U.S. futures rally after Silicon Valley bank announcement
U.S. stock futures rallied in Asian trade on Monday as authorities announced plans to limit the fallout from the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), while investors wagered future hikes in U.S rates would now be less aggressive.
In a joint statement, the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve announced a range of measures to stabilise the banking system and said depositors at SVB would have access to their deposits on Monday.
The Fed said it would make additional funding available through a new Bank Term Funding Program, which would offer loans up to one year to depository institutions, backed by Treasuries and other assets these institutions hold.
The moves came as authorities took possession of New York-based Signature Bank, the second bank failure in a matter of days.
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Analysts noted that, importantly, the Fed would accept collateral at par rather than marking to market, allowing banks to borrow funds without having to sell assets at a loss.
“These are strong moves,” said Paul Ashworth, head of North American economics at Capital Economics.
“Rationally, this should be enough to stop any contagion from spreading and taking down more banks, which can happen in the blink of an eye in the digital age,” he added. “But contagion has always been more about irrational fear, so we would stress that there is no guarantee this will work.”
Investors reacted by sending U.S. S&P 500 stock futures up 1.2%, while Nasdaq futures rose 1.3%.
Etihad Airways in trouble over emissions reduction plans
Australia’s consumer watchdog is considering action
Etihad Airways is in hot water over allegations it lied about its emissions reduction plans.
Australia’s consumer watchdog is now considering action against the airline as the body crackdown on so-called greenwashing.
It follows two Etihad advertisements that appeared on digital advertising banners during a football match at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on 15 February last year.
The ad had the words “net zero emissions by 2050” next to its logo.
In another commercial, the airline claimed “Flying shouldn’t cost the Earth”.
Flight Free Australia claims the ads convey the misleading impression that flying with Etihad does not have a significant environmental impact and Etihad intends to achieve net zero by 2050.
But the group says middle eastern airline has no credible path to net zero emissions by this date and it is not “technologically, practically, or economically feasible” to reach this goal.
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Janet Yellen admits banking system is stabilising
The U.S. Treasury Secretary admits more may need to be done, if runs on other regional banks occur
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that the country’s banking system is stabilising, but further steps may be needed to protect depositors if runs on other regional banks threaten contagion.
“Our intervention was necessary to protect the broader U.S. banking system, and similar actions could be warranted if smaller institutions suffer deposit runs that pose the risk of contagion.”
Her comments came at an American Bankers Association conference, more than a week after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, closed the failing Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.
Yellen said she believed the actions of the FDIC, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury had reduced the risk of further bank failures that would have imposed losses on the bank-funded Deposit Insurance Fund.
“Let me be clear: the government’s recent actions have demonstrated our resolute commitment to take the necessary steps to ensure that depositors savings and the banking system remain safe.”
Yellen did not provide details on what further actions may be warranted.
She said that the current situation was “very different” from the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, when subprime mortgage assets put many banks under stress.
“We do not see that situation in the banking system today. Our financial system is also significantly stronger than it was 15 years ago.”
Yellen did, however, add that in coming weeks, regulators will examine the failures of SVB and Signature Bank, and reexamine whether current regulatory and oversight protocols are appropriate for the risks that banks face today.
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