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WIN: Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Bailed Out

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300 Billion Cost of Freddie Mac Fannie Mae BailoutThe estimated cost of the bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae is $300 billion, that’s if their loan books only suffer 5% loss. For some, that 5% guess is a little low, for others it’s on target.

Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae 52-Week Stock Price RangeWhen Freddie Mac (FRE) and Fannie Mae (FNM) were taken into conservatorship, their common stock was essentially rendered valueless. The numbers you see are their 52-week stock price ranges as of Wednesday (9/10/08) and it’s a pretty grisly sight isn’t it? Why are people buying the stock? You never know what can happen. Bear Stearns was sold for $2 a share yet people kept buying it, a week later the price was revised to $10 a share. You never know!

$24M Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae CEO Executive CompensationWant to get fired up about something? How much do you think you can get to run Freddie Mac into the ground? What about Fannie Mae? Exiting CEO Syron of Freddie Mac may get between $12m and $14m. Exiting CEO Mudd of Fannie Mae could get anywhere from $7m to $9m. [Newsday] It’s hard work getting the “sponsored” out of “government sponsored entities.” (apparently it was harder at Freddie Mac!)

$12 trillion housing marketAnd, to put all these numbers in this perspective, the mortgage market is about $12 trillion a year.

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One Response to “WIN: Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Bailed Out”

  1. JL says:

    It shocking just how little outrage there is out there about having to bail out F&F (not to mention Bear & IndyMac). Everyone is just thankful that Paulson saved the world from certain doom. What about the fact that F&F have been running for years as quasi-governmental entities that had lobbying staffs being paid to limit oversight and regulation of their activities?

    Then there is the Interior Department “scandal”. This is what happens when a president is elected who believes that government exists solely to enable business to do whatever they like. Putting former oil co lobbyists in gov’t oversight positions is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house… only worse. It would be like hiring a Mafia Don to head the War on Drugs.


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