Category Archives: banks

Base rate cuts won’t make us spend

Well, if they lower the interest rate today as some have suggested it will not be in order to make the banks lend.  That’s not going to happen.  It will simply be to send a signal that putting money in the bank is pointless and to encourage us to spend it.  I will be seeking a better place to put my money, not throwing it away as the idiots in the City want us to.

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Government folly makes things worse

It’s painful to write this post – £325bn in toxic assets dumped on us taxpayers by the morons at RBS whilst they pay one of the men responsible for this horrific damage over £600k per annum as a pension.  Really, it makes my eyes water! And what’s worse than the sheer injustice of it is that this is a damaging move for several reasons:

1. The market needs to find it’s new balance and putting in a ‘false’ supply of money will only deepen the trouble we’re in

2. If we had propped the banks up to a small extent then we should consider it a lost investment and walk away but now, with so much at stake we are probably committed to the bitter end

3. If bankers are not punished for their behaviour then they will do it again, safe in the knowledge that their actions have no repercussions for them

4. The preservation of these part nationalised banks is now a political imperative so they already know they are safe

Bankers must be grinning ear to ear.

Time to nationalise banks?

We are now in a position where the taxpayers of the UK own significant chunks of major banks. It is now in our financial interests for those part owned banks to succeed.  In other words, if we let them go bust we lose a hell of a lot of our own money.  So why not go the whole hog and take over the rest of those banks? I am not suggesting takeover of the whole banking sector – just the ones that we already own a major stake in. And the final but essential part – give shares with voting rights to every adult taxpayer resident in the UK.

The benefits would be fantastic:

1. Immediately there would be increased trust in those banks and we would all have a safe place to put our savings.

2. Increased deposits at our banks makes them stronger and that’s good because we own them.

3. We could all tell the bankers to shove their bonuses up their overpaid bottoms whilst handing them their P45s. We should do this anyway since they are pretty much bankrupt entities and whoever heard of an insolvent company paying millions in bonuses?

4. Other banks who had been reckless (i.e. most of them) should be left to go to the wall if they cannot cope.  More business for our newly nationalised banks!

OK, it’s not really nationalisation but it’s what I’d like to see anyway.  It’s our money and we should have more control and the ability to sell our shares to other people who might like to invest in the future of those banks.  I’m sure there would be a market for them.