Banking Crisis Redux: Regional Lenders Nervous Amid Commercial Real Estate Woes

Moody’s cuts New York Community Bancorp’s credit rating to junk status.

Share prices plunge as much as 15 per cent in premarket trading.
The stock has dropped approximately 60 per cent in the past week due to dismal results, mainly from exposure to troubled commercial real estate loans.

KBW Nasdaq Regional Banking Index drops nearly 12 per cent in the past week.

Investors worry about regional banks’ exposure to commercial real estate loan portfolios.

Plunging office occupancy rates and high-interest rates contribute to the crisis.

Shift in working practices post-pandemic disrupts the commercial real estate market.

Lenders face a potential “maturity wall” of up to $1.5 trillion in commercial real estate loans this year and next.

U.S. regional banks, major providers of such loans, are at significant risk.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen downplays wider crisis fears but acknowledges some stressed institutions.

The funding lifeline, the Fed’s Bank Term Funding Program, expires on March 11.

The program, established after the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, aimed to help lenders shore up finances and restore public confidence.

European and Asian banks, like Japan’s Aozora Bank and Switzerland’s Julius Baer, were affected.

Banco Santander and Deutsche Bank increased exposure to the $6 trillion U.S. real estate debt market, despite looming bad loan concerns.

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D.E.I. supporters defend the practice, citing its positive impact on the bottom line.

Empirical analyses show companies championing D.E.I. outperform peers.

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