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Report Prompts Calls To End Freddie Mac's Conflict Of Interest

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses journalists at EU headquarters in Brussels in December. It's possible that European leaders will come up with ways to manage the region's debt crisis in the new year, but the worst case scenarios are dire. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gold And Bond Investors

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Hear Marilyn Geewax On 'Talk Of The Nation'

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Shoppers look at a display at the Dadeland Mall in Miami on Nov. 25. Princeton professor Sheldon Garon says Americans spend too much and save too little compared to Europeans and Asians. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Hear NPR's Marilyn Geewax's Interview With Professor Sheldon Garon

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