After being bailed out a few years ago, GM thinks it's ready to be on its own. Specifically, it wants the government to sell its remaining 26.5% stake, partially back to GM and partially to the public.

Since a sale at current prices would lock in a loss, the government isn't eager to sell shares right now.

In the following video, Motley Fool analyst Anand Chokkavelu breaks down whether the government will profit from its patience.

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