Tag: ‘Freddie Mac’

Uncle Sam’s Trillion-Dollar Portfolio Partly Offsets the Public Debt

By :: June 24th, 2013

When policy folks talk about America’s federal borrowing, their go-to measures are the public debt, currently $12 trillion, and its ratio to gross domestic product, which is approaching 75 percent. Those figures represent the debt that Treasury has sold into public capital markets, pays interest on, and will one day roll over or repay. These […]

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Uncle Sam’s Growing Investment Portfolio

By :: June 17th, 2013

The federal government has been borrowing rapidly to finance recent budget deficits. But that’s not the only reason it’s gone deeper into debt. Uncle Sam also borrows to issue loans, build up cash, and make other financial investments. Those financial activities have accounted for an important part of government borrowing in recent years. Since October […]

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Fannie, Freddie, and the Mortgage Interest Deduction

By :: February 10th, 2011

Tomorrow, the White House will release its ideas for overhauling mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  While there is little agreement in Washington over just what to do, there is broad bipartisan support for big changes. In large part that’s because when the implicit government guaranty behind Fan and Fred turned explicit in the […]

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