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  • This story has been a slow moving train wreck all year, and will likely go into next year as well. The Euro zone continues to struggle with the fact that some of its members haven't been as fiscally responsible as others. Who'd have thought  would become a common finance term? Thanks to our global reach, CNBC.com was on top of every twist and turn. Of particular interest to our readers were our round-ups of the  and

    What were the biggest business stories of the year? Many a journo-hotshot will be glad to tell you. But here at CNBC.com, we like when our readers tell us what interests you.

  • Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Naryana Kocherlakota told CNBC he is "slightly more upbeat" about the U.S. economy going into 2012, seeing GDP growth between 2.5 percent and 3 percent next year.

  • What's Next?

    “Part of the problem is people think we’re not back to where we were before the crisis," says one economist. "I think we’re working through this. There’s no pushing us off the recovery track.”

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    For investors the markets have been consistently grim all year and the issues we’ve discussed from start to finish – sluggish economic growth, high and rising unemployment, sovereign debt crises and the future of the euro – are still with us and will haunt us well into 2012.

  • European Central Bank

    A break-up of the euro would be “absurd” and “unthinkable,” Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the European Central Bank (ECB), told CNBC Tuesday.

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    Some economists are estimating that extending the payroll-tax cut could add as much as a full percentage point of growth to the US economy next year.

  • An Improving Job Outlook?

    A look at what could happen to U.S. GDP and employment, if Congress extends income supports provided by the payroll tax cuts, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Job Search

    The unemployment rate for veterans aged 20 to 24 has averaged 30 percent this year, more than double that of others the same age, though the rate for older veterans closely matches that of civilians.  The New York Times reports.

  • Wendy's Gets It Together

    Shares of Wendy's have been stuck around $5 for 3 years. Discussing recent changes in the company's marketing strategy, with Joscelyn Mackay, Morningstar credit analyst.

  • Columns and steps

    Banks are likely to see another 150,000 layoffs in 2012 — on top of the 230,000 estimated for this year — as government regulations and a weak economy continue to shrink the US financial system, banking analyst Dick Bove said.

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    Despite the normal gridlock that takes place between the two houses of Congress, this week the House and Senate agreed and passed legislation that will help spur economic growth and create jobs in America, without any additional taxpayer funding.

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    An extended bank holiday in the European Union to halt a steep market fall, a third party candidate winning the race for the White House, and 50 European banks being nationalized are just a few of Saxo Bank's "outrageous predictions" for 2012.

  • The Power of Storytelling - by Jim Holtje

    In his new book, “The Power of Storytelling: Captivate, Convince or Convert Any Business Audience Using Stories from Top CEOs" Jim Holtje shares the stories of those corporate legends who inspired their employees with their deeds and with their tales.

  • Payroll Tax Battle

    The battle over extending a payroll tax cut and employment benefits continues. Details on how a bi-partisan compromise can be made, with Jared Bernstein, former chief economist/economic policy adviser to Vice-Pres. Biden, and former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH).

  • Morgan Stanley to Cut 1,600 Jobs

    CNBC's Mary Thompson has the details on Morgan Stanley's plan to cut 1,600 jobs in the first quarter of 2012.

  • PPI Up & Jobless Claims 366,000

    CNBC's Rick Santelli & Steve Liesman have a breakdown of the latest economic data and what it means for markets.

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    Italy's government has called for a vote of confidence on an austerity package aimed at persuading markets that Italy can get its finances under control to emerge from the spiraling debt crisis.

  • One-On-One with Sen. Mitch McConnell

    Are Republicans prepared to extend unemployment benefits, if the Democrats agree to the Keystone pipeline? Discussing the ongoing payroll tax stalemate on Capitol Hill, with Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-KY).

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    It's long been believed that the worst time of year to try to find a job is around the holidays - well don't believe says the author of this new book.

  • The euro is slumping, British unemployment is soaring, and dollar coins are on their way out - it's time for your FX Fix.