Canadian Banks Ranking – Which One Of The Strongest Bank?

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1. National Bank (NTIOF/NA.TO)

National Bank is the smallest of the top six. Actually, a lot of Canadians – especially if they don’t live in Quebec – will talk about the Big Five and discard National Bank because it’s more like a super national bank based in Quebec. . Its smaller size is currently paying off as National Bank was quicker to develop a strong brand in Wealth Management with Private Banking 1859 and built a highly profitable Financial Market division. I also recently reviewed it in this post.


  • One of the fastest growing wealth management businesses in the country: They have a very strong brand recognition there. Since they were doing a lot of loans in Western Canada, they actually opened private banking branches there too. Not regular branches where everybody can go, but selling points where private consultants and private bankers could be there for their clients.
  • Strong in capital markets: They’re very active on the market. This creates more volatility, as it is the case with BMO, but overall, they’ve been doing well, and they’re making more money.
  • International branch and US segment: In the international, they focused on Cambodia. They completed the purchase of ABA Bank over there. They’re trying to create growth outside of Canada, but they’ve selected emerging markets in Asia instead of South America.
  • Heavily based in Quebec: In the past, it was a reason to lie a little behind, but over the past 10 years, Quebec has proven its resiliency. They’re not dependent on energy to grow their economy; they have a Canadian economy similar to Ontario. They’re doing well. In the pandemic, Quebec has been hit with a lot of cases, but its economy seems to be on the way to recover faster than the other banks.


  • International branch and US segment: We’re going to see how it goes. It’s not my favorite part of their business model but I like the fact that they try to diversify.

As I mentionned, Royal Bank could be my number one in a couple months. I really like them both. However, the fact that Quebec’s economy seems to be recovering faster than other Canadian provinces has convinced me to put National Bank as my winner!

Final Thoughts

Canadian banks could be compared to the salt you use in your hearty fall soup. Some salt in it is making it tasty and great. Add too much salt and it is totally ruined. Act with the same caution for Canadian banks. Pick one or two, but don’t add too much in your portfolio!

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