State of Banks in the US – OCC Annual Report

Office of Comptroller of currency (OCC) released the 2022 annual report providing state of the US banking system. In their report, the OCC concludes that the US banking industry remains well capitalized with ample liquidity and is well positioned to face the continuing geopolitical & economic uncertainty and market volatility which was also reflected in the views of the Bank CEO’s in the earnings calls last week.

Falling of the crypto banks

The dominoes continue to collapse in the crypto world with the turn of the crypto banks and lenders now. Over the summer, Crypto banks Celsius, Vauld and broker dealer Voyager have all suspended withdrawals and are in various stages of bankruptcy. These are the latest dominoes to fall in the crypto world as the price of bitcoin has dropped by 50% from last year and is down 69% from its all time high.

State of Banks in 2022

OCC (Office of Comptroller of Currency) which supervises national banks and agencies of foreign banks in US released their semi-annual risk report last week. The report presents key issues facing banks that “pose threats to the the safety and soundness of banks and their compliance with applicable laws and regulations”. The report presents an optimistic message – while the risk of downside growth is increasing due to tightening financial conditions and geopolitical uncertainty the banks continue to be financially strong having navigated the pandemic and are well capitalized to face the economic headwinds.

The violent death of TerraUSD and Luna!

The $49 billion meltdown of the algorithmic stablecoin Terra USD (UST) coin and it’s lined token, Luna this month has shown the shaky grounds on which the lofty valuations of stablecoins have been built. Terra which has fallen in value from being pegged to USD to less than 5 cents and Luna which was one of the top 10 stablecoins in Jan is now worth less than 1 cent. The death of Terra and Luna has also led to a $300 billion decline in the crypto industry.

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