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LETTER: Blame Trump for SVB collapse

Woke Silicon Valley Bank? It’s obvious Victor Joecks (March 15 column) has no understanding of the term “woke.” That said, he gave every right-leaning talking point for why SVB failed except for the correct two.

First, the previous administration gutted several important rules of the Dodd-Frank bill, which allowed SVB to raise its reserve requirements. Second, bank honchos invested in long-term bonds in an era when interest rates were fast rising. They needed to sell those bonds at a loss in order to cover the demanded cash withdrawals.

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