More on the Banks

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

Monday, I did a post called “Bank Ratings Keep Slipping Away.” My colleague across the pond, Max Keiser, sent me an email with his thoughts on the post.  Max is a former Wall Street broker turned financial journalist.  He does a couple of different financial TV and radio shows in Europe.  He also has his own website called MaxKeiser.com.  Max is smart, connected and sometimes very abrasive, and those are all the reasons why I like him.  Part of our email exchange is below:

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“Greg,
The campaign to move money to small, community banks seems problematic for a couple of reasons;

a) As you point out here, their ratings are slipping

b) There has been a long history of small banks getting bought out by big banks, so moving your funds from Citi to Community Bank and then have Citi buy that bank is pointless

c) Simply moving money around does not address the core problems of the systemic corruption that plagues US markets and finance.  In my opinion, if the intent is to ‘kill the beast’ than individuals should be joining governments and hedge funds and buying Gold Bullion.

 Thoughts?”

Max Keiser

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“Max,

Good to hear from you.  I am not talking about the “Move Your Money” campaign put out by Arianna Huffington.  That is stupid.  If you move your money, you should move it to a secure bank.  The reason?  No one knows how bad the bank failures will get, and the FDIC just might get swamped!!  Depositors in that scenario could lose access to their money for longer than they would like.  What happens if the depositors are forced to put money into a 2 year Treasury?  Who knows how bad this will get, but it will be bad.  (There have been and will continue to be massive bailouts and spending.)  So, in the end, the U.S. will experience some sort of currency crisis.  There is going to be a loss in the value of the dollar by 50 percent or more.  Economists I talk with regularly say there is also a high likelihood of some sort of extreme inflation or hyperinflation event.  But in the meantime, check your bank and keep it (your money) in safe solvent institutions.  For the little guy, gold and silver bullion would be a great hedge against calamity and inflation.  Someday, we will look back on this time of $1100 an ounce gold and say,”Wow if I had only bought gold and silver! It was so cheap!…”

Greg Hunter

USAWatchdog.com

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In late November, I was on one of his shows, “On the Edge With Max Keiser,” talking about USAWatchdog, the Fed and the huge debt in the economy.  You may check out my appearance in the video below:

Comments
  1. Mark Mudgett

    Hello Greg,

    Thanks for posting your communications with Max. I read his response to your bank rating story and I wondered where the campaign for moving money to small community banks came from. I did not recall that, nor did I find it when I scanned for it in your article.

    Anyways, I enjoyed his comments and your response.

    Is it accurate to asssume that if the US administration’s strategy of borrow, print, and spend, in a massive way, works, that it will be the first time in known history that an economy was revived by these means?

    I keep reviewing history hoping to find an example of this strategy working, so that I can lower my anxiety level.

    markm

    • Greg

      Mark,
      I don’t know where Max got that idea either but he is a smart guy and that’s why I wanted to share his comments the “Dawg” readers. Thanks for weighing in.
      Greg

  2. Tom

    Greg, I for one really appreciate your Monday post about the bank ratings. It got me up off my dead rear end to move my mother’s money from one horribly-rated community bank to another one with the best rating in the state. That was done today. My own is soon to follow as soon as I figure out how to deal with the distance issue.

    • Greg

      Tom,
      Happy I could help. Thanks for the feedback.
      Greg

  3. Joe

    Great stuff – Im a big fan of Max Keiser as well. He tells it how it is without having to shuffle through the rhetoric for an actual clue of whats going on.

  4. Chuck

    Thanks for allyou do — Keep up the good work — Where as I do not have the time – Good info

    • Greg

      Chuck,
      Thank you!
      Greg

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