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.
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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