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Parents can make a difference in whether their kids become spenders or savers, studies find. hide caption

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Many small-business owners have had difficulty securing loans in recent years. One website grades the nation's banks by the ratio of small-business loans to deposits — and finds that community banks are often most friendly to small business. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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JPMorgan, the largest bank in the United States, is seeking to minimize the damage caused by a $2 billion trading loss, disclosed earlier this month. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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