GOP and Democratic lawmakers are staking out routes that could either force compromise or snap the economy's safety lines.
The stock market may be up sharply this year, but securities employment is shrinking as the bonus pool gets shallower.
Operations on the New York Stock Exchange are on pace to generate more than $15 billion in gains.
This market offers more than the occasional high-tech company or high-yielding energy royalty trust.
The stock market response to the new unemployment figures wound up being rather ho-hum.
If Congress and the president drive over the fiscal cliff on New Year's Eve, the average American household will get slapped with a $3,500 tax hike next year.
Ben Bernanke and Mario Draghi have had to step up because of inaction or ineffective action on the part of legislators and policymakers.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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