Bank Fees and YOU!

The following was submitted by a member of the BU family who requested to not mention their name – David, blogmaster

Rather than justice for all, we are evolving into a system of justice for those who can afford it. We have banks that are not only too big to fail, but too big to be held accountable.”  – Joseph E. Stiglitz

Recently I received a statement from the Bank with charges deducted, exceeding far more than the interest deposited. I do not recall receiving notice that changes were being made. This account was rarely used, only to update when necessary.

Speaking to friends and neighbours re: same, I found this puzzling that money deposited for a “Rainy Day” is being siphoned off in the dead of the night. Some affected are pensioners who are considered members of a vulnerable segment of society. When the bank was asked to explain, here are a few of the explanations given by staff members:

  1. A pensioners with a Barbados pension is exempted once they submit the necessary certified form.
  2. We are following a directive from senior management.
  3. A message to the effect to take your business somewhere else.

Are Bajans now having to pay for the misdeeds of previous governments? Why has the government through its agent the Central Bank of Barbados allowed banks to charge high rates for borrowing and pay ridiculously low interest to customers with added fees to inflate charges to ordinary bank accounts. Is the Central Bank interested at all in curbing the excessive behaviour by banks in Barbados? Should ordinary Barbadians accept what we are told and do nothing about it?

What do our brothers and sisters think about this money grab known through the ages as greed?

Here is my opinion on the matter:

The Banks are using OUR money to lend US our own money and have the audacity to charge us high fees while using our hard own money. Are our relatives living in other jurisdictions aware of this rip-off?

For as long as I have become aware Barbadians have been encouraged to set aside a percentage of earnings to guard for a rainy day. This was always praised by successive governments as a worthy behaviour. Today we now see a transformation of what is expected. To compound the problem for ordinary Barbadians, investing in government bonds is not an option given current challenges. Also tax breaks given to both ordinary and middleclass were removed.

What are ordinary Barbadians to do now if they want to plan good lives for themselves and family?

113 thoughts on “Bank Fees and YOU!

  1. Wasn’t it a tradeoff by the Central Bank so it could get Barbadians to buy up government bonds which had a higher interest payment to the holder than the commercial banks were offering? It is basically a rip-off on the down side: On the up side it may encourage black Barbadians who have money to invest in new business ventures: do like the whites and Asians.


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    The films’ title was taken from the finding that commercial Bank’s created the vast majority of money, 97%, when they create loans. For what purpose and how much is created shapes the size of the banking sector, the countries economic growth and the well being of our society.

    Video at link:

  3. David

    We are afraid that there is a dearth of citizen information about ‘modern’ banking and finance.

    Indeed, high fees are not the greatest risk depositors face.

    That greatest risk is a bail-in.

    And a bail-in represents circumstances where a bank decides to take all of the customers’ deposits to cover its own costs of operation.

    So extortionist fees just happen to be at the lower end of these official financial crimes perpetrated on a daily basis by banks and other financial institutions.

    Customers should see these irrational fees as lite bail-ins.

    Customers also, as uninformed as they are, hundreds of years after the introduction of fractional reverse banking continue to presume that a bank takes in 10,000 from depositors and lends up to 10,000 to borrowers.

    That was never the equation on which banking, and indeed modern banking, was built.

    Fractional reserve banking mean that banks can create, out of thin air, up to tens times as much as deposited to onlend to borrowers.

    In the example above 100,000 in total to onlend.

    Our advice to ourselves would be to withdraw as much as possible, over time, and invest in real gold, not paper gold, not any gold substitutes. Of course, we will have issue of transportability, exchange and storage and the like.

    But big trouble is around the corner, as we have earlier predicted.

    • @Pachamama

      Your comments begs the question what is the role of the regulator and government in Barbados?

  4. David

    You think Barbados too much. In order to understanding what’s happening in Barbados. What is going to happen, you have to see what’s already happened elsewhere.

    Enter the situation in Greece!

    Greece represented a petri dish for the social experimentation to introduce the irrational fees you are now seeing in Barbados, elsewhere.

    You must come to know that the minute men and women we have in ‘control’ are limited to taking dictation from the international banking and finance criminal cartel.

  5. @ Pachamama

    I came across an article which listed the countries with the largest reserves of gold. America far outdistanced all other countries in the amount of gold it has. The Americans seem to know something that others don’t.

  6. Robert Lucas

    This is a mixed story.

    Most of the gold the Americans purport to have does NOT exit.

    Some is paper gold which high street banks trade everyday but if you ask for yours you can never get it.

    Another piece of this is that after Britton Woods they forced many countries to export their own gold to America, allegedly for ‘safe keeping’, some of which was never returned, the rest may not be as well.

    And other explanations.

    We generally do not believe the Americans have the level of gold advertised. Remember these are the people who reneged on the gold standard for the lack of gold holdings.

    The Americans are the people who destroy any country which intends to resort to gold as a medium of exchange.

    A country which invades nations which trade oil in currencies other than the US dollar.

    The seriousness we see in the gold markers are the increasing levels being bought by Russia, China and India. These are far more important that what the Americans are feinting. Indeed, they are selling treasuries and buying real gold.

    Look at it this way. If there were a gold standard the American military-congressional-industrial-complex could not be. Could not spend a trillion dollars every year on militarism. Could not print 6 trillion for the recent wars in Iraq, Afghanistan etc.

    We don’t believe the Americans!

  7. Ha, Ha keep asking for a regulator, one may actually appear one day, once we get rid of the CORRUPT BLP GOVERNMENT.

  8. This is why BU is so much fun. The blogmaster posts a column from an anonymous party about bank fees ( a subject of which there is more than passing interests to many bajans) within 6 comments the blogmaster posts a comment about the ME which can only serve to derail the subject of his article and we read about “false flag” operation which will trigger FC to recycle columns and cartoons about the great emancipator of our times.

    Looka here, for those concerned about bank fees close your accounts and head over to it is a pretty accommodating outfit and your donations can only serve to revive the corporation , remember this advice is worth what you paid for it so stop the quibbling.

  9. Sargeant

    If you can’t see the critical connections between these, well you are ……………..

  10. There are better ways to store your money than in banks , do ur research…stop allowing the …

    Banks to tief it..

    Bank lawyers setting you up to empty ya accounts..

    ,, association lawyers…the older, more corrupt ones in politics and corruption who believe they own the island and people and CAN TIEF AT WILL..are famous forr this…tiefing money out of accounts.

    The government to tief it….cause all they know to do IS TIEF from their own people…

    If ya put ya money in the Barbados Cartel’s hands….THEY WILL TIEF IT.


    Rawdone needs to go out and find a real job…he is too damn idle and mischevious.

  11. @ Dr. Lucas
    We talk about citizens going into business as if they are going to an afternoon at the beach !
    It’s the same myth about people being retrenched starting their own businesses. Where is the capital ? What business they are starting? Where is the business plan etc.
    What we are seeing is an upsurge in “traditional business” such as food vendors etc. While this is admirable, many within that sector , will tell you it is saturated at this time.
    Another myth is the millions ordinary citizens have in the banking system. Most blacks people savings are enough to see them through a tough period normally called a rainy day. I don’t think there are many with 2 and 300 thousand sitting in the banks.
    The old money held by the minority is not being withdrawn to open any businesses and we already know how the banks treat black entrepreneurs.
    BTW having a business does not automatically create wealth when you have to eat drink and pay bills out of it and have no inheritance or family money to fall back on if times get hard.

  12. “BTW having a business does not automatically create wealth when you have to eat drink and pay bills out of it and have no inheritance or family money to fall back on if times get hard.”

    Or no treasury and pension fund….TO TIEF FROM…generation after generation.

    That money that belongs to THE MAJORITY POPULATION…and not the minority criminals….black people are never given access to it…not by the hundreds of millions like the minority thieves are…


    Fractional banking has been going on since Banking was invented. That is why a RUN on the Banks is Always Dangerous…. They want us to believe they are Solid that is why they have so much Marble on the outside and on the Inside of their Buildings.

    Some of the Concerns about the Gold are Legitimate, but Our Government has a Strange Position when it comes to Gold.

    If you Exchange Money for Gold it is just another Monetary Instrument but the Government wants to Charge VAT on your own money. Go Figure!!!

  14. Very Good. We are now beginning to understand the real problem.

    @ Hal

    Did you ask for a regulator? The regulator needs to learn/know what he/she has to regulate.

  15. William Skinner June 13, 2019 9:43 AM

    The old money held by the minority is not being withdrawn to open any businesses and we already know how the banks treat black entrepreneurs. And we also know who gets the big government contracts. We also know how the established or large enterprises crowd out fledgling or small enterprises.

    The banks are quick to lend us money for conspicuous consumption and the others the money for business ventures. Who doan know dat just want to perpetuate the myth of black laziness and dependency. But we can take some of the blame for not joining our resources together in co-operatives and thereby overcoming. A properly governed co-operative set up can thrive.

  16. This is what Barbadians are best known for……. complaining………. ye they refuse to take any action against what they are complaining about.

    If customers are of the opinion bank fees are too high or they are not satisfied with the services offered, why not withdraw and deposit their funds on a credit union?

    Let the banks deal specifically with current accounts for businesses.

    I recall in May 2016, after the Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago in St. Vincent & the Grenadines announced an EC$25 monthly service fee, Vincentians formed long lines outside the bank the following, indicating a willingness to withdraw their funds.

    The ECCB raised concerns about the fees that some commercial banks across the currency union have levelled on accounts, but noted that, unfortunately, it does not have the legislative authority to regulate these fees.

    Herein lies the difference……… Barbadians prefer to complain, while trying to find all types of silly excuses to keep their money in the bank.

  17. @ Donna
    The latest lie now being told on poor black people is that they have depended on the “welfare state” for too long.
    They are going further and now claiming that the black middle class has been greedy and don’t contribute to national growth.
    Every lame excuse is being used to blame the majority citizens for the failure of the decadent duopoly.
    As the crisis deepens and the collective failure becomes more profound expect more blame and more lies to be used to protect their political and corporate masters.
    That is the real purpose of the cool aid. Give them enough to drink and they will turn on their brothers and sisters who seek to speak the truth.
    Imagine black people who built this country and continue to work for less than minimum wage are being told that there are lazy and when they are retrenched and can’t afford bus fare that they should go and open businesses.
    They are expected to be Boxers from the cradle to the grave. Welcome to animal farm.
    More to come

    Duopoly Rules

  18. @ William Skinner June 13, 2019 9:43 AM

    You have stated some facts that can’t be denied. I experienced that when I had my company. Your comments reminded me of that experience, Certain interest groups can ensure that companies with a shortage of working capital (most black companies suffer a shortage of working capital) end up busted. If the cash position is okay, attacks are made to ensure raw materials are difficult to obtained. The politicians and black civil servants all seem to kow-tow to those who are pulling the strings. I was particularly aware of the fact that blacks in positions, work to keep black businesses in check. The moral from my personal experience in business is that your fellow black man/woman is the biggest obstacle and that to prevail, a lot of greasing of palms has to be done

  19. Another documentary from German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (in English) starts off by looking at the plight of today’s German pensioners who have much the same concern as expressed in the original post – where are the low risk investments we can use to protect our money where it will not be subject to being eaten away through extremely low interest rates/high banking fees, or potentially be negatively impacted in a downturn in the business cycle or a stock market decline?

    One pensioner in the video is advised by his own bank’s financial adviser that he should invest in stocks and property bonds, i.e. riskier types of investments pensioners in their “golden” years have traditionally been told should be avoided or at least minimized.

    ‘The Money Deluge’ (How the rich get richer – money in the world economy) | DW Documentary

    For years, the world’s central banks have been pursuing a policy of cheap money. The first and foremost is the ECB (European Central Bank), which buys bad stocks and bonds to save banks, tries to fuel economic growth and props up states that are in debt. But what relieves state budgets to the tune of hundreds of billions annoys savers: interest rates are close to zero.

    The fiscal policies of the central banks are causing an uncontrolled global deluge of money. Experts are warning of new bubbles. In real estate, for example: it’s not just in German cities that prices are shooting up. In London, a one-bed apartment can easily cost more than a million Euro. More and more money is moving away from the real economy and into the speculative field. Highly complex financial bets are taking place in the global casino – gambling without checks and balances. The winners are set from the start: in Germany and around the world, the rich just get richer. Professor Max Otte says: “This flood of money has caused a dangerous redistribution. Those who have, get more.” But with low interest rates, any money in savings accounts just melts away. Those with debts can be happy. But big companies that want to swallow up others are also happy: they can borrow cheap money for their acquisitions. Coupled with the liberalization of the financial markets, money deals have become detached from the real economy. But it’s not just the banks that need a constant source of new, cheap money today. So do states. They need it to keep a grip on their mountains of debt. It’s a kind of snowball system. What happens to our money? Is a new crisis looming? The film ‘The Money Deluge’ casts a new and surprising light on our money in these times of zero interest rates.

  20. “Every lame excuse is being used to blame the majority citizens for the failure of the decadent duopoly”

    let them keep at it…even better, we are even more driven to take down ALL AH THEM, THEIR MASSA minority CRIMINALS AND THEIR CARTEL…all ah dem GOTTA GO..

  21. Betchya, 90% of the Banks customers haven’t noticed, or if they have, have opted for the response of “do nothing”. The money is “safer” here than anywhere else?
    Almost zero deposit rates, with growing fees equals negative rates, common in several places today.
    The Banks want out. In the meantime, they will bleed all those desirous of donating their blood. They cannot earn revenue in the traditional ways, so they will create revenue via higher or newer fees and charges.
    Now go back and re-read what Dr W told us.

  22. “Are Bajans now having to pay for the misdeeds of previous governments?”

    The question answers itself. Those who vote for s*** at the ballot box get exactly what they voted for. Of course, the international capital market must make the islanders bleed for it. I believe that means responsibility for one’s own actions.

    We do not need irresponsible crybabies, but citizens who vote the right way.

  23. David

    See wha ah tell yuh!

    The Christian-Zionist, Mike Pompeo, blames Iran without even an investigation.

    They want to fight a war against Iran for Israel and their Saudi and UAE vassals.

    Iran has defeated the Americans and their Zionist satellite umpteen times. Recently, in Syria as well.

    The regime in Washington is a fully paid subsidiary of the international Zionists.

    They should know better than to threaten Iran.

    Their pressure campaign and financial war moves to the UN this afternoon. Russia will veto!

  24. Bank fees will truly increase when Boris Johnson, a total jackass, assumes the primeministership in Britain, UK.

    The kakistocrats are gaining power everywhere.

    Something big is coming down the pike in world affairs

    When we see all assholes in power everywhere!

  25. NO at 12:58 PM

    You do seem to have a low opinion of Bajans,do you not? Let me assure you that every one who can afford a bank account is literate and numerate. The ledger fees are another of those Hobson’s choices that are being created daily for the middle and working classes in this country.
    No need to read anybody. Let things evolve. From where I stand they are following the script. I hope we enjoy the consequences.

  26. @Donna at 9:09 a.m.

    I’ve stored my money in my children’s heads.

    Is that a good place to put it?

  27. @ Hal at 2 :14 PM

    If there is a regulator ,s/he is both blind and deaf. Or he /she has a new set of customers. I am sure you know their names.

    • @Vincent

      Dr. Lucas reminded us in the first comment what could be playing out. Some of us live in lahlah land.

  28. Donna

    Still can’t understand how Boris Johnson could win the first poll for PM (ship)

    We are approaching a point where a nuclear weapon will have to go off in a world capital

    Killing 5 million people for Whitey to come to their senses.

    We already have a leading asshole like Trump.

    Then we have Orbak, Hungary

    Then Salvini in Italy

    Bolsonaro in Brazil

    Johnson for England

    Many more

    Are the peoples of the world mad as hell too?

    How many more of these can we take before the shiiiite hits the fan?

    Where is the British bull dog ethos from WW2?


  29. @ Simple Simon at3:13 PM

    You are on the ball again. Like you, my children’s education is the primary place that I have invested my money. So far it is paying satisfactory dividends. I will keep my fingers crossed.

  30. @Northern Observer at 12:58 p.m.

    Please don’t equate the bank’s relationships with their customers to that of a sick person needing blood and a blood donor.

    Blood donors give voluntarily for a good cause.

    Banks are more like vampires, and the customers unfortunate victims.

  31. @ Vincent

    Barbados is a wonderful island with a beautiful climate. But its institutions are awful. After Clico, where are our financial services regulators? The banks are run by bandits. Or are we punching above our weight? At some point we must get real. Ordinary people should take their money out of the Canadian and Trinidadian banks and put it in the credit unions.

  32. If you want to look at it from all ends the problem for the Banks here started when Sinkler forced them to increase by a large amount the amount of government paper they held. That was I think in the 2017 budget. This mind you was the same paper he tried to float on the international market that no one wanted. So post 2017 our banks were now forced to hold millions more in Gov bonds than they were comfortable holding and if you remember they stated that publically then as well. This was where the seed for today s problem was planted.

    Let’s now step forward to the local debt restructuring where the return on bonds were slashed from an average of 7% to 1%. So let’s say between the commercial banks they held 400 million in Gov paper, they collectively lost 24 million in one shot on the income side that day!

    Now we take one final step to 2019. The foreign owned banks answer to head office and they have been instructed that the short fall in revenue from the debt restructuring, must be made up in anyway possible. So what do they do locally?

    First they offer you nothing in interest. They then increase charges in every way possible for the “inconvenience ” of having to store your money for you. The economy is stagnant so they can’t get it lent out to any one for commercial expansions and there is a limit to how many car loans they can do based on the said economy. So what do they now do?

    Well they come back to their said customer base and see how else they can nickle and dime us to death.

    I don’t think many realise that in real terms with inflation at say 5% and investment return at 0.25%, you are in fact getting poorer by the day even though you are not touching the savings. How could that be allowed by government you ask?

    Well you remember when the goodly governor of the central bank removed the minimum saving rate? It was done to force people to buy the worthless government bonds. The same bonds that the commercial banks were then forced to buy as the market didn’t want them. The same bonds that ended up yielding little in the restructuring and hence have now come full circle to bite us in our ass today, as the banks try to make up lost revenue.

    You see who you now have to blame for all this? Hal asked where were the regulators? The regulator was in bed with the MOF at the print shop making sure the paper came out clean.

    My question is therefore this. Based on this dismal example of the failure of oversight under the current system, what are we changing to protect the public going forward?

  33. @ John A at 3:36 PM

    You have given a description of what took place with which I am in agreement. Other countries did it and we followed. Not a fellow asked:” is this action good for Barbados?” We were solving a short term symptom. Superficial analysis:superficial solutions.

  34. “When we see all assholes in power everywhere!”

    it has suddenly become A THING.

    and i do believe it is intended to WAKE THE WORLD’S PEOPLE UP…to the WICKEDNESS of the world’s EVIL LEADERS…

  35. @John A June 13, 2019 3:36 PM

    Your comments are plain and to the point. All and sundry should now understand what the populace is up against.

    • @Dr. Lucas

      John A is incorrect about the FIs buying the same bonds as individuals in his scenario. Banks buy treasury bills/notes/debentures. Individuals buy savings bonds.

  36. @HA
    what we need is well regulated British Banks.

    what you forgot was the trade for unregulated interest rates was a larger % holding of their deposits. More free financing.

    While several of the most senior Bank employees have been unceremoniously turfed, maybe the lesson will be they have to either speak or act. Keeping quiet for fear it is seen as political, is slamming them in the wallet. No longer an option.

  37. @ David BU at 3 :59 PM

    John A is right. Individuals do buy Treasury Bills, Treasury Notes, Debentures and Savings Bonds. You have been saying this for months now. I was hoping somebody else would have corrected you.

    With Savings Bond the purchaser collects his interest payments up front. He pays in less than the face value of the Savings Bond.

    • @Vincent

      Here is an extract from John A’s earlier comment that was questioned.

      Well you remember when the goodly governor of the central bank removed the minimum saving rate? It was done to force people to buy the worthless government bonds. The same bonds that the commercial banks were then forced to buy as the market didn’t want them. The same bonds that ended up yielding little in the restructuring and hence have now come full circle to bite us in our ass today, as the banks try to make up lost revenue.

  38. @ Hal Austin at 3:34 PM

    Do not despair. All the systems for regulation are in place. For one reason or other they are not functioning as we would like.
    We need to get to the bottom of system failure in small societies such as ours.

  39. @ Vincent

    I was just about to type a reply and you did it for me. Thanks


    Don’t get tie up in the superficial look deeper at the fallout and cost to us today.

    I wouldnt say the banks are getting revenge, i would say they were forced into a situation where massive loses of revenue were forced on them and they have tried to recapture some it on we the customers.

    We have to also say our regulators failed us miserably here. That is why I have asked what has changed as we are now asking the same “system” to now police new trading concepts that technology has brought to us.

    • @John A

      The comment referred to what you stated about banks forced to buy bonds. A misunderstanding it looks like.

  40. @ John A at 4:36 PM

    I share your concerns about our ability to regulate and monitor the fintech industry. More importantly that industry is committed to eliminate regulators and to engage in peer to peer trading transactions. This is good; but what happens when it is abused and there is a systemic failure of the financial system.

  41. @ Vincent.

    The biggest concerns to me based on my post of 3.36pm are these.

    We clearly are poor in regulation in most things, be it the banking sector or supervision of insurance companies. The printmasters did as they liked and yes I blame Worrell too for not resigning and then calling a press conference to tell the nation why. I digress forgive me, the things is at no point in the system was the MOF challenged by any independent oversight body or forced to stop. In my view any system that has no fail safe switch is not worthy of adoption.

    My second major concern is since that incident what has changed in the system to ensure greater oversight now exist?

    We are also now talking about introducing digital currency into the banking system, is the oversight going to be there to police this?

    Have you heard anyone from governments side come out and discuss this issue? Has anyone said what value in digital currency they feel would be a safe amount to allow into the system given the circulation of the Bds dollar today?

    Have they stated what insurance or level of underwrite they plan to insist that those offering these services will be asked to carry?

    My point is I as you know support technology and progress, but I can’t help looking back at the madness that was allowed to happen and asking what has changed in terms of supervision going forward taking everything into consideration?.

    To qoute Hal where is the regulator and why isn’t he or she telling us the nitty gritty of the details, as oppose to just presenting window dressing and broad statements like “creating a sandbox for digital currency to play in”.

    Someone please tell me what the hell that mean in English when it comes to implementation and oversight!

  42. @VC
    “You do seem to have a low opinion of Bajans,do you not? Let me assure you that every one who can afford a bank account is literate and numerate.”
    It is not about Bajans, rather people. One cannot assume financial literacy. A few years back, when my youngest was in University, a “problem” with her Bank forced her to give me access to her account. I noted an $18/mth service fee, which is waived to Uni students. When I asked her about it, she tells me “well everybody else (all 6 in her adode) pay the same fees.” !!! The refund was 6 x 28months x $18. Having volunteered at a credit counselling service for nearly 10 years now, I see people weekly who get charged fees but are “afraid to ask” what they are for. [apparently some feel that asking questions makes them stupid or they may get ‘cut off’] A favourite is “balance protection” fees, a common credit charge charge, which is a rip-off, many think they understand, until they try to use it. 90% do not understand how and when credit card interest is calculated. Several ‘think’ by paying the minimum balance means they get charged no interest.
    This year, I had a number whose car insurance rates doubled. Why? The insurance firms were telling their brokers to up the minimum liability coverages from $1 million (that required by law) to $2-3 million. Was this to protect these people with few assets living week to week, or to protect the insurers?
    I no longer ask questions… “do you understand”, rather my query is “ok, please explain to me” and a response of “it is exactly how you explained it to me” is not allowed.
    I appreciate your assurances. And continue to hope for the best for all Barbadians.

  43. @ David BU at 4 :56 PM

    If the CBB changes the reserve ratio of GoB paper to deposits , is “forced” an incorrect description?

    • @Vincent

      Why would the central bank increase the reserve? These are things average people do not understand.

  44. @HA
    “Ordinary people should take their money out of the Canadian and Trinidadian banks” [Quote]
    I was wondering if British Banks would be better?

  45. “The refund was 6 x 28months x $18.”

    always par for the course for Uni students, they are soft targets, but in Canada, when they have skimmed enough and after a period of time, the banks do refund the students….though it should not happen at all.

  46. @ Robert Lucas

    As simple as it is stated I can assure you some will still try to distort the facts either for their personal or political purposes.

    I just felt it had to be said as people ask ” why government don’t do something about this?” They of course don’t realise it is in fact government who created the problem in the first place!

  47. @WARU
    the best part on that issue was they were in Kingston, which apart from Prisons, is a University/College town with multiple educational institutions. How any Bank employee with a client between 18-24 with an out-of-town home address is NOT a student, was beyond me. But the computer default was “not a student” and employees were trained NOT TO ASK.

  48. This is only the beginning of massive confusion to follow as we grapple with outdated solutions. We believe that protecting a currency is the beginning and ending of fiscal/ monetary good governance.
    It is an essential element but not the only element. I once visited a house and was told that the fridge was loaded. The only problem was that the fridge was locked almost for the entire day and no child in that house could get a block of ice farless a glass of juice or milk until it was unlocked later in the evening!
    The banks are doing as they please because there are allowed to. We are now confronting over forty years of perverse stupidity by the decadent duopoly. No amount of sugar coating and feel good analysis is going to solve the problem.
    Successive governments refused to give the credit unions full commercial banking status. Going back to to the eighties, when it was thought they were expanding too fast. They have never recovered. The credit unions and cooperatives remain the best vehicles to empower blacks but the political class is in bed with the international banks. Once more the visionless duopoly has failed the people.

    More to come.

    Duopoly Rules

  49. @ David BU at 5 :07 PM

    Changing the reserve ratio is one of the policy tools that a Central Bank uses to increase or decrease the money supply.
    In the case under discussion ,the banks were liquid and did not lend to the business sector and the public sector was starved for funds . The trade off was explained by John A.
    GoB paper, up to that point, were low risk and the banks quite happily lent to GoB rather than grant high risk loans to businesses.
    You may also have noticed banks increased Credit Card loans and consumer loans. High profits and high risks loans.
    In short Commercial Banks are set profit targets by Head Offices and they do what is necessary to meet these targets,including imposing ledger fees.

    • @Vincent

      The blogmaster’s recalls Sinckler on the floor of parliament saying that banks were not buying government paper. Also was the change to the reserves done when Barbados credit rating was almost junk or junk?

  50. @Robert Lucas

    Remember too the loss I outlined the banks took is only based on their drop in interest rate from the debt restructuring on the paper they held. If you then take into account the additional lost in future revenue based on the lost in liquidity from their customers from the said debt resturcturing, the figure starts to grow quickly. Many of their clients now being down on their own income from the above, may now have problems servicing old loans far less being now able to enter into new ones.

    Again this will result in further losses to banks which I have not included in the initial figures as I have no way of quantifying them.

  51. @ David BU at 5:54 PM

    I do not know what you and Miller trying to involve me in. But I will not be drawn into any discussion of persons. I think I have given my views on the issues of credit ratings, the increase of the reserve ratios of the commercial banks and the imposition of ledger fees.
    In view of recent happenings, do you not think the banks made a rational decision?

    • @Vincent

      Are you saying the banks had the choice to comply with the increase in reserve requirement? Forgive the blogmaster if you are being misunderstood.

  52. “The credit unions and cooperatives remain the best vehicles to empower blacks but the political class is in bed with the international banks. Once more the visionless duopoly has failed the people.”

    ah…but for how long.

  53. NO..the system will never change it’s own status from SHIT…the dumb humans who designed the flawed system would have to, but the attitude is, it ain’t broke…sooooo..

  54. SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife June 13, 2019 3:13 PM

    @Donna at 9:09 a.m.

    I’ve stored my money in my children’s heads.

    Is that a good place to put it?


    Right now it sure is better than the bank.

  55. David the word people if you check it is a broad reference to the public. The public can be made up of individual persons or corporations or governments as they are all collections of ” people ” regardless of trying to categorise it. Vincent already explained the facts to you are you hoping they changed?

    I only replied to you as your futile attempt to drag Vincent into petty political knit picking may of driven him to catch his ZR.

    Can we for once discuss the issues without being either political or petty?

    • It is not petty. The average man (people) does not buy government paper like companies and FIs do. The clarification is useful.

  56. This is not exactly the fault of the banks but I have noticed a recent trend where employers are demanding that all employees open an account at the same bank which they use in order to get paid. Some employees who work for less than a thousand dollars a month are being forced to do this and bear the loss of these fees. Should an employer not pay an employee in a manner that best suits the employee, within reason? Why would they refuse to send the employees funds to a credit union if the employee so desires?

  57. People in that context really is used so as not to close off any segment from participation. For instance you would hear a broker say something like ” people can buy free of penalty” when maybe discussing an upcoming public offering.

  58. @ David BU at 7:15 PM
    On the contrary the average person used to invest in GoB paper. That is where their gratuities go. That is where their separation packages go. There used to be a tax saving clause if separation packages were invested in GoB paper. This was evidenced when bond holders were faced with another Hobson’s choice. These were persons with average incomes and pensions.that filled the Grand Salle. Our culture is one of savings for emergencies and for educating our children.

    • @Vincent

      Is there not a separation between ‘ordinary’ people purchasing government paper to avoid the cash penalty and doing it voluntarily? We have both shared a position, we can move on.

  59. @ Vincent.

    In the debt rescheduling locally do you know if government have the right to roll over the paper close to maturity should the need arise?

  60. @ John A at 8 : 35 PM

    I do not have my documents at hand. But from memory the bonds are being retired in equal installments,over an extended period at a very low rate of interest. I will review this tomorrow.

  61. Do bear in mind that the individual bond holders modal age was about 65 years.Life expectancy is late 70s for men.

  62. @ Vincent.

    Thanks I would appreciate knowing. I asked 2 people in the system but neither were sure if there was a right to roll over clause in the agreement.

  63. What if the “miserable wife” nudges you to take care of your health?

    While the happy, sweet wife ignores your self destructive behaviour?

  64. This is what happens when you are delusional, although some of what this Canadian professor is saying is pure SHITE…some of what he said is on point….take note that these demons always have an ulterior mitive, so you weed out the truth from among their lies.

    “Just in case you wanted to start growing it here, you know, if you think that ‘we are going to grow Barbados marijuana and we are going to make a fortune and the revenue is going to be great’… Well, to grow marijuana makes no difference if they are growing it in the Arctic or in Barbados, you are not going to be growing it outdoors. It has to be grown in a controlled environment,” said Francescutti.

    “And a controlled environment is going to require certain amount of humidity, a lot of electricity and a lot of water. Water woes continue. So I don’t know if you are the right place to start growing marijuana to try and compete with countries that are so far ahead of you. In Canada the operations are unbelievable. I don’t think an island like Barbados could compete at any level,” he said

  65. @ John A at 8:35 PM yesterday

    I have no specific information re the current restructured local debt of G0B. The old practice was for the agent of the GoB to ask bond holders to purchase subsequent issues of debentures, Or the debenture holder would make the request to reinvest in other available GoB debentures. As far as I am aware G o B has no right to roll over the debts owed to private citizens.

  66. @ John A

    There are enough conventional policy levers for GoB to correct what situations you envisage may arise .

  67. @ Vincent

    Must appreciated that should at least lend some comfort to the afflicted.

    Have you seen the online petition being circulated requesting a meeting with the PM to review the increased land tax bills? It apparently has over 500 signatures and growing fast!

  68. @ Vincent

    The online petition is on under the heading

    Barbados land tax make it affordable.

    Some people made up of a cross section of home owners, businesses etc, posted it today and they are aiming for 1000 signatures at which point they will be seeking a meeting with the PM. Apparently they already passed 500 signatures and growing.

    interesting times ahead on this issue for sure. I think government went too far on this issue and the push back is going to be heavy.

    Notice how quiet the unions are on this issue?.

  69. @ fearplay

    Yes that is the one I was sent by a friend earlier today. It was a good move to take it to this format for circulation. Sometimes technology can be used for good instead of just idle gossip.

  70. @ John A at 7:45 PM

    I am not at all surprised by the actions of the property owners. The new impositions disrupted the cash flows of many persons who were already living from pay cheque to pay cheque. The 10 % discount was removed. The value discount to pensioners was removed. The pay by date was moved higher in the year etc. The income tax brackets were shifted to their disadvantage.

    This is not an industrial relations issue so it is outside the unions’ remit. I am surprised at the lack of a statement by BARP. Mostly the elderly are the property owners and are on declining pensions.

  71. @ Vincent

    I guess we were not the only ones who had a problem with it 2 weeks ago.

    Don’t forget though the boss man from Terra when asked came out and said ” the increase to the home owner will only be marginal. ” Then again I think he had on a bright red shirt when he said so !

    If a 61% increase to some is ” marginal” I grateful as hell it was not ” major” .

  72. My point about the unions was the impact these increases would have on the standard of living of their members.

    There is an argument here that the increased land taxes would in fact of negated the small increase their members were granted.

    I agree with you on BARP though as some of their members would of got a double blow. Not only were they hit with the land tax increase, but many lost income in the debt restructuring too.

  73. Bajan Free Party, No Banking, No Bank fee, , No Bank account, No Laundering, Best Bank is Our My Pocket, We need to call Barbados Check Cashing Barbados,
    No overnight moving laundering money in people accounts without their Knowledge, Inside crimes with no enforcement of banking laws, White collar crime what all is a crime for you seek to make non-victim after all the people these nasty dogs rob and still robbing,

  74. What get is me is that the bank staff are largely Bajans from the same social backgrounds as their customers. Their behaviour is not only unethical, but immoral.

  75. @ Hal at 11:14 AM

    Bank staff are Bajans ,but they do not own the banks. They are mere employees selling their skills for a wage. They do not set policies. Their social background is irrelevant to solving this particular problem.

  76. Economics 101: Lesson in micro-economics: or how real-real people live

    Because sometimes the political/economic classes, and the “boys of BU” are so busy in the macro-economics classroom that they cannot distinguish the individual drought stricken trees from the big green woods.

    My property tax has gone up by 8%.

    For the five month period January to May 2019 my income has gone up by a total of $136.80 BDS.

    My water bill including the sewage and garbage tax has gone up by a total of $174.00 for the same period.

    I haven’t checked the food cost, because I am afraid to do so.

    What effect is this having?

    Cutting back on food.

    Cutting back on appliance repairs.

    Cutting back on health and dental care.

    Cutting back on necessary appliance repairs.

    What happens if a stove goes unrepaired for too long?

    What happens if a fridge is not cooling properly?

    O! The things they never taught you in economics class.

  77. @ Vincent

    Ethical behaviour has nothing to do with bank ownership. Here is an example, as a black journalist working on national newspapers one is always confronted with racist reports. At some point the individual conscience must kick in. You cannot claim you have a mortgage to pay, or a lifestyle to maintain. Bank staff have a moral duty to their customers.
    Sending letters to customers months late is a moral issue, not one of company loyalty. Banks in Barbados, or at least Republic Bank, has done that. Where is the regulator? Where are the whistleblowers?

  78. @Hal A
    What get is me is that the bank staff are largely Bajans from the same social backgrounds as their customers. Their behaviour is not only unethical, but immoral

    The nationality of the Bank Staff has nothing to do with its policies, the rates are determined by HO and higher ups, if the locals disagree with the Banks objectives they are free to take up their “Georgie bundle” and quit.

  79. @ Sargeant,

    No legitimate bank would have a policy of illegality, or even of treating customers unfairly. If that happens, then staff are free, and expectedly so, to complain. Failure to act is an ethical issue. This is not uncommon in the wider world. There is no moral conflict.
    I worked for 14 years for the Daily Mail, the most racist newspaper in the UK, and if they sent me out on a story and I was unhappy I would refuse. I was not sacked for that. They just got someone else to do it. Maybe the Canadian experience is different.

  80. @Hal A
    No legitimate bank would have a policy of illegality, or even of treating customers unfairly

    Perhaps you could direct me to the “illegality” and “unfairly” is an opinion. As it pertains to Canadian Banks, when customers believe they are being gouged by Banks they complain to their MPs and/or they get the various consumers Associations to take up the issue on their behalf. If all else fails they move their accounts to a competing Institution. I can’t speak to what Canadian newspapers do when employees refuse to carry out assignments, but Britain has always been a special case.

    BTW Banks have an unerring ability of responding positively to bad press

  81. @ Sargeant,

    I will give one example, if not of illegality, certainly of treating a customer unfairly. The instance by Republic Bank of sending out a letter months late (after the date on the missive) notifying the customer the account had become dormant. No prior notice was given. That is dishonest. Where is the voluntary banking code? Where is the regulator? Where are the consumer advocates? Ii do not know anything about Canadian banks. What I can tell you is that could not happen n the UK.

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