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Top 10 Business Stories of 2012

This would be the year when the global economy finally regained its vigor. At least that's what many had hoped. It didn't happen. So what were the top ten business stories of 2012?

A Look at Back at Bank Scandals Since the Financial Crisis

Even before the LIBOR scandal hit, the financial industry's image was already badly tarnished by its leading role in causing the global financial crisis and recession. Here's a look at some of the low points for banking and bankers since the start of the financial crisis.

UBS to Pay $1.5 Billion in Fines Over Interest Rate Rigging Scandal

UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, agreed Wednesday to pay some $1.5 billion in fines to international regulators following a probe into the rigging of LIBOR, a key global interest rate. That makes UBS the second bank, after Britain's Barclays, to settle over the rate-rigging scandal.

HSBC to Pay $1.9 Billion to Settle Money-Laundering Case

HSBC agreed Tuesday to pay $1.9 billion to settle a U.S. money-laundering probe. Europe's largest bank will pay the biggest penalty ever imposed on a bank after facing accusations it transferred funds through the U.S. from Mexican drug cartels and on behalf of nations such as Iran that are under international sanctions.

Women Investors: Smarter Than the Men in Every Way?

Financial services companies have a habit of publishing "special reports on women and investing," and their conclusions tend to describe women in less-than-flattering terms. But a new TD Ameritrade study once again shows why such stereotypes totally miss the mark.

How You Can Take Advantage of the Fed's Low Interest Rate Plans

To keep interest rates at rock-bottom lows and boost the economy, the Federal Reserve is buying $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities, and it'll keep buying them for as long as it takes to get the economy back on track. Here's how that plan should affect your personal economy.

Stock Upgrades: 3M Is in the Money, Money, Money

Ah, that innocent age when our biggest beef with Europe centered on freedom fries. This election week, no one was asking "where's the beef?" with Wendy's, with the coiner of that iconic phrase bucking a brutal tape to gain 3.05%.

Credit Card Horror Tales: 5 Ways Bad Plastic Kills Your Finances

The credit card market remains plagued by cards built to kill your savings, despite the consumer-friendly reforms of the CARD Act and record-low interest rates for most loans. Here are the five most common ways the worst credit cards prey on unsuspecting consumers.

Woman Who Lost Home Sues Big Banks Over LIBOR Manipulation

What can you do when a megabank takes your home? How about suing a dozen of them. Annie Bell Adams has filed suit against 12 of the world's biggest banks, alleging that their manipulation of the LIBOR rate caused her mortgage payments to be much higher than they otherwise would have been.

The $800 Trillion Scandal: How Banks' LIBOR Lies Affected You

The incredible LIBOR rate-rigging scandal is huge, and it's only going to grow in scope: Many of the world's largest banks have already been implicated in manipulating interest rates that are tied to some $800 trillion in loans and securities.

For Top Bankers, the Era of Easy Job Hopping Is Ending

The banking world works in a lot of ways like a sports league. You can be a star, but that barely matters if your team is in last place. But if you're lucky enough to be a premiere bankers, you could always go elsewhere if your team's fortunes faded. That fluidity in finance world may, however, be fading.