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HSBC Customers Impacted By "Worldwide Meltdown" Of All Retail Services

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Did HSBC not get the memo: the collusive attempt to pass debit card fees has failed. We jest of course, but in the footsteps of Bank of America which experienced a mini online bank run some weeks ago, this would at least explain what the Mail Online has dubbed a "worldwide meltdown" in which online banking, ATMs and debit cards appear have been blocked, and no customer access is available. From the British publication: "Thousands of HSBC customers faced the ultimate embarrassment of  having their cards declined this afternoon as the bank suffered a 'worldwide meltdown'. Fourty seven countries have potentially been affected in the world's second largest bank. Cards were rejected at tills, cash machines read that withdrawal limits for today had been reached, and the card enquiries phoneline was also down. Unsurprisingly there was pandemonium in HSBC branches up and down the country as people rushed to find out why their cards had rejected." Sure enough, a few hours after this started we get this: "HSBC SAYS AWARE OF `SOME PROBLEMS' ON ITS BANKING NETWORKS" Supposedly what is a "worldwide meltdown" to some is "some problems" to others. Perhaps the bank's ad execs can use that theme for its next Hegelian ad.


While HSBC were unavailable for comment, the HSBC Online Tweeted that they ‘were aware of the problem and working hard to resolve it.’


In the banks, tellers seemed none the wiser.


At 2.55pm one HSBC worker in the Kensington High Street branch in London said that the whole system was down and had been for 20 minutes.


She suggested that it might take another 20 minutes to get the system up and running. But it seemed clear that the bank did not know what the problem was or how to solve it.


'I expect the lights to go out next,' she remarked.

Consider it a dress rehearsal.


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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:13 | 1845446 CPL
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Operation Scarlett Letter.


Ta Da!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:26 | 1845505 JPM Hater001
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All together now...

Drop Trow

Bend over

...And let the run begun....

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:35 | 1845544 nope-1004
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Graduate from school, have debts.

Buy a car, submit to payments.

Buy a house, concede to serfdom.

Work your ass off, put money away.

Rates rise, payments onerous, wages flat.

OOPS.  Can't get money from bank.  Banks or state govenor STOLE it.

Ain't life grand?  Gotta love capitalism.


Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:40 | 1845575 IrritableBowels
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fixed it for you.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:41 | 1845578 forexskin
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Rates rise, payments onerous, wages flat.

OOPS.  Can't get money from bank.  Banks or state govenor STOLE it.

Ain't life grand?  Gotta love capitalism.

UMMMM, I think we've agreed to call it something else, like kleptocracy, cause capitalism it ain't.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:50 | 1845617 Careless Whisper
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Prolly caused by the rumor that MFCEO J. Corzine was being interviewed by HSBC.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:03 | 1845690 JPM Hater001
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As with all good sheeple my family has asked that I stop sending gloom and doom...but does this event merit breaking the silence?  I have the email written telling them to withdraw cash before the weekend but I would hate to over-react and waste the one shot I have at them listening...


BTW... dont forget this chart from earlier this week.

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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:49 | 1845940 Vampyroteuthis ...
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JPM Hater, most people are just not ready for the truth. Be light on them.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:29 | 1846134 Careless Whisper
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alot of us have that problem with sheeple. i'm at the point where, if they don't want suggestions, fuk 'em, they'll learn the hard way. they get what they deserve.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:06 | 1846258 Oh regional Indian
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HSBC is the opium bank. The bankers bank. The Bank of banks.

Of course the test would be on it. Even customer reaction, like they had sought when a major bank in Oz had trouble last year.

As Hephasteus said, something just does not smell right.




The HSBC Story

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:43 | 1846356 Hephasteus
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Oh wow. I forgot all about that.

Looks like the cleaner crew might be getting a scope dial in.

It's just not a good day to be a bad guy.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:07 | 1846262 Smiddywesson
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From the fact that you are here, and from your question, you are obviously not like other people.  Therefore, you will not always be appreciated, especially on that topic, and sometimes even resented.

After saying they don't care, stop.  If you persuade them to go to cash, they will blame you for every point the market makes REGARDLESS OF THE RISK.  They recognize gambling when someone puts all their savings on a roulette table, but they ignore all risk when Uncle Albert makes 10% in October in SPY.  If they miss out where Uncle Albert (by complete luck) made money, they will blame you, and only you.

Better to send them an "I told you so" later, and then completely humuliate them when they inevitably ask you for money after the collapse. 

All those grumpy old penny pinching stereotypes in the black and white movies were, in real life, based on guys like you and me.  During the 1920s, they were young men and women, and they saw the crash coming and didn't join the roulette table.  For this, they were humiliated by all the "smart" people who were, in reality, just lucky gamblers.  Society hated them because they were right, and their spendthrift coworkers and family resented them for it rather than blame themselves for their own folly.

Be patient and make them all crawl.  Better yet, make them dance like puppets on a string and then leave all your money to your cat.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:37 | 1845844 FeralSerf
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"Kleptoism" pretty well describes the process.  "Theft" is too crude.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:42 | 1845585 Comay Mierda
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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:15 | 1846281 Smiddywesson
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Yes, did we see anything like the following last year?

  • MF loses $650 million in client accounts, then JPM finds it, then it's lost again
  • JEFF in trouble, JEFF not in trouble, oops JEFF in trouble again
  • BAC shuts down its web site and everybody runs for the door
  • HSBC bank run
  • Markets driven by EU rumors of rumors
  • Banksters and Finance Ministers leaving office to spend more time with their families

The only thing I can think of in 2010 that was as crazy as all this is the DSK scandal.  They are running out of room to manuever and the hijinks and volatility smell of desperation.  This is accelerating towards the crash point.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:52 | 1845625 trav7777
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specious conclusion.  You didn't describe capitalism

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:47 | 1845923 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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"Don't try"

Charles Bukowski

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:24 | 1845775 quintago
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remember, remember, the fifth of november

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:36 | 1845551 redpill
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TBTF bank managers hate it when you go in and order large cashiers checks to yourself because they know they'll never see it again.  It's so much fun.

The run is on, bitches.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:47 | 1845600 fyrebird
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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:59 | 1845663 lairdwd
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Sounds like a possible hacker security breach. Next time, they should just pay them the $$$ and fix the problem

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:02 | 1846013 Gadfly
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The run on the big banks has begun.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:13 | 1845450 LawsofPhysics
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Got physical?  Oh you don't?  NO SOUP FOR YOU!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:48 | 1845606 Josh Randall
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Gainesville Coins is down too for "maintenance"

Coincidence ?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:55 | 1845640 Careless Whisper
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hsbc + gainseville = two sites down. so yes, twice is coincidence. three times is enemy action.


Fri, 11/04/2011 - 21:22 | 1847263 Mr. Mandelbrot
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My brother in law recently bought 7 gold buffalo ounces from Gainesville Coins at a spot price of $1610 and just received them yesterday (November 3rd).  Do the math.  Even the largest and best dealers are running two weeks plus behind . . .

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:14 | 1845455 qussl3
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Skynet is online.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:18 | 1845466 CPL
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Yes it is.


Testing the new toys is working nicely.  Whoever is in the market overseas right now better understand the order they placed in margin is now locked tighter than a virgins puss until the system comes back up.


I think a month should suffice.


Anycase, dumb government shits shouldn't have asked for a spec on the internet kill switch and HSBC shouldn't have moved to IPv6 is all I'm going to say on that subject.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:34 | 1845540 Colonel
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Nationwide conditioning er, um... "Emergency" Alert System Test - November 9th brought to you by FEMA.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:54 | 1845970 CPL
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That because of the massive Meteorite the tinhats are screaming about destroying a continent.


It might miss us by a couple of hundred or thousands of miles.  I've heard about fifty different projections on the NASA boards. 

Meh, if it hits, not like it would have mattered anyways.  Pretty sure somehow it would be considered Bullish.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:19 | 1846290 Smiddywesson
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Had to end somehow...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:35 | 1845548 unununium
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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:54 | 1845630 knukles
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Spock?  Spock?  Spock, answer me!  Spock!




(sizzling sound, puff of smoke, ashes)

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:09 | 1845714 James T. Kirk
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I'm sorry, all circuts are busy right now.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:30 | 1845805 knukles
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Goddamnit Spock!  Beam Me Up with the Teleprompter. Now! 

But Captian, We Cannesnot Got Enuf Pouuuer! 

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:00 | 1846003 Use of Weapons
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Safe sailing.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:08 | 1845709 LawsofPhysics
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"Skynet is online."


NO, it has been online for quite a while, NOW it is becoming self aware.  It won't take long to recognize all human activity as a threat.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:15 | 1845457 prains
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Somebody phone RIM for the passsword to the fix

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:16 | 1845459 bill1102inf
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If you can't see the dominos beginning to fall.......  OPEN YOUR EYES!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:19 | 1845471 mfoste1
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but obama just said the recovery is continuing? =(

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 21:28 | 1847287 Mr. Mandelbrot
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Our home was destroyed by the 4/27 Alabama tornado outbreak.  We have around $200K sitting in a savings account becuase we've been fighting the evil insurance comapany (State Farm) and are yet to reach a settlement where we can begin rebuilding.  Nevertheless, my wife and I had a talk tonight and we're withdrawing the settlement money we've received so far in cash tomorrow (if we can find enough Regions branches with cash on hand).  I love the idea of reducing banks' loan capacity on "move your money Saturday" . . . 

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:17 | 1845461 Iwanttoknow
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Is HSBC pulling a BOA?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:22 | 1845487 CPL
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No they followed government regulations on IPv6 guidelines.


So it's really all about the LuLz.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:23 | 1845493 Hephasteus
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IP6. It's going to planet of the apes buttfuck linux which all their servers work on.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:24 | 1845498 fonestar
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Not sure the problem is with ipv6 per se.  Maybe 6to4 tunnels or their routing?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:36 | 1845556 CPL
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IPv6 is leass about routing than it is about control.  The internet kill switch requires it.  only assholes that jumped on board are the banks and the piss poor excuses they have for CIO's (over-rated position for the most part).


It offers the same strengths as IPv4 with SNMPv2 with more addresses obviously, but it also comes with the huge holes forced by lawyers into a technical specification.


So fuck them, fuck them right in the ear.


Wanna kick over a bank?  Don't kick over their routers, kick over the load balancers and appliances managing the caching and transactions.


If they reboot, the entire system loses billions, longer they wait, the more is lost into the HSBC black hole.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:32 | 1845812 Hephasteus
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This is right up there with the airforce forcing ROHS compliance on all the satelite and plane electronics and then having everything fuck up with tin whiskers growing out of every goddamn thing.

And I was just dicking with one of my linux installs and messing with IPV6 and i finally get the damn process to unload and it shows it's not there and I go to wireshark and everything on the damn route is advertising ipv6 crap like a whore.

And then a few days ago stupid governments and banks down a bunch of networks and I get this really creepy feeling like someone is about to get pedobeared.

Frank Fazilli just fucked linux up like a BOSS. So glad Credit Suisse isn't just confined to fucking up france.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:48 | 1845927 CPL
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V&ed and C&ed.


I know, I've given up on all debian and RetHat builds now.  The amount of noise generated by all the "awesome" cloud services is just shameful.


Only one distro platform left that hasn't got the "taint" is puppy linux and the variants from it.


Not even going to go into the Windows universe.  XP you can still cripple enough to run silent, Windows 7.  Forget it.

By far though, Apple users have been friendly adopters of giving up their...well...everything for twelve years.  Only platform that the EULA notes taht if you made it on an Apple product that it's owned by Apple by proxy.  You can always tell who the Apple pirates are.  Any time they rip a movie there is always 400 megs more overhead from a DVD rip. 

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:59 | 1845999 seek
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Slackware. Once you're over the learning curve, there's nothing you can't do.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:05 | 1846255 vato poco
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Oh *super*. Geektalk. Possibly the only thing on Earth that makes the Kardashian scumbuckets saga worth talkin' 'bout. ("DAMN, that girl got a big ass. You know, the one that think she a princess or somethin'. Donchu think so?") OTOH, my flux capacitor keeps locking up at 1.26C. I've tried a level 3 diagnostic, and even ejecting the warp core, but still.....nothing. Any ideas?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:03 | 1846249 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Hephasteus remarked:

And I was just dicking with one of my linux installs and messing with IPV6 and i finally get the damn process to unload and it shows it's not there and I go to wireshark and everything on the damn route is advertising ipv6 crap like a whore.

IPv6 enabled by default just pisses me off, and what really burns my ass is that 'rmmod ipv6' just whines about the module being in use and does nothing, even when you unload other modules that are using it.

I have a bash script that I use to finish up new installations, just to make sure that I don't forget anything, and one of the essential lines is:

echo blacklist ipv6 >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

I just can't see any compelling reason to be running it, especially considering that the security toolset is nowhere near as mature as that for IPv4.


Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:37 | 1846342 Hephasteus
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Oh no worries. Once they jail the pc and load all the networking crap in UEFI firmware you'll be in apple-intel efi license manager hell. Cruising the net for a bios hack replacement just so your damn machine will work while someone tries to help you from a dark fucking closet with no idea what is going on because it's all top secret national security voodoo bullshit.


Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:37 | 1845563 nope-1004
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Maybe a little murkey in the right axle valve.  Gotta really suck it, streamline it.


Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:18 | 1845915 Tree of Liberty
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"Oh c'mon guys, it's so simple, maybe you need a refresher course. It's all ball bearings these days."





Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:17 | 1845462 bill1102inf
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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:38 | 1845530 tickhound
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guerilla radio... zh on your am dial?  Start preppin' tyler(s)

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:45 | 1845595 CPL
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You can pick up HAM radio modems.


Only go 9600 baud thought, but it was enough back in the days of BBSes using FIDONet and packet tosses.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:57 | 1845634 tickhound
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Seriously though... zh should consider going talk radio. 

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:20 | 1845757 CPL
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There is squawk talk.  They do something similar.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:00 | 1846004 seek
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It's all done with sound cards these days, no modem required. ( fldigi is free. )

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 16:47 | 1846548 CPL
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That is really cool.  Thank you for sharing that.  Something to screw about with tonight.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:18 | 1845467 slewie the pi-rat
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zH was down for a short time too...

here's ralphie-boy nader's last 2:

  1. The Road to the 2012 Presidential Debates 
  2. The Speculator Tax
Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:18 | 1845469 AngryGerman
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buahahaha, there private wealth clients will have enjoyed this!!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:19 | 1845472 Bansters-in-my-...
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ALWAYS.....make sure you have a few months (mininum) cash around somewhere OUTSIDE a bank,and a few ounces of Gold and Silver will do wonders too.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:19 | 1845473 ShankyS
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Shit - meet fan - hello fan!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:22 | 1845476 Hephasteus
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The networks all responding the central database being broke is not a networking problem

I've been glued and antsy as all get out for the last 2 hours. I'm sniffing something big but don't know what it is. Be it financial or natural disaster.

I hope it's just some kind of sick wishful thinking but I don't think so.

Turkey put a world bank fucktard in their central bank.

China had a mine collapse with 4 dead and 7 rescued and 50 trapped.

But whatever the hell it is I can't find it.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:23 | 1845492 CPL
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For the LulZ!!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:33 | 1845536 s2man
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A database down? Too simple. There's got to be redundancy on that. Even geo-redundancy, if they're smart.  Smells like hacking to me...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:43 | 1845589 Janice
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I've had the same uneasy it's just too quiet.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:28 | 1845792 CPL
Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:37 | 1846335 Smiddywesson
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I've been glued and antsy as all get out for the last 2 hours. I'm sniffing something big but don't know what it is. Be it financial or natural disaster.

I can respect that.  Aside from the fringe end of the world groups that have always existed, and I will assume none of us are one of those (a very big assumption) we are still herd animals and are influenced by what we know.  Multiply that by almost 7 billion people, and yeah, I have to agree that with so much wackiness in the world's financial system, there is something in the air.  It's not superstition.  It's just that money affects everything, the world's money system is on the verge of dying, so everything else is wacky too.  At least you have an explaination for it.  Most of my friends are too busy blaming the other political parties to understand what is really going on.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:20 | 1845477 LongBalls
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Keep only the cash you need to cycle your bills at the bank. For crying out loud.... You would think people have figured out that the damn scrawny interest rate is not worth the risk.

Cash Oh, and some damn gold because the jingle is god's music!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:20 | 1845478 Tsar Pointless
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Ladies and gentlemen, we regret to inform you that you will not be informed of the informal bank holiday that is currently taking place today at HSBC on a global level.

Thank you for your continued slumber while the world's financial system crashes and burns in plain view.


Your fascist overlords

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:39 | 1846348 Smiddywesson
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Being that HSBC is the biggest holder of gold shorts, how is this likely to affect the price of gold?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:20 | 1845479 bernorange
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I've got a bad feeling about this. /Star Wars

Seriously, it's past time to pull out my remaining cash.  Way too much risk right now.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:02 | 1845686 DoChenRollingBearing
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Anyone interested in gold should check out his site.  I have had bad feelings about all of this since Jimmy Carter, so don't look to the Bearing for help in timing trades...

At least two observers above have said that each of us should have a few MONTHS of genuine FRN CASH as well as PMs.  That is 100% correct, especially if more of these, uh, "issues" like what is going on with HSBC keep happening...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:49 | 1845943 sullymandias
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most people dont even have a few months spending cash in the bank

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:20 | 1846087 DCFusor
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DoChen, several religions believe one should have a years worth of *everything* you need stockpiled, as it limits other's power over you, and the nature of any disaster isn't predictable enough to be sure just one thing (say, FRNs, PMs, food) will do it.  Since by definition, any such thing is a black swan, it just pays to be ready.  Along with the money (which only handles cases where you can buy what you need - a bad assumption sometimes, even mere hurricaines can get that one)...

6 months food on a pallet in the basement - always fresh, rotated through the normal pantry.  3 years worth of extra propane to cook with.

Gasoline to run the 2 working backup generators for when the solar system isn't putting out - 150 gallons.  Spare parts for generators.

Year's worth of firewood.  And tools to get more (own a woodlot)

Emergency medical supplies and meds.

3 running vehicles (not counting tractor and 4 wheeler)

Guns - who's counting? - and 10k rounds ammo (at least)

Garden.  Seeds.  Stored electronics parts and tools (I used to be a technician).

Machine shop to make things I can't get.

Wood shop, ditto.

And I don't even go for any of those religions (Zen for me).  Living in the boonies, one just tends to be ready or the first serious snowstorm is an emergency all by itself - it can be two weeks before you can get out other than on foot.  It's all you city dwellers that ruin the collective readiness of the country.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:57 | 1846234 QuietCorday
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Humm .... I seem to remember HSBC has a lot of exposure to Greek debt. Amongst British banks, isn't their Greek exposure the highest?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:21 | 1845483 SWRichmond
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Problems on bank networks?  who'dathunkit?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:24 | 1845491 Taint Boil
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Deer in the heads lights 3, 2, 1 ....... [Beeeeeeeep]

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:24 | 1845495 curbyourrisk
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Maybe John Corzine raided the tilll over there to make up for everything he stole overe here.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:24 | 1845496 Mister Minsk
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Diminishing returns on technology...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:25 | 1845500 bill1102inf
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12:22:31 D-11842015 SOLD -27,000 HBC @43.27 


Why not?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:25 | 1845503 economessed
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The digital money pendulum must have swung hard into the zero's today.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:26 | 1845504 DoChenRollingBearing
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Oh dear, that ain't cool...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:26 | 1845507 Quintus
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Interesting thing - Harvey Organ reported on his blog some days ago that a banking contact of his had mentioned that there was a 'Behind the scenes' bank run going on at HSBC.

Probably no connection between that and today's events, but coincidences are maybe not always coincidences.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:42 | 1845587 bernorange
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I remember that.  I even made a point to ask him if he really meant HSBC (as BAC was the bank in the news at the time).  Thanks for reminding me.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:27 | 1845508 rambler6421
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So how is their silver short position now?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:27 | 1845510 ParkAveFlasher
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Just used atm card for debit transaction, checked acct. online, all is "well".  Aye to LB, "only the cash to cycle the bills".

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:28 | 1845513 ParkAveFlasher
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I'm in NYC, btw.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:32 | 1845515 virgilcaine
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They sold all of their NY branches wout telling their customers.. My brother.. a sheeple found out the hard way.. He's a believer in the system.  Not even a clue to whats going on.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:35 | 1845546 ParkAveFlasher
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NY State was where the branches were sold off.  They are actually opening new branches in NYC, even in the outer boroughs in the old immigrant/industrial neighborhoods that you would not expect to see HSBC branches in.  This coincides with an announcement to move away from retail towards business banking and services.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:31 | 1845525 AgShaman
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Don't mind the Det Cord....and Mr Squirrel molded in clay.

It's just a little 'Test Run' of the upcoming emergency worldwide Banking Holiday

It's no big deal

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:33 | 1845537 edmondantes
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HSBC ads are chilling New World Order propaganda...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:38 | 1845564 bill1102inf
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Remember Remember the 5th of November....

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:40 | 1845572 carbonmutant
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BND Bitchez...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:45 | 1845593 Sudden Debt
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No need to close down and transfer your account sir!
You're money was safe with us!


Is of course... Now i'm sorry I can't be of further assistance to you because we're closing early today... Forever...

This shows everybody should not only have pm's but also cash for at least 3 months!
You don't want to be forced to give away your pm's because of lack of some cash when the banks go down in the first cycle!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 15:42 | 1846354 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Sudden Debt noted the following:

No need to close down and transfer your account sir!
You're money was safe with us!


Yes, and now it is safe with someone else.


Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:51 | 1845620 JLee2027
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Bank run on HSBC was rumored last week.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:39 | 1845865 Sudden Debt
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I thought it was BNP, but the year isn't over yet : )

Time to get all tye cash out before the rest tries to

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:49 | 1845937 CPL
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I thought it was BNP/Credit Swiss as well.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:19 | 1845745 TuesdayBen
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Ha ha!




Ha ha, ha ha!

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:21 | 1845761 CoolBeans
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The timing of whatever this is couldn't be worse for this slime bank and all the other banks out there -- with November 5th's "Pull out your funds from the bank" day around the corner  -  I suspect a gaggle of folks are on the way to their banks right now!'s gone.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 13:30 | 1845800 jcaz
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LOL- brilliant to do that on a Saturday.....

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:00 | 1846002 Seize Mars
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I think it's the bypass line.

You guys prepare that thing with some gauze pads and some antifreeze. Preferably Prestone.

No, make that Quaker State. 

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 14:51 | 1846221 vato poco
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HSBC tweets remind me a lot of the (little-known) last P.A. system address on the Hindenberg in 1933: "Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a small fire in an unimportant storage compartment. You may see a few small puffs of smoke, but it is completely under control. We may be  for-profit corporation, but you may rest assured that we value your safety above all things, and there is nothing to worry about. Heck, no! Nothing at all!! So please ignore the Captain and crew frantically scrambling down the escape ladders, as this is only a drill. Thank you, and...HOLY SHIT!!"

Oh, the humanity.

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 17:26 | 1846622 real
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didn't bank of America have some problems similar to this just before they did that switch with accounts.
Sat, 11/05/2011 - 02:00 | 1847965 tooktheredpill
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I started having problems with mine a week ago when I couldn't pay off the CC debt. Who knows what the deal is but worth keeping an eye on since it seems these guys are fully loaded with derivatives

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