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First, the brief background:
Some companies are emerging from the housing-bubble financial crisis much the worse for wear. That includes those directly responsible, like the homebuilders, Wall Streeters (e.g. Bank of America (NYSE: BAC ) and Citigroup (NYSE: C ) ), enablers (e.g. Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM ) ), and gamblers (e.g. AIG (NYSE: AIG ) ). It also includes collateral damage like GM and Chrysler.
While many companies were left in a balance sheet lurch, others emerged with fiscal reputations that were as good as or better than before: e.g. Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) , Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) , and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) , among others.
In honor of this contrast, we want you to finish this joke:
Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs walk into a mortgage broker’s office …
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