I'm sorry, Lola, but it seems like I haven't been expressing myself very clearly in this thread --
"i do not see anything in the Wikipedia article to cause such animus against Bank of America"
• I shared the link to the Wikipedia article about Giannini in order to contrast the positive origins of Bank of America/Italy when he was running it with the horrible modern management of the North Carolina-based contemporary institution. The Wikipedia article tells part of the great story of the bank's early days. I foolishly assumed that the crimes and destruction wrought by the modern Bank of American were common knowledge among residents of the USA. Were you not here in lower 48 during the mortgage/financial crisis a decade ago?
"Can you point to any bad behavior on the part of Bank of America to compare with Alan's information about HSBC?"
• I'm not sure how to take this question -- are you being flip? I can give us all a quick review of the highlights (lowlights) regarding today's Bank of America:
The top 50 violations, major legal settlements, and regulatory fines levied against Bank Of America regarding only its involvement in the mortgage crisis amounted to over $90B -- that's ninety billion dollars after their lawyers and lobbyists and 'southern hospitality' (if you know what I mean) wore down the official agencies. It included the sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities, forcing customers to sign up for extra credit card products, securities fraud, defrauding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, kickback schemes inflating the cost of insurance that homeowners were forced to buy, faulty mortgages, harassing debt-collection calls to customers' cell phones in violation of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act, hiring practices that kept qualified black job applicants from getting jobs, steering black brokers into clerical positions and reassigning their accounts to white workers, failing to pay proper overtime, foreclosure abuse, providing "false and misleading statements about the health of" Merrill Lynch before its acquisition, deceptive marketing tactics, using a rigged system to arbitrate credit card debt collection disputes, and wrongfully foreclosing upon active duty servicemembers without first obtaining court orders.
These are just the notable crimes committed between 2008 and 2014: https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/10/01/the-complete-list-bank-of-americas-legal-fines-and.aspx
MarketWatch says BofA tops the list of violators regarding the financial crisis ( https://www.marketwatch.com/story/banks-have-been-fined-a-staggering-243-billion-since-the-financial-crisis-2018-02-20) but what about other kinds of unethical practices and cheating and putting regular folks out of their homes and businesses?
Another tracker shows 128 major violations by BofA: https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/parent/bank-of-america
Here's a $42M crime from last year: https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2018/03/26/bank-of-america-madoff-fines-wells-fargo-execs.html
Between 2012 and 2016 BofA was the most fined bank in the world: https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-top-20-banks-misconduct-fines-worth-264-billion-2017-8
Again, I'm just scratching the surface here. Also again, I don't mean to imply that other big banks are not also evil
and I also don't mean to imply that BofA has never done anything good -- I'm sure it does plenty of good. For one thing, it seems like they were wise enough not to lie down with the Trump/Kushner crime family, which was why the Trump/Kushner family had to get its financing from DeutscheBank and the oligarchs, etc. Maybe we can make a generalization that the European banks are evil for working with criminal clients while the American banks are evil because they are themselves criminals?