Here’s more from Radio Sweeden:
Richard Landén from Helsingborg, southwest Sweden, tried to open a simple savings account at Swedbank. But the bank wanted him to move over his entire account, including his monthly salary deposits and any savings he had.
“You have to be an complete customer, they said. It’s either that or nothing at all, apparently,” Landén told Swedish Radio News.
Swedbank declined to comment on the case.
Sweden’s central bank has cut its key interest rate, the repo rate, to -0.35 percent, meaning making a profit on savings alone has become nearly impossible. The central bank will announce its next interest rate decision on Thursday.
Exactly how many people have been denied opening a savings account is hard to say. But savings advisor Claes Hemberg at Avanza Bank thinks it’s a new trend. Several customers have been in touch with him about it
“Yes, savers get in touch and ask: ‘Can the bank refuse me?'” he said.
“I think it’s pretty bad style. At the same time, I have been a customer there before five years ago and has been very well treated. In this case, it was quite the contrary. It was a strange attitude from the beginning, I think,” says Landen.
According to Swedish law, barring any extenuating circumstances like suspected money laundering or large debts, banks are not allowed to deny anyone from opening an account.
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The Times UK website (sub. req.):
New questions have been raised over how much the Bank of England knew about the “low-balling” of Libor by lenders during the financial crisis after the emergence of an email from a top financier warning officials that rates were susceptible to rigging.
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Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase appeared to score a significant victory Tuesday after the Department of Housing and Urban Development suggested it won’t punish lenders for major crimes committed by their corporate parents.
The announcement concerns a requirement that lenders in HUD’s mortgage insurance program certify they haven’t been convicted of violating federal antitrust laws or other serious crimes. Citi and JPMorgan in May pleaded guilty to felony charges that they broke federal antitrust laws for their traders’ participation in a yearslong scheme to manipulate currency markets for profit. Both companies own banks that make mortgages that are later insured by the HUD-overseen Federal Housing Administration.
But on Tuesday, Secretary Julián Castro’s housing agency proposed modifying the required certification in a way that would apply only to HUD-registered lenders. The lenders’ parent companies wouldn’t be on the hook, thus seemingly enabling Citi and JPMorgan’s HUD-registered units to continue certifying that they haven’t pleaded guilty to federal antitrust charges.
Interesting in Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad’s Prophecy, he predicted in 2002 that the biggest stock market crash in U.S. history would happen sometime around 2016.
A small bit of bad economic news from China sparked a big global reaction as U.S. stocks followed the rest of the world’s markets down sharply Tuesday, a sign of investors’ deepening concerns about the strength of the Chinese economy.
The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 3%, falling 469.68 points, to 16,058.35, while the broad-based Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 58.33, also about 3%, to 1,913.85.
The latest sell-off comes after stocks rebounded last week with the biggest two-day rally in seven years and continues the wild volatility that has marked trading sessions for more than two weeks. Despite the two-day gain, Dow has lost nearly 2,500 points over nine other days.