Markets endured another volatile week as banks lurched from one crisis to another. Investors sought refuge in tradition safe-haven assets, government bonds and precious metals, before appetite for risk recovered. The blue-chip S&P 500 index ended up 2.5% higher.
Silicon Valley Bank’s failure led to a run on US regional banks and claimed another victim, Signature Bank. Another, First Republic Bank, has been propped up by $30 billion of deposits from the largest US banks but its share price continues to crater and it remains vulnerable.
However, when Credit Suisse moved into the spotlight, it became much more serious. The 167-year-old bank has a global footprint with a balance sheet around twice the size of Lehman Brothers’ when it collapsed in 2008. Credit Suisse has been beset by scandal over the past 3 years but a restructuring plan was underway under new leadership.
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