The common shares of Fannie Mae have been on a wild ride this year. If any investor is interested in possibly investing in these shares, it is critical to understand the facts and nuances of the operating business and involvement of other investors.

In this video, Motley Fool financial analysts David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer discuss the difficulty of projecting Fannie Mae's future profits and tell investors why the headlines about Fairholme Fund manager Bruce Berkowitz's investment in the preferred shares can be misleading.

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David Hanson owns shares of American International Group. Matt Koppenhefferowns shares of Bank of America and American International Group. You can follow David and Matt on Twitter. The Motley Fool recommends American International Group. The Motley Fool owns shares of American International Group and Bank of America and has the following options: Long Jan 2014 $25 Calls on American International Group. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.