Jim Zarroli Jim Zarroli is a business reporter for NPR News, based at NPR's New York bureau.

A trader walks in New York City's financial district on Sept. 12, a day when stocks fell early based on fears that the Greek government would default, then rallied on news that China might buy Italian debt. This year, what sent the market into a tailspin often took place overseas. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Even Finish Masks Volatile Year For U.S. Economy

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The flower auction house in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, is one of the largest in the world — and a part of the country's strong export base. As Europe's debt crisis continues, the Dutch economy is feeling the effects of being heavily reliant on world trade. Pan Zhi/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Tied To Trade, Dutch Economy Falls With The Tide

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Robert Khuzami (right), director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division, announces that the SEC is charging six former top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with securities fraud on Friday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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SEC: Mortgage Execs Took Pains To Hide Risky Loans

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Central Banks Act Sends Stock Markets Soaring

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Judge Rejects Citigroup, SEC Settlement

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Prime Minister Mario Monti has promised to crack down on tax evaders as part of reforms needed to convince markets that Italy can pay its debts. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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Avoiding The Tax Man Could Cost Italians Dearly

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Merck To Settle Charges Vioxx Was Illegally Promoted

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Fixing Italy's Ailing Economy Won't Be Easy

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Europe's Debt Crisis Moves Toward Bigger Economies

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Amid Concerns About Italy, Stock Market Nose Dives

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Men look at a stock exchange board monitor outside a bank in Milan last week. The country's economic problems have been mounting steadily. Antonio Calanni/AP hide caption

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Italy's Growing Debt Woes Have Investors On Edge

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Eurozone Crisis Leads To American Firm's Bankruptcy

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Where Europe's Bailout Falls Short

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Markets Rally After E.U. Summit Shows Progress

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Occupy Wall Street participants demonstrate in front of the New York Stock Exchange in September. The group's press team says the point of the protests is to address the public and not CEOs, whose headquarters have left Wall Street.

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What's On Wall Street? Fewer Banks, More Condos

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