Financial institutions and the taxi-cab industry: an exploratory study in Canada

Abstract : A current challenge taxi-cab owner/operators face in Canada is the lack of financing for taxi-cabs. This article examines business opportunities and lending risk; it also provides risk management strategies for financial institutions to manage the risk of lending to the taxi-cab industry. Members of the boards of directors and shareholders from the Canadian taxi-cab industry, and lenders from financial institutions that do not provide financing to taxi-cab owner/operators, were interviewed. Board members and shareholders were asked about their perceptions regarding business opportunity, risk, and their willingness to provide collateral for taxi-cab loans. Lenders of financial institutions were asked about their reasons for not providing taxi-cab loans. The findings of this study show that there is a reasonably attractive opportunity for financial institutions to offer financing for taxi-cab owner/operators. However, the findings also show that there are both systematic and unsystematic risks in lending to the taxi-cab industry. This offers recommendations on risk management strategies for Canadian lenders to mitigate the risk in lending to the Canadian taxi-cab industry. Our findings may be useful for new and existing financial/lending institutions, lenders, investors, and taxi-cab owner/operators.
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Amarjit Gill, Nahum Biger, Léo Paul Dana, John Obradovich, Ansari Mohamed. Financial institutions and the taxi-cab industry: an exploratory study in Canada. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Inderscience, 2014, 22 (3), pp.326-342. ⟨10.1504/IJESB.2014.063779⟩. ⟨hal-02042562⟩



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