Friday, July 10, 2015

It Can Happen Here: The Confiscation Scheme Planned for US and UK Depositors

The global financial system is on life support. Banks have lost the ability to make money without artificially low interest rates, and have even begun charging interest for having a bank account; negative interest

Consider that $100 deposited in a bank account can be turned into $900 of bank credit that is 'lent' to borrowers plus interest. Banks should be making money hand over fist, but instead they are insolvent, charging overdraft fees, negative interest rates and denying bank credit to borrowers. This reveals how broken the present system really is. 

Ultimately the destiny of this debt-slavery system is bankruptcy, and is a 70 year cycle reaching back into history. 

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I would argue that is the whole point, to dupe a people into accepting loans that they will never be able to pay off, so eventually we are forced to renegotiate the debt (declaring bankruptcy) pledging more real things as payment, even though the loans were created using our own promises to pay. 

Where Does Bank Credit Come From?

Yes it's the truth, all bank loans are deceptive frauds because the bank didn't have the credit they lent you before you walked in the door. Once you sign a loan application, promising to pay back an amount of money over time, it becomes a negotiable instrument with a value. Our promise to pay is a debt instrument, Federal Reserve Notes are the same thing. The lending bank takes these negotiable instruments and converts them to 'cash' by way of the Federal Reserve System; literally cashing in the value of our promise to pay. The lending bank then deposits our own funds into a bank account, calling it a loan, and has the audacity to charge us interest for money we created. It's like having our wallet stolen by a pick pocket, who then walks up to us 5 minutes later to lend us our own money back; plus interest. And we actually feel lucky to get this loan. See the below link for a detailed article demonstrating this.

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Do you see how the entire bank credit system is a breach of trust and dishonorable? Do you see how all bank 'debts' are deceptive frauds enslaving the masses who foolishly work for decades to payoff interest on money that was theirs to begin with?

Several insiders have put forth the notion that a grand disclosure event is coming, and in order to provide the conditions necessary for humanity to accept these truths, the financial system must implode so everyone can have a very personal experience of how they have been defrauded. In my opinion, the fact that loans are frauds from the start, with many thinking it is dishonorable to walk away from any debt, even if its fraud, reveals why this implosion must occur. People have been so dependent on the system that they see it as the only way, but once the truth is revealed at a personal level, we will be able to see a new path of least resistance. Once humanity realizes the truth about our monetary system, we will be ready to appropriately wipe the slate clean and move forward.

As a side note: Fiat money systems have long been demonized by various 'real money' groups, who assert that gold and precious metals are the only 'real' money available. This concept is based on limited historical data, wherein there were many examples in history that show how Fiat money systems can be destabilized and gold money was the 'savior.' But as we discussed in the post RV/Gold Bait and Switch? - Secular Value vs Absolute Value - Hidden History of Gold - gold as money is a fiat. 

The word Fiat means decree, and Fiat money is a decree or agreement to use a thing as a representation of value; a contract between two parties requiring full disclosure and honesty in order to remain solvent and Just. Therefore any money system, beyond a one on one barter system, is only ever a Fiat system. Gold is no more 'real money' then an IOU on a cocktail napkin. In my view, the reason why Fiat money systems have failed in the past is we as a people forget that money is only an agreement between two or more parties to use a thing to represent their value. When we loose touch with this truth, the other party now has a way to manipulate it to their own benefit. And once enough pandemic ignorance has set in, the Cabal money manipulators can come in and begin devaluing the fiat currency, with the public clamoring to be saved by 'gold money.' This cycle has happened many times in our past.

In fact this is part of what caused the American revolutionary war. The colonies created their own debt free, interest free money system using what was called Colonial Script, and flourished as a result. The King of England was not able to siphon creative energy out of the colonies via interest, and began devaluing Colonial Script so much so that the colonies began to revolt against the king. In the above linked post about Secular Value vs Absolute Value, there is a documentary called the Secret of Oz which details the history of this battle between interest free money and debt-money. 

With this key knowledge understood, any group of people can develop their own systems of trade free from the vampiric energy harvesting of interest and usury. And this one aspect of our history is enough to provide humanity with the knowledge needed to create an age of prosperity unlike anything that can be remembered in our recent past. This is why the system must implode, else we will continue to repeat the mistakes of the past.

- Justin

Source - HuffingtonPost

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 U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Bank of England dated December 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here); and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds.  New Zealand has a similar directive, discussed earlier here.
Few depositors realize that legally, the bank owns the depositor's funds as soon as they are put in the bank. Our money becomes the bank's, and we become unsecured creditors holding IOUs. (See here and here.)  But until now, the bank has been obligated to pay the money back as cash on demand. Under the FDIC-BOE plan, our IOUs will be converted into "bank equity."  The bank will get the money and we will get stock in the bank. With any luck we may be able to sell the stock to someone else, but when and at what price? Most people keep a deposit account so they can have ready cash to pay the bills.

Reading the Fine Print
The 15-page FDIC-BOE document is called "Resolving Globally Active, Systemically Important, Financial Institutions."  It begins by explaining that since the 2008 banking crisis, it has become clear that some other way besides taxpayer bailouts are needed to maintain "financial stability." Evidently anticipating that the next financial collapse will be on a grander scale than either the taxpayers or Congress is willing to underwrite, the authors present this alternative:
An efficient path for returning the sound operations of the G-SIFI to the private sector would be provided by exchanging or converting a sufficient amount of the unsecured debt from the original creditors of the failed company [meaning the depositors] into equity [or stock]. In the U.S., the new equity would become capital in one or more newly formed operating entities. In the U.K., the same approach could be used, or the equity could be used to recapitalize the failing financial company itself--thus, the highest layer of surviving bailed-in creditors would become the owners of the resolved firm. In either country, the new equity holders would take on the corresponding risk of being shareholders in a financial institution. [Emphasis added.]
No exception is indicated for "insured deposits" in the U.S., meaning those under $250,000, the deposits we thought were protected by FDIC insurance. This can hardly be an oversight, since it is the FDIC that is issuing the directive. The FDIC is an insurance company funded by premiums paid by private banks. The directive is called a "resolution process," defined elsewhere as a plan that "would be triggered in the event of the failure of an insurer and would facilitate [the failed bank's] resolution in a controlled manner, avoiding systemic disruption and use of public funds." The only mention of "insured deposits"is in connection with existing UK legislation, which the FDIC-BOE directive goes on to say is inadequate, implying that it needs to be modified or overridden.
An Imminent Risk
If our IOUs are converted to bank stock, they will no longer be subject to insurance protection but will be "at risk" and vulnerable to being wiped out, just as the Lehman Brothers shareholders were in 2008. That this dire scenario could actually materialize was underscored by Yves Smith in a March 19 post titled When You Weren't Looking, Democrat Bank Stooges Launch Bills to Permit Bailouts, Deregulate Derivatives. She writes:
In the U.S., depositors have actually been put in a worse position than Cyprus deposit-holders, at least if they are at the big banks that play in the derivatives casino. The regulators have turned a blind eye as banks use their depositaries to fund derivatives exposures. And as bad as that is, the depositors, unlike their Cypriot confreres, aren't even senior creditors. Remember Lehman? When the investment bank failed, unsecured creditors (and remember, depositors are unsecured creditors) got eight cents on the dollar. One big reason was that derivatives counterparties require collateral for any exposures, meaning they are secured creditors. The 2005 bankruptcy reforms made derivatives counterparties senior to unsecured lenders. [Emphasis added.]
One might wonder why the posting of collateral by a derivative counterparty, at some percentage of full exposure, makes the creditor "secured," while the depositor who posted collateral at 100 cents on the dollar is "unsecured." But moving on -- Smith writes:
Lehman had only two itty bitty banking subsidiaries, and to my knowledge, was not gathering retail deposits. But as readers may recall, Bank of America moved most of its derivatives from its Merrill Lynch operation [to] its depositary in late 2011.
Its "depositary" is the arm of the bank that takes deposits.  At B of A, that means lots and lots of deposits. The deposits are now subject to being wiped out by a major derivatives loss. How bad could that be? Smith quotes Bloomberg:
... Bank of America's holding company... held almost $75 trillion of derivatives at the end of June...
That compares with JPMorgan's deposit-taking entity, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, which contained 99 percent of the New York-based firm's $79 trillion of notional derivatives, the OCC data show.
$75 trillion and $79 trillion in derivatives! These two mega-banks alone hold more in derivatives each than the entire global GDP (at $70 trillion).
Smith goes on:
... Remember the effect of the 2005 bankruptcy law revisions: derivatives counterparties are first in line, they get to grab assets first and leave everyone else to scramble for crumbs... Lehman failed over a weekend after JP Morgan grabbed collateral.
But it's even worse than that. During the Savings & Loan crisis, the FDIC did not have enough in deposit insurance receipts to pay for the Resolution Trust Corporation wind-down vehicle. It had to get more funding from Congress. This move paves the way for another TARP-style shakedown of taxpayers, this time to save depositors.
Perhaps, but Congress has already been burned and is liable to balk a second time. Hence the need for the FDIC-BOE resolution. When it is implemented, the FDIC will no longer need to protect depositor funds; it can just confiscate them.
Note that an FDIC confiscation of deposits to recapitalize the banks is far different from a simple tax on taxpayers to pay government expenses. The government's debt is at least arguably the people's debt, since the government is there to provide services for the people. But when the banks get into trouble with their derivative schemes, they are not serving depositors, who are not getting a cut of the profits; and by no stretch of the imagination are the depositors liable for the losses. Taking depositor funds is simply theft. What should be done is to raise FDIC insurance premiums and make the banks pay to keep their depositors whole, but premiums are already high. The FDIC is a government agency, but like other regulatory agencies it is subject to regulatory capture.  Deposit insurance has failed, and so has the private banking system that has depended on it for the trust that makes banking work.
Note too that imposing losses on depositors is not a "wealth tax" but is a tax on the poor, since wealthy people don't keep most of their money in bank accounts.  They keep it in the stock market, in real estate, in over-the-counter derivatives, in gold and silver, and so forth.
Are you safe, then, if your money is in gold and silver? Apparently not -- if it's stored in a safety deposit box in the bank.  Homeland Security has reportedly told banks that it has authority to seize the contents of safety deposit boxes without a warrant when it's a matter of "national security," which a major bank crisis no doubt will be.
The Swedish Alternative: Nationalize the Banks
Another alternative was considered by President Obama in 2009 but was rejected: nationalize failed banks. In a February 2009 article titled "Are Uninsured Bank Depositors in Danger?," Felix Salmon discussed a newsletter by Asia-based investment strategist Christopher Wood, in which Wood wrote:
It is... amazing that Obama does not understand the political appeal of the nationalization option... [D]espite this latest setback nationalization of the banks is coming sooner or later because the realities of the situation will demand it. The result will be shareholders wiped out and bondholders forced to take debt-for-equity swaps, if not hopefully depositors.
On whether depositors could be forced to become equity holders, Salmon commented:
It's worth remembering that depositors are unsecured creditors of any bank; usually, indeed, they're by far the largest class of unsecured creditors.
President Obama acknowledged that bank nationalization had worked in Sweden, and that the course pursued by the U.S. Fed had not worked in Japan, which wound up instead in a "lost decade." But Obama opted for the Japanese approach because, according to Ed Harrison, "Americans will not tolerate nationalization."
That was four years ago. When Americans realize that the alternative is to have their ready cash transformed into "bank stock" of questionable marketability, moving failed mega-banks into the public sector may start to have more appeal.




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