WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department continued to wind down its stake in bailed-out insurance giant American International Group Inc. by agreeing to sell $5 billion of the company's stock.
With the proceeds from the sale, the government would have about $25 billion in taxpayer money still invested in AIG, which was rescued in a complex, multi-step bailout in 2008 by the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.
The government pledged more than $182 billion to AIG, which ended up using about $125 billion in exchange for the U.S. taking a 92% stake in the company. The Treasury Department and the Fed have been unwinding that stake through periodic sales since last year.
The latest sale would reduce the government's stake to 55% from 61%.
Treasury agreed to sell about 164 million shares at $30.50 a share. AIG shares gained 50 cents, or 1.6%, to $31.34 on Friday. The stock is up 35.1% so far this year.