November 16, 2011 In about a week, we've gone from Newt Gingrich saying during a debate that he was paid $300,000 to tell Freddie Mac "as a historian" to his firm being paid nearly $2 million by the mortgage-financing giant as a former House speaker to provide strategic advice. There's no telling what added details another week might bring.
If you can get a mortgage, the rates are lower than ever.
October 6, 2011 But though rates are at new lows, many who would like to take advantage of them can't because of too little equity or tight lending standards.
May 12, 2011 A new bill would create private companies to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the government would continue to guarantee mortgages.
March 30, 2011 There's widespread agreement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be abolished. But what will the mortgage market look like when they're gone?
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March 29, 2011 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew too big to fail. Then the mortgage giants followed the subprime lending industry into the abyss.
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March 28, 2011 How Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac used ferocious lobbying and implicit government backing to grow rich and powerful.
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February 14, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, guest host Rebecca Roberts talks with guests about the significance of developments in Egypt, the possible demise of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, How We Age and President Obama's 2012 budget.
February 11, 2011 The president and congressional Republicans agree: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should cease to exist. What will replace them is less clear.
February 9, 2011 Obama will propose gradually ending the mortgage giants and replacing them with more modest support for the U.S. housing market.
January 24, 2011 Taxpayers paying more than $160 million in legal fees for ex Fannie Mae execs adds insult to injury. Taxpayers have already paid about $150 billion to bailout the two mortgage giants after they became insolvent in summer 2008.
October 22, 2010 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have worked for decades to help more Americans become homeowners. Now, a former employee wants to apologize for doing such a good job of fulfilling that mission.
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May 10, 2010 Also: The latest on Goldman Sachs, Moody's and stock-market circuit breakers.
May 6, 2010 Toxie, Planet Money's pet toxic asset, may not have been the savviest investment. But at least our exposure is capped at $1,000.
March 5, 2010 The weird status of Fannie and Freddie came up again today.
Neither fish nor fowl.
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February 25, 2010 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently compared Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a platypus. Here's what he means, and why it may be cause for concern.
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