Alberta’s routed oil sector and the province’s surging unemployment rate (7.4% as of January) is, for the first time, having a noticeable impact on the Big Banks’ lending portfolios. Rising delinquency rates in personal lending have motivated banks to tighten their underwriting standards in the regions most affected by the oil crash, which also include Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador.
That said, this line from TD Bank’s Chief Risk Officer, Mark Chauvin, sums up the overall health of the Big 6 banks: “Although we are seeing definite signs of deterioration in consumer lending, delinquency, and loss rates in the impacted regions, to-date, loan losses have been largely offset by strong performance across the rest of the country.”
As we do every quarter, CMT has combed through the top Banks’ quarterly earnings reports, presentations and conference calls, and compiled all the mortgage-related highlights. Notable comments appear below in blue.