Briefing

National Bank of Canada’s flat profit misses expectations as volatile markets take a toll

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Canada’s sixth-largest bank had $552 million in profit this year compared to $550 million in 2017. Earnings at its financial markets arm declined 17 per cent.  Meanwhile, Laurentian Bank will cut 10 per cent of its staff after profits dropped 33 per cent to $40.3 million in its first quarter. (Globe and Mail)

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Talking point: While the earnings of the big banks have been boosted by their presence in international markets—BMO and Scotiabank both reported growth overseas yesterday—the smaller financial institutions have been hurt by uncertain financial and capital markets.