Silicon Valley Bank Share Slump Rocks Financial Stocks

Shares in banks around the globe have declined after an emerging difficult situation in one US bank which induced fears of a long-term issue for the financial sector. 

Overall bank shares in Europe and Asia sharply declined on Friday. 

Silicon Valley Bank shares (SVB), a major component of technology start-ups,  plunged sixty percent on Thursday, and a day before, it released a $2.25bn stock trade for shoring up its balance sheet when it grapples with decreasing deposits from the start-ups of technology. It produced a knock-on effect because the 4 largest US banks- Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and JPMorgan lost over $50bn in the overall market value. 

Silicon Valley Bank’s parent company provided a record of its biggest decline, removing $9.6bn from the market capitalism of the banking group after it, the bank experienced its biggest loss on securities trades while attempting to increase cash. 

According to the records of the UK banks, Barclay fell 3.5% and HSBC shares dropped 5.6%.

On Wednesday, SVB said that it experienced a loss of about $1.8 on the trade of securities worth $21bn, it showcased about 80% of its security report marked as readily available for trade.

SVB’s shares experienced their biggest loss on Thursday and they went through another loss of 20% in the trade of after-hours.

SVB has a banking partnership for 50% of US venture-backed tech and life sciences organizations, experienced a downfall in the funding of venture capital, cash loss of several consumers, and investments loss when rates were at lowest levels.   

SVB released a share sale after it lost about $1.8bn when it removed a report of assets, primarily bonds of the US government. Anyhow, the cause of concern for the bank is some start-ups who had previously deposited money are advised to withdraw their amount.

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The founder of Blank Ventures named Hannah Chelkowski informed BBC about the worse situation. She advised organizations to withdraw their funds. “It’s crazy how it’s just unraveled like this. The interesting thing is that it’s the most start-up-friendly bank and supported start-ups so much through Covid. Now VCs are telling their portfolio companies to pull their funds,” she said.

On Wednesday, Chief executive Greg Becker informed investors: “While VC deployment has tracked our expectations, client cash burn has remained elevated and increased further in February, resulting in lower deposits than forecasted.”


Some venture capital organizations are concerned by the decreasing shares of SVB and they are opening their bank accounts in opposite banks such as a start-up bank backed by Andreessen Horowitz and enterprise bank Series Financial and Mercury.

Some central banks in the world such as the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve are trying to fight inflation so they quickly increased interest rates.

The central banks contain bigger portfolios of bonds but consequently, they are facing major losses. The continuous fall in bond value is not a major cause of concern for the banks until they are compelled for their sale. 

Anyhow, if the lenders of Silicon Valley Bank have to put their bonds on sale at this difficult time they will have to compensate for their profits. 

Ray Wang is the founder and CEO of SVB and he said that banks are casualties in the hike of the interest rates. 

SVB said during the capital raising that it had the plan to sell $1.25bn of its regular stock to people who are investing their money and an extra $500nm of preferred shares. 

 Moreover, General Atlantic which is one of the private equity organizations also agreed to purchase $500mn of the common stock of the bank in a private transaction, it is contingent on stock-providing completion. 

On Wednesday, Moody’s downgraded the credit ratings of SVB and cited a crucial change in the profitability and funding of banks over short intervals of time, recommending a higher risk tolerance in risk management and financial strategy which differs from the previous understanding of the agency. 

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