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US Mulls More Support for Banks While Giving First Republic Time

  • Changes to Fed’s liquidity program could be made to help bank
  • Even without that, officials are letting it continue deal hunt
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US Mulls More Support for BanksPhotographer: Lauren Justice/Bloomberg

US authorities are considering expanding an emergency lending facility for banks in ways that would give First Republic Bank more time to shore up its balance sheet, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Officials have yet to decide on what support they could provide First Republic, if any, and an expansion of the Federal Reserve’s offering is one of several options being weighed at this early stage. Regulators continue to grapple with two other failed lenders — Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank — that require more immediate attention.