Finance Fridays – The Financial Conspiracy

Aaaahhhhhh…Friday, time to sit back, relax, fish through the fridge for the good beers, not the crap at the front that you serve your moocher friends that come over, we’re talking one of your favorite IPAs here, or perhaps you’re going Mexican tonight. Let’s face it, it’s a lot safer these days to sit on your back porch enjoying a Tecate or Corona than traveling south of the border to do the same thing.

But, my friends, since it’s the first week of the revamped Mark Fadden’s Blog, it’s also the inaugural Finance Friday. Why Finance Friday from a guy who barely made it through Bucknell University (they got into the tournament tonight, Go Bison!!!) with a BA degree? Because I spent the better part of a year painstakingly researching the international monetary system to come up with the foundation of the plot in my latest award-winning thriller, The Brink. Yes, it won an award, two actually, so that means I now know a thing or two about the world of international finance. At least, the award panel thinks I do, so pay close attention.

I love conspiracies. Is it because I seek to an easy explanation to the complex? Probably. But don’t most of us? I love books about conspiracies. I think The Da Vinci Code should be considered The Bible for all those challengers to the conspiracy-based thriller crown. Hence tonight’s topic. The conspiracy behind the 2008 financial meltdown.

No matter whether you were neck-deep in the stock market, or you kept all your savings in the butter dish, you were affected by the 2008 financial sh**storm. Michael Lewis gave us an inside peek into what happened in his unbelievably awesome The Big Short. But, for me, not enough conspiracy. Where’s the shadowy figures, the clandestine agenda, the guy with an eye-patch that has no name, and leaves no fingerprints or DNA behind?

Okay, maybe the ghost pirate dude is a little much, but reading this post about the 2008 Economic Crisis: The Creation of a Manufactured Meltdown will take you right into the heart of the world of conspiracies. As a writer, you should be able to curl up in there with your Stephen King limited edition Cujo blanky and embrace the madness. It should inspire the old noggin to come up with some other mad conspiracies over the weekend. Should we make it a homework assignment? Oh, what the hell, let’s do.

For next week, aka next Finance Friday, it’s your job to come up with a financial conspiracy in 30 words or less. Enjoy your weekend!


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and award-winning author of Five Days in Dallas and The Brink. Check out his novels at


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