Most of Canada’s biggest banks have been downgraded by Moody’s Investor Services, one of the world’s major credit rating agencies.
Moody’s says it took the step because of concerns over the banks’ exposure to heavily indebted consumers and elevated housing prices.
As mortgage lenders, Canada’s banks have benefited over the past few years from lending to home buyers.
The six financial institutions — five banks and a Quebec-based credit union — are being downgraded by one notch to either double-A one, two or three.
The ratings affect Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, (TSX:CM), National Bank (TSX:NA) and the Desjardins caisse populaire.
A downgrade by a credit rating agency usually means investors will demand a higher interest rate when a company goes to raise cash by issuing bonds or other debt.
Last October, Moody’s warned it was placing the long-term ratings of those six banks under review for a possible downgrade.
Royal Bank was not included on the list.
If you want to read it from Moody's yourself, you can see their press release here.
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