“It’s Spooky”: Stanford Professor Warns Thousands Of US Banks Are “Potentially Insolvent”, by Tyler Durden

Given the nature of fractional reserve banking (having only a fraction on a bank’s deposit liabilities on reserve), every bank in the U.S. is “potentially insolvent.” From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Following the collapse of First Republic last week, the meltdown of three other banks, and the Federal Reserve’s quarter-point increase, making the tenth straight hike in an aggressive campaign to tame elevated inflation, a professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business presented a grim warning that the regional banking dominos are falling. 

In a New York Times opinion piece titled“Yes, You Should Be Worried About a Potential Bank Crisis. Here’s Why,”Professor Amit Seru wrote, “the fragility and collapse of several high-profile banks are most likely not an isolated phenomenon.” He said, “A damaging combination of fast-rising interest rates, major changes in work patterns, and the potential of a recession could prompt a credit crunch not seen since the 2008 financial crisis.” 

Just in the past few months, Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank and First Republic Bank have failed. Their combined assets surpassed those held by the 25 banks (when adjusted for inflation) that collapsed at the height of the financial crisis. While some experts and policymakers believe that the resolution of First Republic Bank on Monday indicates the turbulence in the industry is coming to an end, I believe this may be premature. On Thursday, shares of PacWest and Western Alliance are falling as investors’ fears spread. Adverse conditions have significantly weakened the ability of many banks to withstand another credit shock — and it’s clear that a big one may already be on its way.

Rapidly rising interest rates create perilous conditions for banks because of a basic principle: The longer the duration of an investment, the more sensitive it is to changes in interest rates. When interest rates rise, the assets that banks hold to generate a return on their investment fall in value. And because the banks’ liabilities — like its deposits, which customers can withdraw at any time — usually are shorter in duration, they fall by less. Thus, increases in interest rates can deplete a bank’s equity and risk leaving it with more liabilities than assets. So it’s no surprise that the US banking system’s market value of assets is around $2 trillion lower than suggested by their book value. When the entire set of approximately 4,800 banks in the United States is examined, the decline in the value of equity is most prominent for midsize and smaller banks, reflecting their heavier bets on long-term assets.

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One response to ““It’s Spooky”: Stanford Professor Warns Thousands Of US Banks Are “Potentially Insolvent”, by Tyler Durden

  1. Spiritual WAR

    Spooky for those who don’t know about the Long March and how every bank will nationalized in order to have the CBDC.
    The republic rug gets ripped right out from under those who don’t pay attention.
    There will be some charging up the hill eventually so choose wisely.
    O/T-Got a kick out of some commenter calling people keyboard cowboys as they enjoy the last of the 1st amendment and some of these people have served in various war zones.


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