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  1. If I may introduce you to Stratton Oakmont, which liquidated and returned its shares' value directly to its investors: Now, to address the OP... 1) Shares: If you buy shares in a bank then you must demand 2% weekly interest of the cost of those shares, so if you purchased 100m in value of shares you want 2m a week return on that investment of shares. Any bank that offers you a return in cash of 2/3 or half of what they make in gross revenue is either a very risky investment or a ponzi scheme. Investors gain wealth when their share value increases too, and their share values ain't gonna increase much if the bank is paying out everything it earns in dividends. Plus, it leaves the bank less flexibility in times of low loan demand, or when sudden problems happen, like customers deleting/defaulting on their loans. Banks are not magical printing presses. 2a) Savings account, make it clear they can not loan your cash out or make a profit from your saving account, make sure you give them no more than 24 hours to send your full saving account if they fail then they are using your money to support loans, making money off your hard work and you get nothing. What incentive is there for the bank to hold someone's money if they cannot use it? For precisely this reason, none of the banks I've been part of have ever operated savings accounts as part of normal business. And when we did, we were the ones charging the account owner for our responsibility in holding and guaranteeing it. if they default the likely hood is you will lose out not the bank who has no skin in the game. What I think you mean is that the BANKER has no skin in the game. Obviously if the bank loses money, the bank loses money. It IS the skin that is in the game. You also seem to be laboring under the assumption that specific deposit accounts are used to fund specific loans. Now, I can't speak for other banks, but no bank I've ever been a part of did this - investors (not depositors - see above) are pooled into a general cash fund, and from that fund out go the loans. This actually reduces risk in the same way that buying an index fund on the stock market reduces risk - you have inbuilt diversification. If other banks wanna do fiddley bits with the accounts, that's their doing, but I would like to take this moment to remind people that complexity is almost never the friend of an honest man - it exists to obfuscate and create loopholes and opportunities. Now many people such as micro who cares about the name sold 12 billion in shares, however, loaned out 6 billion and the other 6 billion did a harry potter and disappeared. If that bank closed its doors today, all investors and shareholders lose out those running the bank do not care they made more in the last however months than they have in the time they joined us all. But it is not just small micro banks you have to be careful of its the whale banks also, let's look at Seb and Sphinx two of the biggest names in banking. Seb has had what three failed banks and every time it has always been someone else's fault, he did no wrong. Still, every time a bank failed, he got a new city, how did that happen, guess Harry potter returned for Seb. However, little old man Seb is not the only one who seems to be on the winning side of failed banks; Sphinx also seems to find a pot of gold at the end of every failed bank. When Rado left this world, it was reported he stole billions, and no one would get any interest from the bank, however a pot of gold and a new city for our boy Sphinx. And I would like to take this opportunity to remind people, once again... NEVER INVEST IN A BANK THAT IS NOT OPEN AND CLEAR ABOUT ITS FINANCES AND IS FINE WITH DISCUSSING THEM IN A WAY THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND. Just don't do it. There is no reason from the bank's point of view to be secretive about anything (other than occasional customers who wish their names to be hidden) unless they have something to hide. Stratton Oakmont kept 100% free and open books the entirety of its existence down to the general journal in which every. Single. Transaction. Was recorded. Amazingly, nothing bad ever resulted from doing so. So take it from someone who has been in the mud, who has been part of and owned many banks, unless you are running the bank you do nothing but make someone else rich off your money. SO DEMAND YOUR MONEY BACK, SELL THE DEAD SHARES. Unfortunately, this is largely true. Ever since a certain very large and influential bank drove interest rates down to the 3 - 4% region, banking has not been terribly lucrative given the amount of work it takes to run one honestly. That's not to say there is no profit to be made, but I fear many peoples' expectations are far too high when they invest. I own a bank with over 10 billion out in loans, I had 15 billion out, but as I am closing my bank down, I am building cities. As I have seen the light and the error of my ways, BANKS are just taking from you to make themselves rich nothing more. Look at the more prominent names of banking Sphinx, Seb and even myself, 40 plus cities, how many cities you on? Dishonest banks don't return on their investments, honest ones do. Most nations in mid tier are better off investing in themselves than in banks, even just strictly from a return perspective even assuming the bank doesn't collapse or suffer from defaults. However, the implication that the bankers should not be profiting from running banks is absurd. Running one well is a fair amount of work. Bankers are not charities. If you're not getting paid for the effort of record keeping, safeguarding, networking, finding investors, dealing with complaints, and working with customers, why the heck would you even do it? Speaking as one of the first successful private bankers in Orbis, it's a load of work and it's not that fun after the first year of novelty wears off. You bet I made a healthy profit from the bank I ran. But so did my investors. Side note, if you need a loan refuse to pay more than 2%, if everyone did this, the banks will have no choice but to drop interest rates, unlike my bank where all the cash is mine, all other banks have to keep investors and shareholders happy and for the most part, have to pay them weekly. THIS gives you the power to demand better interest rates. So go forth now, and any new loans refuse to pay more than 2%, watch how the micro banks fail and the whale banks dry up. Stop making other people rich and only think of yourself. This is facile. Banks have expenses. People default. Resource brokering occasionally goes bad. And as I said above, a reasonable profit is expected from all the work being put into the bank. If you demand rates that low, banks will just close. I would estimate almost all the banks will close, because even if the banker owns 100% of the bank (and he might, since there would be no point in getting investors since you claim investors should be paid 2% of their investment back every week.... even though the loans being made apparently would be getting 2% for the bank?), 2% return on their capital, less expenses (which can be very substantial) is not worth it. So, good job killing a mechanic that has deepened the game's appeal and accelerated the growth of alliances and nations from the ready flow of capital. I'm starting to wonder how good your bank could possibly have been if this is the extent of your understanding of how banks operate.
  2. I am torn. This is a situation that absolutely could have, should have, been avoided in its entirety. But it wasn't, and here we are. Alex, it's true that you laid some stiff penalties on NPO. But that didn't force them to disband. They did that to themselves. Same for BK. If NPO lacked enough leadership to suffer the loss of a single person, that is NPO's problem, not yours or anyone else's. If BK lacked the maturity to accept this with grace and integrity, that too is their problem, not yours or anyone else's. I appreciate that you are trying to cater to your players with this decision, that you likely feel a bit of guilt in what has happened. But you shouldn't. I believe that, if anything, your verdict against NPO was too light. And I believe that everything that followed it was a dramatic overreaction from people who can't handle that they might not, despite their best efforts (and best cheating), win. To reiterate: you did not force them to dissolve. That was their choice. I do not say this lightly. Many of you know that I was a banker - until extremely recently, in fact. It has been less than a week since I formally turned over my latest bank (which did also get shafted by BK, and I hear that you have given the same half-refund to it, so I'm not calling favoritism on this) to someone else. I am torn precisely because I recognize that as a banker I would appreciate the gesture. But I'm not sure it's good for the game as a whole. Maybe it's the old man in me talking, but I rather think that bankers should simply live with their losses as best they can. Such is life. Such is banking. I will admit to being a bit disappointed that you offered the deal to Emerald without making the deal public, or offering it to anyone else, rather making them go to you and persuade you. THAT stinks of arbitrary favoritism. I am pleased you saw fit to amend that error. In the future perhaps you will remember to make such offers to the community as a whole instead of selected members of it.
  3. Greetings shareholders, business partners, customers, and friends. As many of you may know, we in Silenzio have been strongly considering leaving PW for some time now. Indeed, the only reason we've stayed so long was the existence of Moonlight bank, and our duty to those who had invested their money and trust into us. Sadly, over the 9 months Moonlight has existed, 7 of those were during a catastrophically destructive war. But now peace is coming, and Moonlight Bank has found a new Director. @Gobi will be taking control of the bank henceforth, in possession of all shares that were owned by any Silenzio member; of all powers that Strum, Joel, and I wielded; and of all debts formerly payable to us. Gobi and I have been discussing this move for quite some time, and he has my full confidence in his ability to maintain Moonlight's tradition of transparency and innovation. I hope you all enjoy working with him as much as I have during this period. Speaking personally, it has been my pleasure to serve the community, even for so limited a time as I was given, and I wish you all the best. May your futures be prosperous!
  4. I mean, I have no love for BK, but.... Vassalage was almost always mutually beneficial. A vassal depended on his lord for protection from bigger fish. The vassal in return pledged to fight for his lord and pay taxes. That actually kind of sounds like a protectorate where the protector recruits them into wars... The synonyms section in the dictionary is not for perfectly synonymous words. This should be obvious by the inclusion of "man", and "liege", and "liegeman", none of which are synonymous with "slave", which is not synonymous with "serf", which is not synonymous with "subject". Come on, dude. The idea that a KNIGHT alliance would use medieval power structures to theme their treaties/partners/ties is apparently lost on you I'm sure you meant this as a shitpost, but the end makes you sound serious and you're being a bit ridiculous here. No, excuse me, you're being very ridiculous here.
  5. They're still around, but that is a story perhaps best left for another time.
  6. Greetings, friends! Today I come before you to announce the founding of Moonlight Bank. We are hereby open for investing and financing opportunities! Most importantly, Moonlight is selling shares of ownership! For the first week, to celebrate our opening and to reward early investors, shares will be sold at book price without any premium over asset value. Sale price is $1 per share. This pricing ends at the end of Sunday Eastern US time, 5/26/19. After the first week, shares are still available, but will be for sale starting at 5 times book value. Simply put, investors after the first week will pay $5 for every $1 in asset represented by the shares they buy. We reserve the right to increase share prices should the market require it. A share carries a percentage of ownership equal to 1/(number of shares currently outstanding). At first glance, this may seem to imply that ownership will decrease as more shares are sold. As a percentage of the bank, this is correct. However, as the bank grows, the price of shares sold will increase, meaning that the absolute value of shares will grow, even assuming no profits being made by the bank. There is no practical limit on number of shares issued by Moonlight. Several quintillion shares have been listed as “for sale” at last count. It took a while. Dividends are not required of the bank to shareholders. They may be declared at the discretion of the operators of the bank; however, growth takes priority over dividends. Public trading of shares is permitted and encouraged. Any shareholder may sell their shares to any person or entity they like. For a sale to be valid, the seller must contact a manager of Moonlight and notify them of the sale, including the price per share, and the identity and nation link of the buyer. Any omission in this information makes a sale invalid in the eyes of the bank, and official ownership will not change. Prospective buyers can check in with us or look at the publicly available shareholder list at any time. Our full policies, including information on loans and credit card accounts, can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u-vXqwFbtMHQBJKfxSLjaHgV5NDKQGo8-jl1gNkG2uU/edit?usp=sharing Our discord server is here: https://discord.gg/yCW9RQ4 We will be happy to answer any questions people may have. May we all grow prosperous together! Psweet - CCEO, founder of now-defunct Stratton Oakmont LordStrum - CCEO, co-founder and former emperor of BK Joel James - CCEO, technocrat and number cruncher extraordinaire
  7. I'm not sure how many times I have to say this for people to listen, but I'm clearly not there yet, so here we go again. NEVER TRUST A BANK THAT ISN'T OPEN ABOUT THEIR FINANCES. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT PROVIDING PERIODIC FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, AND ANY BANK THAT DOES NOT DO THIS AT THE LEAST SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED WITH SIGNIFICANT MONEY. If only people followed this advice, Rado would not have been able to pull what he did to the extent he did. This happened not only because Rado was a crook, but also because everyone who invested in him was lazy about doing their homework.
  8. It's less about the fact that banks, specifically, should continue to exist as they have, and more that there is a meta game that you should be taking into account instead of riding roughshod over. That said, I don't see why this change would harm the banking system to begin with... But that doesn't excuse your mindset on this particular issue, imo. There are methods of helping resource valuations that are less of a bandaid fix and hit the underlying problem of low resource demand. I'm honestly puzzled why this discussion is even happening. Fix the underlying issue, or don't do anything.
  9. There is an easier and (I think) more interesting way to pump demand for resources. The main problem is that resources are currently only used for war. We need a way to use them for peace. A consistent use, not a one-time or rare occurrence that gives the economy a shot in the arm and then fades. I support adding resource costs for infra. That would help a lot. I would support adding resource costs for cities, though the amounts proposed here are too small to have much impact, I think, and it certainly wouldn't work on its own. But I believe the simplest and strongest way to increase demand appropriately would be to add actual resource consumption to a nation's existence. Even without growth, a nation should be consuming more than just Uranium and Food. The way I see this being most easily implemented would be to add a tertiary resource: consumer goods. Perhaps even multiple flavors of consumer goods if you want, but I think it's best to keep things simple with a single abstracted resource. It would be a tertiary resource, meaning it is manufactured using manufactured resources as inputs. It would be consumed by running a nation with a commerce economy. Consumer goods would be a stand in for civilian economies, whereas current resources are 99% military applications. You could, for example, have each % of commerce in each city cost 1 consumer good per day. You'd only have as much commerce plumping your revenue as you had consumer goods to supply it. What good is a store without things to buy? What good is a bank without mortgages or cars to finance? ALTERNATIVELY, you could create a new improvement specifically to consume consumer goods and output tax revenue. Either way, you have just given resources a peacetime use, which will actually climb as nations become richer. Larger nations will need/want more consumer goods to consume, so as the whales grow, the lower tiers can get rich off of increased demand. Making this a tertiary resource would ensure that all the other resources get buffed as well - Steel sees demand increase because it is used for consumer goods, Iron and Coal increase because they're used for Steel. This requires no bandaid. It requires no extra behavioral shifts from whales, or lower tiers. It doesn't penalize anyone, if it's implemented sanely (that is, if incentives and costs are mostly in balance). It doesn't make growth more expensive for anyone except maybe the very most upper tier whales who will find themselves spending a ton on consumer resources, perhaps. And it makes the game a bit more interesting having those logistics to juggle and another tool to evaluate and invest in.
  10. The fun part is that the more she attacks people, the more people she can attack!
  11. This settles it. If I ever get back into the Orbis finance scene, I'm starting a credit rating bureau. Also, never trust a bank that can't be assed to publish financials. There's no reason not to - Stratton Oakmont proved this for several years while in operation. No, the amount of cash you have on hand and the amount you have loaned out isn't super secret info that can lead to the fall of your bank.
  12. Ladies, gentlemen, Fraggles, and assorted animals of Orbis. My friends, it is with both sorrow and joy that I announce the end of Stratton Oakmont. Josh Freer and I have decided that our time is best used elsewhere, and since no one has stepped up to buy us out, we are liquidating. Unlike how some other banks end their existence, our loyal shareholders will be returned a share of the bank's assets in accordance with their ownership. I would like to personally thank each of you for your trust, your patience, and your money, without all of which SO would never have been successful at all. Please message Josh Freer in-game (or wait for him to message you) to discuss how and when you wish to receive your payment. Since our humble beginnings of a mere $40 million in cash some two and a half years ago, SO has proudly provided financing to many nations and alliances in need, from all sides of the political divides, and it has been our pleasure to do so right up to the end. Many of you were incredible borrowers, a fair few of you were lacking, and a couple were incredibly terrible. Nevertheless, our lives have been richer for the experience. Shout out to Roq and NPO who were, without doubt, the best customers a bank could ever hope to have. You guys set the gold standard of credit worthiness! Warmest regards, Psweet, ex-co-CEO, Stratton Oakmont Josh freer, ex-co-CEO, Stratton Oakmont
  13. Greetings friends! Stratton Oakmont was previously in the process of liquidating, but we put that on pause due to the war. Given that the war is over, we figure we might as well have one final bout of lending to speed you all on the road to recovery (and our investors on the road to riches). We are currently sitting on roughly $6.5 billion, and we're looking to lend it out in bulk. Please submit bids for how much you'd like and what weekly interest you'd be willing to pay to me directly on Discord, or to my in-game nation, here: https://politicsandwar.com/nation/id=20018 Bids posted in this thread will not be honored or responded to. Also, please note that bids for amounts under $1 billion will not be considered. Things that will make us more disposed to approve your bid (other than a higher rate. That should go without saying): - A history of faithful credit with us - A history of faithful credit with another well-established bank (yes, we will ask around) - A larger amount requested (assuming your alliance can shoulder the interest) We will accept bids for a few days before settling on borrowers. We may, if we receive more good bids than we have dollars to fill, go for several rounds of lending. Best of luck!
  14. Oh noooooo my poor 1000 infra cities. Stop. Please.
  15. Psweet


    While I actually don't mind the crux of the rest of this idea too much (it's certainly better than the world bank idea previously floated), this in particular is a total non-starter for me. In general I feel that if you need to make a hardcoded, out-of-game solution to an in-game problem, the system doesn't work well as proposed. The reason why there isn't already insurance in the game is because it's simply not profitable to run at any scale. I've done business with no fewer than three different people/businesses who offered my bank insurance, and none of them lasted long at all. Here is why: For insurance to make a profit, it needs either one of two things. The first and simplest is for the premiums that it receives to be greater than the payout that it has to make due to losses. BUT if this is the case, it would mean that the coverage they offer is NOT WORTH BUYING because its customers are paying more than they get. Secondly, the premiums can be equal to or less than what the payout is BUT the insurance company then needs to invest their float somehow to earn additional profit. This is what insurance companies IRL do, however it's a lot harder in Orbis since we don't have a stock market you can just plunk money into and expect to receive a return on with relatively little risk (over a long time frame). There's brokering, and there's the insurance company making its own loans (at which point it's basically just a bank), and there's investing in other businesses (like... banks...), and that's about it. The upshot is that it's very hard to make a profitable insurance company in Orbis. Now, the reason why I take issue with "game-sponsored" insurance is that since insurance is not a profitable business, this will again act as an inflator. Because the insurance company will end up paying out as much as or more than it receives in insurance (if it does not, players will soon learn that it's not worth buying), it will increase the amount of money in the game. This is even BEFORE accounting for the proliferation of loans that you seek, which by itself will dramatically increase the flow of money, and therefore the rate at which more money comes into the game. There is nothing wrong with there being a risk on investing money. I don't understand why there seems to be an obsession with creating risk-free investments. Risk is the primary driver of interest rates to begin with - if you make it risk free, the interest rates on offer will plummet to the point of barely being worth having. I don't mean to sound alarmist, and I don't profess to say that this WILL happen, but it COULD spell the death of banks as a whole. Call me biased all you want, but I think the creation of a private banking industry in a game where it wasn't an actual mechanic is something to be proud of, not something to be trying to replace with risk-free mechanics.
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