US Regulators Shut Signature Bank, 3rd Big Collapse in a Week
Signature Bank, one of the two significant banks for the crypto industry, has also been shut down by the New York regulators—the third US bank failure within a week.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Board chair Jerome Powell and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) chairman Martin Gruenberg said in a joint statement that all depositors of Signature Bank 'will be made whole'.
Signature Bank had US$88.59bn (billion) in deposits as of 31 December 2022 and the New York Department of Financial Services has taken possession of the Bank, reports The Verge.
Leading crypto exchange Coinbase had US$240mn (million) in cash at Signature Bank.
"As of close of business Friday March 10, Coinbase had an approximately $240m balance in corporate cash at Signature. As stated by the FDIC, we expect to fully recover these funds," the crypto exchange said in a tweet.
Circle, the firm behind USDC stablecoin, is also affected by the Signature Bank closing.
Its CEO Jeremy Allaire said in a tweet that with the closure of Signature Bank, "we will not be able to process minting and redemption through SigNet, we will be relying on settlements through BNY Mellon."
"Additionally, we will be bringing on a new transaction banking partner with automated minting and redemption potentially as soon as tomorrow. We are committed to building robust and automated USDC settlement and reserve operations," he added.
Crypto firm Circle also have US$3.3bn stuck at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the non-crypto bank that collapsed last week, triggering panic in the tech industry.
Bankrupt crypto lender BlockFi also has US$227mn in funds stuck at SVB.
Top cryptocurrency exchanges Binance and Coinbase have also temporarily suspended USDC stablecoin conversions after the collapse of SVB.
Another US traditional bank Silvergate Capital last week announced it was "wind down operations and voluntarily liquidating" its bank division.
The fall of cryptocurrency exchange FTX and an overall meltdown in the global crypto market is the reason behind the collapse of Silvergate Capital—a lender of choice to startups and tech firms.
The Federal Reserve Board has now announced it will make available additional funding to eligible depository institutions to help assure banks have the ability to meet the needs of all their depositors.
The regulators have said that depositors of SVB will have access to their uninsured deposits on Monday (US time) and no losses would be paid for by taxes.
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3 months ago
Wish our Government might take a lesson out of it.
3 months ago
Had it been in India, it would not have closed. Sab chalta hai…
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