Stocks opened higher today thanks to earning reports from retailers like Target indicating good news on the consumer front. But that may not mean much to you if you've lost your job, watched the price of your home plummet or realized you may never be able to retire after all. These are just some of the more obvious symptoms of the recession. But the true effects of the economy run much deeper, according to Don Peck, the author of "Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What we Can do About It."
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