Over the course of three odd decades, billions of dollars were lent to people who shouldn’t have been allowed to borrow lunch money. And now, there are losses in the trillions. The real question is, will the market finally be allowed to correct itself?
The HSBC scandal comes soon after reckless or deceitful behavior at Barclays and JPMorgan. The pattern lies in a bank culture that doesn't emphasize character enough. A survey of the industry shows why.
The scandal at Barclays continues to grow as emails dating back to 2005 attest to a pattern of greed and corrupt business practices. What is not well known is what the final cost could be to the world's financial institutions, and these costs could be enormous.
US stocks are being pushed lower by factors like uncertainly in Europe, and pulled higher by better jobs data and good news on the housing market. It can be hard to see from a day to day perspective.
The rich are roundly blamed for the country's economic woes. But the problems the economy faces run deeper than tax code matters.