The 8 Biggest Financial Heroes and Villains of 2011

Financial Heroes In a year saturated with big financial headlines — the debt-ceiling debate, Occupy Wall Street protests, the ongoing mortgage crisis and the eurozone meltdown, just to name just a few — identifying the fiscal heroes and villains is bound to be an exercise in oversimplification. But even against the constantly shifting backdrop provided by those major events, a handful of people and institutions grabbed and held the spotlight, for good or ill.

Herewith, DailyFinance presents our picks for the best good guys and the worst bad guys of the financial world for 2011.

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