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Big Banks Rush to Save First Republic Banks Amidst Collapse

In a bold display of solidarity, America’s banking giants unite to throw a staggering $30 billion lifeline towards the embattled First Republic Bank.

With anxiety rippling through investors and customers, this financial superhero act aims to reassure the public and showcase the banking system’s resilience during these turbulent times.

Among the caped crusaders are JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Truist, intent on empowering the San Francisco lender to combat customer withdrawals and instill faith in the US banking system.

The banks united in support of the First Republic, expressing confidence in a vibrant financial system with healthy regional, midsize, and small banks.

First Republic’s shares soared, ending the day up over 10% despite an atmosphere of worry following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

However, First Republic Bank faced credit rating downgrades by Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings due to potential depositor cash withdrawal concerns.

First Republic, among other regional banks, faces a major challenge as the number of uninsured deposits surpasses FDIC limits.

With 68% of their total funds comprising these unprotected investments – notably lower than SVB’s 94% customers have taken to pulling money out and forcing the bank into selling assets or taking loans just to pay them back in cash.

With First Republic, having an astonishing 111% liability-to-deposit ratio, it means they’ve lent out more than their customers have deposited! Analysts see this as a warning of the risks for investors.

Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve conjures up an innovative loan system, swapping Treasury bonds for one-year loans to help regional banks rise like a phoenix after failures.

As interest rates soar, the once-coveted Treasuries plummet in value, igniting a high-stakes race for survival.

Fed Intervention

Despite the phenomenal federal efforts, investors still seem to crave more reassurance. In light of this, First Republic teamed up with JPMorgan, unveiling a swift cash access strategy for tough times.

Furthermore, the bank proudly reveals a whopping $70 billion in untapped assets, ready to swiftly appease their customers’ withdrawal demands if required.

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The Collapse Of Silicon Valley Bank

A titan in the realm of tech start-up financing crumbled on March 10th, prompting a dramatic intervention by the U.S. government.

In a dramatic twist, Silicon Valley Bank buckles under unfortunate choices and frantic clients, becoming the largest U.S. bank failure since the infamous 2008 crisis. 

While the government promises that depositors will reclaim their funds, this tumultuous event shines a spotlight on the tech industry’s weaknesses.

Rumor has it, the Justice Department is probing the bank’s downfall, possibly concentrating on mysterious insider sales by top executives just before the catastrophe.

ECB Rate Hike

Meanwhile, the ECB raised interest rates by 0.5%, staying true to their plan from last month despite market unrest.

President Christine Lagarde and team upped the main refinancing rate to 3.5% from 3%. It’s the second consecutive 0.5% increase, following their Feb. 2 decision.

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  • Phyllis Wangui

    Phyllis Wangui is a Financial Analyst and News Editor with qualifications in accounting and economics. She has over 20 years of banking and accounting experience, during which she has gained extensive knowledge of the forex, stock news, stock market, forex analysis, cryptos and foreign exchange industries. Phyllis is an avid commentator on these topics and loves to share her insights with others through financial publications and social media platforms.