Silicon Valley Bank Collapse Marks Worst Bank Failure Since Great Recession

By FOX Business
Posted on 03/11/23 | News Source: FOX Business

The closure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was announced by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Friday, marking the worst U.S. financial institution failure in nearly 15 years.

SVB was the 16th largest bank in the United States until Friday afternoon. It failed after anxious depositors rushed to withdraw money over concern for the bank's health.

SVB was connected to a number of Silicon Valley industries and startups. Y Combinator, an incubator startup that launched Airbnb, DoorDash and DropBox, regularly referred entrepreneurs to them.

"This is an extinction-level event for startups," Y Combinator CEO Garry Tan said. "I literally have been hearing from hundreds of our founders asking for help on how they can get through this. They are asking, ‘Do I have to furlough my workers?’"

The California bank also suffered from the decline in the value of technology stocks, as well as industry layoffs. SVB was so prominent that it was considered an ideal starting point to early-stage startups.

SVB's collapse was so quick that, hours before its closure, some industry analysts were hopeful that the bank was still a good investment.

The bank's shares had fallen 60% on Friday morning, after already falling 60% on Thursday. SVB had sold off $1.75 billion in shares to compensate for declining customer deposits.