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Silicon Valley Bank shut down by California regulator, holding over $5 billion for prominent crypto VCs
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was shut down by California’s financial watchdog on March 10 after announcing a significant sale of assets and stocks aimed at raising additional capital. The California watchdog appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as the receiver to protect insured deposits. However, the FDIC only insures up to $250,000 per depositor, per institution and per ownership category. The bank held over $5 billion in funds from major venture capital firms. Silicon Valley Bank is one of the top 20 largest banks in the United States, providing banking services to crypto-friendly venture companies, such as Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.
USDC depegs as Circle confirms $3.3B stuck with Silicon Valley Bank
USD Coin (USDC) issuer Circle confirmed that $3.3 billion of its $40 billion USDC reserves remain at Silicon Valley Bank, triggering a sell-off that resulted in the stablecoin falling below $1. The stablecoin ecosystem felt an immediate impact as USDC depegged from the U.S. dollar, with major stablecoin depegging from the U.S. dollar as a consequence, including DAI, USDD and FRAX. The USDC price was slowly re-pegging on late Saturday after turbulent trading hours. Circle plans to cover missing liquidity in SVB with corporate funds.
Silvergate Capital Corporation to ‘voluntarily liquidate’ Silvergate Bank
Silvergate Capital Corporation announced this week plans to “wind down operations” and liquidate its crypto arm, Silvergate Bank. The decision was made “in light of recent industry and regulatory developments,” said the company. Silvergate was one of the major banking partners for many crypto firms, but drew concerns about its solvency after delaying the filing of an annual financial report. Although its closure does not appear to be a systematic risk for the United States banking…
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