The year 2023 will go down in U.S. banking history as the year in which the fastest bank runs in U.S. history occurred, producing the second, third and fourth largest banking failures in U.S. history in the span of seven weeks. Losses of more than $32 billion from these failed banks hit the Federal Deposit Insurance Fund (FDIC). Adding to the regulatory hubris, the largest and riskiest bank in the U.S., JPMorgan Chase, was allowed by its compromised regulators to become even riskier by gobbling up the failed First Republic Bank while JPMorgan Chase got an unexplained $50 billion 5-year loan from the FDIC at an undisclosed interest rate to sweeten its purchase of the failed bank.
And, what good is a banking crisis if the Fed can’t pony up yet another bank bailout fund, this time with loans of up to an unprecedented one-year term. (Under Federal Reserve statutory legislation, the Federal Reserve Act, the Fed is supposed to make short-term loans. Ignoring statutory legislation has never been a problem at the Fed, however.)
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