Quietly brewing: The banking crisis.

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The Federal Reserve’s most recent policy statement came with a curious omission. Fed officials removed language from previous statements that proclaimed “the U.S. banking system is sound and resilient.”

Last week, shares of New York Community Bancorp suffered a dramatic selloff after it reported $252 million in losses for the fourth quarter of 2023. Broader troubles for regional banks loom in this supposedly strong economy.

None other than JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is warning of a debt crisis gathering. In recent remarks, Dimon said unsustainable growth in U.S. government debt is heading toward a “cliff” that will trigger a “rebellion” among global holders of Treasuries.

Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, PNC, and other big banks have recently announced the closures of hundreds of physical branch locations across the United States. Some customers of Chase Bank have recently reported thousands of dollars in deposits missing from their accounts and having difficulty obtaining a resolution.

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