05.03.2023 0

Fed HIKES interest rates AGAIN! ‘Let them EAT TREASURIES!’ as banks FAIL and default LOOMS!

$100 billion run on deposits, rising interest rates put First Republic into FDIC receivership, JP Morgan takes over as another one bites the dust:

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation put the $229.1 billion California-based First Republic Bank into receivership today on May 1, while the FDIC also entered into a “purchase and assumption agreement” with JP Morgan-Chase Bank for the nation’s largest bank to assume First Republic’s assets as well as its $103.9 billion of deposits. Another one bites the dust. Once again, like Silicon Valley and Signature Banks, the bank was caught upside down on interest rates causing a run on uninsured bank deposits of more than $100 billion in March. So, far three major bank runs have occurred in the span of a little more than a month. This thing could just be clearing its throat even as worried investors hope the worst is past us. I guess we’ll see?

Joe Biden is playing a game of chicken on default with no-strings increase of $31 trillion debt ceiling:

President Joe Biden is set to meet with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other Congressional leaders on May 9 to discuss the looming the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling. It’s about time. So far, Biden’s only plan has been for Congress to simply increase it into perpetuity or else threaten to default, never bothering to address the dismal fiscal outlook facing the nation, even as regional banks continue to fail because of the unsustainable burden caused by taking on U.S. treasuries — a problem that will only grow as the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) projects the national debt will rise to $50.7 trillion by 2033. In truth it could be much larger than that, since the debt has been growing at more than 8 percent a year on average since 1980. In fact, if it continues at its current clip, it will rise to more than $100 trillion by 2037. Either way, $50 trillion or $100 trillion, or most likely somewhere in between, who is going to buy all of those treasuries? Why, U.S. banks will, naturally, as foreign governments continue to reduce their overall share of U.S. treasuries and the Federal Reserve reaches its own limit of being able to print money to pay the debt after spiraling inflation.

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