to retire (call) the securities on specific dates before their contractual maturities.

Discount Notes

Discount notes are short term U.S. dollar denominated unsecured general corporate obligations.

  • Maturities may range from overnight through one year, subject to daily corporate funding needs
  • May be acquired in denominations as small as $1,000
  • Are issued and maintained in book entry form through the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Are offered with a variety of options for settlement dates, maturity dates and sizes

Key Program Features

Amounts $1,000 minimum, in increments of $1,000
Maturities One year or less
Ratings View our current credit ratings
Dealer group Find an approved dealer
Offering time frame Available on days other than (a) a Saturday, (b) a Sunday, (c) a day on which the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is closed, or (d) a day on which Freddie Mac’s offices are closed
Clearing and Settlement Fed Book-Entry System
Principal Repayment At par on maturity date, which must be a business day in the U.S. markets
Documentation Global Debt Facility
Governing law New York

Short Term Notes Callable

Short term callable debt provides the issuer the right, but not an obligation, to call (or retire) the debt prior to the final maturity of the issue. Freddie Mac can issue short term callable debt in a variety of forms, with final maturities less than or equal to one year. Our debt securities can be issued with either single or multiple call dates, depending upon investors and Freddie Mac's requirements.

Popular types of call provisions include American (continuous call option on or after a certain date), European (single call option on a certain date) or Bermudan (periodic call options, e.g., on certain interest payment dates).

Key Program Features

Amounts $5 million and up
Maturities One year or less
First call dates Typically, as short as 2 weeks and as long as 11 months
Ratings View our current credit ratings
Offering time frame Continuously throughout the year
Clearing and settlement Fed Book-Entry System / For Globals: Fedwire, Euroclear, Clearstream
Minimum denominations $1,000 or greater in increments of $1,000 / For Globals: $2,000 or greater in increments of $1,000
Principal Repayment In full at par on the earlier of the final maturity date or the first exercised call date
Day count convention Typically 30/360
Interest payment frequency Depending upon investors' requirements, can be annually, semiannually, quarterly, monthly or other
Documentation Global Debt Facility
Governing law New York


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