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Markets Respond to Fannie, Freddie Takeover

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Posted on Sep 8, 2008

Investors have been throwing money at stock markets the world over following the news that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been placed under federal conservatorship. Some analysts are confident that the move will stabilize the mortgage giants and, in turn, a tanking housing market. With hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on the line, let’s hope they’re right.


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U.S. stocks climbed, adding to a rally across Europe and Asia, on speculation the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stabilize the global financial system battered by $507 billion in credit losses.

Citigroup Inc., Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp. added at least 6.6 percent after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the government will provide short-term funding to mortgage lenders Fannie and Freddie. KB Home and D.R. Horton Inc. jumped more than 12 percent, sending a gauge of homebuilders to a four- month high. An advance in banks from Germany to Japan sent the MSCI World Index up 2.1 percent, the most since April.

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By Tony Wicher, September 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment

Aegrus,

I read in several reports of the takeover that

“Under the conservatorship agreement, shareholders’ equity will not be eliminated, though common shareholders will be last in terms of claims on the GSEs’ assets.

Preferred shareholders will be placed second, after common shareholders, in absorbing losses”

Is there a silver lining for us the people? Maybe the greed of the wealthy is slowly forcing the government into socialism whether they like it or not. The health insurance industry is next. It’s going to happen when even business wants it.

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By bookworm, September 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment
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Aegrus,

I assume you are seeing how America has become a Corporate entity rather than the Republic it was intended and designed to be.  While I agree with your sentiments the socialism reference is something you need to do more research on prior to aligning socialism to the needs of any corporate entity.  Rather than go in to any sort of discussion via these limiting comments I defer you to some excellent information on that and many other topics.  “The Age of American Unreason” by Susan Jacoby.  It is an amazing read, very well documented and wholly enlightening on how we as Americans have enabled our country to be taken over by the needs of corporations.

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By Aegrus, September 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment

Boy these huge corporations sure do love themselves some socialism when their entire way of life is at stake. Wall Street seems to enjoy Socialism a lot too.

Socialism for those with tons of money, that is. Not for you and me. That’s Marxist, right? Taxes are the enemy when corporations have to pay them, but when you and I pay taxes… that’s just good government for business. Americans live solely to provide taxes for corporate subsidies according to the elite campaign John McCain is employed by.

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