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TD makes big money off real estate banking

The hot real estate market is boosting the fortunes of Toronto-Dominion Bank.

More than any other Canadian bank, TD has tied itself to the real estate market, ramping up corporate lending to the sector and cashing in on a flurry of equity offerings for real estate investment trusts.

As of early December, the bank’s capital markets arm ranks third in the overall equity league tables, according to Bloomberg, but has the highest share of real estate equity deals, topping even league table leader RBC Dominion Securities. In calendar 2012, TD’s share of equity offerings – after splitting co-lead status amongst all bookrunners – is about $1.6-billion. RBC’s share, which is the second highest, is just north of $1.4-billion.