Bank Failures May Be ‘Appetizer’ to a Larger Crisis: Coinbase ex-CTO


Recently, experts in the crypto community have been arguing over the potential for a financial crisis and bank failures, mainly in the United States, given the U.S. Federal Reserve (FED)’s actions on interest rates and inflation.

Jeffrey Snider, the Chief Strategist at Atlas Financial, said a big chance of a banking crisis is likely, given that the futures market for the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) contract expiring in June 2023 is being heavily bought after hours.

According to Snider, the heavy buying of these contracts after hours indicates a significant chance that the financial situation could escalate to the point where the FED will have to cut interest rates at its next meeting in June 2023.


Even the June ’23 SOFR futures contract is right now being heavily bought after hours. This would mean a significant chance the situation escalates so much the Fed has to cut rates – at its next meeting in June.

Tell us again about inflation risks.

— Jeffrey P. Snider (@JeffSnider_AIP) May 4, 2023

On the other hand, the former CTO of the Coinbase crypto exchange, Balaji Srinivasan, argued that the recent bank failures may only be the ‘appetizer’ of a much larger crisis that is yet to come.

Srinivasan suggested that the current situation could follow a similar pattern to that of the 2008 financial crisis, where the collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15 led to the failure of Washington Mutual (WaMu) ten days later — a domino effect.

$500B+ in bank failures in two months?
That’s just the appetizer.
Remember, WaMu only failed on Sept 25, 2008[1].
*After* Lehman failed on Sept 15, 2008.
And after it was acknowledged that a crisis was on.
But Powell is still talking about soft landings[2].
So, people are still…

— Balaji (@balajis) May 4, 2023

Furthermore, Srinivasan criticized Jerome Powell, the current FED chairman, for talking about ‘soft landings.’ Although soft landing refers to a gradual slowdown of the economy without a significant recession or crisis, the Coinbase ex-CTO believes Powell is in denial, failing to acknowledge the potential risks.

Srinivasan concluded by asking what will happen when it is finally admitted that the FED has caused another financial crisis.