Sun Life Financial Inc

SLF-T

TSE:SLF

42.38
2.18 (4.89%)
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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Analysis and Opinions about SLF-T

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WEAK BUY
WEAK BUY
November 30, 2018
Reasonable dividend, though not as good as the banks. If you want a financial outside of the banks, this would be his choice in the space. Yield is just over 4%.
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Reasonable dividend, though not as good as the banks. If you want a financial outside of the banks, this would be his choice in the space. Yield is just over 4%.
HOLD
HOLD
November 22, 2018
They are still guiding for 8-10% earnings growth. They are stable. They should be able to grow the dividend 4-5% a year. It is off along with the market. This and MFC-T are global companies now. MFC-T looks cheaper so he would buy that over SLF-T, which is trading at a 10% premium to its market multiple. Don't sell it.
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They are still guiding for 8-10% earnings growth. They are stable. They should be able to grow the dividend 4-5% a year. It is off along with the market. This and MFC-T are global companies now. MFC-T looks cheaper so he would buy that over SLF-T, which is trading at a 10% premium to its market multiple. Don't sell it.
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 21, 2018
Q3 beat--earnings were way up. Double-digit growth in the US. Asia operations were a lower weak. 4% EPS growth only. Pricey vs. peers. Manulife has a better growth rate, and he prefers MFC. The lawsuit they face--MFC will be okay.
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Q3 beat--earnings were way up. Double-digit growth in the US. Asia operations were a lower weak. 4% EPS growth only. Pricey vs. peers. Manulife has a better growth rate, and he prefers MFC. The lawsuit they face--MFC will be okay.
PARTIAL BUY
PARTIAL BUY
November 5, 2018
It has followed the trends of the financial sector to some degree. It looks solid where it is right now. It is making money. It is probably better value than it was in the summer. Take a small position, or the XFN-T ETF to diversify, preferably. If it drops below $47 there is not much support below that. There is resistance at $51.
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It has followed the trends of the financial sector to some degree. It looks solid where it is right now. It is making money. It is probably better value than it was in the summer. Take a small position, or the XFN-T ETF to diversify, preferably. If it drops below $47 there is not much support below that. There is resistance at $51.
COMMENT
COMMENT
October 22, 2018

It is a pretty safe company with a reasonable dividend. He would not buy it until there is a blow off. Insider selling has been very heavy. It is a leader in the Canadian field. If you want to put it away, it is a good one for that purpose.

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It is a pretty safe company with a reasonable dividend. He would not buy it until there is a blow off. Insider selling has been very heavy. It is a leader in the Canadian field. If you want to put it away, it is a good one for that purpose.

COMMENT
COMMENT
October 16, 2018

Unsure why it's dropped a lot lately, but he likes the fundamentals of the insurers. Interest rates are rising and people are living longer, so the lifecos can collect premiums for longer. There is rotation between lifecos and banks, and that
could be happening now. Thinks SLF is the best Canadian insurance stock and believes in the insurance industry long-term.

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Unsure why it's dropped a lot lately, but he likes the fundamentals of the insurers. Interest rates are rising and people are living longer, so the lifecos can collect premiums for longer. There is rotation between lifecos and banks, and that
could be happening now. Thinks SLF is the best Canadian insurance stock and believes in the insurance industry long-term.

BUY WEAKNESS
BUY WEAKNESS
October 5, 2018

He recently evaluated this space. As interest rates increase their long term liabilities should become more profitable. They are cleaning up their operational issues. He hopes there will be a market pullback, so they might be able to step back in. He actually prefers Manulife (MFC-T), but is watching both. He would love to buy both of these if the stock prices drop by $5.

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He recently evaluated this space. As interest rates increase their long term liabilities should become more profitable. They are cleaning up their operational issues. He hopes there will be a market pullback, so they might be able to step back in. He actually prefers Manulife (MFC-T), but is watching both. He would love to buy both of these if the stock prices drop by $5.

TOP PICK
TOP PICK
October 2, 2018

He considers this a healthy yield that is likely to grown. It trades at only 11x earnings. It will be a beneficiary of rising interest rates, which he expects to continue. He expects 10% earnings growth for the next 3 years. This is the largest foreign insurer in Asia (India), which offers huge growth possibilities. Its MFS American operations have turned around. Yield 3.8%. (Analysts’ price target $58.54)

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He considers this a healthy yield that is likely to grown. It trades at only 11x earnings. It will be a beneficiary of rising interest rates, which he expects to continue. He expects 10% earnings growth for the next 3 years. This is the largest foreign insurer in Asia (India), which offers huge growth possibilities. Its MFS American operations have turned around. Yield 3.8%. (Analysts’ price target $58.54)

SELL
SELL
September 27, 2018

The expectation is that the rate is going to invert next year. That is not good for banks and particularly bad for insurance companies. If you believe that next year is the great inversion, you don’t want to own any financials. Avoid.

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The expectation is that the rate is going to invert next year. That is not good for banks and particularly bad for insurance companies. If you believe that next year is the great inversion, you don’t want to own any financials. Avoid.

COMMENT
COMMENT
September 25, 2018

He likes the life insurance industry and owns three companies in that space. Sun Life is the Canadian company that he likes. He prefers it to Manulife. He thinks it is better managed, with better exposure to interest rates. He likes the amount and quality of international diversification of Sun Life.

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He likes the life insurance industry and owns three companies in that space. Sun Life is the Canadian company that he likes. He prefers it to Manulife. He thinks it is better managed, with better exposure to interest rates. He likes the amount and quality of international diversification of Sun Life.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
September 19, 2018

Today, everything in financials rallied, including the lifecos. Rising rates benefit them. But the US banks look better. Instead, look at the ETF, KIE-N, to give you a basket of insurance companies. Today it broke new highs. SLF isn't the best house in a very good neighbourhood.

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Today, everything in financials rallied, including the lifecos. Rising rates benefit them. But the US banks look better. Instead, look at the ETF, KIE-N, to give you a basket of insurance companies. Today it broke new highs. SLF isn't the best house in a very good neighbourhood.

TOP PICK
TOP PICK
September 17, 2018

Cash flow from US and Canadian life insurance businesses they use to reinvest in growing markets in Asia. They have excess capital at the holdco level that can be used for acquisitions, pay dividend or buyback shares. (3.7% dividend, Analysts' price target: $58.57)

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Cash flow from US and Canadian life insurance businesses they use to reinvest in growing markets in Asia. They have excess capital at the holdco level that can be used for acquisitions, pay dividend or buyback shares. (3.7% dividend, Analysts' price target: $58.57)

HOLD
HOLD
August 15, 2018

He likes the insurance group as a whole, as it trades at 1.4 times book and and 10-11 times earnings. He feels this is the most expensive of the Big 3 in the group and so would favour others.

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He likes the insurance group as a whole, as it trades at 1.4 times book and and 10-11 times earnings. He feels this is the most expensive of the Big 3 in the group and so would favour others.

BUY
BUY
August 14, 2018

Life Insurance companies do better when interest rates rise because they reinvest their premiums, mainly in the bond market. Interest rates have not increased as much as he hoped; instead, the yield curve is flattening. He expects interest rates to rise in the future, though, and he owns Sun Life in that expectation. He thinks that over the near term, Sun Life will perform better than the Canadian banks as interest rates move up. Interest rates will rise because the economy is doing better and inflation is coming back, caused by labour shortages and tariffs.

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Life Insurance companies do better when interest rates rise because they reinvest their premiums, mainly in the bond market. Interest rates have not increased as much as he hoped; instead, the yield curve is flattening. He expects interest rates to rise in the future, though, and he owns Sun Life in that expectation. He thinks that over the near term, Sun Life will perform better than the Canadian banks as interest rates move up. Interest rates will rise because the economy is doing better and inflation is coming back, caused by labour shortages and tariffs.

WAIT
WAIT
August 10, 2018

Numbers aren’t that bad, however has always traded at a premium compared to peers. Mutual fund side has had significant withdrawals, and so the stock sold off. Well managed, but technically it has broken down. If goes down to $48, a definite buy. But not right now.

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Numbers aren’t that bad, however has always traded at a premium compared to peers. Mutual fund side has had significant withdrawals, and so the stock sold off. Well managed, but technically it has broken down. If goes down to $48, a definite buy. But not right now.

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