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Will Bank Failures Bring About Regulatory Dystopia?
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Following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, the financial industry anticipates regulatory changes. Parallels to the last crisis, which birthed the Dodd-Frank Act, raise questions about future regulations. As hidden risks surface, the industry braces for regulatory shifts and emphasizes the role of training in maintaining financial institutions' resilience.

Will Bank Failures Bring About Regulatory Dystopia?

With the sudden failure of Silicon Valley Bank and subsequent demise of Signature Bank, many wonder what regulatory corrections will materialize over the near and long term. The last financial crisis involving “systemically important” financial institution failures brought us the gift that keeps on giving in the form of the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as a relative shortage of seasoned financial institution professionals by virtue of early retirements, career changes, and increased M&A activity. Despite the Regulatory Relief Act of 2018, the effects of DFA continue to be broad and well documented.

So, what’s going to happen now? Nobody knows for sure at this point, and I’m certainly not a prognosticator of shifts in regulatory winds. However, it’s a pretty sure bet that we in the financial industry will see some new and changing regulations over the coming months. While the causes of the aforementioned banks’ failures were different than what precipitated the last crisis, the common denominator is risk. Hidden risk. Unseen risk. Unmitigated risk. 

Who is to blame? Well, that isn’t my place to say but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. However, experience tells me that regulators don’t like to miss things. And when they do, they tend to grab the steering wheel and yank it pretty hard the opposite direction. Case in point, like an armor-plated semi out of a Mad Max movie, Dodd-Frank plowed into myriad sources of risk, real and imagined, and tested the resolve of every community bank owner, board member, executive, and employee in the country.

Whether the recent failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank bring about a regulatory dystopia resembling that of Dodd-Frank remains to be seen. In any case, we all have access to some pretty important tools to keep our institutions running strong. One of the most effective of these tools is training. 

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Larry Williams is President and CEO of the Community Bankers Webinar Network and has over 20 years in banking, specializing in lending, credit risk management, and executive leadership.