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A guard stands next to a logo of the World Economic Forum at the Congress Center in the Swiss resort of Davos. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Before entering politics in the 1990s, Romney co-founded Bain Capital, one of the nation's largest and most profitable private equity funds. David L. Ryan/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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A trader watches a figure showing the fall of the euro in Paris on Friday. The euro fell to a 17-month low against the dollar on news reports that France's credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor's. Remy de la Mauviniere/AP hide caption

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue at a press conference Thursday in Washington. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman checks stock indexes of a bank in Milan. Some analysts say the turmoil in Europe may actually help the U.S. economy. Luca Bruno/AP hide caption

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A construction worker walks on the roof of a newly built home in Westport, Conn. The construction sector, which has been battered by the depressed housing sector, added 17,000 jobs in December. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Traders Richard Cohen (left) and Lewis Vande-Pallen work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 21. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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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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