Jepp, it’s the same big banks who have recivied the most of the bailout money. Of the remaining 1236 U.S, banks in 2008, 250 have gone bankrupt, the rest are not making any profit at all. About 700 of them is still in danger of being closed down by the regulators. And here’s an interesting question for you: Which of these banks would you trust the most in handling your money? The big ones? Or the smaller banks?
“If there’s one thing you should have learned during the past four years it is this. Large global commercial investment firms are about as trustworthy as a used car salesman.”
My guess is that we probably never will know the full truth about what’s been going on in the financial industry over the last decade. Most likely we have no clue on what is going on at the moment, either. But here are some facts; the three most profitable U.S, banks in 2009 was at the brink of collapse a year earlier, they’ve all recivied an unknown amount of bailout money from American tax payers and they are all under criminal investigation for alleged fraud and market manipulation.
The absurdity of the situation is becoming more clear every day.
The latest smelling evidence of a rotten system is to be found in the documents of the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, based on the banks latest earnings reports.
As the figures below shows, the top 15 U.S, banks collected 97,8% of the total revenue in the American financial industry in 2009, mounting to USD 62,8 billion.
The remaining 986 banks had to share 2,2%, or USD 1,4 billion.
* The top 6 bank holding companies have significant investment banking operations and account for 93% of industry trading revenue.
* The next 3 bank holding companies are traditional trust and custody banks. Including those 3, the top 9 banks account for 96% of industry trading revenue.
* The next 2 bank holding companies are not community banks but rather an insurance company and an automotive financing company. Those 2 included, the top 11 banks accounts for 97% on industry’s trading revenue.
* The remaining 4 banks on the top 15 list account for less than 1% of industry trading revenue.
* The remaining 971 bank holding companies that filed FR Y-9C reports for the year ending December 31. 2009, and approximately 6.800 commercial banks accounted for the remaining 2,2% of the financial industry’s trading revenue.
51 Billion Dollar Profit (Of 60 Billion Revenue)
The top 6 bank holding companies made a total pre-tax profit of USD 51 billion in 2009.
The remaining 980 bank holding companies lost about USD 19 billion.
Moreover; aggregated 2009 trading revenue for the top 6 bank holding companies is USD 60 billion, and exceed their aggregated pre-tax income of USD 51 billion.
Top 3 Criminals?
According to the original document the three most profitable bank holdings companies in 2009 were:
1. Morgan Stanley (Growth, y/y; 176,8%)
2. JP Morgan Chase (Growth, y/y; 127,3%)
3. Goldman Sachs (Growth, y/y; 61,3%)
And just to put a final touch on the picture:
Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are now under criminal investigation, suspected of misleading investors and rating agencies in order to inflate the grades(ratings) of certain mortgage securities before the whole thing collapsed in 2008.
JP Morgan is being investigated for manipulation of the silver market.
This brings me to the question I asked at the top of the article; which one of these banks do you trust with your money?
It’s a kinda important question as a substantial number of banks (excluding those on the top 15 list) are about to disappear.
The regulators still have about 700 companies on their list of banks in danger of default.
That makes it even harder to come up with a definitive answer.
However, J.S. Kim at SmartKnowledgeU has a very clear opinion.
3 Reasons to Cut All Ties with Commercial Banks
“If there’s one thing you should have learned during the past four years it is this. Large global commercial investment firms are about as trustworthy as a used car salesman,” Mr. Kim writes in his latest letter to clients.
Adding: “This has been the case since the birth of Wall Street, but people are only waking up to this reality today after the ugly secrets of the industry have finally been revealed to the outside world in the past several years. The lesson the public-at-large is learning today is one that old-school American gangster Lucky Luciano learned after spending a day on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, an eye-opening lesson that allegedly induced him to comment: “I realized I’d joined the wrong mob.”
“In this article, you will be reminded of how firms bundled mortgages they knew were toxic into CDOs, sold them as solid investments to clients, and then shorted them behind their clients’ backs. You will further learn how under Congressional inquiry, only 25% of all investment bankers believed that it was their duty to act in the best interests of their clients. Sure, these bankers may tell you in face to face meetings that they always put your interests first, but according to their testimony in Congress, in reality, they think of you as a sucker more than anything else. Furthermore, I’m betting that more than half of the 25% of investment bankers that stated they should act in the best interests of their clients only stated this because they knew their statements would become part of the public record.”
“In this second article, you’ll be reminded of how JP Morgan somehow commingled $8.6 billion of their clients’ money with the firm’s own assets – an act that JP Morgan’s internal audits did not catch for seven years and an act that would have left their clients penniless if the firm had gone bankrupt during the time they did not separate their clients’ assets from the firm’s investments.”
“Finally, although almost every single US commercial investment firm adviser shuttles their clients that desire gold and silver into the paper ETFs GLD and SLV, I’m guessing that almost ZERO of these advisers properly explain the risks of the GLD and SLV, as paper proxies for real gold and silver, to their clients. Remember that bottom line profits to the firm from purchases of the GLD and SLV will be much higher than the zero profit that would result if clients opted to buy physical gold and physical silver on their own. As this third article explains, the probability is extremely high that these two funds will offer little of the protection that physical gold and physical silver will afford its owners, should the second phase of this monetary crisis progress in the manner we believe it will progress.”
Read the rest at TheUndergroundInvestor.com.
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