Julie Dickson, the head of OSFI (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions) will not be back when her term expires in July 2014. She’s decided to not to stick around after making more lending rule changes in 2012, than I have ever seen, during my entire 23 year career working in financial services. OSFI is a regulatory body that provides regulation and supervision to 152 Banks, Trust companies and other Lenders. In short, they are auditors. Here’s a link to the major changes made just last year including putting CMHC under OSFI control.. more on that later..
Some say her claim to fame is that she was in charge during the worst banking and mortgage crises in history. And that Canada came out of this global financial collapse way better than any other country. It’s true, we did come out of this very well compared with the rest of the world… But what does Ms. Dickson and OSFI have to do with it? For me, this had more to do with luck, govt intervention and Canadians being our normal conservative selves. We were a little slower to adapt to U.S. style lending policies… Ask any financial expert and they will tell you we were just a few years behind the U.S. with regards to their wild mortgage lending guidelines… Read the rest of this entry »