First Republic and Silicon Valley Banks are NOT Microsoft!

By Staff Reporters



Wall Street’s $30 billion infusion into First Republic Bank didn’t manage to calm investors’ jitters about how banks are holding up. The regional bank’s stock tanked again Friday, dragging most of the market down with it. Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its credit rating on First Republic Bank to junk, citing a “deterioration in the bank’s financial profile.” First Republic’s debt rating was cut to B2 from Baa1, Moody’s said. Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings downgraded First Republic Bank’s debt earlier this week.

The downgrade reflects “the deterioration in the bank’s financial profile and the significant challenges First Republic Bank faces over the medium term in light of its increased reliance on short-term and higher cost wholesale funding due to deposit outflows,” Moody’s analysts said in a release.

And, SVB’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday, buying it time to pay off creditors and making it easier to sell off its assets (but the bank itself, currently in the hands of the FDIC, isn’t part of the filing). Meanwhile, President Biden called on Congress to make it easier to punish bank executives if their mismanagement causes a bank to collapse, including allowing regulators to claw back their pay.


But Big Tech stocks got a boost from investors looking to park their cash in non-bank companies, pushing Microsoft to its best weeks in almost eight years.




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