Rose777: I can't believe I actually have my own bank story to share. I hesitated to post it due to the concern of instigating negativity and attack. I decided to share it anyway for my TNT family who need a bit of hopium today.
I was in a Sun Trust bank recently having a gifting letter notarized. The new bank manager taking care of me, freely proceeded to tell me that she herself had invested in the dinar and added that her son had bought a lot of it.
She also said that she planned to buy more.
My jaw dropped to the floor. I was speechless. Take it for what it's worth but I do hope this is encouraging to many of you.... and to all the moms out there... HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!
[VictoriousSecret] I saw this little bit of inspiration on FaceBook yesterday: "Sometimes, the enemy will send his band on your field before the game is over. He will start celebrating as if he's already defeated you. What he doesn't realize is you're not down yet. The game's not over. Remain steadfast!
[VictoriousSecret] Happy Monday everyone! (hi) It's a great day to be alive! Take in all the joys that surround! Don't allow bad thoughts or ill will to enter you. Smile at a stranger, hold a door open for someone, text or call a friend just to wish them a good day, pay for someone's coffee this morning, wave a car to get in front of you in traffic, leave a post-it note that says "Spread joy today. You are loved" in a public restroom..... little acts of kindness do more for US than for the recipient.
[speedracer] EvangeeGT not me .....the RV won't happen until Maliki is out of the Prime Minister position....mark my words........
[VictoriousSecret] speedracer If votes have been counted, & M has already been voted out, and a new one voted in, there's no need to wait for M to vacate the position before RV-ing. He's already changed the value with the RI, and that didn't help him get reelected. Trigger will be pulled either way within a short time.
IstSteelToe: $$ I found some more Poppy3 $$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Poppy3 …I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY SOLID SOURCES THAT THE COUNTRIES THAT IRAQ OWES WAR RETRIBUTION HAVE MET ALL LAST WEEK AND THEY ARE NOW DEMANDING PAYMENT ON THE DINAR THEY TOOK IN LIEU OF BALANCE OWED BACK YEARS AGO AT THE END OF THE WAR. MANY OF THEM FORGAVE UP TO 60% OF THE DEBT AND TOOK THE BALANCE OWED IN DINAR. THEY KNOW MUCH OF THE PARIS GROUP COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN PAID AND THESE ARE MANY OTHER COUNTRIES THAT WHERE NOT PART OF THE PARIS GROUP AND…AND NOW DEMANDING THEIR PAY ALSO.
Topic: God Bless America, PLEASE
[Studmuffin] 05-11-2014 poppy3: nothing new at all from sources, last they said several times this can fall at any time, any day
CNBC Report "These are BAD days for BIG boys in finance"
Posted by Beverly on May 11, 2014 at 10:13pm
This article was posted today on CNBC.
To read and see the videos on the full article, CLICK here
EXCERPT of article
These are not happy days for big banks whether on Wall Street or Fleet Street.
There's been a steady stream of negative headlines suggesting that five years after the end of the financial crisis, the bell finally may be tolling for too-big-to-fail financial institutions.
JPMorgan Chase and Barclays both have announced huge first-quarter trading declines—20 percent and 41 percent respectively—and others are expected to follow suit. Barclays said it will begin a massive layoff program in which it will lose 19,000 employees over the next two and a half years.
Fines from regulators continue to pile up stemming from crisis-era bad behavior. The latest domino looks to be Bank of America, which could have to pay a levy in excess of the $13 billion already extracted from JPMorgan.
Recent leaks in major publications indicate that Credit Suisse is nearing a settlement that will see it plead guilty to criminal charges for aiding its customers in avoiding taxes; BNP Paribas also faces possible sanctions from the U.S. for dealing with countries on an embargo list—with the end result likely being in excess of $1 billion in penalties.
All told, this is not a great time to be running a major global financial institution.
Read MoreMorgan Stanley CEO: Investment banking is over
In a message delivered on the Justice Department web site earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made clear his position on large banks.
"There is no such thing as too big to jail," Holder said. "Some have used that phrase to describe the theory that certain financial institutions, even if they engage in criminal misconduct, should be considered immune to the sheer size and their influence on the economy. That view is mistaken and it's a view that's been rejected by the Department of Justice."
Read MoreHolder's 'too big to jail' warning sparks criticism
But banking problems stem deeper than legal issues, which in themselves are onerous.
On several levels there are some fundamental shifts that are happening in the way these big financial supermarkets do business. In such an environment, only those institutions with a willingness and ability to adapt are likely to flourish.
"You're really seeing banks having to be in the top tiers of areas they're competing in to" do well, said Brian Kleinhanzl, an analyst at financial services firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. "Given the decline in trade volume it's not unexpected to see banks pulling away from the market. It's also creating opportunity."
Read MoreJPMorgan sees markets revenue declining 20%
Kleinhanzl believes some of the business factors impacting banks are cyclical in nature. Low volatility across asset classes and bargain basement interest rates courtesy of the Federal Reserve have helped keep a lid on some of the activities in which investment banking thrives, conditions he expects to change as the Fed withdraws its historically high level of financial accommodation.
Conversely, deal-making has helped heal some of the banks' wounds.
Mergers and acquisitions targeted at U.S. companies are up 35 percent on an annualized basis year to date, according to Dealogic. All U.S. M&A activity has surged 63 percent in the U.S. and 93 percent globally, Thomson Reuters reported in its latest investment banking scorecard.
To that end, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have done well as they have enough versatility to handle a changing climate.
jdtolle » May 12th, 2014, Good Morning!
Start doing it
The way out of doubt is to do. The way to get beyond discouragement is with action.
Thoughts have a powerful influence on the way you feel and the way you are. Yet deeds have an even more powerful influence.
When you’re doing something positive, effective and meaningful, it’s difficult to be negative. When you’re actively making a difference in life, there’s no energy left for discouragement or despair.
When you want to get your spirits up, get yourself up and get going. Your actions can change life for the better, and that will most certainly change you for the better.
Think of how truly amazing it is that you can make things happen. Then go beyond thinking, and start doing it.