The failure of Signature Bank had a negative effect on business lending. The bank's collapse caused businesses to have difficulty accessing the capital they needed to operate.

After Silicon Valley Bank fell, regulators declared Signature Bank, based in New York, to be closed as well. The panic caused by SVB reverberated to Signature, resulting in a bank run and its downfall. The consequences of this event on business lending are discussed in an article from United Capital Source.

March 15th 2023.

Why did Signature Bank fail?


The FDIC shut down Signature Bank on Sunday, March 12, 2023, following a bank run, which is when a multitude of depositors take out their money at the same time. According to a New York regulatory report, Signature Bank had $110.36 billion in assets and $88.59 billion in deposits as of the end of 2022.


The closing of Silvergate Bank, which was crypto-centric, on Friday, March 10, 2023, exacerbated the situation and caused fright among Signature Bank customers, who withdrew a total of $10 billion on Friday. Customers then transferred their funds to bigger and more reliable banks like Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase.


As part of its growth efforts, Signature Bank opened up to cryptocurrency customers in 2018. It set up a 24/7 payments network for crypto clients. At the time of closure, $16.5 billion of the bank's deposits were from digital-asset customers.


Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank served on the Signature Bank board. He stated that the bank’s executives were astonished by the sudden decision to close the bank. The bank looked into “all options” to bolster liquidity, including talking to potential buyers and searching for extra capital.


By Sunday, the bank run had diminished and executives thought the situation had stabilized. Instead, the FDIC removed the bank’s managers and closed the establishment. Regulators are at present in the sales process for the bank while maintaining a bridge bank to serve the needs of its customers.


One potential cause of the bank’s abrupt disruption is the relaxing of banking regulations established in the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis. Signature Bank board member Barney Frank was a co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which set up new banking regulations intended to help prevent a similar financial crash.


As a member of Signature Bank’s board, Frank advocated for the relaxing of regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act. One of the Act’s provisions applied regulations to “too big to fail” institutions, banks holding $50 billion or more in assets. The bank’s board was part of a push to raise that threshold to $250 billion, allowing Signature Bank to stay away from those increased regulations.


Other financial experts point to Signature Bank’s involvement in crypto as a reason the federal government acted so harshly on the financial institution. Some industry specialists suggest that the Fed wanted to make an example of Signature Bank.


What happens to Signature Bank customers?


The FDIC has promised to make Signature Bank depositors whole, even beyond the FDIC-insured amounts of $250,000. According to a 2022 regulatory filing, 90% of the bank’s $89 billion in deposits exceeded the FDIC maximum insured amount.


As part of the federal government’s plan to prevent financial panic and bank runs, it created the Signature Bridge Bank, N.A. Clients can access their funds and do ordinary banking operations at the bridge bank. The FDIC will update those customers regarding any changes and what occurs when it completes the sale of the bank.


Signature Bank customers can also visit the FDIC FAQ for answers on what they can do. Many of Signature Bank’s customers were small and medium-sized businesses. They should not experience interruptions to making payroll or other essential cash flow needs.


A lot of NY-based law firms had accounts with the bank. It also served the commercial real estate market. After launching in 2001 and going public in 2004, Signature Bank was one of the fastest growing banks in the nation. It extended into other areas in 2007 with a multifamily lending unit. It also expanded into equipment financing in 2012 with its Signature Financial unit.


Signature Bank Commercial Financing customers can still access their account details through the Signature Bridge Bank. Anyone with a pending loan should get in touch with their loan officer for more details.


Will the bank failure spread to other banks?


Speaking about the public’s loss of faith in banking institutions during the Great Depression, FDR famously said during his 1933 inauguration, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” 90 years later, the current administration has its hands full in trying to quell those fears.

What was the cause of Signature Bank's downfall?


The main cause of Signature Bank's failure was a bank run, which occurred when multiple depositors withdrew their funds at the same time, resulting in a total of $10 billion withdrawn on Friday, March 10, 2023. Additionally, the closing of crypto-centric Silvergate Bank, as well as the bank's involvement in cryptocurrency, are believed to have contributed to the bank run.

Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank, a member of the bank's board, stated that the bank's executives were shocked by the FDIC's sudden decision to close the institution.

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