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    A pragmatic plan to free the mortgage market from Washington

    Since the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, American housing finance has essentially become a nationalised industry....

  2. April 9, 2014

    Fight over Fannie and Freddie’s profits intensifies

    The debate over the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is creating strange bedfellows, with consumer advocate Ralph Nader...

  1. April 7, 2014

    Pressure grows for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wind-down

    An organisation committed to winding down mortgage finance groups Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac launched on Monday with a call...

  2. March 27, 2014

    Democrats to propose wind-down of US mortgage giants

    A leading Democrat in the US House of Representatives is expected on Thursday to propose a bill to wind down mortgage...

  3. March 26, 2014

    BofA in $9.5bn settlement with regulator

    Bank of America agreed on Wednesday to a $9.5bn settlement with a US housing regulator, as its former chief executive agreed...

  4. March 21, 2014

    Credit Suisse to pay $885m to settle mis-selling allegations

    Credit Suisse will pay $885m in the US to settle allegations that it mis-sold mortgage-backed securities, in an agreement...

  5. March 20, 2014

    US debates fiscal impact of Fannie and Freddie

    The intensifying focus on what to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is highlighting a fundamental question about the...

  6. March 12, 2014

    US Congress dealmakers key to housing reform

    Housing finance reform has been one area in which Republicans and Democrats have been able to work together, raising hopes...

  7. March 12, 2014

    Large investors unfazed by Fannie-Freddie wind-down plan

    When leaders of the Senate Banking Committee released a plan on Tuesday that would eventually eliminate Fannie Mae and...

  8. March 11, 2014

    Fannie and Freddie shares plunge on Senate bill

    Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunged on Tuesday after Senate leaders released a bipartisan plan to unwind the US...

  9. February 27, 2014

    BofA fights attempt to raise ‘hustle’ fine

    Bank of America hit out at the US government’s request to more than double the penalty it is seeking from the bank in a case...

  10. February 27, 2014

    Freddie Mac posts record net income of $48.7bn

    US mortgage financier Freddie Mac on Thursday reported record net income of $48.7bn for 2013, bolstering solid returns to...

  11. February 21, 2014

    Fannie Mae reports $84bn in net income

    US mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae on Friday reported net income of $84bn for 2013 and said it was close to making...

  12. January 22, 2014

    Treasury ‘firmly committed’ to reform of Fannie and Freddie

    The US Treasury is fully committed to reforming the housing market, with an official taking a firm stand against allowing...

  13. January 16, 2014

    New plan to wind down Fannie and Freddie

    A group of Democratic congressmen on Thursday unveiled their plan to wind down US mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and...

  14. January 14, 2014

    Fannie Mae warns of fall in US house prices

    Weakening demand by financial companies that have been snapping up thousands of US homes on the cheap could fuel a future...

  15. January 8, 2014

    US senators push for Fannie and Freddie wind-down

    US senators Bob Corker and Mark Warner on Wednesday made another push for their legislation to wind down Fannie Mae and...

  16. January 2, 2014

    Fannie/Freddie: price and principle

    It is easy to have principles in the abstract. The test comes when those principles have unpleasant repercussions. One...

  17. November 22, 2013

    Fannie and Freddie plan gets Washington attention

    Bob Corker, the Republican senator co-sponsoring a bill to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has become the first senior...

  18. November 20, 2013

    White House snubs Fannie-Freddie plan

    The White House came out against a proposal by a group of hedge funds to take over and recapitalise the core operations of...

  19. November 20, 2013

    Winding down Fannie and Freddie

    It has been five years since Lehman Brothers collapsed and longer since the US subprime bubble burst. Yet plans to reform...

  20. November 15, 2013

    Ackman takes Fannie and Freddie stakes

    Bill Ackman became the latest hedge fund manager to wager that there is money to be made from a stake in Fannie Mae and...

  21. November 14, 2013

    Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac: define ‘private’

    “Answering The Call For Private Capital” is the title of Fairholme Capital’s plan to restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac....

  22. November 14, 2013

    Mooted plan would turn Freddie and Fannie into Tom and Jane

    Investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could accept less than full value for their preferred shares in a mooted...

  23. November 13, 2013

    Hedge funds eye Fannie and Freddie

    Investors behind a $50bn proposal to take over large parts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are pitching the idea as a way for...

  24. November 13, 2013

    Congress looks to future without Fannie and Freddie

    President Barack Obama said in August that he supported an approach to “end Fannie and Freddie as we know them,” and some...

  25. November 13, 2013

    Timeline: intervention in the US housing market

    The US government has now controlled the country’s two main housing finance groups for over five years. But since the...

  26. November 13, 2013

    Investors pitch to take over much of Fannie and Freddie

    A group of hedge funds and private equity companies is preparing a proposal to take over large parts of Fannie Mae and...

  27. November 13, 2013

    Fannie and Freddie fight sparks multibillion dollar proposal

    In 2008, as delinquencies and defaults mounted in the US housing market, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac needed capital. The...

  28. November 7, 2013

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac state payouts reach $185bn

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will have paid a total of $185.3bn in dividends to the US government by the end of this year,...

  29. November 6, 2013

    US floating rate debt: take note

    It is a dream come true: US Treasury debt without the interest rate risk. That’s an investment you can really cram your...

  30. October 31, 2013

    Obama’s nominee for housing agency rebuffed by Senate

    Senate Democrats failed to get enough votes on Thursday to advance the nomination of US Congressman Mel Watt to head the...

  31. October 24, 2013

    Fed proposes new liquidity rules for banks

    The Federal Reserve on Thursday proposed new liquidity requirements for large US banks aimed at helping them withstand a...

  32. October 23, 2013

    US jury rules against Bank of America in mortgage trial

    Bank of America defrauded two government-backed mortgage companies by selling them defective home loans, a jury found on...

  33. October 18, 2013

    The Map and the Territory, by Alan Greenspan

    The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting, by Alan Greenspan, Allen Lane RRP£25/Penguin...

  34. October 17, 2013

    New effort to reform US mortgage banks

    A third bill will be introduced to the US Congress to tackle the last major remnant of the financial crisis: reform of the...

  35. October 14, 2013

    US mortgage market – slow march

    If you think that banking reform has been a disappointment, consider the mortgage market. Five years after the financial...

  36. October 3, 2013

    Stand-off threatens delays to drafting of new legislation

    The poisonous politics of the US government shutdown is infecting other bills that Congress is looking to tackle this year,...

  37. October 2, 2013

    US shutdown: Risk of mortgage disruption threatens housing market

    A prolonged government shutdown threatens to hamper US mortgage lending, derailing a nascent recovery in the country’s...

  38. October 1, 2013

    Osborne follows in the footsteps of FDR

    George Osborne was applauded loudly as he told an audience this week: “I am a believer in freedom and free markets.” Yet...

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