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Barney Frank Sees Crypto as Common Element in New Bank Failures

Barney Frank — the former congressman known for the Dodd-Frank Act, which overhauled US banking regulation to prevent another global financial crisis — said there was one thing lawmakers and regulators didn't reckon with back in 2008: cryptocurrencies.“Digital currency was the new element entered into our system,” the 82-year-old Frank said in an interview Sunday. “A new and destabilizing – potentially destabilizing – element is introduced into the financial system. What we get are three failures.” Signature Bank was closed by New York state financial regulators Sunday in a shocking third banking collapse in a week, after the failure of fellow crypto-friendly bank Silvergate Capital Corp. and the seizure of SVB Financial Group's Silicon Valley Bank. Frank himself is a board member at ...

Bitcoin Sinks to Two-Week Low as Silvergate Fallout Hurts Crypto

Bitcoin dropped to the lowest level in about two weeks, part of a wider retreat in crypto markets as investors digested the unraveling of a key industry payments network. The largest token by market value sank as much as 6% before paring some of the slide to trade 4.9% lower at $22,323 as of 1:44 p.m. Friday in New York. Smaller coins such as Ether, Avalanche and the meme token Dogecoin also suffered declines. The digital-asset industry is absorbing the fallout of the troubles at crypto-friendly US bank Silvergate Capital Corp., which has said that it's reviewing whether it can remain viable. The bank offers a widely used payments network that facilitates the real-time transfer of funds between crypto firms. But many digital-asset exchanges, stablecoin issuers and trading desks a...

Google Cuts Add to Tech Wipeout That’s Claimed Over 100,000 Jobs

Alphabet Inc.'s plan to reduce headcount by more than 6% — about 12,000 roles — is adding to mass job cuts that are accelerating at technology companies around the world.The tech sector announced 97,171 job cuts in 2022, up 649% compared to the previous year, according to consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Disclosures about cuts at Google's parent company, Microsoft Corp., and Amazon.com Inc. have added another 30,000 positions in January.Big tech companies like these benefitted from a boom in e-commerce spending and remote work that kicked off during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns in 2020. Now, many of these businesses are reporting disappointing growth rates and dealing with sagging share prices as customer behavior returns to normal. Their leaders are saying the...