Friday, June 25, 2010

Banks Are Not Intended to be Safe Place To Keep Money

We've been seeing rules like this lately with the phrase "prohibits branches of banks … from operating primarily for the purpose of deposit production."

Let that sink in for a minute --- if you want to run a bank, you can do X, Y, and Z, and many other things, but if you have a primary purpose of attracting deposits, it's a no-no -- slap you on the wrist, bad boy!!

Now put on your consumer hat. Why do you put your money in a bank? Isn't the primary purpose to ensure your wealth is in a safe place so you don't have to stash a bunch of money in a steel, tamper-proof, fire-proof, locked-down safe, and then carry wads of cash around where thieves can separate you from your wealth when you go buy something? From your point of view, a bank's primary purpose is to be a safe place to keep your money.

But the bank is prohibited from primarily attracting your interest in their safekeeping services.

We can't speak for you, but that explains a lot.

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