SVB Collapse Sends Shockwaves Through Financial World

 | Mar 14, 2023 05:57AM ET

Over the past week, the financial world has been rocked by the news of Silicon Valley Bank's failure - the largest bank to go under since the 2008 financial crisis.

The shock announcement came last Wednesday when the company revealed it needed to raise $2.25 billion to strengthen its balance sheet. To compound matters, it had sold all of its available-for-sale bonds, incurring a $1.8 billion loss.

Despite efforts from the bank's executives to reassure investors, a panic set in, and by the close of business on Thursday, depositors had withdrawn over $42 billion. US banking regulators were forced to step in and shut down the bank on Friday.

The shockwaves were felt throughout the financial sector, with fears rising that other regional banks could face similar trouble.

And those fears were not unfounded, as US regulators closed Signature Bank (NASDAQ:SBNY) on Sunday, citing systemic risk, barely a week after crypto-friendly bank Silvergate (NYSE:SI) also collapsed.

h2 US Authorities Swing In to Save Clients/h2

On Sunday, the Biden administration took an extraordinary step to restore confidence in America's banking system. The administration guaranteed that customers of the failed Silicon Valley Bank and Signature would have access to all their money starting Monday.

The markets reacted positively to this news, with risk-on assets such as Bitcoin gaining 14% since Sunday evening and rising almost 10% on Monday.

It remains to be seen how long the positive effect will last, but it could be a strengthening of BTC’s main narrative as the alternative to centralized banking and payment systems. After all, this was the environment Bitcoin was borne for.

These events provide some reminiscent of the ‘economic bazooka’ initiated by the US Fed at the onset of the COVID pandemic in March 2020. The question remains whether this will be enough to stabilize markets.

h2 Monday Brought Despair to the Banking Sector/h2

To no surprise, Monday morning offered a wave of despair for the entire banking sector eradicating more than $200B worth of value for the US Banking sector alone.