Oil and gold surged Monday as investors worried that huge new debts will harm US Treasury's credit standing.
Those sinking in the wake of the real estate plunge get different treatment. For the overall economy, it makes sense.
What borrowers can do to get favorable terms.
Economists hope the proposed bailout will boost confidence and end the cycle of falling real estate values.
Investors cheered. The Dow jumped 369 points Friday.
Some lawmakers and economists are calling for the US to absorb damaged assets of firms.
Other large firms may be close to the brink.
Job No. 1 for central bankers: restore confidence in markets.
Lawmakers focus on bailouts and look to overhaul financial regulations.