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Marketplace for Thursday, February 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014

Marketplace for Thursday, February 27, 2014

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When Freddie Mac hands the Treasury a $10.4 billion dividend next month, taxpayers will have received almost $82 billion back for the $71.3 billion in support  the mortgage giant received during the financial crisis. We look at whether the arguments for getting rid of Freddie and sibling company Fannie Mae– made back in the financial crisis – still hold. Next, the federal highway tax hasn’t been increased since 1993... and the Highway Transportation Fund is running out of money.

Segments From this episode

Young Wall Street bankers turn to custom suits

Feb 26, 2014
And yes, some have 'Wolf of Wall Street' quotes sewn into the lining.

Kudos to the Tooth Fairy

Feb 27, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for Friday, February 28, 2014

The highway repair fund is going broke

Feb 27, 2014
Some say it's because the gasoline tax hasn't gone up since 1993.

Supermarkets don't go to 'food deserts'

Feb 27, 2014
Grocery chains look at the lack of neighborhood competition as a bad thing.

Maggie Walker: Banking and civil rights

Feb 27, 2014
Walker was a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader.

Oscar predictions are an imprecise art

Feb 27, 2014
Film Critic Wesley Morris on why he hates the guessing game of Oscar predictions.

Companies (still) want to know your SAT score

Feb 27, 2014
Are SAT scores still relevant years later? Would you be willing to give your score to a recruiter if asked?

Which lawmakers got paid during the shutdown?

Feb 27, 2014
The Washington Post went back and checked.

Fannie and Freddie: Cash cows avoid the slaughter?

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Feb 27, 2014
The mortgage lenders have turned around their fortunes -- and not everyone's happy about it.

When Freddie Mac hands the Treasury a $10.4 billion dividend next month, taxpayers will have received almost $82 billion back for the $71.3 billion in support  the mortgage giant received during the financial crisis. We look at whether the arguments for getting rid of Freddie and sibling company Fannie Mae– made back in the financial crisis – still hold. Next, the federal highway tax hasn’t been increased since 1993… and the Highway Transportation Fund is running out of money.

Music from the episode

Naked as We Came Iron & Wine
Take a Walk Passion Pit
Kong The Notwist