Canadian Banks are solid, especially in 2018’s environment of raising interest rates. They withstood multiple financial crises with flying colors to continue on an uptrend since then. As the Canadian economy is showing more and more strength, in addition to the very likely upcoming Bank of Canada’s rate hikes, it makes sense to explore Canadian banks and their possible performance in 2018 and beyond.
Since it takes a little while to really see the positive impact of rising interest rate (approximately 5 years for the full impact), we believe these are great long term holds. Investors should be able to see some of that upside as of 2018.
Top Canadian Banks 2018: RBC Royal Bank (RY)
RY is the sector leader in Canadian banking. It is Canada’s largest bank and ranks in the top 15 banks globally based on market cap. RBC operates in as many as 37 countries. RBC is our top choice for its solid financials and how the Bank is keen on being an innovator ad staying on top of the new technological trends. Obviously,it takes larger institutions and companies in general longer to upgrade and adopt new tech however, RBC seems to be leading the pack.
When assessing banks in general, their ability to innovate or at least stay up to date with current Fintech leaps is very important. Financial institutions are now facing the threat of new comers with disruptive tech “stealing” market shares. A good example is how the Blockchain technology can change the way banking and cross border payments are carried. That’s why it’s important to pick carefully and invest in the best.
RBC’s stock chart looks bullish. A solid uptrend with consolidation periods. This is what investors want to see because it shows strength. Note how the price broke out above 97.50 and came back for a successful back test. That level holding means there is more upside ahead for RY.TO stock price.
# 2 Top Canadian Banks 2018: TD Bank (TD)