So, the city of Buffalo decided to Move Its Money from JPMorgan (recently shamed by a multi-billion dollar loss resulting from risky trading practices) to a local bank.
As the article mentions, “The move follows concerns about JPMorgan raised with the Common Council by members of the Occupy Buffalo movement, who asked that the city withdraw its deposits from the institution.”
JPMorgan’s $2 billion trading loss was bound to have big consequences but few could have guessed the fallout would reach all the way to the Buffalo Sewer Authority.
City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder has agreed to transfer $45 million worth of Sewer Authority funds from a JPMorgan Chase account to local bank First Niagara Financial Group after Occupy Buffalo raised concerns about leaving the money at JPMorgan, the Buffalo News reports. The move comes with a number of benefits, including a higher interest rate and more local branches that make it easier for employees to cash paychecks (h/t ThinkProgress).
“It also sends a crystal-clear message to JPMorgan Chase that the City of Buffalo is not happy with their business practices,” Schroeder told Buffalo News.
The city’s decision to transfer its money comes just weeks after JPMorgan’s $2 billion trading loss, which caused significant damage to the bank’s reputation. It’s also a victory for Occupy Buffalo, which has been demonstrating against JPMorgan for months. The group organized a protest in front of a JPMorgan branch back in October advocating customers withdraw their money from the nation’s biggest banks.
The Occupy movement has had success in getting other cities to loosen their affiliations with big banks. Both Los Angeles and Kansas City have approved measures that deter officials from doing business with banks that have been accused of predatory lending.