Commercial Banking in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Stagnant interest rates have hindered growth in recent years, but an expected rise in demand for personal lending and improvements in the housing market over the next five years will support strong revenue growth. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Commercial Banking industry to its growing industry report collection.

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As interest rates increase, banks will have the leverage to increase interest income

The Commercial Banking industry has experienced a slight slowdown in growth in the five years to 2013. Low interest rates have restricted the interest spread banks are able to charge on their personal and business lending portfolios. Furthermore, the financial recession that started in late 2008 caused demand from consumers and businesses to decline. However, according to IBISWorld industry analyst Even Jose, “On the whole, Canadian commercial banks fared much better than their US counterparts because they were not directly hit by the subprime crisis and were in a much better financial position to weather the storm.” As a result, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 2.2% to $72.8 billion in the five years to 2013. Steady demand from businesses and a recovery in personal lending is expected to boost revenue by 5.2% in 2013.

Uncertainty in Europe and the United States has kept commercial banks cautious, and stagnating, low interest rates have hindered revenue growth. Consequently, the level of competition between banks has increased steadily. Over the past five years, the Commercial Banking industry's major players, like Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank, have been becoming more active in acquiring consumer loan portfolios and smaller commercial banks to grow their market share. This activity is expected to result in a steady decline in the number of commercial banks. Additionally, commercial banks have started to form partnerships with credit card companies to offer customers additional access to rewards and promotions in an effort to increase deposits. “Banks have also been rapidly developing their telephone and internet banking platforms to increase consumer convenience and lower labour expenses,” says Jose. In the five years to 2018, IBISWorld expects banks to continue gather consumer information and tailor their products and services to consumer expectations.

In 2015, interest rates are projected to finally increase, which will give banks the leverage they need to widen interest spreads and increase interest income. Additionally, consumer demand for personal lending products will rise as the economy makes a full recovery. Improvements in the housing sector will increase wealth and make consumers more willing to borrow from banks. Consequently, industry revenue is forecast to increase strongly over the next five years. However, going forward, commercial banks will be required to comply with several new regulations that will likely put pressure on profit margins and revenue growth. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Commercial Banking in Canada industry report page.

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This industry provides financial services to retail and business clients in the form of commercial, industrial and consumer loans. Banks also accept deposits from customers, which are used as a source of funding for the loans. Banks in this industry include those that are regulated by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

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