As the American economy appears to be on the precipice of a recession, the industry is now engaged in a dual debate about how to stave off a market downturn and how to recover from one.

All eyes are turned to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who already faces his biggest challenge a little less than a year into his tenure. The Fed is scheduled to meet on Jan. 29-30, at which point it is expected to cut interest rates by 50 basis points or even more.

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