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Sunlife Financial Stock Symbol: SLF-T

Last Price Recorded: $39.5400 on 2015-04-24

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Date Signal Expert Opinion Price
2015-03-20 BUY Norman Levine

The attraction is that there are two real businesses:  The money management side and the insurance side.  Life insurance companies will be beneficiaries if and when interest rates go up. 


Price:
$40.880
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
BULLISH on EUROPE
Owned:
Yes
2015-02-25 BUY Michael Sprung

Right now there is a real dynamic trade-off between this company and Manulife (MFC-T). He owns both companies. With this one, you have a company with a slightly higher yield. Their last quarter had some disappointing elements because of their US subsidiary. They are well exposed to the US market. Much of their product is much less dependent on interest rates and equity markets. He thinks there is room to own both.


Price:
$38.740
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2015-02-13 COMMENT Brendan Caldwell

Doesn’t have much in the way of lifecos in his portfolios, which has been good up until now, but life insurance companies have the ability, unlike any other companies, to make money when interest rates go up. This really, really helps them. Part of the reason they have underperformed in the last while is because interest rates have been low, gotten lower, and then got lower than anybody thought possible. The surprise rate cut from the bank of Canada hasn’t helped. Should we see periods of A) higher rates and B) higher stock markets, this company is leveraged to benefit from that. If there is a change in the direction of these 2 things, that is where you want to be.


Price:
$38.980
Subject:
CANADIAN VALUE
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Unknown
2015-02-12 BUY Lorne Steinberg

Stock vs. Stock.  MFC-T vs. SLF-T.  MFC-T has 10% earnings growth for the next couple of years and SLF-T is a little less than that.  Times like this are a buying opportunity.


Price:
$39.230
Subject:
Deep Value Global Equities
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Unknown
2015-01-28 COMMENT Fabrice Taylor

Manulife (MFC-T) or Sun Life (SLF-T)? Both of these companies pay decent dividends in the 3%-4% range, but the business doesn’t seem to grow very much. They don’t do very well in a low interest rate environment. He would rather do something else with his money. Not his kind of investment.


Price:
$38.440
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2015-01-16 COMMENT Kash Pashootan

After 2008, the Canadian insurance companies have become more conservative and defensive in terms of their practices. They spent a good few years after 2008 playing defence, and now for the 1st time, they are slowly starting to play offense. This one is a good name, but he prefers Manulife (MFC-T).


Price:
$37.470
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE - DIVIDEND
Bias:
DEFENSIVE
Owned:
Unknown
2015-01-16 TOP PICK Ryan Bushell

Stock has been performing pretty well. Came off recently with the recent interest rate move. 10 year rates to the downside hurts insurers short term. Longer-term he believes that interest rates will rise, which will benefit these companies. Also, with demographics being the way they are, there is more demand for financial and retirement products, and insurance companies are good with these types of products. Expects them to continue having good growth. Their division in the US is doing well on the asset management side. Yield of 3.84%.


Price:
$37.470
Subject:
CANADIAN LARGE (DIVIDENDS)
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Yes
2015-01-09 BUY Andy Nasr

Has liked the insurers better than the banks over the last year, especially if you think interest rates are gradually going to move up. A great stock to own if you want a very steady dividend. Insurance companies try to match their assets and their liabilities. If you have rising interest rates their liabilities are shrinking, and if equity markets are rising, their assets are increasing. This is a good time to own them. This one also has a very significant stake in wealth management in Canada, which he thinks you will see do quite well eventually. Balance sheet is in really good shape. There might be a dividend bump down the road.


Price:
$40.200
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVIDEND & REITs
Bias:
BULLISH
Owned:
Yes
2014-12-05 BUY David Cockfield

Has always liked this because it is more North American focused and has never been totally happy with Manulife (MFC-T) and their far eastern type investments. Right at the moment, they are both running and look cheap. The yields are okay. Since the banks have sort of backed off here and not left many choices of where to go for yield and relative safety, insurance companies look pretty good at the moment.


Price:
$43.170
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Unknown
2014-11-24 BUY Peter Brieger

Stock vs. Stock:  MFC-T vs. SLF-T.  Owns MFC-T and not SLF-T.  MFC’S growth over the next 3 years is higher in each year over SLF-T.  MFC-T’s PE ratio is slightly higher.  SLF-T is a great company and has been outperforming MFC-T, but going forward MFC-T can pick up their business.  With their growth rate in Asia and in asset management, they will do particularly well.


Price:
$41.560
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
No
2014-11-06 WATCH Colin Stewart

Both MFC-T and SLF-T benefit from the same trends. Over time rates will rise and benefit their businesses. SLF-T has a stronger balance sheet. SLF-T talked about returning capital in the form of a dividend and share buybacks next year. He would wait until a hint of rates going up.


Price:
$39.640
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
Bullish on Canadian Equities
Owned:
No
2014-11-03 BUY Norman Levine

Life co.  Prefers SLF-T, sold MFC-T because he prefers SLF-T’s business mix.  High quality money management division. 


Price:
$39.810
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Unknown
2014-10-24 HOLD James Telfser

If looking for some stability in your portfolio and something for the long-term, this is a great stock. He tends to like insurance companies a little bit better than banks here. Valuations are reasonable. Have really improved their capital ratios, and they have a lot of cash so they can start doing something interesting with that.


Price:
$39.160
Subject:
CANADIAN
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Yes
2014-10-14 DON'T BUY Bruce Tatters

Both this and Manulife (MFC-T) have had a terrific 2nd half of 2013 and the beginning of this year. They are at about the same multiple as Canadian banks, but don’t have that much growth. He would prefer Canadian banks instead, and US banks even more.


Price:
$37.960
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2014-10-06 BUY Mike MacBain

A great company with a commanding position in its business and one of the top 3 insurers in the country.  The single ‘A’ bond space does not command that high a yield.  Get the equity in a bear market for interest rates.


Price:
$40.370
Subject:
FIXED INCOME
Bias:
CAUTIOUS on BONDS
Owned:
Unknown
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