As these things tend to, the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has given rise to a host of wide-ranging discussions. Again comes a long weekend of fear and conjecture, so familiar to anyone remembering Lehman weekend, the guiding of Bear Stearns into JP Morgan’s commercial embrace, airlines dropping like flies after September 11, jitters over the fate of Long-Term Capital Management in September of 1998, and so many others. And yet, by the time I was just finishing this writing, the situation had (at least temporarily) abated.
Let’s start at the beginning. What happened?