Insane Bankers Lobbying For Power to Grant Government Guarantees


Big banks are lobbying to replace Fannie and Freddie with themselves, reports Louise Story:

As the Obama administration prepares a report on the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, some of the nation’s largest banks are offering a few suggestions. Wells Fargo and some other large banks would like private companies, perhaps even themselves, to become the new housing finance giants helping to bundle individual mortgages into securities—that would be stamped with a government guarantee ... Housing industry consultants and people familiar with recent meetings at the Treasury Department say these banks view the government’s overhaul of the mortgage market as a potential profit opportunity. Treasury officials have met with executives from several institutions, including Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, according to a public listing of the meetings.

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the world could possibly pitch this idea with a straight face.

Companies mentioned in this post

Wells Fargo

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse


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