BUSINESS
04/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Fannie and Freddie Will Likely Never Return To Private Hands

Despite assurances that the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be temporary, the giant mortgage companies will most likely never fully return to private hands, lawmakers and company executives are beginning to quietly acknowledge.

The possibility that these companies -- which together touch over half of all mortgages in the United States -- could remain under tight government control is shaping the broader debate over the future of the financial industry. The worry is that if the government cannot or will not extricate itself from Fannie and Freddie, it will face similar problems should it eventually nationalize some large banks.

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