Monday , 2 October 2023

B.I.S. Flags Canada for a Financial Crisis Next Year – Here’s Why

More bad news for the Canadian economy. The Bank ofeconomy-2h-10 International Settlements (BIS), an international financial watchdog, released its fall quarterly report this week [and it] has flagged Canada for a financial crisis as early as next year. Yikes!

The comments above & below are edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) excerpts from the original article by Daniel Wong (

Advanced Indicator of A Financial Crisis

The credit-to-GDP gap is a scary accurate indicator that’s used by the BIS to monitor where the next financial risks will occur in the world. It’s accurately predicted the relatively recent and financial turmoil in England, the United States, as well as a few other economies.

Generally speaking, any time a country’s credit-to-GDP gap is higher than 10% for three years, a banking crisis follows (along with a recession). Canada has now been in that territory since 2015 – currently now at 17.4% – and there’s no sign that Canadians are going to have a sudden windfall to correct it.

Credit-to-GDP Gap

…China is the only other major economy with a higher ratio, although their GDP is growing at three times the rate of Canada’s. As a result, China’s planned economy might be better equipped to manage a downturn. Canada? Not so much.

Canadian Debt

Canada’s addiction to real estate speculation has driven Canadian consumers to record amounts of debt – $2 trillion dollars – of which a whopping 71.6% of the debt was mortgages, which Canadians have been piling into as they aggressively chased soaring real estate prices.

BIS’ credit-to-GDP analysis shows that typically large binges of debt like this are followed by proportionally large recessions.

Now that Canada has been flagged for a recession next year, it’ll be interesting to see how Canadians respond. Will they abstain from further binging, or are they too busy shopping for new homes to hear the warnings.

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