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Archives by Tag 'Banks'
The Leveraged Buyout of America
ELLEN BROWN
Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pu...
The Future of Fannie and Freddie
DEAN BAKER
President Obama’s announcement of his plans for a restructured mortgage market was painful for those who remember the bubble and crash. It seems as though he learned nothing from this disaster. The key problem in the bubble years was the ability of private actors...
Banks as Public Utilities
ELLEN BROWN
Establishing a city-owned San Francisco Bank is not a new idea. According to City Supervisor John Avalos, speaking at the Public Banking Institute conference in San Rafael in June, it has been on the table for over a decade. Recent interest was spurred by th...
Ireland: Financial Playground for Global Elites
CAOIMHGHIN Ó CROIDHEÁIN
“So, so…[the €7 billion] is bridged until we can pay you back..which is never. [Loud laughter]” (Telephone conversation between Anglo Irish Bank executives in September 2008) Current ongoing revelations in the form of recorde...
Hedge Funds and the Death of the Peasant Landowner
RODOLFO ACUÑA
When I was growing up, relatives talked incessantly about retirement, which generally meant going to live with a daughter and her family. When social security kicked in some older relatives became more independent especially those who had bought a home and paid off it. Th...
A Dream Foreclosed
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
How different are the big Wall Street banks circa 2008 from the loan sharks of the 1970s? Not very. Laura Gottesdiener has written a remarkable book that hits hard against the big Wall Street banks. It’s called –...
Obama and the Housing Boondoggle
MIKE WHITNEY
“Today, seven years after the real estate bubble burst, triggering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and costing millions of responsible Americans their jobs and their homes, our housing market is healing. Sales are up.  Foreclosures ...
Time for Some Publicly-Owned Banks
ELLEN BROWN
“[W]ith Cyprus . . . the game itself changed. By raiding the depositors’ accounts, a major central bank has gone where they would not previously have dared. The Rubicon has been crossed.” —Eric Sprott, Shree Kargutkar, “...
Terrorizing the Economy
LAURA FLANDERS
Two acts of cruelty claimed lives this tax day.  One was criminal, bloody and shocked a nation. The other was routine, legal and potentially way more deadly. They both rely on secrecy. The bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were planted by we don’...
Housing’s Breakout Year
MIKE WHITNEY
Housing is back. Prices are rising, sales are strong, inventory is low, and according to a recent survey, 82 percent of real estate agents believe that it’s “a good time to sell a house.” Also, a new report prepared by the ULI Center for Capital ...
Winner Takes All
ELLEN BROWN
Shock waves went around the world when the IMF, the EU, and the ECB not only approved but mandated the confiscation of depositor funds to “bail in” two bankrupt banks in Cyprus. A “bail in” is a...
It’s a Banker’s World
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Sixteen banks at the core of the global financial system —including JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Citigroup— scored a major victory last Friday when a federal judge dismissed nearly all the charges brought against them by a group of plaintiffs that includes municipa...
So Much for the Sanctity of Bank Deposits
SERGE HALIMI
Paris. Everything was becoming impossible. It was impossible to increase taxes because that would discourage “entrepreneurs”. It was impossible to protect a country against commercial dumping by low wage countries, as that would contravene free trade a...
Eurozone in Crisis
TOM McNAMARA
“Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.” – Robert Graves, I Claudius Rennes, France. Things are bad in the European Union (EU). Just how bad you ask? They are so bad that the unelected ...
Plutocracy in America
MICHAEL BRENNER
Plutocracy literally means rule by the rich. “Rule” can have various shades of meaning: those who exercise the authority of public office are wealthy; their wealth explains why they hold that office; they exercise that authority in the interests of the rich; they have...
China’s Shadow Bankers and the Vampire Squid
MIKE WHITNEY
“China is displaying the same three symptoms that Japan, the U.S. and parts of Europe all showed before suffering financial crises: a rapid build-up of leverage, elevated property prices and a decline in potential growth.” — Zhiwei Zhang,  No...
Cyprus and the Eurozone Crisis
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
London. The economic crisis of the Republic of Cyprus follows the Greek tragedy of the past year. Only the scale this time is bigger, but the anger in the small island with one-tenth of the population of its neighbor no less. Pressure applied by the troika...
JP Morgan and Payday Loans
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” – Attributed to Henry Ford JP Morgan Cha...
The Confiscation Scheme Planned for US and UK Depositors
ELLEN BROWN
Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated...
The Beginning of the End of Too-Big-to-Fail?
ROBERT WEISSMAN
A funny thing, wonderful in its own small way, happened last week. Amidst an endless series of votes on amendments to a federal budget bill, the United States Senate voted 99-0 in favor of an amendment to end subsidies to too-big-to-fail financial institutions....
The Hubris of the Wall Street Gang
DEAN BAKER
Many highly respected Washington types have been running around for the last three years yelling that because of its large budget deficits, the United States is Greece. We learned last week that the immediate danger is the United States being Cyprus. As we now know...
Fear and Uncertainty in Cyprus
NIGEL O'CONNOR
Nicosia. The municipal theatre of Nicosia sits directly behind the Cypriot parliament. Its prominence within the capital suggests the importance of such civic buildings to a population seeing itself as the inheritors to the grand heritage of Greek traditio...
Death by Bailout
MIKE WHITNEY
It was supposed to be a bailout. It turned out to be a death sentence. Given the checkered and unremarkable history of the Brussels bureaucrats, is anyone really surprised? Yes, an agreement was reached between Cypriot government officials and the so-called troi...
The Battle of Cyprus
ELLEN BROWN
“If these worries become really serious, . . . [s]mall savers will take their money out of banks and resort to household safes and a shotgun.” — ...
Too Big to Jail
DAN DEWALT
Corporate America just received the confirmation that they’ve been waiting for. The attorney general of the United States has now admitted that the biggest American financial corporations have created such a labyrinth of their structures and practices that t...