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WASHINGTON, DC-It is clear that private equity firms see value in the GSEs and, one way or another, are seeking to own a piece of the action. On Thursday, as we reported, Fairholme Capital Management submitted a proposal to purchase Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on behalf of private investors in a deal in which the GSEs are valued at $52 billion.

On Friday, it was reported that private equity hedge fund Pershing Square has acquired a 9.77% and 9.98% stake in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, respectively, for $500 million.

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