Crypto: Bitcoin, ether rally as Fed announces new emergency loan program for banks

by | Mar 12, 2023 | Stock Market

Major cryptocurrencies rallied Sunday, as the Federal Reserve announced a new emergency loan program for banks after Silicon Valley Bank, once the 16th-largest bank in the U.S., and crypto-friendly Silvergate Bank both collapsed in the past few days.  Bitcoin
surged more than 7% on Sunday to above $22,000, according to CoinDesk data. Ether
jumped 7%, briefly topping $1,600. 

U.S. equity markets also traded higher Sunday afternoon, with the Dow futures 
up 0.8%, and the S&P 500 futures
up 1.2%. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 
 rose 1.2%, according to FactSet data. The Fed’s new emergency loan program will help assure banks have the ability to meet needs of all their depositors, according to a statement. Under the program, banks and other lenders will be able to pledge Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities for cash, the Fed said.  Meanwhile, U.S. financial regulators on Sunday said Silicon Valley Bank depositors would have access to “all …

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