Videos of bank runs and people lining up outside SVB. Rumblings that the contagion could spread to others as the market becomes fearful. We could see more dominoes fall of course and we’ll have to see this play out some more…but all things considered, BTC and ETH holding up relatively well.
SVB essentially bought a ton of mortgage-backed securities at a really bad time. They had to hold to maturity and only paid out little interest. When the Fed rose interest rates, the value of these MBSs tanked. People and companies holding money in SVB took out money (for a number of reasons), forcing SVB to sell their bonds at a loss. Then, of course, panic spreads as worries of the bank going insolvent circulate. This caused a bank run.
Notice how a bank run is literally impossible with crypto if you hold your keys in your own wallet.
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2 thoughts on “Silicon Valley Bank Collapses- Second Biggest Bank Collapse in US History.”
Only the first part of the story is SVBs failure. Will we see a Lehman weekend over the next two days or the next two months? How many large but new Tech companies had all or most of their cash on deposit at SVB and won’t be able to continue as an ongoing business?