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Yellen: Solid finance is vital for U.S. economic might.

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  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will testify before the House Financial Services Committee to provide an update on the state of the economy and the measures taken to safeguard the financial system.
  • Last year, the banking system faced turmoil when Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank failed, prompting government intervention.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday to discuss the state of the U.S. economy and the measures taken to safeguard the financial system. Yellen will highlight the “historic” economic recovery the country has experienced since the pandemic, but will warn that vigilance is needed to protect against emerging risks. The Biden administration and federal regulators took swift action to stabilize the banking system following the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. However, the incident raised questions about the ability of regulators to predict and respond to risks. The Financial Stability Oversight Council, headed by Yellen, has been reviewing its methods for tracking and addressing risks to financial stability. Yellen stresses the importance of a stable and resilient financial system for continued economic strength.

The failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank were a result of multiple factors, including inadequate preparation for the rapid rise in interest rates. As interest rates increased, the banks incurred significant losses, causing depositors to panic and withdraw their funds. Regulators had to step in and take control of the banks, implement emergency measures, and reassure depositors that their funds were safe. These bank failures and subsequent government intervention sparked a debate about the need for better customer deposit protection and more effective bank regulation.

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