Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) has published its review of the oversight and regulation of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), shedding light on the circumstances leading to the bank’s closure.

The report summarizes the DFPI’s supervision of SVB and highlights several key findings:

  • Slow Remediation: SVB exhibited delays in addressing deficiencies identified by regulators, while regulators themselves failed to ensure prompt resolution of the bank’s issues.
  • Impact of Rising Interest Rates: SVB experienced a decrease in startup deposits and faced investment losses as a result of rising interest rates, contributing to liquidity challenges.
  • Inadequate Risk Assessment: The rapid growth of SVB was not adequately accounted for in risk assessments, potentially underestimating associated risks.
  • High Level of Uninsured Deposits: SVB’s significant amount of uninsured deposits played a role in the bank run, further amplifying its collapse.
  • Influence of Digital Banking and Social Media: The report underscores the role of digital banking technology and social media in accelerating the volume and speed of the bank run, ultimately contributing to SVB’s demise.

The report also outlines the DFPI’s future steps to enhance the supervision of state-chartered banks, aiming to prevent future bank failures. To ensure transparency, the report includes confidential supervisory information (CSI) about SVB, including examination reports, supervisory letters, and ratings downgrades, providing policymakers and the public with a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances surrounding SVB’s closure.

Interested parties can access the complete report on the DFPI website, which aims to equip policymakers and stakeholders with valuable insights to mitigate risks and prevent future bank failures.

Background: On March 10, 2023, the DFPI assumed control of Silicon Valley Bank, a California state-chartered regional bank based in Santa Clara, and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as the receiver. SVB’s insolvency followed an unprecedented run on its deposits. Within a span of eight hours on March 9, 2023, SVB experienced withdrawal requests totaling approximately $42 billion, equivalent to nearly 25 percent of its total deposits of approximately $166 billion. While internal factors made SVB susceptible to a bank run, the influence of social media and digital banking technology amplified the outflow of deposits.

News Source :DFPI website

By Joshi

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