As the year's end approaches, economists are looking back and assessing the news stories that shaped 2014.
Though their lists may vary, most analysts are pointing to five developments that had very big impacts on the U.S. economy. These were the biggies for 2014:
Oil Prices Plunge
No one saw this one coming. When 2014 began, a barrel of crude oil was selling for about $110. It hovered there until late spring, when the price ticked up to nearly $115.