A relative aversion to risk, and a propensity to preserve assets, can add stability in turbulent times.
With a retirement this summer, the central bank will have just four of seven board seats filled.
The Fed chairman and the Treasury secretary face tough scrutiny as policymakers.
The central bank's unusual cash infusion aims to keep banks lending.
As oil and gold prices hit record highs, and grains stay up, speculators rush in.
As productivity abroad rises, US manufacturing is competing by trimming workers and wages.
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