Unintended Consequence?

Or was it intended? Big banks, banks the Warren/Obama regulations deem systemic risks—too big to fail—are driving away cash deposits. Never mind that those deposits are loanable funds (oh—regulations, again, discouraging lending while Progressives contradictorily jawbone and pressure financial institutions to make risky loans to poor credit rating borrowers, because—regulations again—those credit ratings are somehow racist).

For instance,

State Street Corp, the Boston bank that manages assets for institutional investors, for the first time has begun charging some customers for large dollar deposits, people familiar with the matter said. JP Morgan Chase & Co, the nation’s largest bank by assets, has cut unwanted deposits by more than $150 billion this year, in part by charging fees.


The banks’ actions are driven by profit-crunching low interest rates and regulations adopted since the financial crisis to gird banks against funding disruptions.

The latest fees center on large sums deemed risky by regulators, sometimes dubbed hot-money* deposits thought likely to flee during times of crises.

Because honest Americans wanting to earn money off their cash mustn’t be allowed to do that. And banks can’t be trusted to know what they’re doing with hot deposits; Progressive Know Betters are the only ones equipped to dispose of OPM.

Or: this is a tacit recognition that Progressive policies over the last seven years have been utter failures, and all that stored cash has to be flushed back into the economy, and the latest regulations have nothing to do with risk, systemic or otherwise, regardless of the surrounding Obamatalk.

It harkens back to FDR’s assault on business by demanding they disgorge themselves of cash—retained earnings—because they were “hoarding” or on a “capital strike.” Hoarding, “striking” because business had no viable place to invest its cash, due to FDR’s economic policies.


*Note: Banks usually attract “hot money” by offering relatively short-term certificates of deposit that have above-average interest rates. As soon as the institution reduces interest rates or another institution offers higher rates, investors with “hot money” withdraw their funds and move them to another institution with higher rates.

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