Retired firefighter John DeGenova from Cranston, R.I., says good pension benefits were one of the reasons he entered his profession. Jim Zarroli/NPR hide caption

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The owners of Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan abandoned the property to their creditors in January. The original purchase was funded in part by outside investors, including two state retirement funds. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Newsstand mainstay Gourmet folded last year, but new publications, including Food Network Magazine, were launched. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein (left) and JPMorgan Chase CEO James Dimon are among the top executives who will be awarding substantial bonuses to employees for job performance in 2009. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Wall Street has fallen on hard times, but many predict it will come back. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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