Canada Banking & Financial Services Report Q3 2018
Canada's financial services sector consistently ranks positively on a global scale, and in the banking sector in particularthe largest 'big five' operators have a footprint that stretches far beyond the country's borders. Each four sub-sectors of the marketwhich we track - banking, insurance, asset management, and stock exchanges - are well developed, with established and stillstrengthening regulations that continue to be reviewed and upgraded, with a particular focus on capital reserves. The maturity ofthe respective markets also means that competition levels are high and it is difficult for new entrants to access the sector as a result.While broadly positive in our long-term view, our short-term view for the banking sector in terms of lending activity is more bearishwith leverage in the Canadian economy having peaked and rates beginning to rise.
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