“Outstanding loans have reached $28 trillion, as much as the commercial banking systems of the US and Japan combined. The scale is enough to threaten a worldwide shock if China ever loses control. Corporate debt alone has reached 171pc of GDP, and it is this that is keeping global regulators awake at night”
“Unless you’re one of the few people still watching CNN™, you may have missed what can only be one of the most scandalous in-house criminal activities to be uncovered at a bank. And not just any bank. It happened at none other than Wells Fargo™”
“Not only did you not show a minuscule of righteous indignation – you seemed to bend-over-backwards as to defend the payment of (wait for it…) $125,000,000.00 as a parting gift to Carrie Tolstedt, who has been reported to have been the executive in charge of the unit where all this fraud took place. You know, the division where “sandbagging” customers continued long enough to have created its own internal moniker. Absolutely disgusting and shameful. Period”
“On Thursday, Wells Fargo was fined $185 million, for engaging in pervasive fraud over the years which included opening credit cards secretly without a customer’s consent, creating fake email accounts to sign up customers for online banking services, and forcing customers to accumulate late fees on accounts they never even knew they had. Regulators said such illegal sales practices had been going on since at least 2011″
“In all, Wells opened 1.5 million bank accounts and “applied” for 565,000 credit cards that were not authorized by their customers“
“If those signs aren’t bad enough, Deutsche has also become the poster child for the ominous derivativesbubble. It, alone, has amassed an exposure of over $75 trillion dollars in these risky devices, which is almost equal to theannual GDP of the world”
“This problem is by no means isolated to the European markets; the U.S. banks also drank the kool-aid, and believe it or not, helped create a quadrillion dollar mess”
Britain’s new finance minister Philip Hammond declared Tuesday that it was up to the Bank of England to respond to the economic “shock” arising from Brexit.
“The initial response to this kind of shock must be a monetary response by the Bank of England,” Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond told lawmakers at the House of Commons.
What will this mean for global markets and the future of the European Union? That remains to be seen, but they are definitely scheming to make sure that the City of London is protected at all costs, and even at the expense of other parts of the economy.
“The implication: Despite the headline numbers (like Friday’s largely-fictitious jobs report) that imply a stable, modest expansion, under the surface the financial system — composed of business loans, bank profits, etc. — is deteriorating fast”
“The outlook for U.S. stocks is terrible. GMO’s central forecast — which is a directional estimate more than a precise prediction — warns that U.S. large- and small-cap stock indices are now both so overpriced compared to history”