Financial Sector - By Market Cap

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The Financial Sector in Canada and traded on the TSX is one of the biggest sectors in the nation.

This sector is composed of multiple banks, insurance companies, investment managers, & mortgage loan companies. The banking sector is comprised primarily of the so-called Big-Five Canadian banks. They make up the top five financial corporations on the list below. These five companies are some of the biggest in Canada and make their money from a wide variety of investment activities from credit card loans to mortgages to bank fees. Many individuals consider these banks to be some of the safest Canadian stock investments available.

Some of the larger insurers (Manulife and Great-west life co) are also mainstays in most Canadian portfolios. Financial investment houses like Sun Life are large holders of stocks on the behalf of individual Canadian investors.

If you are interested in investing in this sector there are a number of ways to go about it - ETFs that track the Canadian financial sector. If you want less exposure to volatility, many of these financials - especially the large banks - offer multiple offerings of preferred shares to invest in.

The big five banks are 5 of the biggest corporations in the country and run a virtual banking monopoly some have suggested. Their combined market cap is enormous and their profits robust.

Another very large portion of this sector is insurance, investment management, equity, ratings agencies, the Toronto Stock Exchange itself, investment bankers, mortgage lenders, credit unions and more.

If you are looking to invest in these stocks using various metrics - price to book, price to earnings and other valuation methods, there are many different tools available to you. Some have suggested that there is a credit bubble in Canada and this perhaps should be considered when investing in this sector. One need only to look south when trying to determine the effects of such a bubble.

Below is a complete list of Financial sector stocks traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada.

List of Financials on the TSX by market cap


Below we have a table of the financial corporations traded as stock on the TSX listed by the size of the company. Most have high liquidity on the TSX and can be traded actively by astute Canadian investors. The list was last update Aug 2010.

Name of STock Symbol Market Cap in Millions
Royal Bank of Canada RY 76979.39
Toronto-Dominion Bank TD 64271.26
Bank of Nova Scotia BNS 54306.86
Bank of Montreal BMO 34940.67
Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce CM 29223.15
Manulife Financial Corporation MFC 28942.83
Great-West Lifeco Inc. GWO 24289.21
Power Financial Corporation PWF 21450.61
Sun Life Financial Inc. SLF 17568.45
Power Corporation Of Canada POW 12604.23
National Bank of Canada NA 9926.03
IGM Financial Inc. IGM 9886.51
Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited FFH 8220.89
Intact Financial Corporation IFC 5164.06
CI Financial Corp CIX 5153.68
Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. IAG 3318.28
ONEX Corporation OCX 3072.14
Genworth MI Canada Inc. MIC 2719.06
TMX Group Inc./Groupe TMX Inc. X 2065.84
E-L Financial Corporation Limited ELF 1982.47
Canadian Western Bank CWB 1799.49
DundeeWealth Inc. DW 1791.63
Home Capital Group Inc. HCG 1464.55
Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Income Fund LIF 1369.92
AGF Management Limited AGF 1278.03
Laurentian Bank Of Canada LB 1200.42
Dundee Corporation DC 1157.71
BAM Investments Corp. BNB 871.33
Canaccord Financial Inc CF 772.87
GMP Capital Inc GMP 680.24
HSBC Bank Canada HSB 571.14
United Corporations Limited UNC 568.30
Sprott Inc. SII 537.00
Canadian General Investments Limited CGI 468.27
Equitable Group Inc. ETC 377.42
Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Ltd. FAP 328.02
Guardian Capital Group Limited GCG 282.80
Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. GS 260.60
Exchange Income Corporation EIF 240.62
Western Financial Group Inc. WES 237.85
First National Financial Income Fund FN 215.45
Quest Capital Corp. QC 209.29
Co-operators General Insurance Company CCS 202.20
Clairvest Group Inc. CVG 198.94
Senvest Capital Inc. SEC 197.91
MCAN Mortgage Corporation MKP 185.30
Cymbria Corporation CYB 171.40
Great-West Life Assurance Company GWL 157.28
Pinetree Capital Ltd. PNP 157.19
Canada Life Financial Corporation CL 152.34
Pacific & Western Credit Corp. PWC 144.04
DirectCash Income Fund DCI 133.42
Urbana Corporation URB 123.52
Alaris Royalty Corp. AD 123.34
Tricon Capital Group Inc TCN 98.50
Carfinco Income Fund CFN 97.07
EGI Financial Holdings Inc. EFH 96.38
Kingsway Financial Services Inc. KFS 95.34
HOMEQ Corporation HEQ 93.65
Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited SZ 92.41
Jovian Capital Corporation JOV 73.20
Accord Financial Corp. ACD 58.81
Kingsway International Holdings Limited KIH 52.22
Grey Horse Corporation GHC 42.61
C.A. Bancorp Inc. BKP 40.11
Xceed Mortgage Corporation XMC 33.00
Aberdeen International Inc. AAB 31.50
Pacrim International Capital Inc. PCN 30.75
World Energy Solutions Inc. XWE 27.32
Matrix Asset Management Inc MTA 26.80
Canadian World Fund Limited CWF 22.72
Harmony Asset Limited HAR 19.53
Integrated Asset Management Corp. IAM 15.85
Middlefield Bancorp Limited MBN 10.23
Resinco Capital Partners Inc RIN 8.47
Jaguar Financial Corporation JFC 7.97
Northern Financial Corporation NFC 3.32

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