SVB collapse at the latest: Silicon Valley Bank “open for business”, says new CEO, while Moody’s US bank is clouding the view

Democratic Representative Jeff Jackson explains the collapse of the Silicon Valley bank

Wall Street rallied on Tuesday as inflation data met expectations and regional bank stocks rebounded from Monday’s sharp falls following the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) collapse.

Six regional financial institutions remain under close scrutiny, but regulators’ response to protect depositors appears to have assuaged market concerns.

Still, rating agency Moody’s lowered its outlook for the entire US banking system to negative from stable “to reflect the rapid deterioration in the operating environment.”

Meanwhile, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department have reportedly launched investigations into the failure of the SVB and all stock trades conducted by management in the run-up to its closure on Friday. A class action lawsuit was also filed by investors against the parent company, the CEO, and the CFO.

Tim Mayopoulos, SVB’s newly appointed CEO, has said the bank is back open for business, opening new accounts and making new loans. He served as CEO of Fannie Mae and brought it back to profitability after the 2008 financial crisis.

Elsewhere, Wall Street pundit Robert Kiyosaki, famous for predicting the collapse of Lehman Brothers, has named Credit Suisse the next big bank most likely to fail.


The demise of SVB disrupts the disruptors in technology

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank shook the tech industry that had been the bank’s backbone, leaving shocked entrepreneurs grateful for the government’s reprieve that saved their money while mourning the loss of a venue that served as a friendly innovation club.

The sinking of the Silicon Valley Bank is throwing the disruptors in the tech space into disarray

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank shook the tech industry that had been the bank’s backbone, leaving shocked entrepreneurs grateful for the government’s reprieve that saved their money while mourning the loss of a venue that served as a friendly innovation club

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 15, 2023 4:45 am


BUT New York regulator says signature bank shutdown has “nothing to do with crypto”

The Financial Regulator of New York has dismissed former Rep. Barney Frank’s comments, saying their decision to shut down Signature Bank had “nothing to do with crypto.” after regulators shut down Silicon Valley Bank.

Mr. Frank is a board member of Signature Bank and was one of the pioneers of the landmark Dodd-Frank Act enacted after the 2008 financial crisis to better protect the banking system from shocks.

“I think part of what happened was that regulators wanted to send a very strong anti-crypto message,” Mr. Frank told CNBC on Monday. “We became the poster child because there was basically no bankruptcy.”

But NYDFS denied its claims in a statement on Tuesday, saying its decision to close Signature Bank on Sunday and appoint Federal Deposit Insurance Corp as receiver “was based on the current status of the bank and its ability to conduct business in a safe and sensible manner on Monday.”

“The decisions made over the weekend had nothing to do with crypto. Signature was a traditional commercial bank with a wide range of activities and customers,” said an NYDFS spokesman.

“DFS has been facilitating well-regulated crypto activities for several years and is a national model for space regulation,” they said.

The spokesman added that Signature Bank failed to provide reliable and consistent data as withdrawal requests exploded over the weekend.

Mr Frank said he was surprised that the regulator said the decision to close the bank had nothing to do with cryptocurrency.

“I think that was a factor,” he said in an interview. “I’m confused as to why it was closed.”

He added that, to his knowledge, bank managers were working to provide data to regulators.

“What we have heard from our executives is that the deposit situation has stabilized and they would receive the capital from the discount window and I remain convinced that if we had opened on Monday given the announcements we would have done so of these two policies are in reasonably good condition and certainly operational,” he said.

Signature was a commercial bank with retail offices and nine national businesses, including commercial real estate and digital asset banking.

With reports from Reuters

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 15, 2023 3:15 am


Barney Frank claims Signature Bank was seized to send message to banks

A regulatory takeover of a New York-based bank should send a message to US banks to stay away from the cryptocurrency business, says a former member of Congress who served on the bank’s board.

Former US Rep. Barney Frank said Monday he believes state officials behind the move were trying to make an example of Signature Bank.

“This was just a way of saying to people, ‘We don’t want you involved with crypto,'” Frank told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 15, 2023 2:45 am


Voices: Ghosts of the 2008 financial crisis hover over Biden’s response

When President Joe Biden announced Monday that people who had deposited their money with the now-defunct Silicon Valley Bank would have their money at their disposal, he stressed that American taxpayers would not be let down.

Similarly, he added that those in charge of the bank must be fired and that Silicon Valley Bank’s investors would not recover, arguing that they took a risk and now must suffer the losses.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 15, 2023 1:15 am


DOJ and SEC are investigating stock sales ahead of the Silicon Valley bank collapse, the report said

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based tech- and startup-focused lender was taken over by regulators on Friday during a run on its deposits, making it the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history.

It’s not uncommon for such investigations to be conducted when large financial institutions or public companies collapse or suffer unexpected losses, but the separate probes will also look at stock sales made by company bosses days before the bank’s collapse.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 15, 2023 00:15


Lawmakers’ explanation for Silicon Valley bank collapse goes viral

A congressman was widely praised for posting a two-and-a-half-minute video on Twitter and TikTok that clearly spelled out Silicon Valley Bank’s situation.

At 2 a.m. Monday morning, he shot a video for social media explaining how the Silicon Valley Bank crisis began, what was being done about it, and to avoid panic.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 14, 2023 11:45 p.m


Voices: The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank made three things startlingly clear

It wasn’t a Lehman Brothers moment, but there are three hard lessons to learn from the past few days, he writes David Callaway.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 14, 2023 11:15 p.m


Biden says banking system is “safe” and swears off executives accountability

President Joe Biden reassured Americans that the country’s banking system was safe after the Silicon Valley bank collapsed last week and said financial executives would be held accountable.

The president’s actions come after the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced Sunday night that Silicon Valley bank depositors would have access to their money.

Eric Garcia filed this report Monday from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 14, 2023 10:45 p.m


Jeremy Hunt hails ‘great resilience’ as HSBC bails out Silicon Valley bank’s UK branch

Jeremy Hunt says HSBC’s purchase of Silicon Valley Bank UK is a “very important result” and praised the “great resilience” of the UK financial system. “A sale has been agreed… And that means all these really important companies that had deposits in Silicon Valley Bank UK can access their deposits and access normal banking services from this morning,” the Chancellor said. “This is a very important result and no tax money was used. It’s the result of a lot of hard work.” Click here to sign up for our newsletter.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 14, 2023 10:15 p.m


Summary: Why Did the Silicon Valley Bank Collapse?

The collapse of the 16th largest bank in the US sent ripples through global markets on Monday as governments and companies scramble to figure out what the impact would be and how it could be contained.

On Monday, the UK government said HSBC would take over the UK wing of the bank.

But what was the SVB, why did it collapse and are other banks at risk? We’re going to look at these questions here.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 14, 2023 21:45

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