The term "toxic assets" has now joined such historic terms of villainy as Watergate, junk bonds and Ponzi scheme.
They've brought the nation's banking system -- and the economy -- to the brink of collapse.
As the Treasury Department prepares to move forward with its plan to buy as much as $1 trillion in so-called "toxic assets" from the financial industry, it's important to understand just what toxic assets are.
Toxic Assets, Defined
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