Some firms, including Morgan Stanley, race to prove they can fund themselves by turning to private investors.
'Stress tests' reveal that banks need to raise more than $65 billion to be able to keep lending if the recession drags on.
The tests will be the first clear look at which banks are doing better than others, for example, but they won't be the last word.
Prospective buyers hunt for the good stuff amid all the bad debt, anticipating a supersale.
If you want a revolution, hold corporate elites accountable.
Targets include credit card companies, payday loans with exorbitant interest rates, and predatory mortgage lenders.