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February 25, 2018, 09:04:26 PM
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One of the biggest reasons that I love the idea of BTC and crypto in general is because I hate the unpredictability and inflationary nature of fiat money supply.  If it were up to me, we would get rid of the US Federal Reserve and go back to a gold standard or completely adopt crypto.  But one of the other big reasons that people seem to gravitate towards crypto is the hatred of big banks.  I'm wondering why that is.  I use Chase and I never have to pay any fees to wire money, move money around my accounts.  Yeah, the bank pays out only tiny bits of interest but I don't feel like I'm getting robbed by these banks in any way.  When I need to transfer money, I use PayPal, when I have to buy stuff I use my credit card and I get points for it.  I just don't see why this community has this hatred towards big banks so I'd love to understand some of the reasons people have.

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February 25, 2018, 09:16:40 PM
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I think mostly it's the idea that corporations do not do what is best for their customers and are abusing their power to take advantage of the poor and unfortunate, it's mostly a 'f%!k the establishment kind of mentality.


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Read this news story. It will help explain some of the negative sentiment towards banks.

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HSBC Helped Terrorists, Iran, Mexican Drug Cartels And Shady Russians Launder Money, Senate Report Says

JUL 16, 2012

A Senate report released ahead of the embargo time revealed that HSBC’s lax anti-money laundering policies allowed Mexican drug money, Iranian terrorist money, and even suspicious Russian money to enter the U.S. and gain access to U.S. dollar liquidity over the last couple of years.

The report, released late on Monday despite a 10 PM embargo time, was prepared by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and counted with the support of Senators Carl Levin and Tom Coburn.

In a year-long investigation, the Subcommittee found that HSBC violated several rules, exposing the U.S. financial system to “a wide array of money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing.”  According to the report, HSBC’s Mexican affiliate channeled $7 billion into the U.S. between 2007 and 2008 which possibly included “proceeds from illegal drug sales in the United States.”

UPDATE: In a statement, HSBC acknowledged that "in the past, we have sometimes failed to meet the standards that regulators and customers expect."  Vowing to improve their oversight and compliance with the law, they committed to fixing what is wrong, taking the opportunity to learn from previous mistakes.

HSBC actively circumvented rules designed to “block transactions involving terrorists, drug lords, and rogue regimes.”  In one case, “two HSBC affiliates sent nearly 25,000 transactions involving $19.4 billion through their HBUS [HSBC’s U.S. affiliate] accounts over seven years without disclosing the transactions’ links to Iran.”

They provided U.S. dollar financing and services to banks in Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh that were tied to terrorist organizations, while also clearing $290 million in “obviously suspicious travelers cheques” that benefitted Russians “who claimed to be in the used car business.”

Furthermore, the investigation showed how the bank’s regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) failed to take a single enforcement action against HSBC despite numerous violations by the international bank.  Among them, failing to monitor $60 trillion in wire transfer and account activity, a backlog of 17,000 unreviewed account alerts regarding potentially suspicious activity, and a failure to conduct anti-money laundering due diligence before opening accounts for HSBC affiliates.

Senator Levin, whose scolding of Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd Blankfein during a hearing on collaterized debt obligations made him a well-known face in Wall Street, was hard on both HSBC and their regulator:

Due to poor AML [anti-money laundering] controls, HBUS exposed the United States to Mexican drug money, suspicious travelers cheques, bearer share corporations, and rogue jurisdictions.  The bank’s federal bank regulator, the OCC, tolerated HSBC’s weak AML system for years.  If an international bank won’t police its own affiliates to stop illicit money, the regulatory agencies should consider whether to revoke the charter of the U.S. bank being used to aid and abet that illicit money.

The Senate’s Subcommittee will reveal its findings on Tuesday during a Congressional hearing that will include testimony by HSBC officials and federal regulators.  This report is the latest in a string of embarrassments for the world’s major banks.  Only a few days ago, JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon finally revealed further details on the so-called London Whale trades (which reportedly cost the bank more than $5 billion), while the on-going Libor manipulation scandal sparked a series of lawsuits that could be difficult to swallow for Barclays and other institutions involved.

HSBC’s New York-traded shares fell in post-market trading, as the report was leaked.  After a 0.3% decline during the trading session, the stock dropped 2.5% to $42.50 by the end of aftermarket trading.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2012/07/16/hsbc-helped-terrorists-iran-mexican-drug-cartels-launder-money-senate-report-says/

The most obvious reasons for negative sentiment against banks:

  • As noted above banks have laundered money for terrorists, drug cartels, organized crime and russians over the past 10-15 years
  • Banks caused the economic crisis of 2008 with their irresponsible handling of derivatives, lack of legitimate regulation is also responsible
  • Banks have contributed towards economic crisis in greece and elsewhere in the world
  • Banks have been known to discriminate against workers in the adult entertainment industry(chase bank) and other small business owners
  • Banks often create economic and foreign policy for major nations which decrease standard of living and redistribute wealth away from the poor and middle class to the super wealthy

There are many other good reasons. I think that if people don't recognize banks as being a negative influence--it has to do with them being uninformed and unaware of past history.

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February 26, 2018, 12:33:51 AM
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One of the biggest reasons that I love the idea of BTC and crypto in general is because I hate the unpredictability and inflationary nature of fiat money supply.  If it were up to me, we would get rid of the US Federal Reserve and go back to a gold standard or completely adopt crypto.  But one of the other big reasons that people seem to gravitate towards crypto is the hatred of big banks.  I'm wondering why that is.  I use Chase and I never have to pay any fees to wire money, move money around my accounts.  Yeah, the bank pays out only tiny bits of interest but I don't feel like I'm getting robbed by these banks in any way.  When I need to transfer money, I use PayPal, when I have to buy stuff I use my credit card and I get points for it.  I just don't see why this community has this hatred towards big banks so I'd love to understand some of the reasons people have.

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February 26, 2018, 12:39:16 AM
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go back to a gold standard or completely adopt crypto. 
Jesus, those are alternatives on the complete opposite sides of the spectrum.  I'd say going back to a gold standard is ridiculous at this point, at least in the U.S. 
We've gotten so far into the free money printing that I don't think there's any going back from this--there isn't enough gold in the world to back all the money we've printed.  It was a nice thing for many years to have something backing up the currency, but I don't think that's even necessary anymore. 

The crypto idea is more of a solid one, but I don't think governments OR banks are going to get behind this unless they come up with their own crypto.  Bitcoin will forever remain borderless, IMO.  Banks are always on the receiving end of hate because they have all the fuckin' money, plain and simple, and they charge you for it.  I don't think they're afraid of crypto, but they sure as hell are being slow to adopt it.  Not sure they ever really will.

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February 26, 2018, 12:44:59 AM
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Wiring fees aren't the issue.

Look what happened in Greece. The government and the banks worked together to keep people from taking their OWN MONEY out of the banks. They had to wait hours and hours to get to an atm to withdraw 300 euros at a time. Do you even understand what that feels like? If you have $10,000 and someone that you're paying service fees to to hold your money on your behalf says "you can't have it back right now" . It's a fucking ponzi scheme then?!!?!?

That's what bitcoins are really about.
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February 26, 2018, 12:46:58 AM
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  • As noted above banks have laundered money for terrorists, drug cartels, organized crime and russians over the past 10-15 years

I am a big fan of cryptocurrency and I do not like the banks at all. Banks are very corrupt and create a lot of trouble for people and I agree with your other points.

But bitcoin can also be used for laundering money can't it? [/list]



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You all have laid out solid and fundamental reasons as to why banks are hated but I believe the biggest one was missed and I will explore that. The biggest reason why I and most people here probably hate banks is because

-They exclude more than 75% of the world from financial services

And that fact alone makes me sick to my stomach. I could go on a rant for two hours about how inhumane, and terrible that is but I think we all here know the power and ruthless nature of banks. Think of that 75% next time you think we are just mad at the banks alone.

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By the way, don't forget the regime change in russia led by Lenin/Stalin was funded by international bankers.

Mao Zedong's revolution also was funded by banks. Fidel Castro likewise was probably funded by banks. It wouldn't be surprising if Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong and all of the other communists/socialists also received banker support.

Banks engage in worldwide regime change and utilize their influence towards bringing about widespread paradigm shifts which can result in wars, genocide, the deaths of millions and also the enslavement of entire nations looking at russia under Stalin's regime. As far as I know, this continues to the current day.

Looking at communists and socialists around the world, bankers are likely those who fund those campaigns and influence schools into indoctinating students into having pro socialist/communist worldviews.

I know there are lots of other good reasons to not believe banks are the good humanitarian institutions they would have us believe, its hard to think of them all.

I am a big fan of cryptocurrency and I do not like the banks at all. Banks are very corrupt and create a lot of trouble for people and I agree with your other points.

But bitcoin can also be used for laundering money can't it?

I would say bitcoin can't be used to launder money. The transaction would be recorded publicly and it would be too easy to trace.

The only case I know of an attempt to launder money involved a woman stealing money from credit cards and bank loans, then using crypto to try to anonymize her transactions as she tried to transfer the funds to ISIS. But of course, her last transactions were to a series of banks and so whatever role crypto played in her attempting to launder money was very minimalized and she was caught.

In the case of HSBC bank, we have hard evidence of banks laundering money for terrorists over a period of decades and they still do it to the current day as there has been no real effort made to stop them.

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February 26, 2018, 03:03:20 AM
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One of the biggest reasons that I love the idea of BTC and crypto in general is because I hate the unpredictability and inflationary nature of fiat money supply. 
And how is BTC predictable? Last year at this time it was valued 10 times less than now.

I just don't see why this community has this hatred towards big banks so I'd love to understand some of the reasons people have.
I think the big reason why people hate banks is because they control your money, hell the money that you deposit in the bank isn't even in the bank they use it to give out loans and stuff. With BTC people get 100% over their funds and I think most people like that control, I do too.
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February 26, 2018, 03:37:30 AM
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There are many obvious reasons why we should prefer bitcoin than our regular banking system. I assume you can transfer money between accounts within no time but have you ever tried internation transfers? The banks can process overseas transfers not before a minimum required period of 24 hours while in bitcoin system your settlements are processed immediately. The another differance i have kept in notice is that you can spend limitlessly but banks have always limits


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February 26, 2018, 03:45:19 AM
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You all have laid out solid and fundamental reasons as to why banks are hated but I believe the biggest one was missed and I will explore that. The biggest reason why I and most people here probably hate banks is because

-They exclude more than 75% of the world from financial services

And that fact alone makes me sick to my stomach. I could go on a rant for two hours about how inhumane, and terrible that is but I think we all here know the power and ruthless nature of banks. Think of that 75% next time you think we are just mad at the banks alone.

This is a really good point. I had honestly never considered that. I had thought people were primarily against banks because they disagreed with the ideas of loans and interest rates, but this casts a whole new light on the subject.

Although, I cannot help but wonder about other functions banks perform. Apologies to those who are already know this, let me summarize a few details to give the background for my question.

One requirement for currency to be usable is purchasing power stability over time, and in this sense Bitcoin is a heavily deflationary currency. Which makes it great as a speculative asset, but terrible as a usable currency.

One way the Federal Reserve controls inflation is through adjusting the fractional reserve ratio, which determines how much banks can lend relative to the deposits they have on hand. For example, if a bank has $100 in deposits, and the fractional reserve ratio is 10%, then the bank can  lend out 90% of its deposits. But if I understand it correctly, the bank defines that $100 as the 10% held in reserve, and then lends out $900. While this sounds questionable, and means approximately 90% of the "money" in circulation is not actually backed by a physical paper bill, it also means the Federal Reserve can finally tune the amount of money in circulation by adjusting the fractional reserve ratio. If the rate of inflation is too high (by which I mean price-inflation), they simply increase the reserve ratio and banks will be able to lend less, and thereby the amount of the currency decreases. And vice versa if they are trying to counteract a deflationary cycle. I speak the perspective of being within the United States, because that is what I am most familiar with. But as far as I know the same basic mechanism is used anywhere with a central bank.

Bitcoin's deflationary problem is very clearly evidenced by its more than 1000% increase versus the US dollar in the past 12 months. This has caused it to be dropped as a method of payment from a number of major players who were beginning to accept it. So this makes Bitcoin, in its current state, a poor contender as a currency or as a stable store of value.

Now I do not want to defend the current banking system in any way. The central role that they have played an economic crises, providing funding to too many dictators and despots, and their exclusion of the vast majority of the world population, are inexcusable and should be changed. But I cannot help but think that there must be some place for a banking-like system in Bitcoin, if for no other reason than to help stabilize the currency and allow it to be usable as one.

I fully acknowledge that this is rife with potential problems and pitfalls, and could just open the whole Pandora's box of the current banking system. And I am relatively new to Bitcoin and the larger crypto community. What do other people think about this? Is this the problem I think it is, or am I misinterpreting something fundamental about Bitcoin?


Also, hello everybody. This is my first post in a forum, ever in my life. I am always reading, but I have never felt comfortable enough to post. But godzillarekt007's point inspired me to try and join the discussion. So, hi.
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February 26, 2018, 04:00:47 AM
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This is probably because there have been those who were victimized by banks in the past. Banks are not 100% or totally secure as they have said they are to be. I myself has experienced losing money from a bank which closed down on insurances can only recover a portion of what you have lost. A majority of those who hate banks and have decided to use crypto probably experienced the same or would want to avoid such a situation. They would prefer that there would be no third party who has control over their own finances.

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February 26, 2018, 04:01:24 AM
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In our country, it is very convenient to transfer money through the bank's app!

Almost immediately to the account, also can use alipay transfer, and WeChat transfer and so on!

International remittance I want to achieve through BTC is a very fast thing!

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One of the biggest reasons that I love the idea of BTC and crypto in general is because I hate the unpredictability and inflationary nature of fiat money supply.  If it were up to me, we would get rid of the US Federal Reserve and go back to a gold standard or completely adopt crypto.  But one of the other big reasons that people seem to gravitate towards crypto is the hatred of big banks.  I'm wondering why that is.  I use Chase and I never have to pay any fees to wire money, move money around my accounts.  Yeah, the bank pays out only tiny bits of interest but I don't feel like I'm getting robbed by these banks in any way.  When I need to transfer money, I use PayPal, when I have to buy stuff I use my credit card and I get points for it.  I just don't see why this community has this hatred towards big banks so I'd love to understand some of the reasons people have.

Well, the thing is the process of transferring money to other countries is extremely difficult.

And that's what bitcoin essentially aims to curb. There are no borders with international remittances and you sending bitcoins to other countries consists of the exact same process as transferring bitcoins to someone in front of you, with the exact same fees.

Plus, there are no cases of frozen accounts, or suspended accounts. It's not rare to see crypto transactions being flagged by banks that later on suspend these users accounts.

Bitcoin is just more simple to use and probably more efficient as well. Plus it doesn't involve fiat, which is a huge plus.

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One of the biggest reasons that I love the idea of BTC and crypto in general is because I hate the unpredictability and inflationary nature of fiat money supply.  If it were up to me, we would get rid of the US Federal Reserve and go back to a gold standard or completely adopt crypto.  But one of the other big reasons that people seem to gravitate towards crypto is the hatred of big banks.  I'm wondering why that is.  I use Chase and I never have to pay any fees to wire money, move money around my accounts.  Yeah, the bank pays out only tiny bits of interest but I don't feel like I'm getting robbed by these banks in any way.  When I need to transfer money, I use PayPal, when I have to buy stuff I use my credit card and I get points for it.  I just don't see why this community has this hatred towards big banks so I'd love to understand some of the reasons people have.

In general maybe a lot of people experience poor service from bank industry whether depositing or withdrawing money. Whenever I go to the bank the feeling of disassociated even I’m a bank depositor is there. And because they are only institutions we can rely in past they abuse the public in a way by not improving their service and keeping deaf from our plea. It is good thing that cryptocurrency is develop at least today we have option.

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February 26, 2018, 06:36:03 AM
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This was a small story of a certain bank. May be not all banks are created equal. Even if i talk about the bank and qualities you mentioned, you yourself stated that it provides a tiny bit of interest. So this shows that somewhere it is anyways lacking.

Now compare this. A bank paying more interest but also adding fees for different transactions or withdrawls or moving of laarge sum of money, while another bank that takes no charges but gives super low interest. Whats tha difference?

Both the banka in a way are doing the same thing. People want to get away from this. They want 100% control of their money by themselves, hence the liking of cryptocurrencies.
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February 26, 2018, 08:05:19 AM
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But one of the other big reasons that people seem to gravitate towards crypto is the hatred of big banks.  I'm wondering why that is.  I use Chase and I never have to pay any fees to wire money, move money around my accounts.  Yeah, the bank pays out only tiny bits of interest but I don't feel like I'm getting robbed by these banks in any way.  When I need to transfer money, I use PayPal, when I have to buy stuff I use my credit card and I get points for it.  I just don't see why this community has this hatred towards big banks so I'd love to understand some of the reasons people have.

Bitcoin started in Jan 2009, when the govt did a huge bailout of the banks. In fact the Genesis block has a copy of the Times Newspaper with the headline "Chancellor on the brink of second bailout of the banks".

Lots of people lost their jobs in that crisis, and taxes were hiked everywhere to pay for the bailout while the bankers kept their bonuses.

Bitcoin was conceived as a way to by-pass the banks so we would never have to bail them out again.

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February 26, 2018, 08:54:35 AM
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You all have laid out solid and fundamental reasons as to why banks are hated but I believe the biggest one was missed and I will explore that. The biggest reason why I and most people here probably hate banks is because

-They exclude more than 75% of the world from financial services

And that fact alone makes me sick to my stomach. I could go on a rant for two hours about how inhumane, and terrible that is but I think we all here know the power and ruthless nature of banks. Think of that 75% next time you think we are just mad at the banks alone.

I'm not sure about the exact figures, but this is true. They have absurd requirements that makes it hard for a lot of people to opt-in. I don't think it's fair to blame just banks for this, though, as they are also acting under regulatory requirements, which just add to the red tape. I'm not saying they're not rotten, just that they receive a lot of the blame because they're the ones the end users interact with, and that there are a more factors at play.

Either way, Bitcoin does offer a solution to this problem, by allowing the people from lower classes to be able to store their money, and send and receive payments. It can't provide an alternative for other banking services like financing, but it at least puts the most fundamental services within reach, free of red tape.

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February 26, 2018, 10:44:57 PM
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You all have laid out solid and fundamental reasons as to why banks are hated but I believe the biggest one was missed and I will explore that. The biggest reason why I and most people here probably hate banks is because

-They exclude more than 75% of the world from financial services

And that fact alone makes me sick to my stomach. I could go on a rant for two hours about how inhumane, and terrible that is but I think we all here know the power and ruthless nature of banks. Think of that 75% next time you think we are just mad at the banks alone.

In addition to that, when immigrants travel to the united states or another country... they often try to send money to their families back home. Banks and governments conspire to levy as high as 50%(or higher) fees and taxes on money immigrants send to their families back home, which could represent one major reason why bitcoin has gained popularity.

For anyone who wants a source on this, there should be good info available on cuban immigrants to the united states attempting to wire transfer money to their families in cuba, only to face ridiculous and exploitive fees from banks and the state, etc.

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