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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — Most people believe that the world of finance has no concern for the little guy — for all the low- and middle-income people who, after all, contribute little to the bottom line.

Today’s huge companies and the financial wizards who lead them — or buy and sell them — may be generous to their churches, favorite charities, and families and friends, but their professional lives are defined solely by the relentless pursuit of profits.

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