In this handout image provided by the White House, President Obama talks with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at the United Nations on Sept. 23, 2010. The White House/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption The White House/Getty Images

U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff. But the unemployment rate remained at 7.8 percent last month. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Damian Dovarganes/AP

A housing revival will be key to an economic recovery in 2013, analysts say. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters /Landov hide caption

itoggle caption Jonathan Ernst/Reuters /Landov

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington on Dec. 12. Some economists worry the Fed has set the stage for inflation as well as stock and housing bubbles by keeping interest rates low. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters /Landov hide caption

itoggle caption Kevin Lamarque/Reuters /Landov

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (right), shown at a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is arguing for raising taxes on the wealthy as part of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

itoggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday after private talks with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

itoggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP