Signature Bank closed as FDIC, Treasury and the Fed call ‘systemic risk’
This is the third major bank to collapse in a week, scaring investors. The joint announcement that depositors will be protected above $250,000 guaranteed by the FDIC appears to be intended to reassure bank customers that their money will not be frozen. Signature had $88.59 billion in deposits as of December 31, 2022. The New York Department of Financial Services has taken possession of the bank.
Signature was one of two banks widely used in cryptocurrency. Like Silvergate, which collapsed on March 8, Signature had a network that allowed crypto companies to transfer dollars in real time. With both crypto banks gone, it may be harder to get back into dollars.
In addition, the Fed’s announcement said that depositors at Silicon Valley Bank will also be made healthy. That’s good news for crypto, as stablecoin provider Circle kept $3.3 billion in reserves there. Circle manages USDC, a token always intended to be worth $1 – and an important part of crypto payments.
Update March 12 at 8:02 PM: Coinbase statement, Circle statement added.