What Happened To Silicon Valley Bank? A Deep Dive Into SVB Collapse

August 19, 2023

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) ,a major player in the banking and financial services industry, has collapsed in a shocking turn of events, amidst a perfect storm of challenges. The Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates to combat inflation was just one of several factors that contributed to the bank's downfall, sending shockwaves through the financial sector. This unexpected development has sparked a flurry of concerns about its impact on the market, leaving investors in a state of unprecedented uncertainty. The situation is rapidly evolving, and the world is watching closely to see what unfolds next.

What is SVB Financial Group?

SVB Financial Group offers commercial banking, wealth management, venture capital, and investment banking services through its Silicon Valley Bank, SVB Private, SVB Capital, and SVB Securities segments. They provide a range of financial products including credit, treasury management, foreign exchange, trade finance, lending, financial planning, wealth management, trust services, venture capital investment and investment banking services. The group was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

What Happened To Silicon Valley Bank?

There are many reasons for this collapse. They can be outlined as follows:

·       FED Raising Rates: Silicon Valley Bank was claimed as a victim  in the ongoing fight against inflation and interest rate fluctuations.  The bank's operations and portfolio have been significantly impacted by the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates beginning March 2022. Unfortunately, SVB was unable to withstand the economic pressure which unraveled into the financial collapse of the institution.

·       Rumors of Liquidity Issues: The financial collapse can be traced back to early October 2022. At this time, there was talk and concerns over the bank's ability to meet the surge in customer withdrawals, particularly from startup and tech company customers. The rumors further intensified as more customers rushed to withdraw their funds. This created a snowball effect that further amplified the bank's troubles.

·       Clients Rush to Withdraw their Funds: Silicon Valley Bank faced a liquidity crisis due to a surge in deposit withdrawals from its predominantly startup and tech company customers. For example on Power Lunch on CNBC , Steve Weiss an investor in both venture firms and startups, talks about his experience with Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) “My first call was get the money out, and some of the resistance was well you know they'll survive this then they'll remember that we weren't there for them and I said, you're not hearing me, get the money out ”.  This is an example on how the snowball was enfolding Every customer was rushing to get their money out which amplified the speed of the collapse.

Link to the conversation on Power Lunch on CNBC:

Short Hills' Steve Weiss on Silicon Valley Bank: My first call was get the money out


·       Silicon Valley Bank Sold Assets: SVB sold its $21 billion bond portfolio which primarily consisted of U.S. Treasuries at significant loss of $1.8 billion. The portfolio was generating an average yield of 1.79%, which was considerably lower than the current 10-year Treasury yield of around 3.9%. The bank sold the portfolio to fulfill the demand for withdrawals from its clients.

 ·       The FDIC Now Controls SVB:  The FDIC has pledged to protect the insured deposits of customers up to $250,000 per account, either by finding a buyer for the bank or liquidating it. Unfortunately, this uncertain fate of the bank is likely to lead to disruptions and uncertainty for both customers and employees. Customers may experience potential loss of account access or transaction delays, while employees may face potential pay cuts or job losses as the FDIC determines the bank's future.

Interesting viewpoint on how this event occurred:

Why Banks Are Collapsing (DO THIS ASAP)


What’s Next

 ·       The recent collapse of a bank has raised concerns about its potential impact on the banking sector and the Start-Up ecosystem. The spill effect from the collapse could cause clients to react strongly to any negative news regarding banks. However, it's important to note that the banking industry is heavily regulated by the Federal Reserve and has better liquidity than during the financial crisis of 2008.

 ·       There are debates about whether the Federal Reserve may have overreacted in its efforts to combat inflation. Chairman Jerome Powell raised interest rates at an unprecedented speed from 0% to 4.25%in a short period of time, which some economists fear could have long-term negative consequences for the economy. Despite this, Powell has defended his position, citing the impact of higher inflation on low-income individuals during recent testimony before the House and Senate. The future actions of the Federal Reserve, including whether they will raise, pause, or cut rates, remain to be seen in light of recent events.

 ·       The financial markets are expected to be more volatile and susceptible to negative news following the collapse of SVB Financial Group, the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history. The memory of the 2008 financial crisis has left investors more cautious and sensitive to economic turbulence, contributing to heightened market volatility. Nevertheless, it's important to note that banks are better equipped to handle such situations now than they were during the 2008 crisis, with heavier regulation from the Federal Reserve and stronger liquidity.


The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has sent shockwaves throughout the banking industry, marking the second-largest bank failure in US history. The combination of various factors, such as the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates, rumors of liquidity issues, a surge in deposit withdrawals, and significant asset losses all contributed to its downfall. As the FDIC assumes control of the bank's assets and liabilities, both customers and employees face an uncertain future. The collapse also raises concerns about its potential impact on the banking sector and start-up ecosystem, with clients potentially reacting strongly to negative news regarding banks. However, it is important to note that banks are better equipped now than during the 2008 crisis, thanks to stricter regulations from the Federal Reserve and stronger liquidity. While financial markets are expected to be more volatile following the collapse, it remains to be seen what actions the Federal Reserve will take in response to recent events. Despite all these challenges, we must remember that every crisis presents an opportunity for innovation and growth. As we navigate through these difficult times together, let us remain vigilant but hopeful for a promising economic future.