Why are Canadian Banks More Resilient?
20 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2009
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
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