186 Banks were identified as being vulnerable to collapse

On the heels of the massive economic fallout from the collapse and FDIC takeover of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, 186 banks have been identified as having a similar risk profile that makes them vulnerable to collapse.

A recent Social Science Research Network study identified 186 American banks that would likely collapse if half of their depositors suddenly withdrew their funds. The researchers ran a scenario where each bank experienced a run and concluded that the FDIC would run out of money.

“Our calculations suggest these banks are certainly at a potential risk of a run, absent other government intervention or recapitalization,” the economists wrote.

“Even if only half of uninsured depositors decide to withdraw, almost 190 banks are at a potential risk of impairment to insured depositors, with potentially $300 billion of insured deposits at risk,” the study’s abstract reads. “If uninsured deposit withdrawals cause even small fire sales, substantially more banks are at risk.”

The study found that 10 percent of banks have larger unrecognized losses than those at SVB. Even more concerning is they found that 10 percent of banks had lower capitalization than SVB, highlighting a real risk of coming trouble.

The study noted, “When central banks tighten monetary policy, it can have significant negative impacts on the value of longterm assets, including government bonds and mortgages. This can create losses for banks, which engage in maturity transformation: they finance long maturity assets with short-term liabilities—deposits. As interest rates rise, the value of a bank’s assets can decline, potentially leading to bank failure through two broad, but related channels. First, if a bank’s liabilities exceed the value of its assets, it may become insolvent. This is particularly likely for banks which need to increase deposit rates as interest rates rise. Second, uninsured depositors may become concerned about potential losses and withdraw their funds, causing a run on the bank. “… “Recent declines in bank asset values very significantly increased the fragility of the US banking system to uninsured depositor runs.”

The overall Economic numbers are NOT GOOD!

We advise reading our article on Preparing for an Economic Collapse. We talk about the history of economic collapses, list the steps you need to take, and talk about what will most likely happen when the banking system goes down. You can read the article here.

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