Financial Face-Off: Regional banks vs. national banks — should you move your money?

by | Mar 24, 2023 | Stock Market

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The face-off Consumers have been shaken up by the collapse of regional banks Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. Many found themselves wondering if their money was safe, even if they weren’t customers of those institutions. In response to the crisis, people pulled their cash out of regional banks and moved to big national banks like Bank of America
which saw an influx of $15 billion in new deposits over a few days. J.P. Morgan
and Wells Fargo
also took in new customers. Are consumers better off parking their money in a big national bank or a smaller regional or community bank? For reference, the biggest banks in the U.S. by assets are J.P. Morgan ($3.2 trillion), Bank of America …

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