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Post-Subprime Economy Means Subpar Growth as New Normal in U.S.

A normal U.S. economy is likely to look a lot different, and worse, after the credit crisis is over and financial markets settle down.

Companies will continue to struggle to raise cash for expansion and innovation as investors and lenders remain focused on conserving capital. Workers, too, may have less flexibility to go after new opportunities, because many will be stuck where they are -- in homes worth less than the balances on their mortgages.