Many economists are predicting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his fellow policymakers will continue to depress long-term rates. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference in Brussels. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke hasn't said whether the central bank will act to further stimulate the economy. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Maryland resident Ida Christian, 89, began showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in 2009. Her daughter, Geneva Hunter, and granddaughter, Yolanda, decided to take a hands-on approach to Ida's care. Ida lives with Geneva, and Yolanda quit her job to become Ida's daytime caregiver. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Aaron Moore completes a job application at a Los Angeles career fair on Thursday. Job growth has slowed sharply since the winter, the government said Friday. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Frank stands outside his home in Glen Allen, Va., which he co-owned with his mother, Ida. The family recently sold the home in order to free up money for Ida's care. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Do complex Wall Street transactions ever do anything to help average people? To answer that question, we consider the case of an imaginary company, Chickens LLC, that's looking to grow. Joern Pollex/Getty Images hide caption

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Kelley Hawkins (center) smiles at her daughter Carley (left) as her other daughter, Chelsea (right), looks on, in their family home in Harrisburg, Pa. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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AnnaBelle Bowers' long-time physician, Walter Watkin, gives her a kiss on the forehead at the end of her visit. When asked how long she had been coming to see him, he said, "Long enough for her file to be 2 inches thick." Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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People wait at a job fair in New York City's Queens borough on Thursday. While millions of out-of-work Americans continue to seek employment, others have given up looking. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Ida Christian, 89, was diagnosed with dementia in 2008. Her condition demands around-the-clock care. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Natasha Shamone-Gilmore (right) at church with her husband, Curtis Gilmore (center), and her father, Franklin Brunson, 81. Shamone-Gilmore moved her father into her Capitol Heights, Md., home after he developed dementia. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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