‘Big Short’ Investor Michael Burry Sees No ‘True Danger’ & Believes SVB Crisis Will Resolve ‘Very Quickly’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Gregory Pace/Shutterstock (5421510ec)Michael Burry'The Big Short' film premiere, New York, America - 23 Nov 2015.
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Michael Burry, of “The Big Short” fame and founder of the hedge fund Scion Asset Management, took to Twitter on Monday, March 13 to say he doesn’t believe the collapsing of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank is a danger.

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“This crisis could resolve very quickly. I am not seeing any true danger here,” Burry wrote in a now-deleted tweet, according to Bloomberg.

Bury, who predicted the 2008 housing crisis and was played by Christian Bale in “The Big Short,” also commented on the current regional bank turmoil the prior day.

“2000, 2008, 2023. It is always the same,” Burry commented in a now-deleted tweet on Sunday, according to The New York Post. “People full of hubris and greed take stupid risks, and fail. Money is then printed. Because it works so well.”

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The quick collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the ensuing measures regulators took to avoid more damage on Sunday evening March 12, prompted contagion fears and created chaos in the markets on March 13.  In addition, the FDIC and the Federal Reserve also announced on March 12 the closing of crypto-friendly bank Signature Bank, because of a “similar systemic risk.”

“We are also announcing a similar systemic risk exception for Signature Bank, New York, New York, which was closed today by its state chartering authority. All depositors of this institution will be made whole. As with the resolution of Silicon Valley Bank, no losses will be borne by the taxpayer,” the Treasury, Federal Reserve, and FDIC said in a joint statement.  

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President Joe Biden aimed to reassure Americans on March 13, saying that the banking system was safe.

“Americans can rest assured that our banking system is safe. Your deposits are safe. Let me also assure you we will not stop at this — we’ll do whatever is needed,” Biden said Monday morning, according to a White House transcript.

“Thanks to the quick action of my administration over the past few days, Americans can have confidence that the banking system is safe,” Biden reiterated. “Your deposits will be here when you need them.”

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.
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