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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.

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.

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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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The Public Bank Option – Safer, Local and Half the Cost — WEB OF DEBT BLOG

Phil Murphy, a former banker with a double-digit lead in New Jersey’s race for governor, has made a state-owned bank a centerpiece of his platform. If he wins on November 7, the nation’s second state-owned bank in a century could follow. A UK study published on October 27, 2017 reported that the majority of […]

via The Public Bank Option – Safer, Local and Half the Cost — WEB OF DEBT BLOG

Hopefully Phil Murphy will follow through with his plans for a state-owned bank if he wins the election and becomes the next governor of New Jersey.

Regulation Is Killing Community Banks – Public Banks Can Revive Them — WEB OF DEBT BLOG

Crushing regulations are driving small banks to sell out to the megabanks, a consolidation process that appears to be intentional. Publicly-owned banks can help avoid that trend and keep credit flowing in local economies. At his confirmation hearing in January 2017, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said, “regulation is killing community banks.” If the process is […]

via Regulation Is Killing Community Banks – Public Banks Can Revive Them — WEB OF DEBT BLOG

This blog post is not surprising as Senator Dick Durbin once said in discussing the United States Senate that the banks “Frankly own the place”.

Public banking is in the news again

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20044/the-fight-for-public-banking A Bank Even a Socialist Could Love The fight for public banking is gaining ground in cities and states across the country. BY David Dayen “We have Tea Partiers and Occupiers in the same room liking public banking. What does that tell you?” “Money is a utility that belongs to all of us,” says […]

via David Dayen: A Bank Even a Socialist Could Love — Livinglies’s Weblog

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