From Wall Street to Bay Street

The Origins and Evolution of American and Canadian Finance

Par (auteur) Joe Martin & Chris Kobrak
Catégories: Finance, Finance et comptabilité, Économie, finance et gestion
Éditeur: University of Toronto Press
Paperback : 9781442616257, 416 pages, Mars 2018

Table des matières


Chapter 1: Foreign and Domestic Beginnings: From Colonies to the Civil War

Chapter 2: Transitional Decade: The Rebirth and Birth of Nations

Chapter 3: The Maturing: 1869-1914

Chapter 4: "The Great Disorder" and Growing Social Demands: 1914-1945

Chapter 5: The Short Pax Americana: 1945-2000

Chapter 6: Conclusions: Continuities and Discontinuities in North American Finance leading to 2008

La description


The 2008 financial crisis rippled across the globe and triggered a worldwide recession. Unlike the American banking system which experienced massive losses, takeovers, and taxpayer funded bailouts, Canada’s banking system withstood the crisis relatively well and maintained its liquidity and profitability. The divergence in the two banking systems can be traced to their distinct institutional and political histories.

From Wall Street to Bay Street is the first book for a lay audience to tackle the similarities and differences between the financial systems of Canada and the United States. Christopher Kobrak and Joe Martin reveal the different paths each system has taken since the early nineteenth-century, despite the fact that they both originate from the British system. The authors trace the roots of each country’s financial systems back to Alexander Hamilton and insightfully argue that while Canada has preserved a Hamiltonian financial tradition, the United States has favoured the populist Jacksonian tradition since the 1830s. The sporadic and inconsistent fashion in which the American system have changed over time is at odds with the evolutionary path taken by the Canadian system. From Wall Street to Bay Street offers a timely and accessible comparison of financial systems that reflects the political and cultural milieus of two of the world’s top ten economies.


  • Short-listed, The Toronto Heritage Toronto Award awarded by Heritage Toronto 2019


"Financial historians Christopher Kobrak and Joe Martin of the Rotman School of Management chronicle 300 years of money in Canada with an account rich in anecdotes and telling in its findings. …From Wall Street To Bay Street moves at a smart clip with quirky research. Who knew colonial Québec used playing cards as currency, or that the Spanish silver dollar was the most commonly circulated coin in Nova Scotia in 1790?"

- Holly Doan

"The authors set themselves a challenging task, to write a book for the general public that traced financial history from colonial times to the present in both the US and Canada. I am happy to report that they have met that challenge. "

- C. Ian Kyer, University of Waterloo

"The American and Canadian financial systems reflect their national cultures and national priorities. But perhaps a sober reflection on how each country got to where it is today could prompt some tweaks to the systems to make them both more vibrant and more stable. From Wall Street to Bay Street is a good place to gain material for such reflection. "

- Brenda Jubin

"This is a fine book. It delivers the explanation that [the authors] promised to the lay reader, but professional economic historians will also find that the book is worth their time. "

- Hugh Rockoff, Rutgers University

"From Bay Street to Wall Street tracks the double helix of North American finance with clarity and insight well into the twentieth century. "

- Duncan McDowall

"As they range back and forth across the border, Kobrak and Martin adeptly explore how banks in [Canada and the United States of America] dealt with the free market economy, periods of war and financial instability, and the introduction of railroads, computers and other technological marvels. "

- Michael Taube

"From Wall Street to Bay Street remains an exemplary study of comparative financial history: it is an interesting, informative, systematic, ludic, and comprehensive historical account of the evolution of the two financial systems. "

- Kam Hon Chu, Memorial University of Newfoundland