Kaine Alozie never structured a credit default swap and knew nothing about securitizing pools of mortgage-backed securities.But when the economic crisis hit in July, the 31-year-old junior investment banker got a pink slip from his firm, P&M Corporate Finance LLC in Chicago.

"It's easy to see someone who works at AIG and Lehman Brothers as the bad guys, but if you're at the junior level, you had nothing to do with the executive decisions," he said in an interview Thursday.

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