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Americans with accounts at under-pressure banks flocked to branches to withdraw funds on Monday after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. 

DailyMail.com found long lines at Silicon Valley Bank branches across California and Massachusetts after its collapse on Friday, and similar scenes at San Francisco-based First Republic, which at one point saw its stock trading halted on Monday. 

The queues stretched around blocks and into parking lots as concerned account holders raced to withdraw money, spooked by the recent banking turmoil.

Those fortunate enough to have managed to save more than the $250,000, the maximum amount which the FDIC insures against loss should their bank fold, decided to withdraw anything above that figure.

Customers wait in line to withdraw funds from Silicon Valley Bank's headquarters in Santa Clara, California on Monday

Customers wait in line to withdraw funds from Silicon Valley Bank’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California on Monday

Customers outside an SVB branch in Wellesley, Massachusetts, after the White House guaranteed people would be able to access their funds Monday morning

Customers outside an SVB branch in Wellesley, Massachusetts, after the White House guaranteed people would be able to access their funds Monday morning

The FFIC took control of the SVB bank's assets, making it the largest bank to do so since the 2008 financial crisis

The FFIC took control of the SVB bank’s assets, making it the largest bank to do so since the 2008 financial crisis

A man, in his 60s, leaving First Republic Bank on 51st and Park Avenue in Manhattan, told DailyMail.com, withdrew everything except $250,000 from his account – the maximum insured limit of what the FDIC allows.

He would not share the amount but said it was ‘a lot’. He said he went to the bank this morning, ‘out if an abundance of caution.’

‘I am not hysterical but a bit concerned, but I think the Feds are going to do what they need to do,’ he told DailyMail.com.

He said a lot of people who were at the bank Monday morning were also withdrawing large sums of money.

Investors seemed to conclude that the only place to be safe in banking was with the nation’s most strictly regulated institutions – the biggest names such as Chase, Citi, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Regional banks were seen as the riskiest, since they do not have the scale to compete against larger competitors.

Large account balances – once seen as a positive sign that a bank’s clients are well off – suddenly became a liability since they could be withdrawn at the first sign of trouble.

Down the road, outside a New York branch of Signature Bank, which was closed by regulators on Sunday, Edward Tricomi, a hair salon business owner, said: ‘We’re staying with the bank.’

A few dozen account holders waited outside a San Francisco branch of stricken Silicon Valley Bank, which was seized by regulators on Friday.

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‘We know that things are in place with the FDIC,’ said Wyatt Boumedine, the chief finance officer of a Silicon Valley start up, referring to a federal deposit protection scheme.

He said his company, which banks with SVB and other institutions, had experienced no difficulties making payroll, and was working to reassure employees that they would not lose out.

‘Yesterday the information coming from the Fed really relieved everybody in (Silicon) Valley… that we will have less issue accessing the funds. The key thing, everybody should know this: don’t panic, don’t run on it, because everybody loses. So if everybody just keeps cool, you’ll be alright,’ he added.

Michele Barry, a teacher who was at Silicon Valley Bank on Monday, said members of the FDIC and bank employees were available to answer questions.

Barry, who also runs an after-school program for children, wanted to make sure that her four employees would be paid. She was told that all checks from Friday would be honored, along with her automatic payments.

She left enough in her account to cover the payments, but she transferred the bulk of her money over to another bank. She said Biden’s reassurance was helpful.

‘I’m from South Africa. Chances are if this happened in South Africa, nobody would insure your money,’ she said.

Bank stocks have fallen around the world, with even major institutions getting hit as investors worried that the troubles of a few banks could spread.

Governments in Europe and the United States have moved to reassure markets that the world is not in for a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, when the global banking system seized up.

In a joint statement on Sunday, the US Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Treasury Department said SVB depositors would have access to ‘all of their money.’

Concerned customers outside and SVB branch in Massachusetts on Monday

Concerned customers outside and SVB branch in Massachusetts on Monday

People line up in front of a First Republic Bank branch during rain in Los Angeles, California

People line up in front of a First Republic Bank branch during rain in Los Angeles, California

People line up in front of a First Republic Bank branch during rain in Los Angeles, California

Signature Bank, a New York financial institution with a big real estate lending business that had recently made a play to win cryptocurrency deposits, closed its doors abruptly on Sunday

Signature Bank, a New York financial institution with a big real estate lending business that had recently made a play to win cryptocurrency deposits, closed its doors abruptly on Sunday

A huge line formed at First Republic Bank in Brentwood as Californians are tried to withdraw their money from the bank

A huge line formed at First Republic Bank in Brentwood as Californians are tried to withdraw their money from the bank

Customers line up outside a branch of Boston Private Bank and Trust Company, which is owned by Silicon Valley Bank, in Boston, Massachusetts

Customers line up outside a branch of Boston Private Bank and Trust Company, which is owned by Silicon Valley Bank, in Boston, Massachusetts

There was a long line outside a branch of Silicon Valley Bank in California on Monday

There was a long line outside a branch of Silicon Valley Bank in California on Monday

US President Joe Biden on Monday said the sector was secure and Americans could ‘have confidence that… your deposits will be there when you need them.’

Boumedine, who said he was only at the bank to get information, said he was reassured by Biden’s statement.

‘I think that he’s taking the right approach,’ he said. ‘It’s not a systemic issue (and) I have full confidence in the current administration.’

Others in the queue were also sanguine.

‘This is not anything abnormal that hasn’t happened in the past,’ said one investor who declined to give his name.

‘The FDIC said they’re giving all their funds out today, so that’s why I’m here.’

One New York finance worker, who did not want to give his name, said he had come to take the temperature at a branch of First Republic, whose stocks plunged 61 percent on Monday.

Customers wait in line outside a branch of the Silicon Valley Bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts, U.S., March 13, 2023.     REUTERS/Brian Snyder     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The government has promised to back all deposits that had been made with SVB bank

People wait outside the Silicon Valley Bank headquarters in Santa Clara, California, to withdraw funds after the federal government intervened

People wait outside the Silicon Valley Bank headquarters in Santa Clara, California, to withdraw funds after the federal government intervened 

Customers of distressed banks across the U.S. including SVB as seen here in Santa Clara, California, were reassured on Monday after regulators stepped in to protect their deposits

Customers of distressed banks across the U.S. including SVB as seen here in Santa Clara, California, were reassured on Monday after regulators stepped in to protect their deposits

The line was out the door at SVB in Santa Clara as customers raced to withdraw deposits

The line was out the door at SVB in Santa Clara as customers raced to withdraw deposits

Customers waited patiently in line but seemed to be in good spirits generally

Customers waited patiently in line but seemed to be in good spirits generally

Fellow customers chatted and drank coffee while waiting to ever the failed bank

Fellow customers chatted and drank coffee while waiting to ever the failed bank

Igor Fayermark of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation walks into the Silicon Valley Bank headquarters while people wait outside to withdraw funds

Igor Fayermark of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation walks into the Silicon Valley Bank headquarters while people wait outside to withdraw funds

Joe Biden spoke before the markets opened this morning, stating: 'Our actions should give Americans confidence that the US banking system is safe'. It comes after White House yesterday guaranteed it would make SVB customers 'whole' and that 'no losses will be borne by the taxpayer'

Joe Biden spoke before the markets opened this morning, stating: ‘Our actions should give Americans confidence that the US banking system is safe’. It comes after White House yesterday guaranteed it would make SVB customers ‘whole’ and that ‘no losses will be borne by the taxpayer’

First Republic Bank's shares dropped as low as $21.50 from a high of $81.76 amid fears of a banking rout when Wall Street opens trading at 9.30am. It ended the day at $31.21

First Republic Bank’s shares dropped as low as $21.50 from a high of $81.76 amid fears of a banking rout when Wall Street opens trading at 9.30am. It ended the day at $31.21

Banks and financial institutions that saw trading halted Monday 

‘When you see there is no line here, it doesn’t seem to be really an issue,’ he said.

‘I think that the government intervening and effectively, backstopping all the depositors in Silicon Valley Bank was helpful in de-escalating any potential issue.

‘The stock is down 60% it’s tragic, but I don’t think it will spread to a contagion because the Feds are on it.’

‘I think that the government intervening and effectively, backstopping all the depositors in Silicon Valley Bank was helpful in de-escalating any potential issue.

‘This feels it could go to a financial crisis, but the big banks are too well capitalized- the Wells Fargo, the BOA, the JP Morgan’s, Morgan Stanley-they get stress tested.

‘The problem is that First Republic did not get stress tested so this is the lesson they are going to learn now. It was foolish. There was a lot of risk. Everyone should be scrutinized,’ the First Republic customer explained.

‘I am surprised there isn’t a bigger line at the bank today. Everyone is doing the same thing. It’s not smart, but foolish to leave my money in the account that it’s not insured.

‘I could have taken out more, but they have been a phenomenal institution.’

At another branch of First Republic Bank on West 10th Street – one of the smaller branches of the Manhattan’s 11 locations of the San Francisco-based bank, a 30-something man named Anthony was leaving the bank. 

He told DailyMail.com the ordeal had been an ‘inconvenience.’

‘I think the Feds will bail them out.’

The man ran to the bank to transfer some of his money out of First Republic to deposit it into another financial institution.

He had been thinking about diversifying but after the news of SVB he felt that there was an urgency to transfer his money out of the bank today.

‘I think that is why everyone is frantic. The bank is trying to reassure their clients that nothing will happen but they don’t know.’

At an another, Christine Mielnik was at First Republic at 51st and Park Avenue.

She said her husband takes care of the banking, but she has some of her own money in a separate account at First Republic. Regardless, she told DailyMail.com that she’s not worried.

‘If the bank fails I am at least protected at least $250,000.’

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