The death spiral dynamic kicked in during the crisis as a result of funding stress: as interbank markets dried up and short term funding costs rose, CDS spreads also rose and banks faced risk in terms of both cost and availability of funding. Rating agencies downgrades exacerbated the spiral. Some of these conditions would appear not to be operative now, with banks having tons of reserves parked at the Fed. But BofA in particular has been suffering a slow bleed of deposits as angry consumers vote with their feet, making it more dependent on market funding than before.
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