Economics/Class Relations

Bank crisis contagion

March 16, 2023
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Credit Suisse’s troubles

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Credit Suisse has been thrown a lifeline after the Swiss National Bank offered the lender a $54 billion loan. Shares shot up 32% at the open in Zurich this morning.

The rebound follows a plunge of nearly 25% on Wednesday, caused by news that the banking giant’s biggest shareholder — Saudi National Bank — won’t be providing any more financial help.

The timing couldn’t have been worse. Investors are increasingly worried that recent pressure on banks could herald another financial crisis following last week’s collapse of Silicon Valley Bank.

But investors were showing signs of losing faith in Credit Suisse long before the Saudi comments, and before SVB’s collapse. Here’s why the turmoil came to a head this week.


TikTok car thefts, Salesforce, & more

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  • Salesforce salaries revealed. The company grew exponentially during the coronavirus pandemic, and it paid top dollar for talent. Here’s how much engineers, managers, and other employees earned before layoffs struck. The full story.
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California’s secret weapon

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California is turning to fire-reducing goats, a quirky but popular tool against wildfires. Goats are nature’s lawnmowers; they’re hungry, agile, and far from picky. Across California, herds of goats are being used to prevent wildfires — alongside more traditional forms of fire prevention. Here’s how.





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I want to hear from you

Our team of reporters and editors has been working around the clock to cover the latest financial crisis, breaking down the most complicated aspects of why Silicon Valley Bank failed, how the contagion will impact other banks, and why SVB’s implosion will benefit the biggest banks.


So I want to hear from you. What’s your take on all of this? What do you think will happen next? Are you having any vivid memories from the 2008 crisis and how it affected you? Let me know:


— Nicholas Carlson



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This edition was curated by Nicholas Carlson, and edited by Hallam Bullock, Lisa Ryan, Dave Smith, Nathan Rennolds, Anil Varma, Matt Turner, and Jack Robert Stacey. Get in touch:

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