QUOTE AND NEWS
Wall Street Journal  Aug 25  Comment 
Bank of America's recent settlement points to structural constraints on banks giving mortgages, including those sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Yahoo  Aug 22  Comment 
Under the settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the conservator for the two government-controlled mortgage finance companies, Goldman Sachs said it agreed to pay $3.15 billion to repurchase mortgage-backed securities from Fannie and...
TheStreet.com  Aug 20  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The social unrest in Ferguson, Mo. shows why Fannie Maea and Freddie Maca are still needed to keep home ownership affordable for many Americans, banking analyst Dick Bove said Wednesday. The government-sponsored...
Motley Fool  Aug 20  Comment 
Both Fannie and Freddie have returned more to the government than they received in the bailout, so why aren't investors seeing any profit?
SeekingAlpha  Aug 19  Comment 
By Anthony Fernandez: On Monday, Fannie Mae's chief economist Doug Duncan wrote about his outlook for the housing market for the rest of 2014. "With respect to housing's contribution to growth this year, we have downgraded our outlook...
Yahoo  Aug 18  Comment 
Mortgage-finance giant Fannie Mae slashed its outlook on Monday for 2014's housing market, reasoning that too much momentum was lost during the first half of the year.
USAToday.com  Aug 18  Comment 
Mortgage giant says weaker-than-expected first half dims prospects.
Wall Street Journal  Aug 17  Comment 
Bill Ackman has joined the legal fray over Fannie and Freddie. But even courtroom victories won't give shareholders the return they seek.
Clusterstock  Aug 16  Comment 
(Reuters) - Activist Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management LP filed its second lawsuit in two days against the U.S. government over bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , court documents show. In Friday's complaint with the U.S....




 

I suppose a priapicnl reduction program would be better than nothing, but there is always the risk of unintended consequences or even operational failure when attempting such a specific intervention. Why not let monetary policy do the work in a continuous, predictable, and agnostic fashion? It would deliver benefits not only to home owners, but also by reducing the real return on the many large cash-equivalent investments amassed by corporations like Apple ($60B last I checked), spurring them to put funds to more productive use. And of course, monetary policy can benefit from the Chuck Norris effect. Fiscal policy hasn't exactly inspired such reactions of late.

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