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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.
September 8, 2009 On the anniversary of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapse, we remember the response Adam Davidson gave a shareholder who says she'd been done wrong. Davidson told her that if this is thievery, she'd had a hand in committing it.
September 8, 2009 On Sept. 7, 2009, the U.S. federal government announced it was taking over the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It's been a heck of a year since then.
October 20, 2008 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac find a new line of work. They're bidding to manage the home loans Treasury would buy from banks as it soaks up bad mortgage bets.
September 9, 2008 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were deemed too big to fail... who's going to pay for it, and what does it say about the US economy?
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July 14, 2008 Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and a government bailout -- the who, what, why, when and where of it all.
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