January 26, 2016 11:02 am
Updated: January 26, 2016 8:48 pm

Volatile markets, shaky economy see Canadian investors hoard cash

WATCH: While the Canadian dollar is up slightly, there's still plenty of economic uncertainty. As Mike Drolet reports, that's leading individual Canadians and some big companies to hoard cash like never before.


TORONTO – Canadian investors are holding a record $75 billion in extra cash and continue to sock away money at a rate not seen in more than four years, according to a new report from CIBC World Markets.

Normally that extra money would be invested in equities, but the study found that nervousness over volatility in the markets has many Canadians reluctant to take the plunge.

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According to the study, excess cash reserves held by Canadian investors have risen notably since the 2008 financial crisis.

In the past year alone, cash positions are estimated to have risen more than 11 per cent – the fastest pace since early 2012 – reaching $75 billion as of December 2015.

That figure represented almost 10 per cent of the total value of overall personal liquid assets in Canada.

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