Modest developments on several fronts have some experts foreseeing expansion in 2010.
Losses on mortgage debt, followed by recession woes such as corporate bankruptcies and rising defaults on credit cards, delivered a one-two punch.
In some ways, today's swoon looks like the flip side of 1996's 'exuberance.'
Retail sales plunge a record 2.8 percent in October, suggesting a dismal outlook for holiday spending.
With no investment banks and tighter regulation, experts see a less dynamic recovery ahead.
The biggest impact of Lehman's bankruptcy and other recent turmoil could be tighter credit.
A stock-market sag spilled into the second quarter, leaving little to be gained.
Uncertainty over oil prices is a factor in Wall Street edginess.
The Federal Reserve is expected to signal whether inflation is its top concern.
The first quarter of '08 witnessed many investors shifting from stock- to money-market funds. They may miss out on a recovery.