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Matt Levine

Banks Want a Break From the FDIC

Also Bed Bath & Beyond stock, AT1 changes, AT1 CDS, Michael Lewis’s SBF book and Sweetgreen’s salad robots.

A lot of this spring’s US regional banking crisis can be explained this way:

One solution to this crisis would be that, if the bonds magically went back to being worth 100 cents on the dollar, the banks would mostly be fine again.  That seems improbable, though I guess one interesting mechanism would be if the banking crisis caused enough of a recession to drive long-term interest rates back to where they were in 2020. Then the bonds would be fine, though probably the banks would have credit losses.