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Silicon Valley Bank Collapse / SVB Failure

Updated Mar 14, 2023 at 01:07PM EDT by Zach.

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Overview

Silicon Valley Bank Collapse, also known as SVB Failure, refers to the rapid decline, eventual halting and shutting down of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), one of the largest funding sources and banks for start-ups around the world. SVB notably collapsed after a run on the bank in early March 2023 as clients began withdrawing their money following speculation it would fail, becoming the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history. The SVB collapse quickly became the subject of memes online as it started to be compared to the FTX Crypto Crash (except with traditional money vs. cryptocurrency) and thousands of people potentially losing their livelihoods as a result.

Background

On Thursday, March 9th, 2023, reports of instability at Silicon Valley Bank began to spread, with the rumors subsequently causing a bank run from start-ups who had their cash in the bank and causing the stock price to plummet by double digits almost immediately.[5] This event caused further chaos as additional start-ups would continue the trend on Friday, March 10th, when the stock price collapsed before being officially halted as news broke that California regulators had shut the bank down. CNN's[1] report on the situation uploaded to its YouTube channel, which was officially the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history, received over 375,000 views in one day as those connected to the start-up space scrambled to find answers (shown below).



Developments

FDIC Seizure and Involvement

SVB was ultimately seized by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), which then placed it under the receivership of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). However, roughly 89 percent of the bank's $172 billion in deposit liabilities notably exceeded the maximum insured by the FDIC, requiring the FDIC to receive exceptional authority from the Department of the Treasury on March 12th, 2023, stating in an announcement that depositors would have "access to all of their money starting Monday, March 13" and that "no losses associated with the resolution of Silicon Valley Bank will be borne by the taxpayer."[6]

The press release from the Department of the Treasury garnered rapid media coverage on March 12th, as well as memes and discourse on social media. For example, Twitter user KevinSvenson_ tweeted a Money Printer Go Brrr meme referencing the development, which received over 1,200 likes in roughly 18 hours (seen below).


Online Reactions

Immediately upon the news hitting of the bank being shut down by regulators on March 10th, 2023, memes began to appear mocking Silicon Valley Bank and the start-up culture in reference to the bank's involvement in that industry.

One thread of the story, which quickly became one of the most prominent topics surrounding the collapse, was that reports indicated over 90 percent of the bank's accounts and funds were not FDIC insured, meaning that roughly 90 percent of the accounts (mostly start-ups) who had their money in SVB would not be able to get compensation. Those who were insured were only able to get up to $250,000. On March 11th, Twitter user @ParikPatelCFA[2] posted a Best I Can Do Is meme as a response to this aspect of the bank collapse, receiving over 4,800 likes and 440 retweets in two days (shown below).


Dr. Parik Patel, BA, CFA, ACCA Esq. @ParikPatelCFA Startup: "All our money is in SVB we can't make payroll next week" FDIC: BEST WE CAN DO IS $250K 1:40 AM - Mar 11, 2023 150.1K Views ***

On March 11th, 2023, Twitter user @WindTrain1[3] uploaded a Heaviest Objects In The Universe meme template in which the last and heaviest object was labeled "SVB shares yesterday," a play on how far the stock sunk from over $265 per share on Wednesday to finally settling at $106 a share the following day before it was halted as the company imploded (shown below).


Our Sun Neutron Stars HEAVIEST OBJECTS IN THE UNIVERSE Black Holes SVB Shares Yesterday

The reason for the collapse also became the subject of many memes online due to how relatively simple it was to many users. According to reports, SVB used a lot of its money to buy low-yield bonds and other assets that make money long-term, which only work out as long as interest rates stay low.[7] With interest rates in recent years being 0 percent yet increasing as the threat of inflation continued, people online were increasingly convinced that SVB was destined to fail due to this strategy not having longevity potential, as shown in the Gru's Plan meme uploaded to Twitter by user @JosephPolitano[4] on March 9th (shown below).


imgflip.com We become the main bank for this industry that benefits from loose monetary policy The total value of both our assets and liabilities become highly correlated to interest rates wwwww.... We take their deposits and invest in long-maturity safe assets The total value of both our assets and liabilities become highly correlated to interest rates

On TikTok, numerous videos discussing the SVB collapse also appeared on the platform. For example, on March 11th, 2023, the @morningbrew account posted a skit explaining the event under the caption "Wtf happened with Silicon Valley Bank," receiving over 158,000 likes, 15,000 shares and 1,000 comments in two days (seen below).

@morningbrew Wtf happened with Silicon Valley Bank #svb #siliconvalleybank #business #businessnews #siliconvalley #startups ♬ original sound – Morning Brew

One of the most polarizing reactions to the SVB collapse came from the investor Jason Calacanis', who went on a large caps-lock induced rant and started @ing the President of the United States and several others to try and get the Federal Government to care more about the FDIC uninsured deposits and the impending run on banks that he foresaw taking place across the country in the following days, tweeting[8] on March 10th, among other things, that the entire administration should be fired in 2024 (shown below).


@jason ALL @Jason Mar 11 IF TRUE, THIS ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO BE FIRED EN MASSE IN 2024 WE ARE DRIFTING INTO DERELICTION OF DUTY TERRITORY @POTUS @SecYellen @SenSchumer @VP SPEAK UP IMMEDIATELY #LEADERSHIP #NOW David Marcus @davidmarcus. Mar 11 Hearing rumors that the FDIC is blocking GSIBS from buying SVB on the grounds that it would create too much concentration with our largest banks. If true, they really need to understand that not finding a suitable buyer over the weekend will result in much greater concentration... Show more 185 199 602 ….. ili 224.8K

Various Examples


Laundry Growth Marketer for laundry app @HanginOutOnline Federal Reserve watching Silicon Valley Bank collapse this week i think it will cause problems on purpose 4:24 PM Mar 10, 2023 333 Views . β € WSB Wall Street Memes @wallstmemes : "The name of the company is Silicon Valley Bank. It's a cutting edge bank based in, you guessed it, Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world. It's currently trading at a deep discount due to a silly little mistake of going balls deep in 1.87% 10 year t-bills" 10:14 AM - Mar 10, 2023 283K Views I'M JUST GOING TO LEND YOUR MONEY TO AN UNPROFITABLE STARTUP IN A DOWN MARKET imgflip.com AAAND ITS GONE Silicon Valley Bank svb sub 144 imgflip.com People with regular jobs enjoying a nice Friday in early spring People in tech watching SVB collapse after two rounds of layoffs and the evaporation of their company's valuation LEHMAN BROTHERS BEAR STEARNS FTX svb> Silicon Valley Bank

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Crits Madine
Crits Madine

On the one hand, the collapse of a major bank and the resulting runs does not bode well for this year's economy

On the other hand, it's happening to the bank that propped up money-pit "disruptive" startups run by smug Silicon Valley tech douches and is the bank of choice for the megacorps like Google and Meta that have been spending the past 15 years shitting up the internet, and our lives by extension.

Either way,

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