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Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs): An Institutional Overview

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Publication Date: September 2008

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS21663

Topic: Banking and finance (Banks and other financial institutions)


Congress chartered government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) to improve the workings of credit markets. This report briefly describes the nature of GSEs, their mixed governmental-private nature, the differences between GSEs and government agencies, and concerns about and supporting arguments for GSEs. This report will be updated as events warrant.