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Ripple CEO Reveals Impact of Silicon Valley Bank Closure on His Company

Ripple CEO Reveals Impact of Silicon Valley Bank Closure on His Company

On Sunday, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse revealed the impact of the recent closure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) on his firm, just two days after the bank was closed by Californian regulators and placed under the control of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

With $175 billion in deposits, SVB was the 16th largest bank in the U.S. and the largest bank by deposits in Silicon Valley, which is the home of some of the biggest names in tech, including Ripple.

Interestingly, just a week before its closure, SVB had announced on Twitter that it had made it to Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best Banks for the fifth straight year – the tweet, however, is already deleted.

According to Ripple’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), David Schwartz, he doesn’t understand how a run on a bank can cause it to become insolvent, stating that a run shouldn’t change either the assets or the obligations of a bank.

However, Schwartz explained that SVB was insolvent and did not mark-to-market their long-term treasury holdings. Ripple had some exposure to SVB since it was a banking partner and held some of its cash balance.

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Despite this, Garlinghouse stated that he expects no disruption to Ripple’s day-to-day business since they already held the majority of their USD with a broader network of bank partners.

The Washington Post reported that federal authorities are considering safeguarding all uninsured deposits at SVB to prevent panic in the U.S. financial system.

Officials at the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation discussed the idea over the weekend.

The plan would be among the potential policy responses if the government is unable to find a buyer for the failed bank. The FDIC began an auction process for SVB on Saturday, with final bids expected by 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Alexander Stefanov

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