Episode 123

Published on:

14th Mar 2023

Jerome Powell’s Testimony, Silicon Valley Bank and Poor People Tax

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has cautioned that interest rates are likely to rise higher than central bank policymakers had expected. Citing data showing that inflation has reversed the deceleration it showed in late 2022, Powell warned of tighter monetary policy ahead to slow a growing economy. His remarks imply that the peak, or terminal, level of the federal funds rate is likely to be higher than the previous indication from the Fed officials, and also that the switch last month to a smaller quarter-percentage point increase could be short-lived if inflation data continues to run hot.

In this episode of The Higher Standard, Chris and Saied examine this news and determine the effect it will have on the economy as a whole.

They discuss an announcement from automaker Rivian indicating a drop in its cash position. Rivian had cash and cash equivalents of $12.1 billion on hand at the end of December, down from $13.8 billion at the end of the third quarter and $15.5 billion as of June 30.

Chris and Saied look at news that investors have dumped shares of SVB Financial Group and a collection of other U.S. banks after the lender said it lost nearly $2 billion selling assets following a larger-than-expected decline in deposits.

They also offer some thoughts on data from ADP, indicating that private payrolls increased by 242,000 in February, versus the estimate for 205,000 and above the 119,000 in January.

Join Chris and Saied for this fascinating and informative conversation.


What You’ll Learn in this Show:

  • Results of the most recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report.
  • The voluntary liquidation of Silvergate Bank.
  • Demystifying concepts such as 'index plus margin' and a 'run on the bank.'
  • Why there is much more at play in banking than just finance.
  • And so much more...


"Dow closes 570 points lower, turns negative for 2023 as Powell ignites higher rate fears: Live updates" (article from CNBC)

"Fed's Powell again rejects idea of raising inflation target" (article from Reuters)

"Rivian Stuns Investors With Very Bad News" (article from The Street)

"US unemployment is falling even as the economy slows. What the heck is going on?" (article from MarketWatch)

"Fed Chair Powell says interest rates are ‘likely to be higher’ than previously anticipated" (article from CNBC)

"Job openings declined in January but still far outnumber available workers" (article from CNBC)

"Private payrolls rose by 242,000 in February, better than expected, ADP says" (article from CNBC)

"Banks Lose Billions in Value After Tech Lender SVB Stumbles" (article from The Wall Street Journal)

"System Open Market Account Holdings of Domestic Securities" (article from The New York Fed)

"Slack is introducing AI assistant that can write messages for you" (article from Morning Brew)

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The Higher Standard
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Welcome to the Higher Standard Podcast, where we give you ultra-premium, unfiltered truth when it comes to building your wealth and curating the lifestyle of your dreams. Your host; Chris Naghibi is here to help you distill the immense amount of information and disinformation out there on the interwebs and give you the opportunity to choose a higher standard for yourself. Sit back, relax your mind and get ready for a different kind of podcast where we elevate your baseline with crispy high-resolution audio. This isn't a different standard. It's the higher standard.

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Christopher Naghibi

Christopher M. Naghibi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Black Crown Inc. and Black Crown Law APC, a disruptive collective of attorneys, property managers, real estate agents and contractors who handle home sales and purchases, commercial and multifamily real estate brokerage, primarily for high net-worth and celebrity clients.

His team has over 20 years of experience, 1000+ satisfied clients, $10 million in recovered costs for clients, and in excess of $20 billion dollars in closed transactions.

As a licensed attorney, real estate broker, general contractor, and now Top 100 podcast host, Chris aims to provide free financial education that allows people to take control and democratize fear in the financial world.