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Red Flags in Commercial Real Estate Could Spell Trouble for Banks

“Real estate has had a great run, prices have gone up, but it’s peaking out and we are at a point where lots of bad things could happen.” — K.C. Conway, chief economist for the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute

New Venture Capital Fund Yields Early Returns

In its first year of investments the $25 million Alabama Futures Fund has spurred three promising young tech companies to move their headquarters to Birmingham.

Roundup Lawsuits Rock Bayer

International giant Bayer is reaping a whirlwind of hurt after its buyout of Monsanto, maker of Roundup. Attorneys with top Alabama plaintiff firms wade into the tsunami of product liability claims.

When Do You Call in the Fraud Team?

The national fraud meter is crackling at some historic peaks. In a profession in which auditors are hired by the company, just what is “auditor independence?” And when do you call in a special team?

Meet the Master of Logistics

Tom McLeod founded a national leader in logistics — Hoover-based McLeod Software, with 450 employees dedicated to the increasingly complex operations of 950 trucking fleets.

Volkert Powers Up Its Energy Domain

94-year-old engineering heavyweight Volkert Inc. is rapidly growing a new energy division.

Behind the Billboards with Alexander Shunnarah

The king of Alabama mass-marketing plaintiff attorneys tells us his back story.

Pioneering Private Patient Advocates

To navigate the U.S. health system, it helps to have an experienced pilot.

Can You Really Teach Innovation?

You better bet on it, say the students and educators at UAB, which has just opened the Bill L. Harbert Institute, devoted to the methodology.

Plugging the Hypersonic Missile Gap — The First $1.4 Billion

Advances in hypersonic missiles by Russia and China have put the U.S. behind in airborne weapons. Recent Lockheed Martin contracts — including key work in Huntsville — appear to be aimed at getting the U.S. back into the game.

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