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March 3, 2014

Fairholme Hits Fannie With Demands: Stop Dividends, Hire ‘Independent’ Directors, Relist the Stock

By Paul Muolo

In a rambling, 6-page letter sent to the GSE’s board, Fairholme Managing Member Bruce Berkowitz claims Fannie Mae’s equity securities are now valued by the market at $36 billion.

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