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Wall Street Roundup: Afghanistan's banking problems. The richest ever.

September 3, 2010 |  8:23 am

The big employment numbers. The overall unemployment rate ticked higher in August, but the number of job losses was not as bad as had been expected, giving the markets some cheer and underscoring that in the current pessimistic climate, "flat is the new up."

Afghanistan's banking problems. Afghanistan's largest bank is looking for help from American financiers after depositors began pulling their money and threatening to crash the nation's nascent financial system. 

The richest ever. Business Insider tries to calculate the richest people in history. Only three living people end up on the list. Who was No. 1? John D. Rockefeller.

-- Nathaniel Popper in New York