A recent opinion piece by Ian McGugan in The Globe and Mail highlighted a dubious distinction for Canada: it has the highest proportion of unprofitable listed companies in the world, according to research by Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Based on Damodaran’s calculation of negative net income based on an equal-weighted metric, Canada topped the list with 75% of public companies failing to meet this measure of profitability, well above the U.S. with 45% and the global average of 30%.
Nowhere is the legacy of the 2008 Financial Crisis felt so acutely than among banks globally. The near collapse of the banking system led to an overhaul of the regulatory framework governing banks, known as Basel III. International banking regulators were determined to reduce the risk of banks collapsing in the future by making them more resilient, thereby reducing the need for a government bailout in times of crisis. One result of these regulatory changes is the transfer of greater risk from governments to investors, which has created potential new opportunities for fixed-income investors.