Ask the people who invest billions for a living to name their favorite picks for 2012 and you'll get a smorgasbord worthy of a holiday party: Brazilian stocks, U.S. junk bonds, and government debt from Colombia. Ask them what they dislike and they'll name one of the top-performing investments this year: U.S. government bonds.
Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. debt rating for the first time on Friday. Coming on top of concerns of a second recession, the move has investors worried that we're headed into a bear market for stocks. Here's what a bear market would mean.
Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan has spoken out about U.S. budget deficits, warning that if borrowing isn't reined in, America could face a Greek-style debt crisis. He calls for a "tectonic shift in fiscal policy."