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  • WARNING Bank Deposits Will Soon No Longer Be Considered Money But Paper Investments

    11/16/2014 7:23:09 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 88 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 13, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    This weekend the G20 nations will convene in Brisbane, Australia to conclude a week of Asian festivities that began in Beijing for the developed countries and major economies. And on Sunday, the biggest deal of the week will be made as the G20 will formally announce new banking rules that are expected to send shock waves to anyone holding a checking, savings, or money market account in a financial institution. On Nov. 16, the G20 will implement a new policy that makes bank deposits on par with paper investments, subjecting account holders to declines that one might experience from holding...
  • CCP “contagion” fears spark derivatives debate

    11/13/2014 9:41:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    banking technology ^ | 13 November, 2014 | Elliott Holley
    CCP “contagion” fears spark derivatives debate 13 November, 2014 Written by Elliott Holley Controversy over the handling of derivatives dominated talk at the Mondo Visione Exchange Forum this week, where panellists contested the value of interoperability and whether CCP contagion might bring down the financial system. “Regulators should absolutely not allow interoperability for derivatives,” said Philip Simons, head of OTC derivatives business at Eurex Clearing. “It creates systemic risk. If one clearing house goes down, it would result in contagion as it would bring down all the others. CCPs are phenomenally under-capitalised. They could easily fall over.” Simons added that...
  • 2 Technology Fails

    11/03/2014 3:54:53 AM PST · by lifeofgrace
    Charting Course ^ | 11/02/2014 | Steve Berman
    A few months ago I got online to pay on a new account I have at U.S. Bank.  I pay a certain amount every  month, like everyone does on installment loans.  U.S. Bank has a full-featured consumer website; I mean it’s got all the bells and whistles.  That’s what you’d expect from a bank with $19.6 billion in revenue (2013); the fifth largest bank in America, with assets of $353 billion.  U.S. Bank is bigger than American Express, SunTrust, and ScottTrade, combined. So I was surprised when I only saw the option to pay online, a single payment at a...
  • Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better

    10/10/2014 8:14:00 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 15 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    There was a time, not really all that long ago, when the local banker was a pillar of the community. A good relationship with him (and it was always a him) was essential to every business owner. Not only that, every potential homeowner had to trek down to his office in hopes of getting a mortgage. Countless workers walked into the branch every week to cash their paychecks, make deposits to a Christmas Club account and more. That world doesn’t exist anymore.... As the reality begins to sink in, the big banks will use their political clout to try and...
  • A Wells Fargo employee asked the CEO for a raise — and cc’ed 200,000 coworkers

    10/09/2014 5:26:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Washington Post's On Leadership ^ | October 9, 2014 | Jena McGregor
    Most people ask for a raise in the privacy of their boss's office. But one gutsy Wells Fargo employee emailed the CEO directly — and copied some 200,000 other Wells Fargo workers on the note. On Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reported that Tyrel Oates, who it says works in an Oregon office of Wells Fargo processing requests from customers trying to stop debt-collection calls, sent such an email to CEO John Stumpf. His plea was not just to get a raise for himself. His proposal to Stumpf? Use the company's profits to give every employee a raise of $10,000. According...
  • Hackers’ Attack Cracked 10 Financial Firms in Major Assault - Drudge 'RUSSIANS HACK JPM'

    10/04/2014 12:00:37 AM PDT · by free_life · 53 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Oct 3, 2014 | MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN, NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER
    The hackers are thought to be operating from Russia and appear to have at least loose connections with officials of the Russian government, the people briefed on the matter said. Some American officials speculate that the breach was intended to send a message to Wall Street and the United States about the vulnerability of the digital network of one of the world’s most important banking institutions. “It could be in retaliation for the sanctions” placed on Russia, one senior official briefed on the intelligence said. “But it could be mixed motives — to steal if they can, or to sell...
  • The Moral Hazard of the Export-Import Bank - Privatized Profits & Socialized Risk

    10/01/2014 3:19:19 PM PDT · by Noremac
    Communities Digital News ^ | October 1, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    There are a lot of solid reasons why federal programs like the Export-Import (EX-IM) Bank, should be terminated. I cover the majority of those reasons in the report I just filed on Communities Digital News. http://www.commdiginews.com/business-2/moral-hazard-at-the-export-import-bank-private-gain-vs-social-risk-26916/ Issues like questions of proper management, potential for fraud related to insider influence, unintended consequences of disruption of domestic markets, risk related to the volatility of the world economy, are all among them. Those are legitimate concerns and have demonstrated themselves to be problems. Above them all, and foremost is the essential consideration of legitimacy. The Ex-Im bank was spawned in illicit circumstances. Most...
  • Boeing VP rips Congress over Ex-Im Bank

    10/01/2014 4:06:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    A top Boeing official criticized Congress on Tuesday for failing to pass a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. He also argued that an extension of the Bank’s charter until next summer leaves supporters in a worse position than they were in before. “Mostly far-right political consultants, think tanks and congressmen banded together in a fit of ideological road rage to kill the bank,” Boeing senior vice president Timothy Keating said in prepared remarks at an aerospace conference in Everett, Wash. “The temporary extension recently enacted in many respects leaves us worse off than before,” Keating continued. “The extension is...
  • B of A Demands "Source of Wealth" Information from Former AZ Senators, Then Backpedals

    09/30/2014 9:00:55 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 26 replies
    Prescott News ^ | Monday, 29 September 2014 | Lynne LaMaster
    Larry and Linda Gray were surprised to get the letters from their bank asking for additional information about their financial affairs. They were offended when they saw what information was requested. So, they went to see their local BofA branch, toting the letter with them. The Assistant Manager Lucas Flood said he had not ever seen a letter like this, but after he made a few phone calls, he told the Grays that yes, it was legitimate. The accompanying letter explains, "Due to the prominent nature of your occupation or position held currently or in the past, we now require...
  • Twenty-five people at the heart of the meltdown ...

    09/25/2014 2:33:51 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 13 replies
    The guardian ^ | 25 January 2009 | Julia Finch
    The worst economic turmoil since the Great Depression is not a natural phenomenon but a man-made disaster in which we all played a part. In the second part of a week-long series looking behind the slump, Guardian City editor Julia Finch picks out the individuals who have led us into the current crisis
  • Finding a Door Into Banking, Walmart Prepares to Offer Checking Accounts

    09/23/2014 7:18:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 23, 2014 | Hiroko Tabuchi and Jess SilverGreenberg
    Here comes Wal-Bank. After years of thwarted efforts to break into banking, Walmart is making its biggest foray yet into everyday financial services. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, is teaming up with Green Dot, known for its prepaid payment cards, to supply checking accounts to almost anyone over 18 who passes an identification check. Daniel Eckert, senior vice president at Walmart, said on Tuesday that the accounts would be available nationwide by the end of October. The accounts are intended to be low-cost alternatives to traditional bank checking accounts, with no fees for overdrafts or bounced checks and no minimum...
  • A New Fed Playbook for the New Normal

    09/21/2014 12:01:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Peter Schiff
    While many economists and market watchers have failed to notice, we have entered a new chapter in the short and checkered history of central banking. This paradigm shift, as yet unaddressed in the textbooks, changes the basic policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making. The job of a central banker is supposed to be the calibration of interest rates to achieve the optimal rate of growth for any particular economic environment. It is hoped that successful decisions, which involve perfectly timed moves to raise rates when the economy overheats and lower them when it cools, would...
  • An Idiotic Government with Idiotic Goals

    09/18/2014 7:42:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    For folks who are trying to ignite inflation, this sure isn’t working out very well. It’s been hoped by the country’s central bankers that the massive quantitative easing program along with near-zero interest rates will touch off a wave of inflation that if not exactly the same thing as boom times, will at least give the appearance of a strengthening economy. However, month after month inflation in the goods that the Fed cares about seems muted. Now this month we had the horrid news that official inflation numbers are falling not rising.
  • For Wonks Only

    09/07/2014 3:22:37 PM PDT · by hripka · 48 replies
    Pimco ^ | September 2014 | William H. Gross
    A credit-based financial economy (as opposed to pure cash) depends on an ever-expanding outstanding level of credit for its survival. Without additional credit, interest on previously issued liabilities cannot be paid absent the sale of existing assets, which in turn would lead to a vicious cycle of debt deflation, recession and ultimately depression. It is this expansion of private and public market credit which the Fed and the BOE have successfully engineered over the past five years, while their contemporaries (the ECB and BOJ) have until now failed, at least in terms of stimulating economic growth.
  • Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Bil BofA Deal

    08/28/2014 5:14:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 8/27/14 | IBD Editorials ???
    Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder's record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America. Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation's largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.
  • SunTrust to shutter Orlando fraud unit, lay off 105

    08/28/2014 5:49:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Richard Burnett
    SunTrust Banks Inc. is shuttering its fraud-response call center group in Orlando and shedding more than 100 jobs, the bank confirmed Wednesday. Atlanta-based SunTrust, the largest bank in Central Florida, handed out pink slips to 105 employees on Tuesday. The effective layoff date is Oct. 31, according to documents filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. "Difficult decisions must be made to increase operational efficiencies and decrease expenses to better position the company for the future," SunTrust told employees in the layoff notice. The bank posted a $400 million profit on revenue of $2.2 billion in the second quarter,...
  • Urgent: Checking and savings account information stolen from major banks

    08/27/2014 7:30:24 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 119 replies
    Kommando.com ^ | 8-27-14 | Kim Kommando
    Word has leaked that JPMorgan Chase and possibly four other banks have been hacked. Details are scarce at this point, but the FBI and other government agencies are involved in the investigation. The hack allegedly took place earlier in August and hackers have siphoned off huge amounts of sensitive data from Chase, including checking and savings account information. Even more concerning, sources say that the attack goes "far beyond the capabilities of ordinary hackers." Given the timing, some security experts are speculating it was the work of high-level Russian hackers. According to an inside source, there has been no increase...
  • Pro-marriage group asks for boycott of Chase

    07/23/2014 10:53:37 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    One News Now ^ | 7/21/14 | Charlie Butts
    The National Organization for Marriage is calling for a public response to an employee survey conducted internally by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. Workers at the financial institution leaked information on the so-called confidential survey, which asked in part if they identified as LGBT and whether they were an ally of the LGBT community (see earlier story). Joe Grabowski, with the National Organization for Marriage, tells OneNewsNow that this survey was intrusive into the private beliefs of the employees. “It's a very invasive question,” he says. “And one could certainly imagine - especially in the wake of things like the forced...
  • Bill to Curb “Operation Choke Point” Introduced

    07/22/2014 9:11:17 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 July 2014 | John Semmens
    Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo) is sponsoring H.R. 4986, the End Operation Choke Point Act of 2014. The bill aims to stem Department of Justice abuse of legitimate businesses. Under Operation Choke Point the DOJ working in concert with the FTC, FDIC, OCC, CFPB, and FBI has been intimidating banks in order to deny these financial resources to targeted commercial operations. While DOJ claims it is merely combating criminal activity, legal, but pariah businesses like firearms vending, marijuana dispensaries and check cashing firms have frequently been shut off from the banking system. The Administration opposes the bill. “Even though some businesses...
  • Chase Bank Has Pattern of Partisanship on LGBT Issues

    07/11/2014 12:49:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 10, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    The recent exposé of the employee survey that asked probing questions about employee support for the “LGBT community” has focused attention on something that the typical depositor might not be aware of, and that is the massive time and attention JP Morgan Chase lavishes on the LGBT issue. Four years ago JP Morgan Chase told a local businessman that he had to remove a Christmas tree he donated to the lobby of a branch bank in Southlake, Texas. The reason given was that some found the Christmas decoration offensive. The order to remove was not made locally. It came from...
  • How Chase Bank and other Corporations Coerce and Bully Christians

    07/04/2014 12:40:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 4, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    How would you feel if your boss came into your office one day and asked if you are supportive of the “LGBT community”?Maybe you are sympathetic to gays who face discrimination but you do not support the overall agenda. Maybe you are a faithful Catholic who accepts the teaching of the Church on homosexuality, that it is disordered and if acted upon, mortally sinful. Maybe you are simply bone weary of the LGBTs jamming their message into your face and the faces of your children all day long.And there is the man who holds your job in his hands...
  • The Dark Road: The Worst Tax Law You've Never Heard About (effective July 1st)

    06/28/2014 11:11:55 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
    It broke Ruth Freeborn’s heart to give up her U.S. citizenship that fateful day last year. Unfortunately for the Oklahoma native, though, it was either that, or her family. Ruth’s Canadian husband of 33 years, who earns all of the middle-class family’s income, “simply could not go along with this situation,” she explained. “To find myself suddenly not able to live, bank, save or to keep peace in my marriage while being American at the same time was shocking at first and deeply disturbing to me.” Ruth wrote “what must have been” hundreds of letters to U.S. senators and officials,...
  • The Export-Import Bank faces extinction under new GOP leadership

    06/26/2014 4:06:40 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Charles Lane
    Of all the purposes for which you might put U.S. taxpayer dollars at risk, helping wealthy petro-states borrow millions to buy Boeing jets would not rank among the most urgent. Yet that is what the Export-Import Bank does: In fiscal 2013, Ex-Im backed $8.3 billion in aircraft and related sales, including a $117.5 million loan guarantee to support Boeing 737 purchases by Dubai — a typical transaction for an agency that has, over the years, earned the sobriquet “Bank of Boeing,” though it does also support Caterpillar and General Electric, among others. Now Ex-Im suddenly faces extinction: Its charter expires...
  • Forward guidance: making it up as you go along

    06/25/2014 5:24:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne
    CNBC ^ | 24 June 2014 | Moorad Choudhry
    The banking industry likes superfluous language. There's "quantitative finance" for example, which (given that finance isalready a quantitative subject) is a bit like saying "aerial flight" or "wet swimming". And then there's "forward guidance". What, as opposed to backward guidance? I mean, what other type of guidance is there? Last summer the Bank of England (BoE) decided it wanted to import the U.S. Federal Reserve's forward guidance policy. In short this went along the lines of "we'll link future moves in the base rate to other external market indicators, so that as these other indicators move then so will base...
  • Hedge fund chiefs and former bankers enter the shadows close

    06/20/2014 5:15:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 20 June 2014
    In the six years since the financial crisis, the financial services world has seen all kinds of new institutions take over lending deals and clients that were once the domain of traditional banks. There has also been a parallel transformation: the mutation of bankers into shadow bankers, writes Patrick Jenkins in London. The bosses of many shadow banks – hedge funds, private equity and debt funds, tax-efficient “business development companies” and peer-to-peer lenders – seem increasingly to have been drawn from the upper ranks of the big traditional lenders. Many bankers have become disillusioned with the old ways of doing...
  • Central banks becoming major investors in stock markets

    06/17/2014 6:47:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 16 June 2014 | David Marsh
    LONDON (MarketWatch) — Some leading central banks have become major players on world equity markets in a development that could potentially contribute to overheated asset prices. The buildup of central-banking interest in equities is one of the unexpected consequences of the last few years’ fall in interest rates, which has depressed the returns on central banks’ foreign exchange reserves and driven them to find alternative investment targets. In the years since the financial crisis, central banks have leapt to the forefront of public policy making. They have taken responsibility for lowering interest rates, for maintaining stability of financial institutions, and...
  • What Does Europe’s Adoption of Negative Interest Rates Mean for America?

    06/17/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    The European Central Bank’s (ECB) recent move to adopt what is described as “negative interest rates” to guard against deflation should lift stock prices, spur businesses to invest and help to aid lagging economic growth on the continent. With the U.S. Federal Reserve scaling back on its easy-money policies as the American economy recovers, the ECB seems focused on adopting some of the same methods that helped the United States. However, such policies are artificial ways to fuel the economy and encourage businesses to take on additional debt that may need to be paid off at much higher interest rates...
  • This Will Be the Primary Reason for World War III

    06/17/2014 12:31:56 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 26 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | June 17 2014 | Dave Hodges
    The Bank of International Settlements Even if Putin and Obama fail to realize the obvious, they are playing for the same team in a script that has been written for them to play out, the script will culminate in World War III. The grand master controlling the world’s central banks needs World War III to happen. They need a war to unify the planet, socially, politically, economically and religiously. We are soon to learn the meaning of the popular NWO phrase, “Out of chaos comes order”.The Death of the Dollar Is the Motivating Force Behind WW III Russia is...
  • NEGATIVE INTEREST ON PRIVATE BANK ACCOUNTS COMING TO THE US?

    06/07/2014 9:53:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Jun 2014 | by HUNTER LEWIS
    We just reported about how the European Central Bank has instituted negative interest rates for member banks. This could soon spread to the US and also to consumer accounts. If so, you would find money taken out of your bank account each quarter unless you spend it. The idea is that if low rates are not yet persuading you to spend, then why not punish you even more for saving? To make this more effective, there would also be a push for all electronic money to keep you from stashing any away from the confiscation agents. Ken Rogoff, leading Harvard...
  • Art World in Review (Fine ART -the bankers' new toilet)

    05/28/2014 5:37:17 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 3 replies
    Art World in Review ^ | May 28, 2014 | Peter Dobey
    It is a rare occurrence for conversations about contemporary art to happen outside of the insular circles of the art world. Contemporary art, by and large, exists as a bubble. So it should come as no great surprise that other “bubbles” are the only thing that may collide with contemporary art. Like, for instance, the elite insider world of high finance that purchases much contemporary art at auction. Last week, one such collision came to light when Credit Suisse was criminally convicted for assisting tax evasion and further revealed what more and more people realize: art can be quite the...
  • Iran Hangs Crooked Banker and Billionaire

    05/25/2014 2:05:28 PM PDT · by apoliticalone · 18 replies
    AP - Fox News ^ | 05-24-2014 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran – A billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam, the largest fraud case since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, was executed Saturday, state television reported. Authorities put Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, to death at Evin prison, just north of the capital, Tehran, the station reported. The report said the execution came after Iran's Supreme Court upheld his death sentence. Khosravi's lawyer, Gholam Ali Riahi, was quoted by news website khabaronline.ir as saying that his client was put to death without any notice.
  • Tim Geithner is no hero, no matter how many times he says that he is one

    05/14/2014 10:46:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    TARP was the absolute height of crony capitalism. Many of the big banks should have gone down, but in the midst of a “Blackberry panic” – as David Stockman puts it – the masters of the masters of the universe lost sight of reality and the nature of markets. Yes, Goldman Sachs would have gone down. But this would have been a GOOD THING. The blood which should have filled the the streets of Downtown Manhattan would have washed the unsustainable leverage clean from the system (for a while.) Giants are meant to fall. It would have been good for...
  • Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself

    05/11/2014 6:18:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05/11/2014 | P. J. O’Rourke
    <p>So the international sanctions aren’t working—don’t worry! If 1,000 years of Russian screw-ups are anything to go by, it won’t be long before Vladimir Putin brings himself down.</p> <p>Now that we’ve failed to use Russia’s corrupt and degenerating economy, subservience to the international banking system, and vulnerability to falling energy prices to pop Vladimir Putin like a zit, we’re going to have sit on our NATO, E.U., and OSCE duffs and take the long view of Russian imperialism.</p>
  • Colorado Lawmakers Approve Plan for Pot Banking

    05/08/2014 3:18:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/08/2014
    Colorado lawmakers approved the first financial system for the marijuana industry Wednesday, a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services. The plan seeks to move the marijuana industry away from its cash-only roots. Banks routinely reject pot businesses for even basic services such as checking accounts because they fear running afoul of federal law, which considers marijuana and its proceeds illegal. The result: Pot shop owners deal in large amounts of cash, which makes them targets for criminals. Or they try to find ways around the problem, like drenching their proceeds...
  • DOJ's 'Operation Choke Point' May Be Root of Porn Star Bank Account Closings

    04/29/2014 5:11:21 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 49 replies
    Reason Hit & Run ^ | April 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Despite being in good financial standing, adult film performers and others in the porn industry have had bank accounts abruptly terminated—and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) may have had something to do with it. Under "Operation Choke Point," the DOJ and its allies are going after legal but subjectively undesirable business ventures by pressuring banks to terminate their bank accounts or refuse their business. The very premise is clearly chilling—the DOJ is coercing private businesses in an attempt to centrally engineer the American marketplace based on it's own politically biased moral judgements. Targeted business categories so far have included...
  • CODE RED: Central Banks Will Frantically Pound The Panic Button - Executioners, World's Currencies

    04/27/2014 7:26:04 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 4-27-2014 | John Mauldin, Thoughts From The Frontline
    CODE RED: Central Banks Will Frantically Pound The Panic Button And Eventually Become Executioners To The World's Currencies John Mauldin, Thoughts From The FrontlineApr. 27, 2014, 9:21 AM (It is especially important to read the opening quotes this week. They set up the theme in the proper context.) “There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.” –...
  • Guess Who Makes More Than Bankers: Their Regulators

    04/22/2014 7:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/22/2014 | PAUL KUPIEC
    Long before George Bailey wrestled with Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life," the public decried the pay of top executives in large financial institutions. Overpaid bank executives are the villains in regulatory morality tales and feed distorted public perceptions about bankers' pay. It is true that the very top bank executives make more in a year than most of us make in a lifetime, but compensation of this magnitude is rare. Most banks in this country are small businesses and pay employees modest salaries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual salary of a bank employee...
  • What the hell is this American plane owned by the Bank of Utah doing in IRAN?

    04/18/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Eric Owens
    On Tuesday morning, a plane owned in trust by the Bank of Utah showed up in a very visible area of the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. What was it doing there exactly? Nobody knows, reports The New York Times. Under President Barack Obama, the United States has eased some of the long-standing punitive economic sanctions against Iran. Still, very little American — or European — economic activity is allowed inside the religious theocracy. The Bank of Utah is certainly no Wells Fargo. The Ogden-based community bank has all of 13 branches including...
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power

    04/14/2014 8:05:08 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 12 replies
    Amazon ^ | recent | Nomi Prins
    Who rules America? All the Presidents’ Bankers is a groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history. Culled from original presidential archival documents, All the Presidents’ Bankers delivers an explosive account of the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street that transcends a simple analysis of money driving politics—or greed driving bankers. Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships...
  • Former Top Dutch Banker Found Dead

    04/06/2014 6:42:20 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 24 replies
    Business Standard ^ | April 6, 2014 | Reuters
    A Dutch former top banker who came under fire for taking a large pay-off after the nationalisation of his troubled bank was found dead along with his wife and daughter on Saturday in what police called a family tragedy. Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, ran the domestic operations of Dutch bank ABN Amro between 2003 and 2007 and was widely criticised for landing an 8 million euro pay-off after the bank's collapse and subsequent nationalisation.
  • Ukraine Shocks Population With Staggered 100% Heating Price Increase While Restricting Cash Use

    03/28/2014 4:34:02 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3-28-14 | Yatsenyuk
    Yatsenyuk addressed the nation in a TV appearance: •*UKRAINE TO RAISE GAS, HEATING PRICES GRADUALLY, PREMIER SAYS •*UKRAINE TO RAISE HEATING PRICES 40% THIS YEAR, 40% NEXT YEAR •*UKRAINE TO RAISE HEATING PRICES 20% IN 2016 AND 20% IN 2017 So a 182% increase by 2017 •*YATSENYUK SAYS PRICE INCREASE WILL BRING IT TO MARKET LEVELS •*UKRAINE HOUSEHOLDS PAY $84 PER 1,000 CUBIC METERS GAS:YATSENYUK •*IMPORTED RUSSIAN GAS WILL BE ABOUT $500: YATSENYUK •*HOUSEHOLD RATE INCREASE IS `ONLY RIGHT DECISION:' YATSENYUK And then, via The Ukraine Central Bank, they implement tougher capital controls: •*UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK SETS LIMITS ON FOREIGN...
  • Hundreds rush to rural Chinese banks after solvency rumours

    03/25/2014 5:40:55 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-25-14 | Gabriel Wildau and Kazunori Takada
    Hundreds of people rushed on Tuesday to withdraw money from branches of two small Chinese banks after rumours spread about solvency at one of them, reflecting growing anxiety among investors as regulators signal greater tolerance for credit defaults. The case highlights the urgency of plans to put in place a deposit insurance system to protect investors against bank insolvency, as Chinese grow increasingly nervous about the impact of slowing economic growth on financial institutions. Regulators have said they will roll out deposit insurance as soon as possible, without giving a firm deadline.
  • Trader kills self in finance world’s latest suicide

    03/12/2014 4:57:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/12/14 | Michael Gray March 12, 2014 | 5:45pm
    A Manhattan trader was killed Tuesday morning by a speeding Long Island Rail Road commuter train, marking at least the seventh suicide of a financial professional this year. Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, jumped in front of an LIRR train at 6 a.m. near the Syosset train station. He was declared dead at the scene. Reilly’s identity was confirmed by Salvatore Arena, an LIRR spokesperson, who said an investigation into the incident was continuing. Passengers on the west-bound express train told MTA investigators they saw a man standing by the tracks before he jumped in...
  • JP Morgan Cutting 17,000 Jobs – Banking Has Turned Down

    03/11/2014 3:14:19 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 9 replies
    Martin Armstrong blog ^ | 3/11/14 | Martin Armstrong
    "We warned that the banks have turned the corner when their cycle finished last year. The NY Post has come out stating that being a banker is not so great anymore. When the ECM turns down 2015.75 into 2020, things for the banks are going to get a lot worse. They are hated perhaps even more than politicians. Their proprietary trading has destroyed the industry and been the worst public image than any sector can have."
  • Bitcoin refuses to flip: Virtual currency stays strong despite bankruptcies, gyrating rates

    03/09/2014 2:03:34 PM PDT · by Errant · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8 March 2014 | Craig Timberg
    Future generations of Bitcoin billionaires may someday look back on 2014 with knowing smiles. Here was a year when thefts spread, exchanges collapsed, rates gyrated like a teenager’s moods. And yet the buying of bitcoins showed no signs of abating. The past week was particularly extreme. The apparent suicide of an American business executive in Singapore was investigated for possible ties to her Bitcoin investments. A California man fingered as the currency’s mysterious inventor reacted to his sudden fame by asking that journalists buy him lunch. After finishing his meal at a sushi restaurant, he went on to deny any...
  • Malicious Malware Uses Photos of Sunsets and Cats to Steal Banking Credentials

    03/05/2014 12:16:51 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 75 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | March 05,2014 | Gannon Burgett
    It’s a sad day for the Internet… according to Trend Micro’s security analysts, it’s been discovered that photographs of both sunsets and — even more heartbreaking — cats being shared across the web contain malware capable of getting into your bank accounts.
  • What’s Behind The Growing Pile Of Dead Banker Bodies? Here's a background of some of the dead...

    03/01/2014 8:24:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 02/25/2014 | Bob Livingston
    It’s become a health hazard to be a banker. What evil lurks beneath the pile of bodies?In growing numbers, the bodies of bankers are piling up in the streets — at least eight global financial types in recent weeks (and five others in the past year). And a financial reporter for The Wall Street Journal walked out of his house and mysteriously hasn’t been seen or heard from in weeks.So what gives? Three of the bankers worked for JPMorgan. One worked for Deutsche Bank AG. Others for companies not so prominent, i.e., not “too big to fail,” but possibly...
  • Wells Fargo cuts 700 mortgage jobs

    02/27/2014 5:50:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Minneapolis/St Paul Star Tribune ^ | February 27, 2014 | Jennifer Bjorhus
    Wells Fargo cuts 700 employees, including 203 in the Twin Cities, as demand for mortgages declines.Wells Fargo & Co. said Wednesday that it is cutting 700 employees, including 203 in the Twin Cities, as demand for mortgages continues to shrink. The San Francisco-based bank said it notified affected employees Wednesday, and that almost all of them work at the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage campus in south Minneapolis. Some work elsewhere in the Twin Cities. The cuts follow scattered layoffs in the Twin Cities in January in which Wells Fargo laid off fewer than 30 mortgage-related workers. “We currently expect mortgage...
  • Since 2000, There Are 29 Percent More Big Banks and 24 Percent Fewer Small Banks

    02/25/2014 12:43:29 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | February 25, 2014 | Veronique de Rugy
    My colleagues Hester Peirce and Robert Greene have put together a series of charts showing the recent concentration of the U.S. banking system — small banks are disappearing and large banks are growing in number. Here is one of their charts that shows the changes: Repeated waves of bank regulation — most recently Dodd-Frank — can be particularly burdensome for small banks. Peirce and Green explain: Regulatory compliance can be a particular challenge for small banks with limited compliance expertise. Regulatory expenses absorb a larger percentage of small banks’ budgets than of their larger counterparts’ budgets. Although correlation is not...
  • JP Morgan To Lay Off 17,000 Mortgage Bankers In 2013 And 2014, Because The "Housing Recovery"

    02/25/2014 8:53:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The last time JPMorgan had an investor day, Jamie Dimon explained to Mike Mayo why he is richer than him (and pretty much anyone else). This year, Jamie will be more focused on explaining to 8,000 JPM workers why after firing 16,500 people in consumer and mortgage banking, the bank will now let go another 2K and 6K in those same two groups (which will bring total mortgage and consumer banking headcount reductions between 2013 and 2014 to at least 17K and 7.5K, respectively). This may be tricky especially in the context of, you know, the housing and economic...