Why are Canadian Banks More Resilient?

20 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2009

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Lev Ratnovski

International Monetary Fund

Rocco Huang

Michigan State University - Department of Finance; Wharton Financial Institutions Center

Date Written: July 2009


This paper explores factors behind Canadian banks' relative resilience in the ongoing credit turmoil. We identify two main causes: a higher share of depository funding (vs. wholesale funding) in liabilities, and a number of regulatory and structural factors in the Canadian market that reduced banks' incentives to take excessive risks. The robust predictive power of the depository funding ratio is confirmed in a multivariate analysis of the performance of 72 largest commercial banks in OECD countries during the turmoil.

Keywords: Bank regulations, Banking crisis, Banking sector, Canada, Commercial banks, Cross country analysis, Depositories, Economic models, Financial stability, Monetary policy

Suggested Citation

Ratnovski, Lev and Huang, Rocco, Why are Canadian Banks More Resilient? (July 2009). IMF Working Papers, Vol. , pp. 1-19, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1442254

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