A trader walks in New York City's financial district on Sept. 12, a day when stocks fell early based on fears that the Greek government would default, then rallied on news that China might buy Italian debt. This year, what sent the market into a tailspin often took place overseas. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The flower auction house in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, is one of the largest in the world — and a part of the country's strong export base. As Europe's debt crisis continues, the Dutch economy is feeling the effects of being heavily reliant on world trade. Pan Zhi/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Robert Khuzami (right), director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division, announces that the SEC is charging six former top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with securities fraud on Friday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Prime Minister Mario Monti has promised to crack down on tax evaders as part of reforms needed to convince markets that Italy can pay its debts. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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Men look at a stock exchange board monitor outside a bank in Milan last week. The country's economic problems have been mounting steadily. Antonio Calanni/AP hide caption

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Occupy Wall Street participants demonstrate in front of the New York Stock Exchange in September. The group's press team says the point of the protests is to address the public and not CEOs, whose headquarters have left Wall Street.

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday. He won a GOP straw poll there with 37 percent of the vote. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Lauren and Greg Manning stand with their sons Jagger and Tyler (right) at the Central Park Zoo in 2010. Manning became a symbol of survival after the Sept. 11 attacks, where she suffered burns on more than 80 percent of her body. Courtesy Lauren Manning hide caption

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Katharine Hepburn (left) and Rossano Brazzi in Venice in David Lean's 1955 film Summertime. United Artists/Photofest hide caption

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Many of Bank of America's problems stem from its purchase of the subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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High-speed trades that outpace human decision-making are unhealthy for the markets, critics say. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Google plans to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. At the end of 2010, Google was sitting on nearly $35 billion, and it's not alone. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Henry Street Settlement provides a range of social services for low-income New Yorkers, including a summer day camp for children. Corporate donations to the agency fell off after the 2008 financial crisis. Will Deitz/Henry Street Settlement hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress in July that the Fed was ready to act if the economy weakened. On Tuesday, the Fed announced it was prepared to keep interest rates low until at least mid-2013. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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