Readers’ Choice: The Story of the Year

Foremost on everyone’s mind in 2009 was the global economic collapse and its effect on the credit industry, which 39 percent of FN readers said was the story of the year. Other topics dominating the headlines were the spate of bankruptcies and the falloff in consumer spending. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Congress and the president faced off in a heated battle over health care reform, and in the digital world, a little Website called Twitter helped redefine the way people — and companies — communicate with each other.