Regulators, CEOs affirm in hearings on bank failures

Federal banking regulators today affirmed prior to the House Financial Services Committee throughout the very first of 5 congressional hearings today on the current bank failures, where they were continued why managers did not raise issues raised about Silicon Valley Bank ahead of its closure. In addition, previous magnates from SVB and Signature Bank affirmed prior to the Senate Banking Committee on the failures.

The Federal Reserve last month launched a report faulting SVB’s management for its failure however likewise determining circumstances in which firm managers stopped working to raise issues they discovered at the bank. More just recently, Fed Governor Michelle Bowman recommended that the firm ought to select a 3rd party to carry out an independent evaluation of the Fed’s handling of SVB. Asked whether he concurred with that suggestion, Fed Vice Chairman for Supervision Michael Barr recommended that third-party evaluation is coming through congressional oversight and evaluations by the Office of Inspector General and Government Accountability Office. “I think there are such reviews going on already,” he stated.

Barr was likewise asked why the Fed was checking out more powerful capital guidelines if he thought banks were well-capitalized—something he has actually stated consistently. “The capital in the system is strong—it might need to be the case that it is stronger, and the banking system might need more capital to be resilient precisely because we don’t know the nature of the kinds of ways we might experience shocks to the system, as has happened with these recent bank failures,” Barr stated.

In the Senate, previous SVB CEO Greg Becker faulted “unprecedented” rates of interest boosts and a social media-fueled bank run for the failure of his organization. “I never imagined that these unprecedented events could happen to SVB and strongly believe that the leadership team and I made the best decisions we could with the facts, forecasts and outside expert advice available to us at the time, and that we made these decisions in good faith and in the best interests of SVB, its employees and its clients,” Becker stated.


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