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    "The GSEs, the way they operated pre-conservatorship, created their own failure," said MBA president Dave Stevens. "I ran [Freddie's] single-family business for almost a decade; I saw the special sweetheart deals being done for institutions that could bring large market share into the GSEs. I saw the activities in the portfolio, where they were buying the AAAs on the subprime market, and buying lots of Alt-A product because it was rich. ...And ultimately, that's what really led to the failure of the housing system, and Freddie and Fannie played a very large role in that."

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