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Whew! We made it to the end of 2009. And although things could be more secure, some basic indicators point to a small-scale stabilization. The least we can say is that things are not as scary as they were last year at this time: The mass layoffs have slowed, the Dow topped 10,000 a couple of times and manufacturing and retail posted surprising gains in the third quarter. Whether or not your holiday budget includes parties, these reasons alone rate raising a glass.

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