'Big Five' Canadian banks' loan-loss ratios improve

All but one of the 'Big Five' Canadian banks lowered their loan-loss ratios in the year to April 30, with Bank of Montreal (BMO) improving the most year-on-year.

Provisions for credit losses (PCLs) on impaired loans to average net loans and acceptances stood at 0.17% at the end of the second quarter at BMO, down from 0.27% a year before. Royal Bank of Canada reported the second lowest ratio, at 0.22%, down from 0.23% the year before. 

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reported a PCL

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