Monday, January 28, 2013

Six Canadian Banks Downgraded by ratings service Moody's

Flip over (on the internet, of course) to the Financial Post website and you will find this article: Six Canadian banks downgraded by Moody’s
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.
This follows Friday's Financial Post article where Theresa Tedesco wrote: Canada’s banking giants headed for earnings iceberg.

If you want to read it from Moody's yourself, you can see their press release here.

But this is information on 'the internet.' And you will recall from yesterday's post that the internet is where Alphabet Arnie says:
the entire negative internet world (has) their collective tails between their legs crying about the market "BUBBLING" which just proves that some whine, and some act and that we can sit around here and pontificate about market direction.
Well it seems that the folks at Moody's (with their own collection of ivory tower letters after their names) just whined, acted and pontificated on the internet... all at the same time.

Imagine that.

(hat tip Canadian Watchdog)


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  1. Banks downgraded, bond rates rising, RE and stocks at near all time highs...somethings gotta give

  2. Imagine how embarrassing it is for the senior management of these particular banks being downgraded by Moody's.

    As someone waiting to move back to Vancouver, you can bet I am watching the 'RE for sale' web sites daily for price drops. Guess what - they're occurring all over greater Vancouver.

  3. So, when do we finally see the good ole' fashioned bank runs? Oh, wait, that happens when customers have actual deposits of some form of capital in the bank...
    Well, skipping the bank runs, what was the next step, again?