How 37 Banks Became 4 In Just 2 Decades, All In One Astonishing Chart

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  1. TeufelWolf says:

    We are Bank of Borg, resistance is futile.

  2. Jock Doubleday says:


    • RightWingPooFlinger says:


      • Laurent Franssen says:

        Rothschild is real, reptilium is crazy-shit, so i guess you are crazy shit, and this guy is real.

        • RightWingPooFlinger says:

          just lol. Lyndon Larouche would like you to make a credit card donation to his new campaign.

        • Gentle Robot says:

          take one look at Elizabeth II and tell me reptoids aren’t real

        • Asher B. Garber says:

          I know who isn’t for real, and that would be the pissant dipshits who blame Jews for just about everything.

          P.S. Alex Jones makes so much money off your sorry ass. You’re welcome!

          • hyp3rcrav3 says:

            Alex Jones is almost certainly a disinfo agent for the Fascist factions in intelligence. I recall he first made it big during the Arkansas Project.

          • Dave says:

            Ya, okay then. Meyer Rothschild gamed the stock market back when Napoleon roamed the earth and he isn’t worth trillions? Who cares if they are jews or not, they are sociopathic, greedy cunts, no matter what their heritage.

    • hyp3rcrav3 says:

      Blah Blah code words. None these institutions are part of the Rothschild Group.

      Morgan supported Fascist Mussolini. Prescott Bush lost Chase (except for shell companies) because of his support for Hitler. (No surprise the banks merged.) Don’t fall for the Right Wing propaganda.

      • Free Thought says:

        Screw you nazi lover

      • Richard Zazanis says:

        You don’t even consider that the Rothchild’s started using front organizations a looooong time ago because they were so notoriously wealthy. J.P. Morgan was a known Rothchild front man and that was 100 years ago. I’m sure it’s even more difficult to actually trace their wealth today.

        • Shane says:

          When Morgan died it became known that he only owned 17% of his bank, with Rothschild owning the other 83%. Rockefeller, Carnegie, and all the other tycoons in this period were all financed by Rothschild. Of course, Rothschild also owns the Federal Reserve, which Morgan set up for the family in 1913.

    • Asher B. Garber says:


    • Mom, Get the Plunger says:

      Alistair Henge. I tells ya… it’s that bastard Henge.

  3. Kevin Koehler says:

    This doesn’t count all of the small town banks that got swallowed up. For instance; The Bank of Edgar became Well-Fargo. I am sure that this happens in every town and city.

    • Asher B. Garber says:

      The power of Jews lies in our secret that all of our enemies are the dumbest fucks ever.

    • ProgressiveVoice says:

      Get off it. The whole “Jews have all the money” bull dates back to the 3 digit year. Back when Xtians were forbidden to collect usury (interest) on loans, none of them were willing to risk funds without expectation of a return. It did not reduce the need to borrow that many Xtians faced. Judaism has no such restrictions, Jews lived throughout the known world and were already often goldsmiths so it made sense for them to be money lenders.

      One could just as rightfully blame the Xtians for living beyond their means or engaging in too much expensive war making.


    Now do airlines!

  5. PG says:

    Little secret: Norwest actually acquired Wells Fargo. After the acquisition, they renamed the stock (and the surviving entity it encompassed) because WF had better brand recognition.

  6. On the theory of this article, there should be but one, world bank. Why isn’t there, I wonder?

  7. Tom McLachlin says:

    I’m looking to ensure that any breakup separates commercial consumer banking from the no limits casino world known as investment banking.

  8. DP says:

    Seafirst Bank from Seattle was taken up by BofA, not shown on the chart.

    • Raidenko says:

      Seafirst was part of the B of A family in the early 80’s. This chart is dealing with what were considered the Majors starting in the 90’s.

    • hyp3rcrav3 says:

      That was because the CIA and BushCo left SeaFirst Bank holding the bag at the end of the Savings and Loan Scandal.

  9. Brian Self says:

    Glad to see my bank isn’t listed here.

  10. lettersandsoda says:

    Perhaps one of you geniuses could “splain” to me why this is bad.

    • BrianRommel says:

      Its not that hard a concept so Im not sure if you are serious but Ill splaon it anyways

      If I threw a pebble at you it wouldnt hurt right. Now if I threw a mall rock it would. If i threw a stone it would hurt you and so on and so forth, because of mass.
      Now the bigger the bank the more power they have and more money. They can use this money to influence elections ensuring they stay big and powerful.

      This is why we have a three branch government so the power is spread amoung many people at least thats how its suppose to work. I could go in more details but I wont because a lot of it is a bit beyond my understanding but I understand the core concept of it.

    • Gregg Mackie says:

      Oh, it’s good….especially for those investing in cryptocurrency. The banks are freaking out, for the 7th Disruption is here! The banks have been parasites for too long, and cultures of freedom are being made as we speak.

      • Ron Bo says:

        Oh sure, put your money in Mt Gox, what could go wrong. Tell me, will cryptocurrency handle an IPO? A bond offering? How about creating a CDO? Financial products are more than mere money. Far more.

        • Gregg Mackie says:

          You sound like a banker to me, very parasitic in nature, Ron. There will be a cryptocurrency that will handle an IPO, and very soon too. Something has been brewing behind the scenes for 16 months, and Mt Gox and Bitcoin will be replaced, and it’s already in action, for technology only improves.

          • Ron Bo says:

            Boy are you off. I’m a software engineer by day, and a stand-up comic on the side. With a degree in history, so I have a little perspective. Ohhhh, you got something with a longer blockchain. Oh goody. It’s still not going to be trusted by the billion dollar players, or have firms creating financial products around it.
            And news flash: governments would never allow something like that to get big. Too easy to avoid taxes, a loss of an ability to control interest rates (the major reason for having a central bank in a country).
            You sound like an idealist who doesn’t understand capital markets or the politics around controlling a nation’s money supply.

          • Gregg Mackie says:

            Do you know anything about cryptocurrency, besides Mt Gox and the Silk Road incident? There is a cryptocurrency out there right now, and is in the registration process here in the U.S., and once registered, will be an IPO hopefully in early Spring. It’s algorithm is much more safe and secure than the SCRYPT that Bitcoin uses…And the founder of this cryptocurrency has a Doctorate in Law and a Master’s in Economics ( I think she knows the markets), both from Oxford and Konstanz Universites, and achieved both Degree’s in just four years time. She, by the way, has consulted for McKinsey & Co., one of the largest Law firms in the world, and also consulted for Deutsche Bank, as well as several other cryptocurrency companies, and has written two books in German and Chinese. She also has an IQ over 200, qualifying her for the Mensa Society, so we’re not dealing with a dummy here. She has built a $2.4 billion-dollar empire in just 16 months, and she mandates a monthly audit on the blockchain. Coming from a lawyer’s perspective, she wants to show transparency, with no manipulations of a single coin! It’s just due process for now….Just wait!

          • Ron Bo says:

            “There is a cryptocurrency out there right now, and is in the
            registration process here in the U.S., and once registered, will be an
            IPO hopefully in early Spring”

            Lolololol. Soooo, there’s going to be an initial public offering – as in, shares of stock in a company to raise capital – in a cryptocurrency.

            Yeah, that makes no sense. Looks like you don’t grasp what an IPO is. Hint: where’s the S1 filing? What exchange would that IPO be on? lol!

            Sure, let’s just wait. Let’s revisit this thread in, say, four months and see what’s happened.

          • Gregg Mackie says:

            Are you talking about the billion dollar players like Richard Branson, Bill Gates, the Winklevoss twins, Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and the late Steve Jobs…..just to name a few?

    • Ron Bo says:

      Because in a capitalist system, money is power (which is not a bad thing, inherently).
      1. When you concentrate money, you concentrate power. This is an incredible concentration of power – and reduction in competition. Their power gives them huge influence over Congress, which has let them change the law to do this:
      2. Forty years ago the financial sector took around 15% of all corporate profits, now it’s around 35%.
      3. These banks are now allowed to both hold federally guaranteed deposits on a huge scale, *and* make huge bets in stock markets. That means if they get in trouble (as they did in 2008) the government *has* to bail them out, the size of FDIC losses if one goes under, as well as the counter-party payment risk to the financial system is too great. They can take enormous risks – if it works, as it does 98% of the time, they get big profits. In the rare event it doesn’t, the public bails them out. It’s an implicit guarantee. And that in turn:
      4. Lowers their cost of capital, because markets know they have infinite public backing. This in turn gives them a huge advantage over smaller banks, effectively creating a barrier to new entrants and competition. That lets them keep fees high and otherwise put the screws to consumers and small businesses.

  11. russell conrad lewis says:

    Anyone who uses a regular bank and pays them a fee to use their own money or doesn’t receive some amount of interest, is an idiot. The banks charge you to use their money, as in taking out a loan, why shouldn’t you get interest from them. And the irony is that the money they loan you is partially your own money.
    The only excepts are “branch-less” banks which offer mediocre but higher than no interest banks.
    And I hear from friends, “oh it’s too hard to change banks.” BS, I change banks at the drop of a hat, I have no loyalty, it’s my money and all about me. If you can get on the internet (as in being able to post here) then you can open an account at almost any credit union or “branch-less” bank. Unless and until you do that, then no whining about how horrible big banks are because you are helping to keep them alive.

  12. W. Ferrell says:

    Dodd-Frank, as well as previous regulation, gives bigger banks a competitive advantage over small banks, because the relative costs of dealing with onerous regulation significantly less. Add to that the lower cost of capital they enjoy from being essentially “to big to fail.”

    It isn’t wrong to conceive of our banking system as economically fascist. To wit, an inter-mingling of government and corporate interest. And of course the Fed itself is the opposite of free market, based on compulsion that does not allow Americans the right to choose and fixes the most important price (the interest rate).

    • Ron Bo says:

      Lol All of this consolidation occurred before Dodd Frank. And regulatory compliance is a tiny fraction of banking costs (I’ve been an assistant to the head of regulatory compliance at an S&L).

    • cyan79 says:

      Dodd-Frank was 2010. Maybe you’re thinking of Glass-Steagal getting repealed, which was in the 90’s?

  13. Gofhckyourself says:

    scary – I have accounts with 3 of 4.

  14. Michael Hoppe says:

    Religion is the greatest evil ever perpetrated upon humanity. Banking is the second greatest evil ever perpetrated upon humanity. It’s time to end both.

    • Gregg Mackie says:

      Fear not Michael, for the banking industry is already starting to get disrupted….in the cryptocurrency industry, and Im not talking about Bitcoin either….

  15. ncmathsadist says:

    Our economy is becoming badly cartelized like Latin America. Look for shrinking wages, piss poor service, and high costs.

  16. Maureen Demar Hall says:

    Two words: credit unions!

  17. Ron Bo says:

    Actually, Nation’s Bank in North Carolina swallowed up Bank of America of San Francisco. They just changed their name to BofA because it was a stronger brand.

  18. MEMacInnis says:

    So, if you don’t like banks, put your money in a credit union.

    • ARL says:

      That won’t stop you from being affected when things happen of the sort we saw with the bundling of bad mortgages. Regardless of where you banked, you might still have been laid off or otherwise affected.

  19. Rod Wood says:

    Ron Bo….you are awesome..!! Thanx for sharing your knowledge and joining in the fight against anti-semitism…..

  20. James G O'Quinn says:

    I credit union. Left banks 20 years ago.

  21. ARL says:

    This is a good illustration. I know it’s probably a dumb question, I don’t or work in this area, but years ago they broke up ATT into all those smaller regional phone companies because of something similar if I remember correctly, and they didn’t always allow these type of mergers if it allowed the resulting company to have a corner on that market. I’m just wondering why it’s been allowed to happen with banks. My guess is that it has to do with the efforts of lobbyists and money on congress, or repealing something that prevented it.

  22. systemupdate says:

    To me it seems like the 2007/2008 crash was orchestrated by the biggest bank in order to take over the smaller remaining banks who were resisting their takeover.

  23. animalparty says:

    This is when you know innovation is around the corner. Something something Bitcoin.

  24. Charlie Hall says:

    We still have thousands of banks in the US. And some of the banks listed there (Washington Mutual, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch…) were taken over at the request of the government after failing.

    Canada has the safest banking system in the world. The entire country only has 29 domestic banks and only five are major.

  25. AlbertCat says:

    Oh man! I’ve been looking for this graphic ever since I saw it last year or so. It’s mind blowing.

  26. Houtex77 says:

    It’s Bankmaggeddon.

  27. Free Thought says:

    So let’s come up with more regulations so only huge banks with an entire compliance department can survive. #DoddFrank #OverRegulationKills

  28. Ron Angell says:

    You have missed one bank transition- First Chicago was purchased by National Bank of Detroit before it became chase manhattan bank..

  29. TKList says:

    Three pillars of sand our economic system is built on:

    1.Federal Reserve Bank

    2.Fiat Currency

    3.Fractional Reserve Banking

    The Federal Reserve tries to regulate the economy. Their two mandates are current and expected inflation and unemployment.

    The Federal Reserve creates money and or makes money inexpensive by manipulating interest rates lower. Rarely manipulating rates higher. This is inflation. Prices go up and real wages go down.

    The Federal Reserve creates bubbles and crashes by pushing interest rates too low or too high for too short or too long of time.

    Who regulates the regulators at the Federal Reserve to keep the people safe from it and its mistakes? The only real regulator possible is the free market.

    With the Federal Reserve in place the market becomes the judge of the Federal Reserve decisions, rather than the regulator.

    The Federal Reserve in essence aids debtors and punishes savers. A depreciating dollar aids debtors and harms savers. An appreciating dollar aids savers and harms debtors.

    If you start giving an economy fish (easing Federal Reserve monetary policy, excessive federal government spending; deficit, national debt), the economy starts fishing less and starts dining more. Temporary misallocated (Keynesian stimulated) employment increases and sustainable production employment decreases.

    Abolish the Federal Reserve, the FDIC and all bank regulations except one; require full disclosure on full or fractional reserve backing of deposits. Treat gold, silver and cryptocurrencies as legal tender (not as an asset) for tax purposes.

    If you are concerned about the growing income inequality gap, if you are against war, against the military–industrial complex, against mega-mergers of companies and against invisible taxation, then you are against the Federal Reserve.

  30. stevenzeiler says:

    Time for Bitcoin!

  31. Michael Chancey says:

    The consolidation of banks is going to make things a lot easier when the fiat currency tanks…we know exactly who to blame. The Event is coming!

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