ICSM Business News: concerns mount as more US banks see share prices collapse in what is ‘a 21st century problem that leaves all banks vulnerable’

ICSM Business News: concerns mount as more US banks see share prices collapse in what is ‘a 21st century problem that leaves all banks vulnerable’

By Harry Mottram: The Treasury has moved to reassure customers of British banks that their money is safe following the news of continued turmoil in the USA banking sector.

"The UK banking system remains safe, sound and well capitalised," said a member of the Treasury last week in order to calm fears. They added the collapse of banks in America was "a matter for US authorities".

The comments came on the back of the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank and the Signature Bank last month which caused a knock-on effect hitting Credit Suisse which in turn had to be rescued by UBS in Switzerland.

Whether the UK is immune from the bank runs is open to question despite the assurances of the Treasury but there are concerns mounting once again as this week shares in California-based PacWest plunged 50%, while Western Alliance also tumbled nearly 40%. The US Treasury Department said it was monitoring developments "closely" and “the banking system has substantial liquidity and deposit flows are stable.”

ICSM’s Ian Carrotte said members of the credit intelligence group that seeks to prevent late payment and insolvencies were always wary of statements by the authorities about the liquidity of banks. He said: “Many of us can recall the run on the Northern Rock bank in the day – people including those with business accounts queued up to get their cash out like in the film It’s A Wonderful Life. Now I understand the recent liquidity problems has been caused by customers able to withdraw or move money from accounts online in a matter of minutes. The word gets round thanks to the internet and before you know it millions of dollars are shifted to other banks. It’s a 21st century problem – in the old days the banks would close their doors so money couldn’t be taken out. The practice is handy on the day to day workings of a business but it can in those circumstances leave all banks vulnerable.”

The average SME has more than £100,000 in banking funds – which is higher that the £85,000 limit guaranteed by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in the event of a bank going bust.


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