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Buyout bull

1 May 2013 By Daniel Indiviglio

A few big hedgies, including Paulson & Co and a Carlyle fund, want Uncle Sam to sell Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into private hands. Getting the bailout twins off the government’s books is appealing. But the plan would privatize short-term gains and leave taxpayers on the hook.

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Smoke and mirrors

11 February 2010 By Agnes Crane

The U.S. mortgage giants plan to buy $200 bln of seriously delinquent loans out of securities they guarantee. It’s about time. The trouble is that rather than address it sooner, the two firms have wasted money putting it off until an accounting change made it look less bad.

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