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Credit Suisse Weaknesses Revealed


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Credit Suisse shares fell five percent to an all-time low in early trading and in Europe on Tuesday after the bank confirmed material weaknesses and an $8billion loss in 2022, just hours after a financial expert claimed it would be the next institution to fall following SVB.

Last night, Robert Kiyosaki – a metals investor and author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad who accurately predicted the 2008 fall of Lehman Brothers – warned during an appearance on Fox Business, that ‘the problem’ is the bond market, and that Credit Suisse – the eighth largest investment bank in the world- was most vulnerable.

‘My prediction, I called Lehman Brothers years ago, and I think the next bank to go is Credit Suisse because the bond market is crashing. The bond market is much bigger than the stock market. The Fed is up and they’re the firemen and the arson,’ he said.

On Tuesday morning, Credit Suisse published its annual report which revealed an $8billion loss for 2022. The bank had been due to publish the report last Thursday, but was sent back to review its books by the SEC.

Shares held steady on the NYSE once trading began, flattening to around $2.54 – a marginal improvement on the morning’s low of $2.44 but woefully less than where it stood a year ago, when they traded at above $7.

Today, Credit Suisse said the ‘weaknesses’ were down to a ‘failure to design and maintain an effective risk assessment process to identify and analyze the risk of material misstatements’.

Despite Kiyosaki’s stark warnings and the panic caused by the collapse of SVB last week, other Wall Street experts are urging caution and calmness.

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Credit Suisse CEO Ulrich Koerner has however insisted that the ‘SVB credit exposure is not material’.

During an appearance on Bloomberg this morning, he said: ‘It’s a very different situation, we are following materially different and higher standards when it comes to capital funding, liquidity and so on.’

He added that the bank had seen ‘good inflows’ yesterday, and that everything had been ‘calm’ since the SVB collapse.

Chairman Axel Lehmann has however agreed to waive a $1.6million bonus given the bank’s ‘poor financial performance’.

While Credit Suisse’s shares took a nosedive, US banks rebounded vigorously.

Shares of First Republic Bank were up by 42 percent in early trading, while Western Alliance and PacWest were also both up.

Former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair also appeared on CNN This Morning to try to calm the market’s nerves.

‘I do hope people keep their head. I think most of these regional banks are just fine, but it concerns me that everybody is getting tagged with the same problems Silicon Valley Bank had and that was an unusual situation.

‘I do think fear is the problem now, not so much bank solvency trouble. I don’t see any pervasive problems in our banking system,’ she said.

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Former SVB staff have attributed its failure to ‘idiotic decisions’ rather than a looming global financial crash.

They say CEO Greg Becker spooked the markets by announcing the bank’s vulnerabilities last week and his hope to raise billions to save it.

‘That was absolutely idiotic. They were being very transparent. It’s the exact opposite of what you’d normally see in a scandal. But their transparency and forthright-ness did them in,’ said one former employee.

Insiders also say that Credit Suisse – the seventh largest investment bank in the word – is more highly regulated than SVB was, so is ‘conservatively positioned against any interest rate risks.’

Kiyosaki, who co-wrote an investment book with Donald Trump in 2006 and is worth $100million himself despite never working in a bank or financial institution, said the current situation is the ‘perfect storm’, with an entire generation of boomers looking to retire…. (Read more)

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