With the failure of three regional banks since March, and another one teetering on the brink, will America soon see a cascade of bank failures?
Bloomberg reported Wednesday that San Francisco-based PacWest Bancorp is mulling a sale.
Last week, First Republic Bank became the third bank to collapse, the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history after Washington Mutual, which collapsed in 2008 amid the financial crisis.
After the demise of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in March, a study on the fragility of the U.S. banking system found that 186 more banks are at risk of failure even if only half of their uninsured depositors (uninsured depositors stand to lose a part of their deposits if the bank fails, potentially giving them incentives to run) decide to withdraw their funds.
“The collapse of four US banks in the last few months with over US$500 billion in combined assets is hard to dismiss, especially in the context of a slowing economy, reined in by policy rates that have risen sharply over the last year and capped by this week’s 25bp hike.” – MS
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) May 7, 2023
Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy on Monday September 15th 2008.
Is Charles Schwab in trouble? pic.twitter.com/rU6k04TUlq
— Financelot (@FinanceLancelot) May 7, 2023
The selloff in US bank shares is threatening to push them below a technical threshold that could signal more pain ahead for the broader stock market. pic.twitter.com/2ksHi9qkmc
— Cheddar Flow (@CheddarFlow) May 7, 2023
Fitch places PacWest Bancorp on ratings watch negative.