Economics/Class Relations

How to sound smart on SVB

March 14, 2023
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Taiwan, Trump, & more

  • The US would destroy Taiwan’s chip factories rather than let them fall into China’s hands, a former national security advisor said. Read more.
  • Trump rejected the Manhattan DA’s invitation to testify before the New York “hush-money” grand jury. Here’s why.
  • A Ukrainian battalion lost all 500 of its original members in fighting with Russia, a commander said. More here.

SVB takeaways

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The Silicon Valley Bank implosion is the biggest bank failure since 2008. Here are my three main takeaways from the crisis.

First, digital banking and social media contributed to a bank run at hyper speed. SVB depositors initiated withdrawals of $42 billion on Thursday, equivalent to roughly $500,000 per second over 24 hours. Many of the old assumptions around bank liquidity will need to be revised.

Second, it’s becoming clear that big banks like JPMorgan will be big beneficiaries of SVB’s demise. “We need to be where the economy is going,” one founder told my colleagues. “You’ve got to have your funds in a JPMorgan Chase, a Wells Fargo or a BofA.” And so-called shadow banks are ready to pounce, too.

Third, this isn’t over yet. SVB still hasn’t found a buyer. Banks including First Republic saw their stock price plunge on Monday. Ratings agency Moody’s just put First Republic and Western Alliance on watch for a credit ratings downgrade.

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Middle managers, a tiny-home village, & more

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  • The big short. A doctor wants to make his penis-enlargement implant as common as breast implants. Thousands of men have undergone the procedure, but some say it’s left them deformed and in excruciating pain. Read Insider’s new investigation here.
  • “I make six figures reviewing tech products with the Amazon Influencer Program.” Sal Farzin is a full-time tech creator with almost 3 million TikTok followers. About 80% of his six-figure influencer income comes from promoting products on Amazon. His six tips for success.
  • A tiny-home village with $1,000-a-month rents. A husband-and-wife duo are building a community of 44 tiny homes across four acres in Dover, New Hampshire. They say it’s meant for “your entry-level schoolteachers, your entry-level firefighters,” and others with low income. Read more.
  • Over-hired Meta and Google staff were “doing nothing.” The billionaire CEO of said that the tech giants hired so many employees that they didn’t have enough work for them to do. Get the full story.


Trevor Mahlmann/Relativity Space
The world’s first 3D-printed rocket is preparing to launch. Relativity Space wants to launch the world’s first rocket that’s almost entirely 3D printed. The company developed the world’s largest metal 3D printers to make its Terran 1 rocket. It hopes the launch will put it on track to beat Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Mars by 2024. See it for yourself.



Food Tours


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