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The Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean.(Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Public companies and financial services

Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac, formally known as Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., is chartered by the government to help finance mortgage loans. It does this by purchasing mortgages from banks and others and then packaging them into securities to be sold to investors. As such, it is one of the nation’s largest mortgage buyers, behind Fannie Mae. Both companies, facing heavy losses, were taken over by the government during the credit crisis and their future is uncertain as elected leaders debate what should become of them.

8200 Jones Branch Dr.

McLean Va., 22102

703-903-2000

www.freddiemac.com/

Founded: 1970

CEO: Charles E. “Ed” Haldeman Jr.

Revenue: $9,351,000

Assets: $2,261,780,000

Employees (local): 5,063 (4,528)

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