Jan 19

Jamie Dimon’s 2016 Pay: $28,000,000:

Moments ago JPM released an 8-K which revealed Jamie Dimon’s total compensation for the year. The answer: $28 million, up from the $27 million he was paid in 2015. Which, since Jamie Dimon is already a billionaire, will hardly make an impact on his bottom line.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (the “Firm”) announced that the independent members of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) approved Mr. James Dimon’s total compensation for 2016, in the amount of $28,000,000, compared to last year’s total compensation of $27,000,000. Mr. Dimon’s total compensation includes an annual base salary of $1,500,000 and performance-based variable incentive compensation of $26,500,000. $5,000,000 of the variable incentive compensation will be delivered in cash and the remaining $21,500,000 will be delivered in the form of Performance Share Units (“PSUs”). Both base salary and cash incentive remain unchanged from last year. The key features of Mr. Dimon’s 2016 PSU award, including financial metric, performance goals, payout levels, vesting and hold requirements, also remain unchanged from the PSU award granted last year.

How did the board make its decision? Continue reading »

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Jan 19

Jewish Trust Sues Deutsche Bank For $3 Billion:

Just when it seemed that no more lawsuits are possible for Germany’s largest lender, which over the past two years has settled or otherwise paid billions to set aside a barrage of allegations of wrongdoing leading to the bank’s suspension of bonuses for most senior bankers, today we learn that Deutsche Bank was sued by a Jewish charitable trust in Florida, alleging that the bank wrongly withheld as much as $3 billion from the heirs to a wealthy German family.

According to Bloomberg, the lawsuit claims the bank refuses to return the funds initially deposited by the Wertheim family in accounts opened at what is now Credit Suisse Group AG before the rise of the Nazis in Germany. Those accounts were later transferred to Deutsche Bank, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in federal court by Wertheim Jewish Education Trust LLC. Continue reading »

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Jan 13

Cash-Banning Harvard Professor Slams “Ignorant” Negative-Rate-Naysayers:

“I find a lot of what is written by representatives of the financial sector, they’re very hostile to negative rates, to be kind of ignorant,” he said ahead of a tour of Scandinavia, where sub-zero rates first saw the light of day. “They’re talking about their short-term profits, and their short-term interest, but it’s a long-run policy if you do the homework, if you lay the groundwork, it would certainly work very well.”

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Jan 03

Indonesia Terminates All Business Relationships With JPMorgan After Downgrade:

We officially have a new definition ot “thin-skinned”.

In what may be one of the most dramatic retaliations to a downgrade report, Indonesia’s government said it has terminated all business partnerships with JPMorgan Chase after the U.S. bank downgraded its outlook on stocks in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. The finance ministry announced it would stop using JPMorgan as a primary dealer and as an underwriter of its sovereign bonds, Robert Pakpahan, the ministry’s director-general for budget financing and risk management told reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday. The reason: Pakpahan said a November research report issued by the bank was not “accurate or credible.” Continue reading »

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Dec 28

India Fears Run On Banks: Capital Controls And Withdrawal Limits To Continue:

Indian banks are fearful of running out of cash as lines queue up to withdraw money.

Bankers say they cannot cope with any sudden increase in demand, and warn against lifting cash withdrawal limits.

A decision by New Delhi on November 8 to scrap all large-denomination banknotes overnight removed 86 per cent of India’s currency from circulation. In an effort to prevent banks running out of cash, the finance ministry then imposed strict limits on the amount of new notes that could be withdrawn. Customers can currently withdraw just Rs2,500 from an ATM per day — equivalent to $37 — or Rs24,000 over the counter per week. Continue reading »

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Dec 27

“So – cash, bitcoin, precious metals, and prepaid cards over $150 are all instruments of the “terrorists” and are now open to confiscation if you are a suspicious person… which, by their rhetoric, you are if you actually hold any of these assets.”


Europe Proposes Confiscating Gold In Crackdown On “Terrorist Financing”:

Hot on the heels of China gold import restrictions, and India’s demonetization and gold confiscations, The European Commission proposed tightening controls on cash and precious metals transfers from outside the EU under the guise of shutting down one route for funding of militant attacks on the continent, following the Berlin Christmas attack.

China has already begun de facto gold import restrictions, and as Jayant Bhandari detailed previously, India is experiencing a continuation of new social engineering notifications, each sabotaging wealth-creation, confiscating people’s wealth, and tyrannizing those who refuse to be a part of the herd, in the process destroying the very backbone of the economy and civilization. There are clear signs that in a very convoluted way, possession of gold for investment purposes will be made illegal. Expect capital controls to follow.

And now, as Reuters reports, it appears last Monday’s attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, where 12 people were killed as a truck ploughed into a crowd, has given The European Commission just the excuse to tighten capital controls – specifically cash and precious metals – into and out of Europe.

It is part of an EU “action plan against terrorist financing” unveiled after the bombings and shootings in Paris in November 2015.

Under the new proposals, customs officials in European Union states can step up checks on cash and prepaid payment cards sent by post or in freight shipments.

Authorities will also be able to seize cash or precious metals carried by suspect individuals entering the EU. Continue reading »

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Dec 24

Goldman Sachs Ties to Scandal-Plagued 1MDB Run Deep

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Dec 24

Pakistan Senate Proposes Scrapping 5,000 Rupee Note 

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Dec 23

Credit Suisse Settles With DOJ For $5.3 Billion; Will Pay $2.5 Billion Civil Penalty

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Dec 22

Deutsche Bank Settles With DOJ: Will Pay $3.1 Billion Civil Penalty:

With analyst expectations/hopes in the $2 to $5 billion range (against the initial $14 billion fine), Deutsche Bank said it has reached settlement with US authorities to pay a $3.1 billion civil penalty (and provide $4.1bn in relieef to consumers). Removing considerable uncertainty about Deutsche’s capital position, one wonders how much this remarkably low-ball settlement had to do with Donald Trump’s current loan re-negotiations with the “world’s most systemically dangerous bank.” Continue reading »

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Dec 21

Monte Paschi Crashes To All Time Low, Rebounds After Government Agrees To Fund Bank Bailouts:

In early European trading, shares of Italy’s Monte Paschi halted after crashing 17%, dropping to fresh all time lows, after the bank warned its liquidity could run out far sooner than expected. But then, moments ago, its shares soared, recovering all losses when Italy’s upper house of parliament approved a government request to borrow up to €20 billion to underwrite the country’s troubled banks.

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Dec 20

Brandon Smith Warns The System Is Crashing: “Prepare For Bank Confiscations, Shortages, Insurgency”:

Military, police and homeland security units have all long been preparing for riots and widespread civil unrest during a prolonged collapse.

What is the anatomy of a breakdown?

The past eight years have been extremely difficult for the real economy. Central bank intervention has propped up the stock market at the expense of the main street economy, at the expense of middle class security, at the expense of jobs.

And everyone knows that game can’t continue. The question is how it will play out, and how long the game will be. Continue reading »

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Dec 19

The War On Cash And Then On Gold And Silver:

The global financial system continues to groan under the strain of the accumulated weight of trillions of dollars of debt and derivatives, which have built up to even more fantastic levels than those that precipitated the near collapse in 2008. And thanks to the policy of solving liquidity problems near-term by creating even more debt and derivatives, Quantitative Easing being the most obvious example. However, while the majority consider the situation to be hopeless, there is actually “light at the end of the tunnel.”

If only a way could be found to freely tap the funds of savers at will, by imposing duties or taxes on bank accounts with the additional option to appropriate savers’ funds on occasion as required. Subsequently, the systemic liquidity problems will be solved. Banks need never fear solvency problems again. Consequently, they can simply fall back on the account holder’s funds to meet any obligations. There are in fact already names for these restorative operations, they are called “bails-ins” and NIRP (Negative Interest Rate Policy). Continue reading »

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Dec 18

Ukraine Nationalizes Its Largest Bank, Which Holds 36% Of All Domestic Deposits:

It was just a few short days ago, on Wednesday of last week, that Ukraine’s largest lender, PrivatBank, said that reports it will be nationalized were “attempts to create panic and destabilize the political situation in the country.

Local media, quoted by Reuters, speculated that Privatbank, which is part-owned by one of Ukraine’s richest men, billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky, could be privatized if it does not meet a year-end deadline for Ukraine banks to reach a capital ratio requirement agreed under an International Monetary Fund bailout program. However, what made Privatbank unique, is that with some $6 billion in private deposits – or 36.5% of Ukrainian banks’ total – it puts America’s own TBTF banks to shame: the bank is an absolute giant which controls nearly half of the local banking sector. Continue reading »

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Dec 15

FYI.


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Dec 14

War On Cash Escalates: Australia Proposes Ban on $100 Bill; No Cash Within 10 Years?:

Global financial has picked up steam. Australian citizens are likely the next victim.

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AU News reports Government Floats $100 Note Removal.

SAY goodbye to the $100 note. Continue reading »

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Dec 14

“Run On Banks” As 72-Hour Mandate Forces Venezuelans To Turn In Large Bills: Strict Cash Controls:

In the ongoing saga of Venezuela’s sad economic slide into hell, it came as a strong arm move on the part of President Maduro.

Bank runs are happening in Venezuela, but not to pull money from the banks; rather, to get their 100 Bs. bills into the banks before a 72-hour time limit expires and the notes become outlawed currency that is no longer officially recognized. Continue reading »

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Dec 14

Fed Hikes Rates For First Time In 2016, Increases Pace Of Rate ‘Normalization’ Forecast:

With 100% chance of at least a 25bps hike (and 10% chance of 50bps), this was perhaps the most ‘priced in’ of any Fed meeting ever, and this time the Fed did not disappoint, however where the Fed did surprise was its hawkish outlook, as it now expects 3 rate hikes in 2017 instead of 2 as of September.

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Dec 13

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Italy’s Largest Bank Laying Off 14,000, Raising €13 Billion In Business Overhaul:

UniCredit announced on Tuesday a major restructuring plan to raise €13 billion in capital to return the Italian bank to profitability, hoping that a balance-sheet cleanup and cost cuts will persuade investors that Italy’s biggest bank can restore profitability even without much revenue growth. As part of the three-year strategy, the bank plans to shed an additional 6,500 jobs, bringing the total to 14,000, as it aims for 1.7 billion euros of annual cost savings. The bank is targeting 4.7 billion euros of net profit in 2019 with a return on tangible equity above 9%, Milan-based UniCredit laid out in a presentation this morning. Continue reading »

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Dec 13

13.12.2016

H/t reader squodgy.

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Dec 08

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Deutsche Bank Provides “Smoking Gun” Proof Of Massive Rigging And Fraud In The Silver Market:

Back in April, when we first reported that Deutsche Bank had agreed to settle allegations it had rigged the silver market in exchange for $38 million, we revealed something stunning: “in a curious twist, the settlement letter revealed that the former members of the manipulation cartel have turned on each other“, and that Deutsche Bank would provide docments implicating other precious metals riggers. To wit: “In addition to valuable monetary consideration, Deutsche Bank has also agreed to provide cooperation to plaintiffs, including the production of instant messages, and other electronic communications, as part of the settlement. In Plaintiff’s estimation, the cooperation to be provided by Deutsche Bank will substantially assist Plaintiffs in the prosecution of their claims against the non-settling defendants.”

Overnight we finally got a glimpse into what this “production” contained, and according to documents filed by the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, what Deutsche Bank provided as part of its settlement was nothing short of “smoking gun” proof that UBS Group AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, Bank of Nova Scotia and other firms rigged the silver market. The allegation, as Bloomberg first noted, came in a filing Wednesday in a Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed in 2014 by individuals and entities that bought or sold futures contracts. Continue reading »

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Dec 08

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Here is the censored article:

Accusations Of Treason In The Greek Parliament Against Bilderberg PM Papandreou

In my commentary to the above article I wrote:

Flashback:

Greek Central Bank Accused of Encouraging Naked Short Selling of Greek Bonds (Financial Times)

And remember that the biggest Greek CDS speculator has been the state-controlled Hellenic Post Bank with help from (Yes, you’ve guessed it!) Goldman Sachs:

State-controlled Hellenic Post Bank (TT) bet against Greece (Kathimerini)

Fragwürdige Finanzgeschäfte Griechen wetten auf eigene Pleite (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

The state-controlled Hellenic Post Bank was betting on Greece going bankrupt!

What will happen if Greece defaults:

Here Is What Happens After Greece Defaults

Solution:

Former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Revolution is the Only Answer (For Greece, Ireland etc.)

So who could possibly ‘dislike’ such an article?

On a side note:

Alexa Rank:

Infinite Unknown had a global Alexa Rank of  just above 100,000 (for a while) and even below that (quite a while ago).

A webmaster told me (when it became apparent that the numbers were dropping fast) that Alexa had changed its rating methods, which in his opinion clearly disfavors websites like I.U.

You can look up I.U.’s global ranking here:

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/infiniteunknown.net

The only way we can make up for all this censorship coming our way is if readers would start hitting that social media buttons like crazy.

Maybe that would also bring more attention to the website, which could possibly result in more financial support for my work, which is much, much needed.

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Dec 07

And who is (not) going to jail this time???


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EU fines JPMorgan, HSBC and Credit Agricole $520mn for rate manipulation:

After a five-year investigation, the European Commission has fined three major banks €485 million for rigging the crucial Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor).

The Commission said on Wednesday they were part of a seven bank cartel that colluded on setting the euro interest rate instead of competing with each other between September 2005 and May 2008.

JPMorgan was fined €337 million and Credit Agricole €114 million for five-month involvement in the conspiracy. HSBC got a €33 million penalty for its one-month participation. Continue reading »

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Dec 06

Italy’s Monte Paschi Told To “Prepare For State Bailout”:

Bankers are running out of private-sector solutions for Monte dei Paschi di Siena and have told the Italian lender to prepare for a state bailout this weekend after prime minister Matteo Renzi was felled by a referendum defeat.

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Dec 06

Trump Tweets Japan’s SoftBank Will Invest $50 Billion In The US, Create 50,000 New Jobs:

On Tuesday afternoon, the billionaire founder and CEO of Japan’s Softbank and was seen entering the Trump Tower, to meet with the President-elect. It appears that they had fruitful conversations, because just a few minutes later, Trump – who earlier in the day lambasted Boeing over charging too much for Air Force 1 sending its stock lower – tweeted some words of praise for the Japanese businessman.

At 2:10pm eastern, Trump tweeted “Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs…” and in a follow up Tweet added “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!” Continue reading »

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Dec 03

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Deutsche Bank Pays $60 Million To Settle Gold-Manipulation Lawsuit:

2016 is shaping up as the year when countless conspiracy theories will be confirmed to be non-conspiracy fact: from central bank rigging of capital markets, to political rigging of elections, to media rigging of public sentiment, and now, commercial bank rigging of both silver and gold. In short, “tinfoil hat-wearing nutjobs living in their parents basement” were right all along.

In early October, we reported that “In A Major Victory For Gold And Silver Traders, Manipulation Lawsuit Against Gold-Fixing Banks Ordered To Proceed,” however one bank was exempt: Deutsche Bank. The reason why was known since April, when we first reported that Deutsche Bank had agreed to settle the class action lawsuit filed in July 2014 accusing a consortium of banks of plotting to manipulate gold and silver. Among the charges that Deutsche Bank effectively refused to contest were the following: Continue reading »

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Dec 03

Trump is just another elite puppet (like Killary) that has been put in place by the elite to maybe create order out of chaos …

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…, or maybe even more chaos (with people doing the depopulation for TPTB, who will be sitting in their D.U.M.B.’s, celebrating and opening some legendary Château Lafite-Rothschild bottles).

However, in my opinion, there will be an economic collapse, hyperinflation, civil war, revolution followed by WW3, all planned by TPTB for us.

Related info:

Why Did George Soros Forgive Donald Trump As Much As $312 MILLION In Debt For No Apparent Reason?

Former Goldman Partner And Soros Employee Steve Mnuchin And Billionaire Wilbur Ross Confirm Elite Puppet Trump Nominations On CNBC

Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump Are Both Elite Puppets, Serving The Same Master

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H/t reader squodgy:

“Was Trump’s win engineered to actually facilitate the agenda?”

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Dec 01

Angry Mobs Lock Up Indian Bankers As Cash Chaos Soars: “We Are Fearing The Worst”:

Bankers are bracing for long hours and angry mobs as pay day approaches in India. “We are bracing ourselves for payday and fearing the worst,” the chief executive officer at Laxmi Vilas Bank said, concerned the situation has gotten out of control.

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Nov 30

H/t reader squodgy:

“I think we should all pool our savings and help these poor people.”


RBS fails Bank of England stress test:

Standard Chartered and Barclays would also need more capital if the economy deteriorated

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has failed key hurdles in a Bank of England stress test, forcing the lender to draw up new plans in case of a financial crisis.

The toughest stress test yet assessed how the UK’s seven biggest lenders would cope with hypothetical scenarios including a recession, a housing crash and a halving of the oil price.

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