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    Pedestrians walk outside the headquarters of Bear Stearns March 16, 2006 in New York City.

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    The sign for Lehman Brothers headquarters is seen in New York.

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    An exterior view of mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae is seen May 23, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

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    Traders work on Lehman Brothers' trading floor February 18, 2005 in New York City.

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    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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    Leaflets of retail and commercial bank Barclays.

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    A man carrying a box leaves the Lehman Brothers European Headquarters building in Canary Wharf in east London, on September 15, 2008.

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    A man exist an American International Group (AIG) building September 17, 2008 in New York City. The Federal Reserve rescued American International Group yesterday from a probable collapse by lending the U.S.'s largest insurer up to $US85 billion.

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    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange September 17, 2008 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 449 points today despite American International Group, Inc. (AIG) $85 billion government bailout by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department.

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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson holds a news conference at the Treasury Department September 19, 2008 in Washington, DC. Paulson said that the Treasury will insure money market mutual funds as one part of a massive government bailout that is attempting to stabilize the current financial crisis.

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    A woman walks past the headquarters of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc at 85 Broad St. September 16, 2008 in New York City. Goldman Sachs, one of the two largest U.S. brokerage firms, announced a third-quarter earnings drop of 70 percent in the midst of one of the worst market slumps in U.S. history.

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    People walk past Washington Mutual Inc.'s headquarters September 16, 2008 in Seattle. The savings and loan bank had its credit rating reduced to junk status by Standard and Poor's.

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    U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (L)(D-MA) makes remarks to the press after the financial bailout package failed in a vote before the House of Representatives September 29, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The House rejected the $700 billion bailout package, 228-205, after a weekend of intense negotiation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 700 points -- one of its biggest drops ever -- on the news and then swung wildly as investors tried to gauge the next step for the plan and the financial sector.

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    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listen at a news conference following a vote on legislation drafted in response to the ongoing credit markets crisis on Capitol Hill October 1, 2008 in Washington, DC. The senate easily passed a revised $700 billion financial-rescue package, tacking on $110 billion in tax breaks to lure votes, but prospects in the House of Representatives, which rejected a version of the plan two days ago, were less certain.

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    U.S. President George W. Bush signs a Wall Street bailout bill in the Oval Office of the White House October 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. Bush signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation today.

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    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) October 06, 2008 in New York City. The Dow set a new record for a one day point drop as it tumbled as many as 800 points to below 10,000, the lowest it has fallen since 2004.

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    The logo of American International Group Inc. outside their office in the lower Manhattan area of New York.

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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr. speaks during a press conference October 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. Paulson held the briefing after a meeting with other finance and central bank governors from G7 nations after the recent global market turmoil that saw an 18 percent drop in the Dow this week alone.

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    Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Chairman Sheila Bair, Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Timothy F. Geithner, Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan, Securities and Exchange Commission Christopher Cox, Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Walter Lukken, Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) John M. Reich participate in a news conference at the Treasury Department to talk about the market stability Initiative October 14, 2008 in Washington DC. Earlier today President Bush met with the President's Working Group on Financial Markets at the White House to unlock the nation?s credit crisis.

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    View of the sea front line and the city of Reykjavik on October 9, 2008. Icelanders are keeping cool heads despite their country slipping into a financial quagmire, but anger is mounting against politicians who liberalised the financial sector in the 1990s.

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    The offices of of troubled insurer American International Group Inc. September 17, 2008 in the lower Manhattan area of New York.

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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson speaks during a news conference at the Treasury Department November 12, 2008 in Washington, DC. Paulson gave an update on the financial rescue package.

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    Pedestrians walk by a Citigroup building September 29, 2008 in New York City. It was announced this morning that Citigroup is to take over the banking operations of troubled Wachovia's banking operations in a deal backed by regulators.

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    U.S. Treasury building

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    A financial professional looks at his computer screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the trading day December 16, 2008 in New York City. The Federal Reserve slashed the federal funds rate, the interest banks charge each other, to a record low of zero to one quarter percent, sending stocks higher in mid-afternoon trading.

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    Rick Wagoner, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation, holds a press conference to respond to President Bush's $17 bilion emergency loan to the Big Three auto companies December 19, 2008 in Detroit, Michgan. Wagoner said, 'We appreciate the President extending a financial bridge at this most critical time for the U.S. auto industry and our nation's economy.'

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    A man uses an ATM at a Bank of America branch.

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    President Barack Obama signed the economic stimulus bill on February 17, 2009 in Denver, Colo. The $787 billion package funded infrastructure projects, renewable energy projects, and health care, as well as increase unemployment benefits and provide for tax breaks.

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    President Barack Obama

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    A Citigroup building is seen September 29, 2008 in New York City. It was announced this morning that Citigroup is to take over the banking operations of troubled Wachovia's banking operations in a deal backed by regulators.

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    A general view of insurance company AIG on March 26, 2009 in London, England.

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    A trader sits on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange near the end of the trading day on March 5, 2009 in New York City. Stocks finished lower as investors worried about further banking industry woes and automaker GM's viability.

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    Reporters work in the media centre at the G20 summit on April 2, 2009 in London, England. Political leaders will endeavour to find measures to tackle the World's financial crisis.

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    The Chrysler logo is displayed outside of its world headquarters on April 30, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

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    General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson announces that General Motors Corp., the world's largest automaker for 77 years, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, at a news conference June 1, 2009 in New York City.

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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on 'Addressing the Need for Comprehensive Regulatory Reform' on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2009.

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    An American flag remains inside a closed Levitz furniture store in Rohnert Park, Calif., in 2009.

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    The headquarters of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc is seen at 85 Broad St. September 16, 2008 in New York City.

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    President Barack Obama listens as Ben Bernanke speaks at the Oak Bluffs school on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 25, 2009. Obama said as he reappointed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term.

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    Wells Fargo banks in Woodbury, Minn.

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    European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn holds a chart showing Greece's reducing deficit during a press conference given at the end of an Extraordinary Eurogroup meeting, on May 2, 2010 at EU Headquarters in Brussels.

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    Ireland's Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, poses for photographers with a folder containing his Budget 2011, in front of Goverment buildings in Dublin, Ireland, on December 7, 2010. Debt-plagued Ireland was set Tuesday to announce its toughest-ever austerity budget to help fix its battered public finances after securing an international bailout. Dublin's cash-strapped government has already revealed that the annual budget will contain 6.0 billion euros (8.0 billion dollars) of painful tax hikes and spending cuts.

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    A woman using a cash machine of the Banco Popular on March 29, 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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    A bank owned sign is seen in front of a foreclosed home July 29, 2010 in Miami, Fla.

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    A spec home is offered for sale in a housing development in Volo, Ill.

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    Former Goldman Sachs bond salesman Fabrice Tourre heads to his civil-fraud trial with his lawyers on July 30, 2013 in New York City.

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    Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group, testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill on April 27, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs the the financial reform bill into law during a ceremony with (L-R) Robin Fox, Andrew Giordano, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center July 21, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke.

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    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks at a news conference on September 13, 2012 in New York City.

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    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke appears before a House Budget Committee hearing on 'Economic Recovery: Options and Challenges' on Oct. 20, 2008.

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    A foreclosed home stands boarded up on February 9, 2012 in Islip, N.Y.

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    A giant billboard calls for lower rents in Grafton Street on December 2, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland.

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    Customers line up in front of an IndyMac Bank branch in Santa Monica, California, on July 14, 2008.

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    Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, prepares to testify before the Senate Finance Committee during a hearing on November 14, 2007.

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (3rd R) speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) during the G20 summit at the ExCel centre, in east London, on April 2, 2009.

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    Unemployed Coloradans sit through the opening session of a job hunters' boot camp on April 19, 2010 in Aurora, Colo.

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    Waiting in line to attend a career fair in New York City.

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