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$100 billion withdrawn from banks but a system described as “healthy and resilient”

A branch of First Citizens Bank in Dunwoody, Georgia on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

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Regulators reassured the public that the banking system is safe as new data showed customers had recently withdrawn nearly $100 billion in deposits.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and more than a dozen other officials convened a special closed meeting of the Financial Stability Supervisory Board on Friday.

A readout of the session said a New York Fed staffer briefed the group on “market developments.”

“The Board discussed current conditions in the banking industry and noted that while some institutions are struggling, the U.S. banking system remains strong and resilient,” the statement said. “The Board also discussed member agencies’ ongoing efforts to monitor financial developments.”

No other details were provided about the meeting.

The reading, released shortly after the market closed on Friday, came around the same time new data from the Fed showed bank customers collectively withdrew $98.4 billion from accounts for the week. ended March 15.

This would have covered the period when the sudden bankruptcies of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank rocked the industry.

Withdrawals brought total deposits down to just over $17.5 trillion and accounted for about 0.6% of the total. Deposits have declined steadily over the past year or so, falling $582.4 billion since February 2022, according to Fed data released Friday.

Earlier this week, Powell also sought to assure the public that the banking system is safe.

“You have seen that we have the tools to protect depositors when there is a threat of serious harm to the economy or the financial system, and we are ready to use those tools,” Powell said Wednesday at a press conference. that followed the Fed’s decision to raise benchmark interest rates by another quarter of a percentage point. “And I think depositors should assume their deposits are safe.”

Powell noted that deposit flows “have stabilized over the past week” following what he called “powerful actions” by the Fed to support the system.

Banks flocked to the emergency lending facilities set up after the failures of SVB and Signature. Data released Thursday showed institutions took out a daily average of $116.1 billion in loans from the central bank’s discount window, the highest since the financial crisis, and withdrew $53.7 billion in dollars from the banks’ term funding program.


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