America is in a banking and financial quagmire. Anyone who thinks otherwise isn’t in touch with reality. Gear Patrol’s rounded up a few articles this week for a financial edition of the GP Dossier. No, these won’t help you understand why the bailout has gone from a 4-page plan to a 450 page plan in the past week or why your 401k is spiraling downwards, but it might give you some perspective on your personal finances. Something you can control.

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