First Republic Acquired – JPMorgan’s Takeover
Weeks following the regional banking crisis, failing efforts to keep First Republic operational have led to the second-largest U.S. bank failure in American history. With Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse in early March, First Republic bank, the 12th largest American financial institution, followed suit. In the same fashion as other regional banks, First Republic had substantial decreases in deposits, limiting their operating capital and forcing them to liquidate assets at corrupted values. In a bid to keep afloat, First Republic attempted all measures to remain operational, however, the bank lost over $100 billion in deposits and lost over 75% in market cap after signs of a bankruptcy.
Fortunately for Wall Street, news of JPMorgan Chase’s takeover of the struggling firm showed some resolve into the American banking crisis. The acquisition will have JPMorgan own most of the bank’s assets as well as assuming the $92 billion in insured and uninsured deposits. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp will also be incorporated into the deal, financing $50 billion and sharing some of the losses alongside the banking titan. Nevertheless, the JPMorgan takeover will work to ease some worries towards the strength of the American financial market. Ahead of the Federal Reserve’s meeting this week, investors should anticipate some clarity from Fed Chair Jerome Powell on the state of interest rates and their evident effects towards financial institutions as the year goes on.
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