Tuesday, March 23, 2010

$700 BILLION BAILOUT by Paul Muolo

I'm just starting to read a book called $700 Billion Bailout. the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act and What It Means to You, Your Money, Your Mortgage, and Your Taxes. The book is written by Paul Muolo. Don't let the title scare you. The book is written in easy to understand language that will give you chills.

If you have any question left in your mind about what all the fuss is about get a copy of this book. Just the Introduction should be enough to get your blood pressure up. More on this later I'm sure. I hope you will get a copy from your bookstore or library. 

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Who are you giving your paycheck to?

Now I keep going over this in my mind and can't seem to get it straight...

Ok. WE customers go to the bank and put in our paychecks. And, when WE want to buy a house WE put 20% down, the bank carries the loan and if WE stay in the house for 30 years WE will pay about 5x the amount of the loan.

Then, the bank uses our money and in addition to the interest we pay and having the use of the balances we keep they make big bonuses and have a party.

Then, they go to the government and tell them they have no more of our money and the government gives them more of our money so they can charge more big fees and interest, get more bonuses, and have more parties.

Then, I watch the commercials on TV about how much these banks are helping us. And, it really makes no sense to me because I see foreclosed homes and homeless people all around.

So, let me get this straight...I'm a customer, I give money to banks so they can have parties, charge me fees, and throw my neighbors on the street while they sing a happy jingle on the TV.

Here is a partial list of banks that received tarp money. It is provided by Fox News so we know that it must be "fair and balanced"...

"RAW DATA: List of Banks Receiving Funds From $700B TARP

This list includes all the banks receiving funds from the Treasury's $700B Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP).

The following is a list of TARP recipients as of January 31, 2009:

Bank of America Corporation
Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Citigroup Inc.
The Goldman Sachs Group
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Morgan Stanley
State Street Corporation
Wells Fargo & Company
Bank of Commerce Holdings
1st FS Corporation
UCBH Holdings, Inc.
Northern Trust Corporation
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Broadway Financial Corporation
Washington Federal Inc.
BB&T Corp.
Provident Bancshares Corp.
Umpqua Holdings Corp.
Comerica Inc.
Regions Financial Corp.
Capital One Financial Corporation
First Horizon National Corporation
Huntington Bancshares
Valley National Bancorp
Zions Bancorporation
Marshall & Ilsley
U.S. Bancorp
TCF Financial Corporation
First Niagara Financial Group...."

Here is the complete list:http://www.foxnews.com/politics/president/ci.RAW+DATA%3A+List+of+Banks+Receiving+Funds+From+%24700B+TARP.opinionPrint

Is your bank on this list? Are you still giving them your paycheck? But, they paid the TARP money back you say. Oh, that's right. They collected more fees from us so they could pay back our money that our taxes paid to the government. And, the banks keep having parties and giving out bonuses while the jingles play.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Do you have a story to tell?

If you have story to tell about a great or an ugly experience you have had with your bank I would be happy to share it on this blog. Please email the story to me at inthetrenches@live.com. Please do not include any personal information or account numbers. Do include the name of the bank. I do reserve the right to edit or abbreviate the content but will email you the proposed version before posting it. The purpose of this blog is to give customers an opportunity to hear the quality of service you have had with working with your bank. Also, please be sure to vote. If your bank is not listed let me know and I would be happy to add it. Carol