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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.   In the throes of the subprime mortgage crisis, executives running the Birmingham, Alabama-based Superior Bank realized they had a problem. Their loan book had fallen into dire shape. Borrowers for a slew

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Greetings, While economists continue to forecast a pickup in inflation this year, two supposedly “transient” factors are keeping disinflationary pressures intact. 1. The trade-weighted US dollar index continues to climb and is now at the highest level since 2002. 2. The yellow number below is not a typo. Brent crude oil is now firmly below $30/bbl. In

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2015 was a year of tremendous political and economic volatility including continued stale mate of the Greek debt crisis reforms (The Greek Impact on Stock Markets), the Chinese stock market summer crash, plummeting oil prices (Do Oil Prices Foreshadow a Slump in US Stock Markets?) and repeated terrorists attacks from Paris to Nigeria and Lebanon. Yet US stockmarkets largely weathered the volatility

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