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Market News - March 17, 2023

First, it was Silicon Valley Bank, now it’s San Francisco-based First Republic Bank taking a hit. Like Silicon Valley Bank, First Republic is another bank catering to “free-money” startups. First Republic’s shares are now down 86% from their peak in November of 2021.

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Did Something Break?

The recent banking failures could be the beginning of what’s been called the most anticipated recession ever. A lack of confidence in the system can spread quickly. The fact that SVB failed in just a matter of hours was shocking and has never been seen before. The hope is the problem does not cascade to other banks and other parts of the economy.

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Market News - March 10, 2023

The question everyone asked since last Thursday (3/9/23) has been “Why did Silicon Valley Bank go bust? And what does it mean for MY bank?” The best explanation is that Silicon Valley Bank (SIVB) was uniquely at risk because of its unusually low percent of individual depositors, and its unusually high portfolio of loans and securities backing up their deposits.

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Market News - February 24, 2023

The Fed’s “preferred” inflation gauge (Personal Consumption Expenditures, or PCE) not only came in worse than expected, but the prior three months were all revised higher as well. “The whole thing throws a lot of cold water on the ‘disinflation’ hoopla,” observed Wolf Richter of wolfstreet.com.

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The Fed's Challenge

The Fed has a tough challenge ahead of them with very few options. Most of the aggregate growth in the economy was financed by massive deficit spending, credit creation, and a reduction in consumer savings.

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Market News - February 17, 2023

When it comes to getting the best ‘bang-for-your-buck’ when dining out, a recent survey by Stifel shows that most consumers feel they’re getting the best value from fast-food behemoths like McDonald’s and Taco Bell. At the other end of the scale, New York-based Shake Shack was rated the worst value.

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