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FICO’s grip on mortgage credit scores challenged

Mar 14, 2018
Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac consider one credit score when determining the creditworthiness of mortgage applicants: FICO.  Some members of Congress want to change that by adding a provision to a bank deregulation bill that would require Fannie and Freddie to also look at applicants’ VantageScore. The company that calculates VantageScores is […]

Fannie Mae CEO reflects on housing 10 years after the financial crisis

Jan 24, 2018
Timothy Mayopoulos joined Fannie Mae a few months after it was taken over by the government. Today, he's the CEO.
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The future of Fannie & Freddie under Trump

Jan 3, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Treasury Secretary wants to remove government control and financial backing from the housing-finance entities.
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U.S. mortgage giants under the microscope

Sep 14, 2015
What's the deal with our strange relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
The headquarters of Freddie Mac in McLean, Virginia.
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Flush with cash, Freddie Mac keeps paying the Treasury

Aug 4, 2015
The mortgage giant will pay the government another $3.9 billion in September.

The man behind Fannie and Freddie

Jun 4, 2014
In the world of real estate, few people are more powerful than Mel Watt.

For public good, not for profit.

The Wrap: Keep chuggin' along

May 16, 2014
Bonds, inflation, housing: we review this week in the economy

PODCAST: Fixing infrastructure and American jobs

May 14, 2014
Cisco makes a move into the "Internet of Things." And, Fannie and Freddie start paying back the American taxpayer.

What would a post-Fannie and Freddie world look like?

Mar 13, 2014
Many want the quasi-governmental outfits snuffed out for good