Upon his return to the White House on Sunday evening, President Biden announced that he had directed the Treasury Secretary and National Economic Council Director to tackle issues at Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. The President’s directive came as a response to recent banking issues that have raised concerns among Americans regarding the safety and stability of the financial system.
“I am pleased that they reached a prompt solution that protects American workers and small businesses, and keeps our financial system safe. The solution also ensures that taxpayer dollars are not put at risk,” Biden expressed his satisfaction with the solution they reached.
In his statement, the President emphasized the importance of maintaining confidence in the banking system, saying, “The American people and American businesses can have confidence that their bank deposits will be there when they need them.”
Biden has pledged to hold those responsible for the recent banking issues fully accountable, declaring, “I am firmly committed to holding those responsible for this mess fully accountable and to continuing our efforts to strengthen oversight and regulation of larger banks so that we are not in this position again.”
On Monday morning, Biden will deliver remarks on his plans to maintain a resilient banking system to protect the economic recovery.
The US Treasury secretary, Federal Reserve board chair, and FDIC chairman have taken action to restore public confidence in the banking system. They have approved actions to protect depositors of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, with no losses borne by taxpayers. Shareholders and unsecured debtholders will not be protected, and senior management has been removed. The Federal Reserve will also provide additional funding to eligible depository institutions to meet depositors’ needs.
According to an interview with CBS Sunday, Treasury Secretary Yellen clarified that a bailout of Silicon Valley Bank was not being considered. Yellen noted that reforms made after the financial crisis meant that investors and owners of systemic large banks would not be bailed out again. The priority was to focus on protecting depositors.
On Sunday evening, Dow futures rose by almost 300 points (0.9%), while S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures were up 1.3%.
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