We're Number Two!

Canada is the world's second largest securities lending market

The world's second largest securities lending market

November 2014

Canada has long been known around the globe for its conservative business practices and a business environment that plays by the rules. Our business and government stakeholders continue to work to create positive conditions for global investment into Canada. Canada is also one of the few nations holding a triple-A credit rating for sovereign debt.

Perhaps less well known is the scale and sophistication of Canada’s securities lending markets compared to many global peers. Canada is in fact the world’s second largest securities lending market – trailing only the United States and approaching the scale of the total markets of Europe or Asia.

There are likely as many specific reasons for this as there are beneficial owners and investors who choose to participate in securities lending activities, but a few factors stand out in support of Canada’s market: our triple-A credit rating; the scale and sophistication of many Canadian-based institutional investors; and, the confidence that participants take from Canada’s strong regulatory, governance and risk management practices.

To learn more, download a copy of "We’re number two," written by CIBC Mellon's Jeffrey Alexander, Vice President, Global Securities Lending. Reprinted with permission from International Securities Services.

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