Scottrade Did Not Allow Me to Buy Freddie Mac (FRE)

On my way to work this morning, there was news that Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE), two congressionally chartered mortgage agencies, were on the verge of being bailed out by the government. That was not a piece of good news, given how hard the stock markets have been hit by subprime mortgage related woes in the financial market. At the time when I heard the news, both FNM and FRE were down some 50% from previous closes in pre-market trading.

Then I thought “Is this a buy opportunity?”

I mean, they both have already come down more than 60% since July. How bad things could be? Besides, they are too big to fall (otherwise, there weren’t be any bailout rumors). So it is an buy opportunity! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to buy any at the open and when I finally got the chance, it was noon time already and FRE was traded around $6.10 instead of $4.00. After checking my accounts at Scottrade, TradeKing, and Zecco, it turned out that my only choice is Scottrade because that’s where I have the most money: $109, enough to buy 16 big shares after commission :(

However, when I was about to send in my order, I got an error message:

Freddie Mac (FRE)

So I called Scottrade and was told that due to the recent news and developments of both FNM and FRE, Scottrade (yes, Scottrade) has put some restrictions on trading these two stocks. But I was able to buy 16 shares the stock at $6.26 a piece with the assistance from the broker and only pay Internet commission of $7 :)

Did/Will you buy Fannie/Freddie?

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16 Responses to “Scottrade Did Not Allow Me to Buy Freddie Mac (FRE)”

  1. Early Retirement Extreme |  Jul 11, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    It’s possibly due to heavy volume and the fact that you didn’t purchase a round lot. (It requires more effort to find a seller of 16 shares than one of 100).

  2. ntaylor |  Jul 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Kind of strange. I wish scottrade had stopped me from buying some terrible preferred stocks through them. Instead, they have them rated AA. Guess what .. they have lost 40% of their value. They have 35 years to run. They didn’t tell me that anywhere on their web site links about preferred stocks. Son’t lose your money. Go to a real broker.

  3. aa |  Jul 15, 2008 at 10:54 am

    So, you might be losing money right now. Was that an example to show us how stock gambling is bad?

  4. gw |  Jul 15, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    “How bad things could be?”? That’s funny.

  5. Sun |  Jul 16, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Well, I am not looking at the stock price the day after I purchase it, or three days (which is today), a week I bought the stock. I probably didn’t buy the stock at the best time as I could, but if I look at the share price of FRE or FNM one month, two months, one year, or two years from now, I am confident that I made a good buy.

  6. eric haisch |  Sep 12, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I am going to invest in freddie mac(fre), at 46 cents a share, who could walk away from this. freddie Mac and Fannie Mae both have political ties and they will never disappear. Bottom line, invest now, wait about 5 months and i could guarantee that the stock will rise to a 4.00 to 5.00 a share. i am no Warren buffet, but if you play your cards right and monitor these stocks, you will benefit yourself and your portfolio!!!!

  7. Bill |  Nov 06, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I bet you feel stupid right now, don’t you?

  8. greg |  Apr 01, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    man i wish i could have grabbed them up at 6.00 a share

  9. Sun |  Apr 02, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    You can grab the shares at 75 cents now if you really like the stock. What’s stopping you?

  10. John |  May 02, 2009 at 8:13 am

    i think im going to jump inon this one buy a few hundred shares, at 75 cents, why not…

  11. travis |  May 09, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I have been buying shares of FRE for almost 9 months now and have 425 shares @ .81. it has taken that long for me to finally get in the green but sottrades second opinion weekly has upgraded it to a buy and after a small pull back i believe this stock will continue to go higher.

  12. richard |  Mar 20, 2010 at 4:02 am

    question: i bought stock of FNM back in 2007, and it apparently went belly up. so i was like, “whatevers, only a couple hunder shares” and never checked my portfolio.

    i just checked after 2 years, thinking that i wouldn’t have FNM in my portfolio, but it’s still there at 1.15, does that mean i still have the shares? i thought if they go bankrupt and the fed bought them that i’d have no way of getting any money back.

    thanks, i’m just confused, lol

    • Sun |  Mar 20, 2010 at 7:14 am

      FNM never really went bankrupt, so you should still own the shares, though they may be close to *worthless* now :)