Regulators seized First Republic (FRC) early on Monday and sold the bulk of the bank’s operations to JPMorgan Chase (JPM) in the largest bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis.
JPMorgan, the nation’s largest bank, agreed to assume $173 billion in assets, $30 billion in securities and all of First Republic’s $92 billion in deposits. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation sweetened the deal by agreeing to share losses on certain residential and commercial loans, giving JPMorgan some protection if the assets go bad.
The fall of the $229 billion First Republic makes it the biggest casualty yet of the banking system turmoil that began in March, larger than either Silicon Valley Bank or Signature Bank. Seattle’s Washington Mutual, which went under with $307 billion in assets in September 2008, is still the largest bank failure in US history.
By David Hollerith via Yahoo Finance