Silicon Valley Bank HALTS trading as shares crash 64% today amid talks to sell troubled lender: Panic caused by tech industry slowdown spreads to Wall Street – as Peter Thiel’s venture capital fund warns startups to PULL money out of SVB
- Silicon Valley Bank suspended trading of its shares, with a potential sale in discussion.
- The bank appeared to be on the brink of ruin, as shares dropped by 64% in premarket trading.
- Founders Fund and Y Combinator advised startups to pull their money from SVB amid concerns about its financial stability.
- The bank caters primarily to tech startups and venture funds in Silicon Valley.
- SVB announced a massive equity raise to cover a $1.8 billion loss on the sale of bonds, but this did not calm investors.
- The situation raised fears of broader market contagion, with the S&P 500 bank index tumbling over 6%.
- Billionaire hedge funder Bill Ackman led calls for a government bailout for troubled SVB.
- Rising interest rates battered the tech startups that SVB primarily serves, resulting in declining deposits.
- SVB CEO Greg Becker insisted the bank remains ‘well-capitalized, with a high-quality, liquid balance sheet and peer-leading capital ratios.’
- Turmoil at SVB followed Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s testimony this week.
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