QUOTE AND NEWS
Yahoo  Jul 23  Comment 
Mortgage-finance giant Fannie Mae grew a bit more optimistic this month about sales of new homes, but the company has had to slash its outlook over the past year.
Motley Fool  Jul 21  Comment 
Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's common stock continue to be of extremely high risk and are essentially a bet, that the companies will be returned to shareholders.
Motley Fool  Jul 17  Comment 
There is yet another bill in Congress that aims to wind down Fannie and Freddie. Is this one any better than the others?
Reuters  Jul 17  Comment 
U.S. housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are making riskier deals as they increasingly purchase mortgages from smaller lenders, a federal watchdog said on Thursday.
SeekingAlpha  Jul 15  Comment 
By I Know First Research: Up until a year and half ago, it would have been unthinkable to invest in Fannie Mae (OTCMKTS:OTCQB:FNMA) and Freddie Mac(OTCMKTS:OTCQB:FMCC), the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) that were forced into...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 11  Comment 
By Efficient Alpha: Shares of Federal National Mortgage Association (OTCQB:FNMA) have been down lately leading up to the nomination of the new HUD director, but the FHFA has just proposed guidelines that may help the mortgage giant get back to...
MarketWatch  Jul 11  Comment 
Shares of MGIC Investment tumbled 14% in active premarket trade after the mortgage-insurer said late Thursday the Federal Housing Finance Agency's newly-proposed standards for the industry would mean its available assets would be "materially...
StreetInsider.com  Jul 10  Comment 
Visit StreetInsider.com at http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Radian+Group+%28RDN%29+Comments+on+PMIERs+Developed+by+Fannie+%28FNMA%29%2C+Freddie+%28FMCC%29/9653102.html for the full story.
Motley Fool  Jul 10  Comment 
Despite the renewed efforts to end Fannie and Freddie, there are some very good reasons to keep them around




 

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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