Why Are Canadian Banks More Resilient?

Author/Editor:

Lev Ratnovski ; Rocco Huang

Publication Date:

July 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

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.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/152

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451872996/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009152

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

19

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