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    Fannie-Freddie 2.0: Government Housing Polices Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan lamented statistics from a Pew report showing Hispanics lost 66 percent of their net worth between 2005 and 2009. He went on to say: Think about all the home equity, all the savings and all the retirement funds and other assets … More

    The Volcker Rule: Three Years and Nearly 1,000 Pages Later

    Five financial regulatory agencies have completed the final rules to implement the Volcker Rule, a regulation required by the Dodd–Frank bill that is supposed to protect taxpayers by restricting banks’ financial activity. The rule would prohibit banks from engaging in what’s known as proprietary trading—that is, making risky investments solely … More

    New Fannie Bond Issue Elevates Need for Higher G-Fees

    As Congress contemplates legislation to end Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government agency running their operations is trying to make that task easier. However, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seems to have run into trouble with Dodd–Frank regulatory issues, thus making the task of winding down the companies … More

    U.S. Mortgage Market Reform: Corker–Warner Bill Misguided

    Draft legislation by Senators Bob Corker (R–TN) and Mark Warner (D–VA) would wind down federally sponsored housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but it suffers from many of the same problems the system faced over the past two decades. The bill would replace the Federal Housing Finance Agency, … More

    China Is Not Our Banker

    China has fallen behind Japan as the largest foreign holder of U.S. securities. The Department of the Treasury’s new numbers are good only through June 30, 2012, but it puts Japan at $1.84 trillion and China at $1.59 trillion. There are lots of things to say about this, but one … More

    DOE-Backed Abound Solar Facing Fraud Investigation in Colorado

    Abound Solar, the now-bankrupt solar company and recipient of a $400 million Department of Energy loan guarantee, faces a three-pronged investigation from Weld County, CO, for alleged securities and consumer fraud, along with misleading financial institutions. The Denver Post reports: The securities-fraud investigation stems from allegations that “officials at Abound … More