Mine was consumed, how about yours?
A couple of years ago my Bank was taken over by La Caixa. To be honest, this was one of the easiest changes I have had to deal with in Spain and therefore, in this regard I was lucky. Especially as the previous bank took 6 months to assess a loan application I had made, to finally arrive at a negative answer. By the time I'd got that answer I'd already made 5 repayments to an obliging bank. 'Opeless.
We have seen many banks be swallowed up here in Spain since the crisis and I will remind you, the Spanish banking industry was seen as a fine example at the beginning of the crisis in 2008, because its purposeful structure should have prevented contagion (spreading or transfer of problems of a systemic nature). Instead, individual institutions took the risk rather than having it spread throughout the industry and that is why some 7 years later we are still seeing takeovers of failed banking businesses. Time has dictated that maybe it wasn't such a shining light.
This week it was announced that Barclays Banks across Europe have decided that unless a customer has at least £100,000 in their account they will be asked to close it. My thoughts are this:
• How disgusting to get you on board initially and then change the criteria so that you must leave. What a cheek and what an inconvenience !
• Who would put such a large amount of cash with one institution with such a patchy reputation, anyway?
This week I have taken on an 80 year old client who had an investment in a Spanish bank and they were told that they could release their invested funds without a charge. Not only were they investing 50% equities for a very cautious client (this is far too volatile), but that were charging Euro 3K in various forms to release it on just a Sterling 20,000 investment. To be fair, the name of the bank does have the word “bad” in it. The Clients are now safely under Blacktower's wing.