It really IS a rich man's world
20.01.2009 - 20.01.2009
As many of you know, I have had some quite accurate hunches about the financial market, and right now my hunchometer is absolutely screaming at me to move my money away from the HSBC. There's something about it's very stubborn pronouncements that it 'doesn't need any capital injected by the government' that makes me feel like it's (quite rightly) realised that all it takes for a bank to collapse is a lack of confidence, so it has begun a PR war. However, regardless of market confidence, if the numbers don't work then a bank is buggered...and I don't want to be the victim.
So for three days now I've been trying to move money around, buying different sim cards, borrowing phones, speaking to different banks and building societies but the world just DOES NOT want me to move my money. To begin with my internet banking wouldn't allow me to move that much money online; then the Alliance & Leicester put an incorrect sort-code on their web site so it wouldn't work; then my British and my Thai sim cards wouldn't work in Malaysia; then I borrowed a Malaysian sim card from Dutch Monique, it ran out of credit before I even got to speak to a human; now (I'm back in Thailand in a town called Hat Yai) I finally got through, spoke to the person at HSBC, got as far as giving the amount of money, the sort code and the account number and just as I was giving them the reference code for my account...the credit runs out.
God give me fucking strength. Going to have to do it tomorrow morning...by which time HSBC will have gone under along with my money.