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Why Are Canadian Banks More Resilient?

  • Rocco Huang
  • Lev Ratnovski

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.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 09/152.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:09/152
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  1. John Kiff, 2009. "Canadian Residential Mortgage Markets; Boring But Effective?," IMF Working Papers 09/130, International Monetary Fund.
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