SVB Financial/Silicon Valley Bank Shares Collapse 55% Today, 84% from Consensual Hallucination Peak, as it Shores Up Balance Sheet & Liquidity to Face the Future

SVB is massively involved in all segments of the startup scene that is now facing a mass extinction event.

By Wolf Richter for WOLF STREET.

SVB Financial, which owns Silicon Valley Bank, the 16th largest bank in the US with $210 billion in assets, came out with some fascinating announcements late yesterday and early today about shoring up its balance sheet and liquidity.

After having already plunged 65% in a series of breath-taking dives, and dead-cat bounces from their startup-and-crypto consensual-hallucination peak in November 2021, shares of SVB Financial [SIVB] kathoomphed so far today another 55%, to around $119 at the moment, the lowest since 2016, and are now down 84% from the November 2021 high, thereby getting inducted into my pantheon of Imploded Stocks. [Update: SIVB closed at $106, -60%; now trading at $85 afterhours, -69% in total for the day; updated chart in the comments. This is just stunning].

The 84% plunge from the high already exceeds SVB’s Dotcom Bust plunge of 77% from September 2000 through October 2002 (my discussion in July of this SVB phenomenon) The Dotcom Bust was a horrible creature for Silicon Valley, and SVB Financial is another indication that this current bust – we still have to come up with an appropriate name – promises to outdo the Dotcom Bust.

Silicon Valley Bank is heavily involved with all aspects of the startup scene. And the startup scene – across all sectors, from biotech to crypto, and across all stages, from early-stage outfits to companies that already went public – is getting the rug pulled out from under it by the collapse of consensual hallucination.

It had to happen some day anyway. It always does sooner or later. But now the end of easy money, after years of central-bank money printing and interest rate repression, is getting blamed, including by SVB Financial.

Get more equity capital.

SVB said in a series of filings with the SEC late yesterday and today that it would raise $2.25 billion in equity capital in a three-pronged approach that is heavily dilutive for existing stockholders:

  • A public stock offering of $1.25 billion of common shares;
  • A private sale of $500 million of “depositary shares” to General Atlantic, a growth equity firm, which happens to be a “longstanding client of SVB”;
  • And the sale of $500 million of mandatory convertible preferred shares.

Get lots of liquidity.

SVB said that it was “repositioning” its balance sheet by having sold all of its $21 billion in available-for-sale securities, and that it booked a staggering loss of $1.8 billion on those sales in Q1 – so Q1 earnings are going to be a massive loss.

It said that it would place the proceeds in short-term securities and on deposit at the Fed to earn the higher short-term rates and improve its liquidity.

In addition, “to further strengthen balance sheet liquidity,” it said it would double its “term borrowings from $15 billion to $30 billion and hedge these borrowings to mitigate higher funding costs in the future.”

Preparing for the mass extinction event among startups.

“We are taking these actions because we expect continued higher interest rates, pressured public and private markets, and elevated cash burn levels from our clients as they invest in their businesses,” SVB said in one of the filings with the SEC today.

“We expect these actions to better support earnings in a higher-for-longer rate environment, providing the flexibility to support our business, including funding loans, while delivering improved returns for shareholders,” it said.

So this is in preparation for what it sees will come its way in the startup scene after the free-money era ended.

When consensual hallucination collapsed, the IPO and SPAC bubbles collapsed and closed the exit doors for VC investors, so they stopped funding many of these companies. And suddenly, these companies have to survive with what they’ve got, but they’re burning cash like there’s no tomorrow, and they cannot cut costs fast enough, and they cannot get new funding – neither the still private companies from private investors, nor the already publicly traded companies via stock offerings.

“Mass extinction event” is now the term used by the VC community to describe what will happen to the vast majority of startups when they run out of money.

Many of these startups and their founders are clients of SVB across its divisions:

  • Silicon Valley Bank: deposit outflow as startups burn cash until it’s gone and they shut down. And some loans may go bad.
  • SVB Securities, the investment banking division.
  • SVB Capital, the venture capital division.
  • SVB Private, the private banking and wealth management division to cater to the (erstwhile?) multi-millionaire or billionaire founders.

All of them have fallen off Cloud 9 in a spectacular manner. And SVB is doing what it can to remain relevant.

Moody’s downgraded SVB Financial and Silicon Valley Bank by one notch, from A-3 to Baa1. Moody’s report said that this “reflects the deterioration in the bank’s funding, liquidity and profitability, which prompted SVB to announce actions to restructure its balance sheet.”

Moody’s also downgraded the rating outlook from “stable” to “negative,” meaning another downgrade might be next, “reflecting the uncertain macroenvironment and specifically, the potential negative implications for SVB if the declining venture capital investment activity and high cash burn does not subside.”

OK, folks, we need to find an evocative name for this bust, a name that will make it into the annals of history, as did “Dotcom Bust.”

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  255 comments for “SVB Financial/Silicon Valley Bank Shares Collapse 55% Today, 84% from Consensual Hallucination Peak, as it Shores Up Balance Sheet & Liquidity to Face the Future

  1. Moi says:

    VC Firepit? When I look at all those hundreds of billions I wonder where they come from. Granny’s savings, borrowed from somewhere, rolls of Benjamins from Vegas?

  2. old school says:

    I am not smart enough to buy stock in a bank. Seems like they can surprise you with bad loans at any time, especially when the expansion cycle ends.

    • Wolf Richter says:

      You really, really don’t ever want to wake up to something like this in your portfolio.

      • Lisa_Hooker says:

        I would never be able to sleep again with something like this in my portfolio.

      • Lluis says:


        • QueenHissiphus says:

          I like MetaBust, catchy & befitting.

        • Tom S. says:

          The Everything Bust

        • Djreef says:

          The Artificial Investment (AI).

        • American Dream says:

          Flat tire era??

        • Wellstone's Ghost says:

          How about “End of an Error”or Disruptor Combustor.

        • Tony (one of them) says:

          Startup Bust

          (longer version: Startup shutdown bust)

        • Cas127 says:

          DumbCom Bust

          (Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.)

          For Chrissakes…*South Park’s* “Underpants Gnomes” episode (on the insanity of having a business plan with no real/realistic revenue model) came out over 20 years ago.

          A friggin cartoon had these worthies figured out over a decade before DoomBoom 2.0.

          So, circa 2014-2015 a bunch of self-proclaimed SV geniuses (riding ZIRP like a…merry-go-round, ahem) say, “Screw it!! Lets do it again!!”

        • Cas127 says:

          Gotta like “Artificial Investment”…extra points for skewering *newest* revenue mystery machine that’s gonna save us all!!

    • I know a lot of people complain about the big banks, but they are good investments: they pay dividends, and if they die, then you are probably next.

      Although most people are probably better off in banking ETFs.

      Silicon Valley Bank and Silvergate are tied to a particular industry and/or region, so that is a red flag. Being tied to a questionable industry is a bigger red flag.

      We might as well call this Dotcom Bust II. Once again, Silicon Valley propped up companies that were not making any profit, they told the rest of us that we just didn’t understand how the world works, and it turns out they were wrong. Again.

      • NoBadCake says:

        “big banks…are good investments: they pay dividends, and if they die, then you are probably next.”

        I’m putting this quote at the top of my investing spreadsheet – and maybe on a shirt!

        • cas127 says:

          “if they die…”

          So, by all means, because thinking hard is…hard, let’s lay back, spread ’em, and think of the fate of the Pound Sterling (invulnerable guarantor of the Empire That Could Never Die…).

          More briefly, “The US economy is hopeless sh*t, so embrace the sh*t”

          Golly, I wonder what kinda thinking led us *here*…

      • Augustus Frost says:

        I’d like to see what’s really on their balance sheets, outside of what everyone presumably already knows.

        Their health is still ultimately tied to the asset mania which is going to implode. It just hasn’t happened, yet. Recently, I read that BAC has something like $100B in unrealized losses on their MBS portfolio. It’s not enough alone to sink the bank but there is a lot more where that came from in the future.

        Just wait until the garbage on all these bank balance sheets (supposedly sound loans) shows its real credit quality and interest rates “blow out” later.

        • gametv says:

          real estate values have not plunged quickly and there is plenty of denial in that area. there will be much bigger losses in many of these areas.

        • ru82 says:

          Is this CMBS (Commercial) or MBS (Residential). I thought almost all residentials are guaranteed by the GSEs.

        • Lynn says:

          If a residential unit is bought as an investment then it is a commercial loan.

        • NoBadCake says:

          I am not a sophisticated investor and I don’t doubt your reasoning.
          My interpretation of EF’s post is that BOA, Citi, and especially JPM are the backbone of the USA’s economy – and the source of it’s power. It would not surprise me at if their large vaults contain vacuum. : ) As long at the vault doors are closed the finanicalization game continues and the world turns.

        • Wolf Richter says:

          It’s not the type of securities they have on the balance sheet that’s the problem (they’re mostly government guaranteed), but that they bought them at much lower yields some time ago, and now yields have jumped and prices of those securities have fallen, and if they have to sell them now, rather than holding them to maturity, they’ll have a big loss on them.

          If they hold them to maturity, there won’t be a loss. But they are now FORCED to sell them for liquidity. And that’s a problem.

        • Cas127 says:

          Usual wisdom from AF.

          A decent reporter (any left at MSM lapdogs?) would ask about close details of this year’s bank stress tests/living wills.

      • Will in Minneapolis says:

        “I know a lot of people complain about the big banks, but they are good investments: they pay dividends, and if they die, then you are probably next.”

        Wow – do you actually believe that?

        What are your thoughts on the big EU banks at the moment – such as DB or CS, for example? Do these strike you as “good investments”? In fact, why do you suppose that all of the EU majors have stock prices so low that it’s impossible to write puts on them that make any sense?

        How did those dividends work out for Lehman or Bear shareholders 15 years ago? Did dividends make up for Citi’s share price collapse or would capital have been better deployed elsewhere? Those are just the hugest & bigliest banks: Wachovia? WaMu? Northen Rock? or any of the huge-but-now-gone banks that dissappeared in 2009… My favorite “good investment” of all time might possibly be Barings Bank which made it to 230 years old before it wiped out everyone that had touched it…

        If you really want dividends why not invest in a company that pays them that’s actually understandable – such as a utility or a food company? Huge banks are completely opaque with deeply nebulous risk management and tend to be run and manned by the most unscrupulous idiots in the universe. The fact that they have to be levered 30x just to make their earnings seem vaguely reasonable should be enough for anyone with any common sense to simply walk the other direction.

        I don’t comment on WS much, but this statement is one that I’m surprised no one else had a visceral opinion on..

        • Will in Minneapolis says:

          Oh, and as for naming the new dotcom bust (I always personally liked “dot.crash” better)…

          “The Great Recession” wasn’t a very original name, and wasn’t very descriptive, I think most people remember it moreso as the Housing Crash/Bust.

          I predict that the next go-around will be similarly uninspiring*: “Great Depression 2 (or 2.0),” History may name it something else with the full benefit of hindsight, especially if no one alive today lives to see the end of it. After all, if living standards fall for the rest of everyones’ lives, when does the downturn actually end?

          Perhaps “the Final Unwind” or some such will be an appropriate name, if that’s the case.

          Call me a pessimist, but there’s a non-zero probability of the above. I wouldn’t even put it in “fat tail” category, but we’ll see. I also do not think that this outcome is investable really, although mitigating harm is a worthwhile endeavor.

          *note: society cannot even innovate the names of generations which went from “Great,” “Silent,” “Boomers” etc, to utterly undescriptive names like X, Y, Z – although it occurred to someone that the passing of the millenium was special so “Y” turned into “Millenials” so at least we’re 1 for 3. We’re on about our 600th Superhero/Batman/Xman/SuperDuperMan whatever movie at this point. It might seem trite to complain about this, but the fact that our culture is so sclerosed and has narrowed so significantly does not give me great hope for the future (or managing to adequately address the challenges at hand).

        • NoBadCake says:

          “Wow – do you actually believe that?”

          I do – because, per my post above, these banks are necessary.

        • rojogrande says:

          No Bad Cake,

          Being necessary and being a good investment are very different things. Big banks have managed to blow themselves up at an alarming rate. Will the government always bail them out? Citigroup is still down over 90% from its 2006 highs. So is the 4.2% dividend it currently pays a high return or picking up nickels in front of a steam roller? We’ll eventually find out…

        • NoBadCake says:


          “Big banks have managed to blow themselves up at an alarming rate.”

          I hear ya and don’t disagree but what has been left standing after the 2008 debacle I believe to be “necessary” and therefore a relatively safe investment. To further my metaphor, the world’s largest army stands in front of those closed vault doors. Granted, the Spanish Armada was impressive as well. : ) Lastly, until we are reduced to bartering farm animals and the like these remaining big banks will be standing. They are the gambling houses, imo, that always w..

        • cas127 says:

          You tell ’em, Will.

          The “if banks die” comment is little more than lazy investment nihilism…exactly the kind of thinking that *creates* Disaster 1.0, Disaster 2.0, Disaster 3.0…

        • WolfGoat says:

          Nothing is necessary or too big to fail! We didn’t learn that lesson the last time through!

        • I only invest in companies that have been increasing their dividends for 25 years. Granted, it’s not a guarantee, but there are no guarantees in investing.

          WRT Bear Stearns or Lehman Brothers: I do not think either of them met the threshold of increasing dividends for 25 years when they went under.

          The problem with giving specific counter-examples is you are assuming I gave you all my criteria.

          Seriously, if I had a dollar every time someone though Bear or Lehman was a counter-example to anything I say, I could retire.

        • NoBadCake says:

          cas127: ‘“if banks die” comment is little more than lazy investment nihilism’

          Everyday Freethought: “you are assuming I gave you all my criteria”
          Big banks is ONE stable component for diversification for the reasons given (and not given). To say it was “lazy” or “nihili[stic]” is a misrepresentation. cas127, Shame! : )

        • 91B20 1stCav (AUS) says:

          WiM – recall the period of ’07-9 usually being referred to in the comments as ‘the GFC’ (Great Financial Crisis). Would suggest bringing it to present day, changing the first letter to ,’O’ (as in ‘ongoing’).

          may we all find a better day.

    • fajensen says:

      It’s safe enough with proper timing, just need to do some research.

      Find what they call “systemically important” banks, then make up a small portfolio of them, and begin tracking the news and the stock prices of it.

      At some point, inevitably, a fresh tranche of bad lending, or even better, money laundering will be revealed on someone and their stock tanks.

      Wait a while, maybe for the legal proceedings to draw nearer to a summary conclusion, scary numbers will be thrown about as part of the negotiation of a settlement, and the stock price will settle, about at a PE below 5.

      Then start buying stock with confidence, because the scandal will be soon be forgotten once the settlement amount is finalised. Then the stock will go up, easily yielding 100% or More.

      Sell when it flattens out – usually around PE 10-15 (banks are boring).

      It’s a slow strategy , but, it works. I like Danske Bank and Swedbank very much, they paid for many vacations. My tax kroner at work, as they say.

  3. Bobber says:

    The Great Elation Deflation
    The Grand Con

  4. Worsted says:

    Final Fed fecal dump

  5. blsh says:

    Great (Bubble) Bust

  6. Anne says:

    The Bust for Dummies

  7. Cristy Jordan says:

    Fiat Bust
    Cheap Money Bust
    QE Bust
    All Bubbles Bust

  8. Depth Charge says:

    Imagine having all of your money in SPACS, NFTs and crypto. Bahahahahaha!!! Suckers.

  9. Tom S. says:

    Growth looking muted at best for business in just about every sector. Real GDP could struggle the next few years. I’m afraid with elevated inflation we are simply out of monetary options and must innovate and produce our way out of this.

    • Augustus Frost says:

      Not going to happen

      There is no “deus ex machina” to get the country or world economy out of this mess. The end of the road will be evident when changing psychology turns credit conditions noticeably tighter, probably with future higher interest rates but even without it.

      The majority of Americans are destined to become poorer or a lot poorer over the indefinite future.

      • Bobber says:

        I agree with your comment, so long as stocks, RE, and other assets are overvalued.

        On the other hand, if all asset values dropped by 70%, think how productive the world would be. Rent seekers would have to pursue active occupations to make money. People who “retired” would be back in the work force quickly. The workforce would enlarge. People could invest in assets with a reasonable expectation of profit. There would be a more level playing field and greater opportunities for all.

        We need that reset.

        People won’t work hard and be productive if the Fed allows them to make quick money via speculation, scams, government largesse, and rent-seeking.

  10. Brendan says:

    I say we just call it what it is. The Fed Bust.

    • porque says:

      Fedbust it is.

      SvB isn’t/wasn’t even a crypto player, financier, nor supporter.

      What they are/were, is an organization quite tightly coupled with the businesses that stupid speculation gravitate toward.

      Fed busted bust busted, even.

  11. Stegelberg says:

    The Cryptocalypse.

    • Junior Mint says:


    • PoCk3T says:

      The bank indicated they had minimal exposure to crypto
      Need a broader name for this burst

    • Heron says:

      And yet we will be told by the crypto bros that bitcoin fixes all this. LMAO!

    • yield_curve_believer says:

      Cryptosis was my thought, but I like Stegelberg’s suggestion, perhaps adding a “the” to make it an official moniker; “The Great Depression”, “The DotCom Bust”, and now “The Cryptocalypse”.

  12. Steve2wryt says:

    Easy-money Bust, or maybe Psychedelic Bust?

  13. TexasBob says:

    The Cash Burn Crash. Because all most of them have ever done is burn cash.

  14. Prairie Rider says:

    What we are seeing is, “Franken-Bankin’ Tankin’.”

  15. Lisa_Hooker says:

    The International ZIRP Bust

  16. Michael Santos says:

    Looking at my Fidelity screener and looks like in just one day the banking sector has lost $275B in market value since the Silicon Valley Bank announcement. This is $95B more than the entire value of Ethereum (which folks on this board consider risky, LOL)!

  17. Swamp Creature says:

    Larry McDonald, the author of the book “A Colossal failure of common sense” which I read, about the meltdown in Lehman Brothers in 2008, just predicted a 20% to 30% crash in the stock market in the next 60 days. He has a pretty good track record.

    • Implicit says:

      Defintely something a brewin, It could finally start getting interesting. Those black swans disguise themselves well as angels when the money’s loose.

    • Wellstone's Ghost says:

      Just another billionaire buying opportunity.

      Capitalism continues to consolidate.

  18. Ed C says:

    But, but … one of IBD’s darlings now turned to trash?

  19. ru82 says:

    Good job Wolf. I think you called out SVB in some form or manner in the past.

  20. Seba says:

    “The Dotcom Bust was a horrible creature for Silicon Valley”

    Sillicon Valley seems to be a sort of creature itself, some would call it horrible too

    • Disrupter52 says:

      I don’t think it’s Silicon Valley itself, per se, it’s that investors seem to be incapable of properly valuating technology.

      Prepare for the AI bubble that’s already inflating and we haven’t even named the current bubble.

  21. Depth Charge says:

    There’s some cryptohead named Jeffrey Berns who has been buying up banks and Lake Tahoe properties and all sorts of stuff. I keep expecting to hear something similar about that guy.

    • BuySome says:

      You might be on to something here. Reaching dizzying altitudes higher than the Cartwright Ranch. Holding more empty air space than Hoss’ ten gallon hat. Deeper sh*t than the snows around Donner Pass. Now going colder than the waters around a sunken steamer at the bottom of the lake. It’s the Ponderosa Plunge. Of course, there could always be a Rocky Mountain Rally or two before the real Ponderosa Plummet sets in.

  22. phleep says:

    > A private sale of $500 million of “depositary shares” to … a growth equity firm, which happens to be a “longstanding client of SVB” …

    Spooky, maybe? I don;’t know details, but might this be vaguely like some of the daisy chains of financially-linked firms that went down in concert in the Crypto Crash? Like, maybe these firms mutually need each other to stay afloat? And if the market value of some of their magic beans goes down, the whole deal is suddenly wobbly? I’m sure there are some chains of dominos out there, if not here.

  23. phleep says:

    Crypto-centric journalism is still operating, and industry lobbyists are still chatting up members of Congress. To listen to some of these folks, it is as if the Crypto winter never happened. Talk about plastering a smily face sticker on a disaster.

  24. John says:

    The ” App Crash “

    • Disrupter52 says:

      Definitely the App Bubble. All these companies HAD to have an app and any moron who could throw one together got a few billion dollars and it turns out bad ideas aren’t worth billions.

  25. John says:

    Or The ” App For That Crash “

  26. anon says:

    I sure hope this isn’t another “Lehman Brothers Moment” where one failure spreads to the entire financial system.

    • Tom S. says:

      Looks like about 91 billion in MBS.

    • SoCalBeachDude says:

      There are presently millions of failures sloshing around the global financial systems which are in worse shape than they’ve ever been. Just let them go bad and fail and then move on.

  27. Depth Charge says:

    “OK, folks, we need to find an evocative name for this bust, a name that will make it into the annals of history, as did “Dotcom Bust.””

    “The Great FED Fuc*up”
    “Powell’s Pilfering”
    “Jerome’s Jetfuel Inferno”
    “The BrrrrrBOOM”
    “Jerry’s Dysentery”

  28. GringoGreg says:

    Credit Suisse isn’t the only Primary Dealer with liquidity problems and when push comes to shove solvency problem. Treasury pumping out trillions in underwater debt, that they couldn’t offload to some sucker pension fund, that sit on primary dealers balance sheets. Falling domino time coming soon to a bank near you.

  29. John Apostolatos says:

    There has been lots of leverage and reckless lending in the last two years, especially to unicorns and startups. No risk was seen as long as stocks would go up and everyone was convinced interest rates would never rise.

    There are three possibilities now facing the Republic:
    1. The Fed stays the course and crash the asset and housing markets, but will save the economy in the long run by removing the financial excess and speculation.
    2. The Fed reverses and starts QE and ZIRP, and it will destroy the currency and eventually crash the economy even after juicing the markets a little.
    3. Tax payers will be once again asked to bail out the failed institutions, but then many tax payers will see no incentive to work or will not have any money left over, and the economy will crash as a result.

    • Flea says:

      I vote they pick number3 ,it’s all the Roth Childs want

    • josap says:

      It’s always the taxpayers, always.

    • Whatsmynameagain says:

      Think 1 or 3 are most likely, but in any case it will likely open the door to someone in power (or someone coming into power) who will politically weaponize the situation to our further detriment. When things are bad, people want someone to blame, and with the state of the US right now… I just fear much worse things could be waiting around the corner.

  30. Steven Weston says:

    Fools Bust

  31. Frankie says:

    Spac Out from

    Definition of ‘spark out’

    1. to render unconscious. adjective, adverb. 2. completely unconscious.

  32. Anon E Mouse says:

    The Crypto Crapout

  33. QueenHissiphus says:

    Ping-Pong, it’s a Crypto Bomb?
    So much, so fast
    Whizzing numbers like digital craps
    Back and forth ’till the whole thing snaps
    Tech on blast
    delusions en masse
    Assets in the gutter ’cause they paid with trash
    (PS-I’m a snake…ya know I can’t rap)

  34. D Sadler says:

    I’ll nominate:

    Stimmie Slump
    ZIRP Failure
    Covid Cash Hangover
    ZIRP Finale
    Stimmie Slam
    Zirp-Spac Era

    • Charlie says:

      Alright, I got to join in, how about:
      MMT sucker punch
      SPAC busted
      SPAC KO
      Crypto clobbering
      IPO thwack
      QE thrashing

  35. SomewhatSilentObserver says:

    MMT bust.
    Could stand for Modern Monetary Theory bust or Monopoly Money Trust bust. I prefer the former to finally put that bufoonery in the ground and shame any economist in perpetuity that invokes or even alludes to it as being viable.

    • longstreet says:

      Think of the absurdity of MMT, and the end game.
      First to the absurdity…..spend and borrow, but when inflation hits, TAXATION (the MMT answer) is the remedy to tamper down that inflation. So, people and businesses, strapped and punished by inflation would then be FURTHER PUNISHED by higher taxes.
      The end game…..the inevitable inflation from the “borrowing and spending” and the then TAXATION “remedy” to tamp down that inflation would draw money and capital from the private sector and deposit it with the Government that is spending recklessly. Government bigger, private sector smaller. Round and round we go….for a while.

    • polistra says:

      Yes. We’ve forgotten that MMT was the theory behind most of this crap. MMT economists like Bill Black and Stephanie Kelton moved into government and “justified” the free counterfeit.

  36. patrick says:

    had a little pstd memory – had a large position in a biotech – dendreon-had a massive profit in it and eventually had a large loss – learned an expensive lesson

  37. Kevin says:

    Can Wolf enlighten us on why there was no dip-buying today in the stock market? They have been extremely resilient for the past year. Every dip, even the intraday ones, was bought, which caused a collapse in Vix. I guess they have run out of money?

    • Vadim says:

      I’ve posted on another thread, In the preceding, few days was a 4-sigma pump on social media. Do the big boys rush for the exit?

    • Wolf Richter says:

      There was a lot. In fact, every singly buyer and all buyers were dip buyers.

      Every single share that was sold today was bought by someone who thought that the price was a good deal and that it would bounce off. That’s what makes a market.

      There just weren’t enough of them to outbid each other and step all over each other and overpower each other with higher prices. That’s the thing that didn’t happen.

    • Lone Coyote says:

      There was a bit of a bounce (really a stop to the bleeding) around 3-4pm today. Likely a bit of dip buying, we’ll see how badly they get shredded tomorrow.

    • longstreet says:

      “why there was no dip-buying today”

      technical breakdown of the markets.

    • Anon E Mouse says:

      Someone superglued Cathie Wood’s hands to her desk so she couldnt buy any.

  38. Michael Engel says:

    Banks massacre day. SPX to form a RS of a H&S, or to reach/breach Aug high.

  39. Volvo P-1800 says:

    The Ellie Bust.

    (That’s actually E.L.E. or Extinction Level Event.)

    Check the excellent disaster movie “Deep Impact” for what it involves.

  40. Vadim says:

    “Digital Depression” or “The Big Pop”

    • BuySome says:

      Wasn’t that last one the name of a 1970’s Pussycat Theaters feature flick about a guy named Dirk Vader who fathers a slew of pizza delivery boys on a desert plant long, long ago in the back seat of a Galaxie 500 far, far away?

    • Whatsmynameagain says:

      Digital depression could be what follows, right? I like that one. Although I also think it’s an apt term for many of our states of mind after accidentally spending endless hours online.

  41. William Leake says:

    “It said that it would place the proceeds in short-term securities and on deposit at the Fed to earn the higher short-term rates and improve its liquidity.”

    Uhh, customers should do the same. It is simple enough. Why bother dealing with a bank teetering on the brink of default.

  42. longstreet says:

    How many of the “tech savvy”, generation ___(what letter are we on now?) have a great deal of their wealth in cryptos?
    Bitcoin down nearly 10% today.
    Now, add in any real estate ownership…..
    An entire generation only saw UP in assets, crypto, etc. for years, thanks to Fed manipulated reality.
    No savings, and plowed into ephemeral “asset” classes.

  43. Martok says:

    Lots of good comments about what to call this financial mess, and I have seen this movie before in 2000 and 2008, and wonder what the ripple effect will be, — obviously there will be more fallouts, and from all that I read which is tons of financial articles, a 20-30% drop will happen in 2023, — maybe more.

    I like what one poster called it “DotCom Crash II” or maybe call it
    “DotCom Crash Part2”

    My idea for it to be called:

    “The Bubble of Everything Crash” – I believe Wolf had this as a topic.

    Wolf you should be very proud of calling out all these BS bubbles of CryptoTrash, Housing Prices, Autos, NFT, Meme Stocks, WallStreetMoronBets group on Reddit, etc, and especially the stupidity and antics, and dereliction of duty by the Fed falling asleep at the wheel for so many years.

    This will all end very badly, and just yesterday Blackrock said Treasuries and gold are good ideas to be invested in, and I agree.

  44. Wolf Richter says:

    SVB Financial is at $85 after hours. That makes for a 69% cliff-dive in one day, and -89% since the November 2021 high.

    Here is the updated chart as of afterhours trading. This is just stunning:

  45. Michael Engel says:

    BKX monthly made a rd trip to July 1998 buying climax.
    BKX is the banks index.

  46. Sean Shasta says:

    I think we should lay the blame where it lies – at the foot of the Fed Reserve with its hallucination-inducing ZIRP and easy money policies.

    It should really be called FedBust.

  47. breamrod says:

    pivotaloosa. Cause you know it’s coming

  48. Mark says:

    How about “East Bound and Down” (or the “EBAD Era”)? Hope that brought a grin to your face.

  49. breamrod says:

    or southbound! lol

  50. Michael Engel says:

    1) WFC monthly Lazer : Mar 1998 buying climax to Aug 2006 highs // parallel from : Sept 1998.
    2) In Sept 2008 WFC popped > the Lazer but closed inside. That failure led to the Mar 2009 plunge.
    3) WFC misbehavior infect BRK/B.
    4) Since Dec 2018 WFC struggled to stay inside, but in Jan 2020 WFC lost
    it’s grip and plunged to Oct 2005 backbone.
    5) In Feb 2022 WFC reached/ breached the Lazer, but it’s first attempt
    6) WFC might try it again in a sling shot when consumers will get used to
    higher rates.
    7) WFC pays 2.80% dividends, but charge between : 20% and 30% c/c
    8) WFC passed the Fed banking test.

    • Dr J says:

      But, i noticed WFC was offering amongst the highest CD rates starting back in May/June. It seemed they were trolling for cash with the high CD rates, which made me wonder how bad it is…

  51. William Leake says:

    It will be called something like “The Great Banking Collapse.” It was clear when last year Central Banks (including our Fed) sent billions to the Swiss National Bank, in what I see as an effort to bail out Credit Suisse. It was just the start. Now we see SVB teetering. Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo look shaky and may be next. Maybe they are too big to fail, but Credit Suisse ($1.6 trillion) and Lehman ($600 billion in 2008 dollars) were not small.

  52. The AL says:

    The “Disruptive” bust

  53. RedRaider says:

    Tech Trash Tumble…

  54. TheFalcon says:

    “Welcome to the Grand illusion
    Come on in and see what’s happening
    Pay the price (no Bitcoin please), get your tickets for the show!”

    • Jack Hank says:

      Forty-six years later and I still love that song. The illusion is orders of magnitudes greater than it was then.

  55. Phoneix_Ikki says:

    “A public stock offering of $1.25 billion of common shares”

    LOL, do I smell some good opportunity for those FOMO retail dip buyers to jump right in? At this stage if you’re stupid enough to buy, perhaps you enjoy getting shot in the eyes…

  56. bill says:

    So long sweetheart. It’s time to go.
    We stole all your resources a longtime ago.

    HTGC down 9%.

    The Great Inversion.

  57. Dr J says:

    SVB is doing what it can to remain solvent – “relevancy” is a luxury it cannot afford.
    Would not be surprised if there is more bad news to come….

  58. gametv says:

    Why not something simple. The Central (Bank) Ponzi Bubble. or maybe we turn it around as Ponzi Central.

    Can we start using Powell as a verb. Like, “you really Powell’d that up, didnt you”?

    Or we put together Powell and Ponzi and make it Powzi.

    A badly missed play in any sporting contest can become a Powell-up.

  59. gametv says:

    Wasnt everyone asking for their next Stimmie payment, like junkies?

    The Stim Gimme Bubble.

  60. Gabe says:

    Zombie Apocalypse
    Boomer Bust
    Free Money Meltdown
    Everything Bubble

  61. M Mace says:

    The Greater Depression.*

    *We’ll do worse sometime in the future.

  62. TXinCA says:

    In after hours trading SVB is down to $78 a share after closing at $106.

  63. CCCB says:

    “The Big Dump”

  64. RAB says:

    Trust Bust

  65. Gabe says:

    Easy Money Massacre
    The Great Pump ‘N Dump
    Tech Wreck
    Housing Hullabaloo Pt 2
    QE Jamboree

  66. PoCk3T says:

    Interested to hear from the community and Wolf about the potential risk for a contagion of this SVB bust (potentially a Chapter 11 here), to the rest of the financial sector and/or economy?

  67. phillip jeffreys says:

    Feducini Albusto


  68. Depth Charge says:

    BitCON and all craptocurrencies have decided to start swan-diving. BitCON has now breached the $20k psychological barrier on its way to zero.

  69. Depth Charge says:

    Modern Monetary Terror.

  70. MattF says:

    We should stop trying to use words to describe the coming economapocalypse. Since we now live in a world that’s a hybrid of “Idiocracy” and “Dumb and Dumber” the label for this crash should be a string of sad face, vomit, poop emojis.

  71. JamesO says:

    some hedge fund(s) got their face(s) ripped off today … the price of money just got real expensive. rolling over low cost debt to higher cost debt is never fun.

    thank you Wolf! love the term ‘mass extinction event’.

  72. Midwest Guy says:

    Wolf you should have a contest. Everyone gets two entrees for naming this thing. Number them and have people post their vote in replies by number and Winner gets a free mug.

    Blood bath bust
    Crypto spacs and beyond bust
    Everything and the kitchen sink bust
    High as a kite bust
    It’s different this time bust
    Hallucination inflation bust
    Powell pow bust
    What goes up must come down bust

  73. Pancho says:

    The SPAC Splat

  74. Jon says:

    The Great DeFaanging?

  75. kpl says:

    “we still have to come up with an appropriate name”

    Given the excesses and mark-to-fantasy rules in place since Mar 2009 (that the banks may well need soon), here we go

    “The greatest bust since the great depression”
    “The greatest bust of the century”
    “The magnificent bust”
    “The stock market train wreck of the century”

    Pick your poison. Can we poison the Nobel Laureate without getting jail term?

  76. steveo says:

    with a hat tip to Mardok:

    CryptoTrash Crash

  77. Dr Duration says:

    I posted the following snip Feb 17 in a comment section here. There’s a tsunami of problems ahead with banks and every leveraged entity around the globe. As I’ve said for many months, cash is going to become very scarce and precious. Let the buyers beware!!!!!


    September 08, 2022

    “The rising interest rate environment has led to unrealized loss positions in community bank* available-for-sale securities portfolios and declining tangible equity capital ratios

    At year-end 2021, only 4 community banks had tangible equity capital ratios below 5 percent; that number increased to 333 at June 30, 2022, indicating less ability to sustain economic shocks“

  78. Mike says:

    “$21 billion in available-for-sale securities” out of $210 billion of assets. What is the remaining $189 billion?

    • Wolf Richter says:

      Cash, cash on deposit at the Fed, loans (mortgages, etc.), probably some real estate and other assets, plus a lot of securities that are “held-to-maturity bonds” and are not held for sale, meaning it has no intention of selling them. And these not-for-sale securities have not been marked to market at all, thus involving bigger losses if it has to sell them.

      • Mike says:

        Thanks. It seems really strange, how come that a small bank with only 6 offices can control $210B? Even worst being the “16th largest bank in the US” Either something is wrong with this picture or something is wrong with our country. Is this bank being used as what charity companies call “black holes” meaning “charity” money goes in from the upper 0.01% of our society as tax deductible contribution but none ever saw money coming out and given to those who are in need?

        • Wolf Richter says:

          There is no mystery and no secret. Silicon Valley Bank got a huge amount of cash from the startups that were being funded with huge amounts of cash everywhere during the Free Money era. About half of all startups in the US have accounts at Silicon Valley Bank (they have offices in the startup hot spots around the country). If a startup gets $300 million in funding, that cash goes straight to accounts at the bank – these are the “deposits.” And the bank had to do something with that cash from those deposits, so it bought securities and it put some of it on deposit at the Fed and extended loans, including to startups, etc. That’s how a bank grows. The Free-Money startup bubble just inflated the deposits at the bank into the stratosphere, and the bank bought securities with that cash, and now those securities have dropped in value, and the startups are withdrawing their cash because they’re burning it, and to come up with the cash for those withdrawals, the bank has to sell its securities, but is losing money on them.

          All this was predictable to some extent. Free-money bubble mentality does this. To me it shows reckless bubble-minded bank management. Free money turns brains to mush, even the brains of bankers.

  79. Canazei says:

    Well cry me an atmospheric river, it’s the crypto crackup coming to roost.

  80. Dr Duration says:

    I’m confident, with this mass extinction cascading collapse, that every rating agency will once again be guilty of malfeasance and corruption, in a very long chain of exuberance to upgrade every entity they worked for.

    The rating agencies are the gatekeepers for authorizing fraudulent accounting that overlooks leveraged portfolios that are filled with excessive exposure to risk.

    Those agencies also will now be at the epicenter of cascading defaults which will be linked to a global inability to analyze risk exposure and this find realistic valuation.

    That process was what made the CDS implosion so fun in the GFC — and once again, corrupt rating agencies will blame corruption at corporations who willing provided fraudulent earnings reports, covering up impairments.

    Every idiot clown in this casino deserves exactly what’s happening to ftx, silvergate and all these ponzi companies, from alphabet to zoom, and definitely all the real estate investors in the Airbnb bubble.

    Hopefully a shocking reset is underway…

  81. Countrybanker says:

    Wolf: How many $$ in their held to maturity investment portfolio? How much unrealized loss there? If they had to sell those bonds, would the loss take the tangible book value of equity below zero?

  82. Brian Murphy says:

    Losses on held to maturity bonds marked to par – from my reading, run at 800b+ system wide. If more banks have to liquidate them to raise capital, well, here we go again.

    And the next shoe will be PE and their beanstalk in the sky valuations (of course we should all trust a thirty something with ten years of education and never experiencing a down market will know what to do?)

    Mark to market can be brutal, but when it is suspended the fall can be a lot worse.

  83. Anon E Mouse says:

    If Cramer says SBV has “a bullet proof balance sheet” I’m going to short the whole market.

    • Wolf Richter says:

      Silvergate had a bullet-poof balance sheet too, mostly Treasury securities. The problem isn’t the type of securities, it’s that yields that have surged, causing all yield-assets to drop in price.

  84. Phogettaboutit says:

    “The 84% plunge from the high already exceeds SVB’s Dotcom Bust plunge of 77% from September 2000 through October 2022”

    I think the latter year should be 2002.

    I can’t come up with any better names for this crash than posted above.

    But I would suggest abandoning the Orwellian attempt to instill the use of “The Great Moderation”, as this period has very clearly had nothing to do with moderation. In its place, I humbly submit: “The long, strange trip”.

  85. SnotFroth says:

    Chairman Powell’s Rate Leap Forward gives us this era of Quantitative Wheezing, culminating in The Omnibust and Great Disgorgement

  86. Auld Kodjer says:

    I love this creativity from the commentariat here.

    But I’m going early on the next crash, circa 2032, driven by AI hype and hoopla:

    The Bot Bom

  87. Steve says:

    The everything bubble is popping. But I don’t think the future will call this collapse something that ends in “bust”. I believe the Fed, being controlled by their master(s), knows exactly what they want to accomplish – the final reset. They know they have destroyed their fiat monetary system by their debt expansion theory reaching it’s end . Inflation without remedy now says so. I believe history will describe this event as the “great wealth transfer” as the world enters into a state of extreme hardship.

    • Whatsthepoint says:

      I’m not sure the whole world will share equally in the hardship….producer based economies with commodity backed currencies will fare better while “we” languish like Albania in the 50s (never been there, but it sounds good.)

  88. grimp says:

    This is America after all.

    “The Super Bust”

    we can even start numbering them with roman numerals.
    Maybe this is
    “Super Bust II”

    • Steria75 says:

      I like this suggestion…
      “Super Bust”
      “Super Bust I”
      “Super Bust II”

  89. Double Bluff says:

    DotCon Bust.

  90. Goedeck says:

    California AND Bust

    • Randy says:

      Mama’s and Papa’s sequel
      (thought of this years ago):

      “California Leavin”

      Journey remake:

      “Dont Stop Bleeding”

      Blue Oyster Cult … such prescience:

      “Burnin for You”

  91. NARmageddon says:

    RagingVentures on twitter posted that SIVB has a huge mortgage bond problem:

    “The bank basically increased its security portfolio by 700% at a generational TOP in the bond market, buying $88 b of mostly 10+ year mortgages with an average yield of just 1.63% at Sept 30th. Oops! 4/10”

    • Wolf Richter says:

      Everyone holding bonds has the same problem. But the problem is smaller for 30-year MBS with 1.6% yield than for 30-year Treasuries with a 1.6% yield. Here is why:

      ALL bonds that were issued during the low-yield era that still have long remaining maturities are under water. Government guaranteed MBS might be less under water than Treasuries with similar maturities because holders get the flow of pass-through principal payments at face value that reduces the amount of the MBS every month with no loss. So you get your money back in a monthly flow without having to sell the MBS. The average life of a 30-year mortgage in the US is about 7 years, which is when they get paid off via sale of the home or a refi! The principal is forwarded to the holder, which reduces the amount of the MBS. At some point, when the MBS has been whittled down far enough – maybe 7 years or so into the life of a 30-year MBS – the issuer will call the MBS at the remaining face value, at no loss to the holder. No one can ever hold 30-year MBS for 30 years because most of the mortgages in the pool will be paid off long before then, and there’s nearly nothing left in the pool, and the MBS will be called long before then. This is a big advantage of MBS during times of rising rates.

      • John McSpadden says:

        ” The average life of a 30-year mortgage in the US is about 7 years”. Is that average calculated before most homeowners in the USA refi-ed, or got a purchase money mortgages, at or near 3%? I keep reading articles about how homeowners are not selling or refinancing because they have such a great rate on their current mortgage. Also, very little principal gets amortized away in the first seven years of a thirty year mortgage. These banks could be in a lot more trouble than is apparent on the surface.

  92. NARmageddon says:

    RagingVentures on twitter posted that SIVB has a huge mortgage bond problem:

    “The bank basically increased its security portfolio by 700% at a generational TOP in the bond market, buying $88 b of mostly 10+ year mortgages with an average yield of just 1.63% at Sept 30th. Oops! 4/10”

  93. ru82 says:

    Snippet from the Wall Street Journal opinion section called Nothing Redeems Crypto.

    Do the benefits of crypto markets outweigh the cost of regulating them? No. But letting crypto burn wouldn’t be costless, either. The financial pretensions of crypto need to be actively dismantled. Contrary to what its marketing wizards tell us, crypto is neither money nor a vehicle for finance. It’s an elaborate simulation of finance that produces gains and losses.

    Yet letting crypto burn would allow the most shameless actors to gamble on a quest for resurrection. The ease of spinning out new tokens makes an attempt to return to the tables irresistible. The disgraced author of the Terra/Luna debacle, which vaporized billions of dollars overnight in May 2022, immediately returned to the market with Terra 2.0. The disgraced founders of Three Arrows Capital, bankrupted in July 2022, now want to buy up crypto users’ bankruptcy claims, funded by—you guessed it—the proceeds of a new crypto token.

    • bki says:


      Try re-reading the WSJ snippet, but this time substitute for the word “crypto.” Insert either “dollar” or “dollars” or “debt” instead.

      Is not the dollar also a token?

      • ru82 says:

        You really cannot compare cryptos to Dollars.

        There is transparency in the dollar. At least you know when and where the U.S. government is going to print dollars or take on debt.

        Cryptos are not regulated. It is like investing in Bernie Madoffs old fund. Everything happens on the 17th floor which is run by a wizard behind a curtain and they can do whatever they want and they do not have to tell anybody what they are doing.

  94. BoopOrMook says:

    Was it Nixon who opened China to trade leading to the de-industrialization and financialization of the US?
    Was it Nixon who took us off the gold standard leading to the current widespread abuse of fiat “currency”?
    Might this be called the end of a long (and not always unpleasant) “Dicking”?

  95. QT Forever says:

    The FED’s GOAT Bust –
    which followed the FED’s GOAT Bubble.

  96. Linda B says:

    Crypto Inferno

  97. Hillel says:

    How about the “Liquidity Plunge” as a name for this crash?

  98. Flashman says:

    When monetary Viagra ran out.

  99. CreditGB says:

    Noticed the SIVB provisions for credit losses went from $123k to $420k between 2021 and 2022. About 241% increase.

    “……and elevated cash burn levels from our clients as they invest in their businesses,”

    As you point out, their client’s cash burn now with little or free money in the cash pipe line, will see their clients winking out, one by one, like dying embers in the camp fire. Can’t see much up side in 2023 when it comes to reserves for credit losses. Reserves reserves and more reserves….ugh.

  100. Martin says:

    I might be late to the party, but I’m betting on “Free Money Bust” or something along those lines. Hopefully whatever sticks has “free money” included, so that future generations get a hint that it’s a terrible idea.

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