Greetings PTR family -
For those that doubt the B of A bank story thread posted by HighHopes, I wanted to throw in with him/her and give you my own account. Actually, I was going to post this yesterday, but never got around to it.
I was at a smaller B of A branch by my office yesterday to handle some business concerning one of our accounts and was greeted by a new lady I hadn't seen before at this particular location. She reviewed our accounts and commented on the fact that we had been with them a long time and in very good standing. After taking care of business, she asked if we had a personal banker and I told her no, that I had never really seen the need for it at which point she volunteered. I said okay fine and she then went on to ask me if we were involved in any investments. I told her we were, but that those were being handled by our guy at Fidelity Investments. She asked if we had any additional investments, and that's where it got a little lively.
I told her right off the bat, "Look, I'm a little hesitant to address this because of all the nightmare scam stories perpetuated by other banks, but yes, we are involved in another investment". I asked her if she was aware of the Dinar. She perked up and asked, "The Iraqi Dinar?... Yes, I'm aware of it". The great part of all this was that without so much as a prompt from me she continued to advise me that, "And we will be negotiating the Iraqi Dinar" (As in they will be exchanging it). She further stated that she would be happy to handle that for me when the time comes. She then turned back to her screen and said, "Let me see if we have any updates or news on that for you". After a minute, she said there wasn't anything new on it as of this afternoon, I then asked her if she knew what the spread was going to be and she replied that she didn't have any information on that at present. I did not press her for any additional info on negotiating the spread or any hold times (if any) on the account. I figure I'd pick my battles and move on them as needed.
I told her that I would be opening a separate funding account and she said, "Absolutely, would you like me to open that for you now?" I told her I didn't have time to mess with it right then; I needed to get back to the office, but that I would drop back in to take care of it.
Additionally, during our conversation, she asked me if I had any investment strategy in place for our funds (post RV) and proceded to give her the abridged version of what we were planning. She then asked me how much (dinar) we had, and on hearing the answer recommended that I speak with one of their private bankers. She turned back to her screen and set up the referral on the spot. I will be speaking to them on the 23rd and we'll see where it goes from there.
In summation, I wanted to let you all know that apparently, the cat's out of the bag and at least Bank of America is 'fessing up. A sign, if you will, that perhaps we are even closer than we might have thought. ...For everyone's sake, I hope so.