Shake-Up At Fannie



After hours Fannie Mae announced a sweeping management shake-up. The company's chief financial officer, Stephen Swad, was replaced and the chief business officer, Peter Niculescu, will take on an expanded role.

Fannie Mae also appointed a new chief financial officer and chief risk officer, effective immediately. Daniel Mudd, the company's chief executive, will remain in place.

That’s just re-arranging the chairs on the Titanic, says Jon Najarian. I wouldn’t touch either Fannie or Freddie.

"I think it's step in the right direction," counters Graham Fischer managing director Josh Rosner on Fast Money. "But ultimately I think it will prove to be too late. The damage is done."

"And frankly if this doesn't work and the companies can't gain confidence with the Street we'll end up seeing all of management replaced," he adds.

Earlier, Merrill Lynch became the third major Wall Street bank to suggest Freddie and Fannie could weather the financial crisis in tact saying both have adequate capital to offset losses for "several quarters."

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