Published: 20 March 2023
11 March 2023
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the 16th largest bank in US collapsed due to a bank run, as depositors withdrew cash & SVB could not meet their obligations.
This affected the startups and tech companies in the Silicon Valley area, which were the main customers of SVB.
Silicon Valley Bank is largest failure since 2008 financial crisis, billions stranded
This stoked concerns and volatility in US and global banking stocks, including in Singapore, where the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reassured the public that the local banking system remains “sound and resilient”.
• Singapore investors who invested in funds or ETF which had significant exposure to SVB will be affected.
• Singapore Venture capital firms with portfolio companies that bank with SVB and other affected banks could see some impact.
15 March 2023
The global banking contagion further worsened investor’s confidence in Credit Suisse.
On Sunday (Mar 19), UBS offered to buy Credit Suisse for as much as US$1 billion with a price of 0.25 francs a share to be paid in stock.
This greatly affected Credit Suisse 5.625% perpetual bonds, which were sold to private banking clients in Singapore.
This week, the Fed is expected to raise the federal funds rate by a further 25 basis points – to 4.75-5 per cent.
Market watchers expect the current turmoil in the US banking sector to reduce the likelihood of further rate hikes in the months ahead, and increase the chances of rate cuts before the end of the year. Indeed, US inflation already appears to be abating.
The recent instability on the US banking system may be a blessing in disguise.
Start a regular investment plan
Splitting up your lumpsum over the next 6-12months or even monthly regular investments would be best to take advantage of the current equity markets volatility; for your wealth accumulation needs.
Invest for the long term
Uncertainty in the equity market can cause short-term fluctuations in stock prices. However, historically, the stock market has always recovered over the long term.
Look out for financial products with downside risk protection
One example is the Indexed Universal Life, which has the following benefits:
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Winnie is a Certified Financial Planner with more than 10 years experience in financial advisory services, helping many of her clients to achieve their financial dreams, while protecting their families.
With more than a decade of insurance claims experience, she has tangibly helped many clients receive their claims pay-outs successfully, relieving their financial burden.
As part of her community outreach program, she finds it very meaningful to conduct financial talks for companies where the staff can benefit from the talks. Some of the companies who have benefitted include National Kidney Foundation, Singapore National Eye Centre and Singtel.
Despite her busy schedule, she enjoys working out at the gym and playing the piano (currently pursuing Grade 6 ABRSM).
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