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Alexander Brokaw contributes to The Edge on a weekly basis with his posts on the latest frauds perpetrated in the financial industry. The SEC suspended trading in the penny stock CodeSmart Holdings, Inc earlier this month, naming three more culprits in a labyrinthian pump-and-dump scheme originally unveiled last year. The scam was originated by Abraxas

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Greetings, Let’s begin with China where industrial output remains under pressure. Electricity, cement, and steel production all contracted in October. Source: @TomOrlik Moreover, container freight index hit new lows pointing to falling trade activity. Source: @moved_average The selloff in industrial metals on the Shanghai Futures Exchange has been spectacular: aluminum, zinc, nickel, steel rebar all hit cycle lows.

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I had yet another wedding to attend this weekend: My third in four weeks. I may never get all this rice out of my hair. Seriously. But as I was driving to this happy event, a few questions rolled through my mind: Was I dressed appropriately? (Not really.) Was I going to make it before

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