Betamax pointed out this article in the Vancouver Sun.
The average consumer debt load in Vancouver is over $40k, and that’s without mortgages on expensive property.
The average consumer debt in Vancouver, excluding mortgage, is the highest in Canada, according to a new report.
TransUnion’s quarterly analysis of Canadian credit trends, released on Wednesday, found that the average consumer’s total debt in the city in the third quarter of this year was $40,174. The second-highest was Calgary’s debt, at $37,920.
Nationally, the average consumer debt was $27,355.
Read the full article here.
Standard and Poor’s have downgraded their outlook for 7 Canadian banks from stable to negative.
And what has motivated this downgrade?
High housing prices and consumer debt.
Now you can bet that S&P are aware of the CMHC and the backdoor bank bailout, but when things get this out of balance there is a spill-over effect. If you can’t pay the mortgage you probably aren’t paying the credit card bill either, and there’s no CMHC buying up credit card debt.
“A prolonged run-up in housing prices and consumer indebtedness in Canada is in our view contributing to growing imbalances and Canada’s vulnerability to the generally weak global economy, applying negative pressure on economic risk for banks,” the rating agency stated in its decision. “Growing pressure on banks’ risk appetites and profitability arising from competition for loan and deposit market share could also lead to a deterioration in our view of industry risk.”
The seven Canadian banks with a negative outlook are:
-Bank of Nova Scotia
-Central 1 Credit Union
-Home Capital Group Inc.
-Laurentian Bank of Canada
-National Bank of Canada
-Royal Bank of Canada
Full article in the Globe and Mail.