North Dakota is the only state that stashes all of its cash into its state-owned bank. Maine stores its money in Japan, France, Canada, and other U S. states. Maine state cash that is deposited in “too big to fail” mega-banks, which are Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions, risks loss, since bankruptcy agents could confiscate deposits to pay creditors under the Dodd-Frank law if a mega-bank failed. In a recent report, two-thirds of Maine Treasurers Cash Pool was invested in institutions without local public-deposit branches. This included two French banks, CA and BNPP, the 10th and 8th largest banks in the world. BNPP closed 3 hedge funds in 2007 prior to the 2008 financial collapse and paid a $140 Million fine and $8.8 B settlement for violating fund transfers laws in 2015. Maine's taxpayer's funds are also invested in a Japanese institution, TMCC; and in Wall Street banks that paid fines for crimes: JPMC was fined over $25 Billion for mortgage fraud and other malfeasance; Citigroup was fined for hundreds of millions of dollars; BAC paid fines and penalties of over $150 billion.Read more
Startup advisor, businesses designer, and capitalist cheerleader Thorsten Linz reminds me of an enthusiastic Dungeons and Dragons player or an excited novice high school debater. Having seen a few data points and, apparently, having hung out with only like-minded entrepreneurial dudes, Linz declared yesterday on LinkedIn that in ten years, all retail banks will shut down and everyone will use mobile apps to bank. Linz bases this prediction on his conversations with other people just like him, including Singularity University founder Pеtеr Diamandis, whom Linz talked to at a finance conference (sounds like a real barn burner). Linz supplements that evidence with the decidedly objective opinion of . . . a mobile banking app designer, Brett King.Read more
It's one of the most beautiful of the United States, and some of the smartest and most beautiful people I know dwell therein. But its politics are messy these days. And it's not only people's bodies, identities, or legal statuses that state legislators want to play politics with. June and July appear to be strong months for infrastructure haters in North Carolina.Read more
While American public banking advocates are raising eyebrows at Janet Yellen's admission that, in certain circumstances, the Federal Reserve can implement "helicopter money" (and the mainstream media's eyes become like saucers), the European Central Bank, shaken like the rest of Europe at the prospects of losing a member, is under pressure to give money out to working people and community-level enterprise rather than to the elites.Read more
The mainstream media says Puerto Rico is in debt trouble because the island's government irresponsibly issued debt that it couldn't pay. As is evidenced through an understanding of the history of Puerto Rico, that's an absurdly fragmentary and incomplete explanation.Read more
A Baltimore mayoral candidate may have the most on-point application of public banking we've seen in the whole economic democracy movement.Read more
Event: Big Banks and the Changing Impact on Business and the Safety of our Money: Is Public Banking an Alternative?
This Saturday, June 18, two members of the Public Banking Institute board, Ellen Brown and Ray Bishop, will be part of a discussion on public banking sponsored by the California Democratic Party. Obviously, PBI is not affiliated with any political party, but the public is invited to the event, and details are below.Read more
The following OpEd was written on behalf of Banking on New Mexico in response to arguments in Santa Fe against the creation of a public bank there.
Usually, a household wishing to own a house must borrow the funds from a bank. The household pledges its future earning capability to pay off a mortgage during the home owner’s lifetime. Likewise, the City needs to borrow for public projects like Roadways and Streets, Utilities, and the Airport. And, the City pledges its earnings from taxes to pay off the loans over its lifetime. Of course, a city’s lifetime is indefinite, so it borrows continuously forever.Read more
There are a number of reasons to doubt the maxim that capitalism as currently practiced, particularly in its finance capital formulation, fulfils its self-proclaimed mission of guiding investment and resources to the most socially useful or socially desirable ends.Read more