Do we consider this a government bailout? One treasury official emphasized that this process would not bring these banks back to life. The executives would not retain their jobs. These new processes would only be there to benefit the people who trusted the bank to store their money and not to help people who were over leveraged in risky investments.
It is a bailout. Not like 2008. But it is a bailout of the venture capital community + their portfolio companies (their investments). That’s the depositor base of SVB. It is the right thing to do in the moment, but there will be ramifications + new regs. VC’s should say thank you
— Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) March 13, 2023
The Treasury is placing large emphasis on how the money would be paid to the bailout. Instead of taking it from taxpayers, they will be taking it from a fund that is privately paid into by the banks. Biden and Janet Yellen, Treasury secretary, stated that it would come from the bank fund and not the taxpayers. Yellen’s statement below.
“We are trying to help depositors of institutions. The banks, equity and bondholders are being wiped out,” the Treasury official said. “The firms are not being bailed out. The depositors are being protected.”
US Treasury official says this situation is not 2008 and firms are not being bailed out.
Meanwhile they’re giving banks unlimited lines of credits to help them get out of this mess.
Totally not a bailout guys…
— Mr. Whale (@WhaleWire) March 13, 2023
You can see the inconsistency in the way the narrative is being told. Even Biden supporters have begun to think this is shaping up exactly like 2008 and the taxpayers will be on the hook. Even though the fund is paid into by U.S. banks, it is ultimately backstopped by the Treasury Department, potentially putting taxpayers on the hook if it runs out.
The fund believes it will be safe as it has $100 Billion ready to back the banks. The fund then plans to recoup this money by charging more fees to the banks, the Fed, Treasury and FDIC. It could work out long term, but this is a big risk for our governments funds.
Our debt limit is maxed out at $31,4 trillion …
yet somehow the US Treasury can back all bank deposits in the USA with unlimited risk and make all depositors whole while banks have +$600 billion in unrealized losses on their books.
You can’t taper a Ponzi. ?
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) March 12, 2023
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