Sun Life Financial Inc

SLF-T

TSE:SLF

63.50
0.09 (0.14%)
Sun Life Financial, Inc. is a Canada-based financial services company known primarily as a life insurance company. It is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world, and also one of the oldest with a history spanning back to 1865.
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DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
January 9, 2020

SLF vs MFC When he values lifecos, it's on price to book, dividend yield, or price to earnings, rather than price to cash flows. Sun Life trades at a premium. His preferred lifeco is Manulife, because of a discounted valuation plus a better business overall because of its Asian business. Wealth management is also better, and getting a handle on legacy businesses.

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SLF vs MFC When he values lifecos, it's on price to book, dividend yield, or price to earnings, rather than price to cash flows. Sun Life trades at a premium. His preferred lifeco is Manulife, because of a discounted valuation plus a better business overall because of its Asian business. Wealth management is also better, and getting a handle on legacy businesses.

HOLD
HOLD
December 31, 2019
It's moving up, though resistance lies at $55. It broke that earlier this year, which is good. No reason to be bearish, unless it breaks that level. Stay with the trend.
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It's moving up, though resistance lies at $55. It broke that earlier this year, which is good. No reason to be bearish, unless it breaks that level. Stay with the trend.
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
December 23, 2019
The trend is up. Insurance companies are a much better place to be than the banks. It's a lower yield than the banks because people have been bidding it up. They have a great balance sheet. (Analysts’ price target is $62.70)
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The trend is up. Insurance companies are a much better place to be than the banks. It's a lower yield than the banks because people have been bidding it up. They have a great balance sheet. (Analysts’ price target is $62.70)
COMMENT
COMMENT
December 18, 2019

Canada has four major life insurance companies. Since the financial crisis, Sun Life aas done the best. He does not see much change at Manulife so would prefer Sun Life.

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Canada has four major life insurance companies. Since the financial crisis, Sun Life aas done the best. He does not see much change at Manulife so would prefer Sun Life.

BUY
BUY
December 9, 2019

MFC vs. SLF They're both good and relatively safe. They both have asset management businesses. Earnings growth will be 7-11% in 2020, which is far higher than the 1-3% for the banks. Also, they trade at single-digit multiples, cheap. According to book value, SLF is far more expensive, so he prefers MFC. MFC has more upside than SLF, but you're splitting hairs with these two.

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MFC vs. SLF They're both good and relatively safe. They both have asset management businesses. Earnings growth will be 7-11% in 2020, which is far higher than the 1-3% for the banks. Also, they trade at single-digit multiples, cheap. According to book value, SLF is far more expensive, so he prefers MFC. MFC has more upside than SLF, but you're splitting hairs with these two.

BUY
BUY
November 28, 2019
His largest personal holding. Thinks we are going to see depressed interest rates for some time. In the meantime Sun Life is heading to new high. Very good and well managed company. Stock should do well once they complete their acquisition in Asia. Has a lot of confidence in the management.
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His largest personal holding. Thinks we are going to see depressed interest rates for some time. In the meantime Sun Life is heading to new high. Very good and well managed company. Stock should do well once they complete their acquisition in Asia. Has a lot of confidence in the management.
SELL
SELL
November 18, 2019
He just sold because it was at the highest valuation of the insurers. He wanted to raise some cash for clients. It is a good company but he has moved to MFC-T
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He just sold because it was at the highest valuation of the insurers. He wanted to raise some cash for clients. It is a good company but he has moved to MFC-T
HOLD
HOLD
November 8, 2019
Low interest rates? He bought the preferred shares and common stock during the last financial crisis and it has been a great stock for them. Money is flowing back into their investment business. Even in low interest rates they are prospering.
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Low interest rates? He bought the preferred shares and common stock during the last financial crisis and it has been a great stock for them. Money is flowing back into their investment business. Even in low interest rates they are prospering.
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 8, 2019
He used to own Manulife going into the financial crisis and have not looked at it since. It is pale in comparison to Sun Life.
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He used to own Manulife going into the financial crisis and have not looked at it since. It is pale in comparison to Sun Life.
HOLD
HOLD
November 1, 2019
He owns SLF. Even with interest rates falling, insurance has done well. They keep delivering on earnings, trade at 15 times earnings and a reasonable payout ratio.
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He owns SLF. Even with interest rates falling, insurance has done well. They keep delivering on earnings, trade at 15 times earnings and a reasonable payout ratio.
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
October 18, 2019
Jaded on this. Likes what they have done in the U.S.. However, interest rates are low and going lower. How do you fund long term liabilities with continually falling rates? A negative spread that causes a problem for insurance and banks. It doesn't look like it's getting better. He thinks there might see another cut in December.
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Jaded on this. Likes what they have done in the U.S.. However, interest rates are low and going lower. How do you fund long term liabilities with continually falling rates? A negative spread that causes a problem for insurance and banks. It doesn't look like it's getting better. He thinks there might see another cut in December.
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
October 17, 2019
(A Top Pick Oct 02/18, Up 20%) And it still looks cheap. It is so well positioned globally. Earnings are rising double digits. The dividend is growing and he thinks this will continue. They have been able to handle the low interest rate environment so well and continue to generate earnings growth.
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(A Top Pick Oct 02/18, Up 20%) And it still looks cheap. It is so well positioned globally. Earnings are rising double digits. The dividend is growing and he thinks this will continue. They have been able to handle the low interest rate environment so well and continue to generate earnings growth.
BUY
BUY
October 7, 2019

It's big growth area is in Asia. It has been a terrific performer lately. They have to invest unearned insurance premiums. With interest rates so low people are afraid. But SLF-T is a growing money management firm and that area is doing better. They raise their dividend regularly.

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It's big growth area is in Asia. It has been a terrific performer lately. They have to invest unearned insurance premiums. With interest rates so low people are afraid. But SLF-T is a growing money management firm and that area is doing better. They raise their dividend regularly.

COMMENT
COMMENT
September 20, 2019
It trades at a premium to the group, but they have more capital deployment opportunities.
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It trades at a premium to the group, but they have more capital deployment opportunities.
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COMMENT
September 13, 2019
Zero interest rates are horrendous for insurance companies. SLF-T is trying to become a wealth partner for people into retirement. This would turn them into a fee based business and there has been some success here. He finds other assets, like Canadian banks, easier to understand so he has not entered into this space.
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Zero interest rates are horrendous for insurance companies. SLF-T is trying to become a wealth partner for people into retirement. This would turn them into a fee based business and there has been some success here. He finds other assets, like Canadian banks, easier to understand so he has not entered into this space.
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