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The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us — WEB OF DEBT BLOG

As public banking gains momentum across the country, policymakers in California and Washington state are vying to form the nation’s second state-owned bank, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919. The race is close, with state bank bills now passing their first round of hearings in both […]

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Hopefully the public banking movement will continue to gain momentum in key states such as California which could definitely use a public bank.

Why Is the Fed Paying So Much Interest to Banks? — WEB OF DEBT BLOG

“If you invest your tuppence wisely in the bank, safe and sound, Soon that tuppence safely invested in the bank will compound, “And you’ll achieve that sense of conquest as your affluence expands In the hands of the directors who invest as propriety demands.” — Mary Poppins, 1964 When Mary Poppins was made into a […]

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That is outrageous that the Federal Reserve is paying the big banks $36 billion dollars per year in interest. The big banks are paid 2.4% for parking their reserves with the Federal Reserve while the big banks only pay about 0.10% on the average savings account.

What is in the shadow banking (derivative) marketplace?

When this shadow market in derivatives falls apart the crash will be even larger than the last one.

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Whether the total “nominal” value is $600 Trillion as reported in the link below or $1 Quadrillion as reported elsewhere, we know only a few things and those things by themselves require intense scrutiny that the government doesn’t want to do. So the burden of the mortgage meltdown is put entirely on the backs of homeowners and the banks who made paper and actual profits far up into the trillions of dollars get to keep their ill gotten gains.

In 1983 there was no shadow banking market. It simply wasn’t allowed. There was a secondary market where actual mortgage loans could be bought and sold but no shadow banking marketplace.

So we went from $0 to $600 Trillion-$1 Quadrillion in largely unreported, unaccountable, offshore and off balance sheet transactions, the proceeds of which are laundered back into the balance sheets and income statements of the banks to guarantee that they…

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Entrepreneurs in Bankruptcy Deserve Respectful Treatment, Not Punishment (In re Romero) — MEDIATBANKRY

By: Donald L Swanson Many people live the American Dream. They’ve started a business and are succeeding. They’re what makes the U.S. economy work. But bad things can—and do—happen to them: things like product obsolescence, economic downturn, health problems, a costly mistake, bad luck. Such things can destroy their Dream and can destroy the entrepreneurs themselves. […]

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The Bankruptcy Code should be amended to increase the dollar limits substantially to allow more entrepreneurs to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Green Light for City-owned San Francisco Bank

Sadly even though it is almost 5 years since this article, neither San Francisco nor any other city in California, nor the State of California itself appear to be any closer to establishing a public bank. That is a testament to the power and political influence of the big banks which can afford to donate to both politicians in both parties to make sure that their nests are always well feathered.

WEB OF DEBT BLOG

When the Occupiers took an interest in moving San Francisco’s money into a city-owned bank in 2011, it was chiefly on principle, in sympathy with the nationwide Move Your Money campaign.  But recent scandals have transformed the move from a political statement into a matter of protecting the city’s deposits and reducing its debt burden.  The chief roadblock to forming a municipal bank has been the concern that it was not allowed under state law, but a legal opinion  issued by Deputy City Attorney Thomas J. Owen has now overcome that obstacle.

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The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing

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Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it. According to an SEIU report:

Derivatives . . . have turned into a windfall for banks and a nightmare for taxpayers. . . . While banks are still collecting fixed rates of 3 to 6 percent, they are now regularly paying public entities as little as a tenth of one percent on the outstanding bonds, with rates expected to remain low in the future. Over the life of the deals, banks are now projected to collect billions more than they pay state and local governments – an outcome which amounts to a second bailout for banks, this one paid directly out of state and local budgets.

It is not…

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Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising

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The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed’s push to “tighten”?

On March 31st the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time in 3 years and signaled its intention to raise rates twice more in 2018, aiming for a fed funds target of 3.5% by 2020. LIBOR (the London Interbank Offered Rate) has risen even faster than the fed funds rate, up to 2.3% from just 0.3% 2-1/2 years ago. LIBOR is set in London by private agreement of the biggest banks, and the interest on $3.5 trillion globally is linked to it, including $1.2 trillion in consumer mortgages.

Alarmed commentators warn that global debt levels have reached $233 trillion, more than three times global GDP; and that…

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