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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?

Major Banks Cutting 160,000 Jobs Worldwide -- With More to Come

Major banks have announced some 160,000 job cuts worldwide since early last year, more layoffs are coming as the industry restructures. The numbers are much higher in Europe than in Asia or the United States -- and those loses will be a particularly heavy blow to Britain.

2012 Election: Which Industries Won When Obama Did

The election is over, and now, the many investors who were keeping a close eye on the polls know what they're getting (somewhat) in terms of the federal government for the next few years. Here's a look at 21 economic sectors, and what a second Obama term will mean for each of them.

Morgan Stanley to Buy Citi's Smith Barney Stake

Morgan Stanley and Citigroup settled a dispute Tuesday over the value of the brokerage firm Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, which they jointly own. The deal clears the way for Morgan Stanley to buy Citigroup's 49 percent interest in the broker, giving Morgan Stanley full ownership.

Why Wall Street Workers Are Worse Investors Than Main Street

Wall Street's big banks paid out $156 billion last year in salaries, bonuses, and benefits. Yet while investment bankers' checking accounts were growing, their retirement savings took a massive hit -- and much of the reason can be traced to one common investing mistake.

What Mark Zuckerberg Can Learn From Ben and Jerry

Facebook's first few days as a public company have been a rocky road. Moving ahead, Mark Zuckerberg would do well to recall the lesson of two other iconoclastic company founders: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The tale of Ben & Jerry bears a bracing similarity to his own.

Morgan Stanley Cut Facebook's Forecast, Then Boosted Its IPO

After all the finger pointing over Facebook's rapid share price decline, there is one factor that should have served as warning. Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter, cut earnings estimates in the lead-up to the IPO -- while expanding its size and raising its price.

Global Woes Hold Only 'Modest Contagion' Risk for U.S. Banks

A "modest contagion" for financial stocks "should allow domestically focused financial stocks to stabilize in the coming weeks," despite the JPMorgan Chase trading mess and the "deteriorating conditions in Europe, according to KBW analyst Fred Cannon.

Either a Borrower or a Lender Be: Why P2P Lending Keeps Growing

Random people won't just give you the money you need to float you through your fiscal troubles. But they might make you a loan. Peer-to-peer lending, where borrowers bypass the big banks and get loans directly from other individuals, is getting bigger all the time.

Is Another Banking Crisis Staring America in the Face?

Recent stress tests on America's big banks reveal that the financial crisis is far from over. While the "too big to fails" are in better shape than they were in 2008, there's still "room for improvement at virtually every firm."

Another Brokerage Bites the Dust: Is Wall St. In Trouble?

Over the past couple of weeks, with little fanfare, three small brokerages bit the dust due to a dearth of trading activity on the stock markets and a lack of capital in-house. This may not matter much, but it could be the beginning of a wave of failures on Wall Street.

7 Ways Inflation Will Hit Americans in 2012

With the economy still trying to muster a recovery, and unemployment still around 8.5%, any price increases are painful. And just a month into 2012, a spate of headlines points to more hurt ahead. Here are seven ways inflation will be digging into your wallet this year:

The Bigger the Bank, the Worse the Customer Service

The biggest bank in America isn't the one you might think: JPMorgan Chase recently knocked longtime rival Bank of America out of the top spot. But is bigger better? Not when it comes to customer service.

9/11 Survivor Finds 'Purpose' by Helping Others

In 2001, Nicole B. Simpson was just another Morgan Stanley financial planner on the 73rd floor when the 9/11 attacks struck. She survived, but the emotional trauma left her old life in the wreckage. Eventually, though, she found a new purpose in helping others through traumas of their own.

UBS Joins Growing List of Bank Layoffs

In a cost-cutting move, Swiss banking giant UBS announced that it would trim 3,500 people from its workforce. Most of the cuts, which are expected to save $2.5 billion in annual costs, will be in the firm's underperforming investment banking unit. It's the latest in a string of big bank layoffs. Who could be next?

Last Week's Biggest Market Head-Scratchers

Wall Street can be fickle, leaving investors scratching their heads in bewilderment. Some of last week's biggest surprises, blunders, and flat-out boneheaded moves included Morgan Stanley's downgrading of Google, another step toward a LivingSocial IPO, and irrational exuberance with respect to Wendy's stock.

Why Countrywide's Fraudster-in-Chief Isn't Going to Prison

Angelo Mozilo, the former head of Countrywide Financial, isn't going to jail. In fact, he won't even face a trial. Wondering how the most convictable CEO among the titans who brought down the financial system is getting off so easy? The answer lies in the revolving door between Wall Street and its "regulators."

Another Week of Robust Corporate Earnings?

Apple, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, IBM, GE, Goldman Sachs and Google are just a sampling of names releasing results this week. And if last week's numbers are any guide, the market should have plenty of reasons to rally -- especially because expectations aren't all that great.

Morgan Stanley to Trim 2010 Bonus Pool by 10% to 25%

Morgan Stanley is reportedly planning to pay out 10% to 25% less in bonuses this year to its employees, an effort to cut costs as it deals with volatile market conditions. The cuts are slated to affect traders, back-office staff and other employee groups, but perhaps not unusually strong performers.