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Sat, 22 Dec 2012 12:34:08 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Top business stories of 2012

From Facebook's IPO flop to the looming fiscal cliff, these were the business stories that defined 2012.



Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, U.S. President Barack Obama and Donald Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players' Association. (© Mark Blinch/Reuters; Saul Loeb/AFP Photo; Eric Thayer/Reuters)
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  • Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, U.S. President Barack Obama and Donald Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players' Association. (© Mark Blinch/Reuters; Saul Loeb/AFP Photo; Eric Thayer/Reuters)
  • Monitors show the value of the Facebook, Inc. stock during morning trading at the NASDAQ Marketsite in New York on June 4, 2012. (© Eric Thayer/Files/Reuters)
  • An Apple iPhone (L) and a Samsung Galaxy Note are displayed at a shop in Tokyo. (© Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files/Reuters)
  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford (C) answers questions during a news conference regarding the E. coli outbreak after a meeting with cattle ranchers at the Bell L ranch near Airdrie, Alta. on Sept. 30, 2012. (© Todd Korol/Reuters)
  • Donald Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players' Association, speaks at a news conference with players behind him in New York City on Sept. 13, 2012. (© Eric Thayer/Reuters)
  • A man walks in front of the normally bustling New York Stock Exchange after the opening bell on Nov. 5, 2012 in New York City. Although the NYSE was open, many Financial District businesses remain closed due to electrical problems following Superstorm Sandy. (© Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Shoppers move through a Best Buy store on Nov. 23, 2012 in Naples, Fla. (© Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney speaks to the business community during a luncheon in Toronto, on Dec. 11, 2012. (© Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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In many ways, 2012 was like any other year, but for the world of finance, it was a unique period. Never before has there been a more spectacular, more prominent IPO flop, nor has a natural disaster shut down the most notable stock exchange for a longer period of time.

Canada had its moments, too, exporting a home-grown superstar to the global banking elite. And lately, most of us just want to see hockey back on the ice. Add up these headlines and more and you've got the biggest money stories of the year. Click through to read MSN's picks for 2012.

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