March 21, 2023

Silicon Valley Bank Shuts Down Amid Liquidity Fears

Silicon Valley Bank, the startup-centric bank, has been shut down by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. The bank’s stock had plummeted in recent days amid liquidity fears, leading to the FDIC taking over operations.

To protect the bank’s clients, the FDIC created the Deposit Insurance National Bank of Santa Clara (DINB) and transferred SVB deposits to this new entity. The FDIC is meant to maintain confidence in the American financial system by making depositors at insured banks whole should those banks go under.

SVB depositors “will have full access to their insured deposits no later than Monday morning,” said the FDIC in an announcement. The bank held $209 billion in assets and roughly $175 billion in deposits at the end of last year.

The closure of Silicon Valley Bank has sent shockwaves through the tech industry, with many startups relying on the bank for funding and financial services. It’s unclear what the long-term impact of the bank’s closure will be on the startup ecosystem, but many are bracing for a difficult period ahead.

Some experts have suggested that the closure of Silicon Valley Bank could be a sign of broader problems in the tech industry, with many startups struggling to secure funding and facing increasing competition from larger, more established companies.

For now, the focus is on ensuring that SVB depositors are protected and that the bank’s closure does not have a wider impact on the financial system. The FDIC has assured depositors that their funds are safe and that they will have full access to their accounts as soon as possible.

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