Too Big to Jail!?

Today’s chart requires very little explanation.

Criminal fraud prosecutions of financial institutions have been on the decline since 1999.

 

The Global Financial Crisis revealed piles of dirt under financial institutions’ rugs… No-doc ‘liar’ loans pushed by mortgage companies… securitized bundles of subprime mortgages (AAA-rated, somehow!) pushed by investment banks… Insider trading – among hedge fund managers, and members of Congress (maybe).

But instead of punishing institutions responsible for real, past transgressions… we merely heard tough talk aimed at future transgressors.

C-suite executives got grilled on Capital Hill. Ratings agencies were publically ridiculed. Congress policed itself through the STOCK Act.

Yet we saw no increase in criminal fraud prosecutions. Why?

Maybe it’s the size of the problem.

Is this a case of ‘too big to jail!?’

What Killed the Middle Class?

Today real incomes of the middle class are 5% lower than they were in 1970 and 12.4% lower than in 2000… when they peaked! How could this be?

In our new infographic What Killed the Middle Class?, we take a look at some shocking numbers to show how bad it’s become and what has been fueling this middle-class revolt.

 

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Adam O'Dell has one purpose in mind: to find and bring to subscribers investment opportunities that return the maximum profit with the minimum risk. Adam has worked as a Prop Trader for a spot Forex firm. While there, he learned the fundamentals of trading in the world’s largest market. He excelled at trading the volatile currency markets by seeking out low-risk entry points for trades with high profit potential. An MBA graduate and Affiliate Member of the Market Technicians Association, Adam is a lifelong student of the markets. He is editor of our hugely successful trading service, Cycle 9 Alert.