William Poole, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St.
Louis, talks about Standard & Poor’s proposed downgrade of Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac bonds, June’s durable goods and new homes data
released today, and the outlook for legislation to aid the hobbled
00:00 Possible S&P action on Freddie, Fannie bonds
01:00 Economic indicators of durable goods report
02:28 Housing bill; Fannie, Freddie lobbying
04:15 Need for Fannie, Freddie to be private firms
05:11 Access to Fed discount window; oil prices
06:54 "Balancing act" of Fed on inflation, economy
07:52 Lobbying restrictions; credit rating position
09:44 Market consequence of Fannie, Freddie fall
11:09 Paulson "back-stop" plan "essential"
Running time 12:11
Bloomberg, July 25 2008