Sun Life Financial Inc

SLF-T

TSE:SLF

58.84
0.22 (0.37%)
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

Signal
Opinion
Expert
BUY
BUY
May 25, 2018

Likes it more than Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC-N) as it is less exposed to Asia. Yield is OK. Caught on a range now. Good on the long term, a little boring in the present time. Has taken profits recently. Low risk stock.

Likes it more than Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC-N) as it is less exposed to Asia. Yield is OK. Caught on a range now. Good on the long term, a little boring in the present time. Has taken profits recently. Low risk stock.

David Cockfield
Managing Director, Northland Wealth Management
Price
$55.040
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
May 9, 2018

They are well diversified. Rising interest rates will be good for them. He would lean into the U.S. insurance space as he prefers a little more laser focus. Overall, he would favour investing in US financials, such as Schwab or E-Trade instead of insurance.

They are well diversified. Rising interest rates will be good for them. He would lean into the U.S. insurance space as he prefers a little more laser focus. Overall, he would favour investing in US financials, such as Schwab or E-Trade instead of insurance.

Cameron Hurst
Chief Investment Officer, Equium Capital Management
Price
$52.420
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
May 7, 2018

(A Top Pick Sep. 7/17, Up 16%) They are doing very well. Earnings grow 10%. Dividend is growing and it is still a core holding. They are not making many mistakes and are a little less risky than MFC-T, although he still holds both.

(A Top Pick Sep. 7/17, Up 16%) They are doing very well. Earnings grow 10%. Dividend is growing and it is still a core holding. They are not making many mistakes and are a little less risky than MFC-T, although he still holds both.

Lorne Steinberg
President & Portfolio Manager, Lorne Steinberg Wealth Management Inc
Price
$52.790
Owned
Yes
BUY
BUY
May 7, 2018

A core position for him. Consistent dividend growth and it's long been reporting strong earnings. He likes their wealth management business which will benefit from Baby Boomers retiring and needing management (i.e. annuities).

A core position for him. Consistent dividend growth and it's long been reporting strong earnings. He likes their wealth management business which will benefit from Baby Boomers retiring and needing management (i.e. annuities).

Ryan Bushell
President, Newhaven Asset Management
Price
$52.790
Owned
Yes
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
May 3, 2018

He would choose an insurer with more global scale like PRU-N. He does not dislike SLF-T but they had quite a run and PRU-N is a better opportunity.

He would choose an insurer with more global scale like PRU-N. He does not dislike SLF-T but they had quite a run and PRU-N is a better opportunity.

Robert Lauzon
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Middlefield Capital Corporation
Price
$52.260
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
April 16, 2018

(A Top Pick Mar 17/17, Up 8%) He would have expected it to do better. It is very well diversified and is big in wealth management. It has growing exposure in Asia. It is well capitalized and well managed. He is staying with it.

(A Top Pick Mar 17/17, Up 8%) He would have expected it to do better. It is very well diversified and is big in wealth management. It has growing exposure in Asia. It is well capitalized and well managed. He is staying with it.

Michael Sprung
President, Sprung Investment Management
Price
$51.200
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
March 20, 2018

This trades at a premium (compared to Manulife) now, and historically. The gap has widened recently. They have more fee-based revenues in their business, which is preferable. He generally prefers Intact Financial for insurance investments.

This trades at a premium (compared to Manulife) now, and historically. The gap has widened recently. They have more fee-based revenues in their business, which is preferable. He generally prefers Intact Financial for insurance investments.

Geoff Scott
Institutional Portfolio Manager, Cambridge Global Asset Management
Price
$55.250
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
March 14, 2018

Manulife (MFC-T) versus Sunlife (SLF.T). He is not sure what the issue with Manulife might be. He holds Manulife in his RRSP and would buy more if it pulled back to $22.65. Sunlife is doing a good job and is way over-performing Manulife.

Manulife (MFC-T) versus Sunlife (SLF.T). He is not sure what the issue with Manulife might be. He holds Manulife in his RRSP and would buy more if it pulled back to $22.65. Sunlife is doing a good job and is way over-performing Manulife.

Brian Acker, CA
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Inves, Acker Finley Inc.
Price
$54.660
Owned
Unknown
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
March 13, 2018

(A Top Pick March 9/17, Up 14%) Still likes it. Trending above their moving averages. Aging demographics in North America and rising interest rates are tailwinds. He likes that 55% of revenues come from the US and Asia. Manulife is looking interesting too.

(A Top Pick March 9/17, Up 14%) Still likes it. Trending above their moving averages. Aging demographics in North America and rising interest rates are tailwinds. He likes that 55% of revenues come from the US and Asia. Manulife is looking interesting too.

Stan Wong
Director & Portfolio Manager, Private Wealth Management, ScotiaMcleod
Price
$54.530
Owned
Yes
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
March 8, 2018

She owns Manulife for clients. They like the larger Asian exposure that Manulife has. Sun Life has a big asset, MFS Management, in the US and it has been suffering outflows for a period of time now. Her preference is with Manulife.

She owns Manulife for clients. They like the larger Asian exposure that Manulife has. Sun Life has a big asset, MFS Management, in the US and it has been suffering outflows for a period of time now. Her preference is with Manulife.

Christine Poole
CEO & Managing Director, GlobeInvest Capital Management
Price
$54.560
Owned
No
WEAK BUY
WEAK BUY
February 22, 2018

MFC-T vs. SLF-T. They are both in the right area. They do well seasonally at this time. He would favour SLF-T from a technical perspective. It has a rising bottom. It has pulled back down a little today. He favours banks over lifecos.

MFC-T vs. SLF-T. They are both in the right area. They do well seasonally at this time. He would favour SLF-T from a technical perspective. It has a rising bottom. It has pulled back down a little today. He favours banks over lifecos.

Brooke Thackray
Research Analyst, Horizons ETFs (Canada) Inc.
Price
$54.000
Owned
Unknown
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
February 7, 2018

(A Top Pick April 20/17, Up 12%) Huge asset management platform. Strong stable in India. Increased in Canada with Excel Funds. Will see near-term growth of 8% and will benefit from U.S. tax cuts. Continues to own it.

(A Top Pick April 20/17, Up 12%) Huge asset management platform. Strong stable in India. Increased in Canada with Excel Funds. Will see near-term growth of 8% and will benefit from U.S. tax cuts. Continues to own it.

Lorne Zeiler
Portfolio Manager & Wealth Advisor, TriDelta Financial
Price
$52.060
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 23, 2018

(A Top Pick March 17/17. Up 14%.) He likes insurance companies. In a rising interest rate environment, that’s always a good place to be. He could see this taking a pause, because their US MFS holding represents a good chunk of earnings, and that industry is facing fee pressures and is very dependent on asset growth. Also this is a little less represented in Asia than one of their competitors. Targeting 8%-10% growth in earnings over the next few years. Thinks they could make it, but it could be a bit of a struggle. Consider this to still be a Hold if you own it.

(A Top Pick March 17/17. Up 14%.) He likes insurance companies. In a rising interest rate environment, that’s always a good place to be. He could see this taking a pause, because their US MFS holding represents a good chunk of earnings, and that industry is facing fee pressures and is very dependent on asset growth. Also this is a little less represented in Asia than one of their competitors. Targeting 8%-10% growth in earnings over the next few years. Thinks they could make it, but it could be a bit of a struggle. Consider this to still be a Hold if you own it.

Michael Sprung
President, Sprung Investment Management
Price
$54.780
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 17, 2018

(A Top Pick Jan 26/17. Up 4%.) Got stopped out right after he bought this. It got off to a terrible start when it reported earnings in February. It still has a very good turnaround going on in its MFS investment management business.

(A Top Pick Jan 26/17. Up 4%.) Got stopped out right after he bought this. It got off to a terrible start when it reported earnings in February. It still has a very good turnaround going on in its MFS investment management business.

Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI
Director & Portfolio Manager, Scotia Wealth Management
Price
$54.600
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 2, 2018

(A Top Pick Nov 25/16. Up 1%.) He likes this for the hedge against rising interest rates, and it still makes sense. As interest rates rise, fixed income portfolios at this company can do better because they can draw more cash flow. It's cheap on all metrics. 3.5% dividend yield.

(A Top Pick Nov 25/16. Up 1%.) He likes this for the hedge against rising interest rates, and it still makes sense. As interest rates rise, fixed income portfolios at this company can do better because they can draw more cash flow. It's cheap on all metrics. 3.5% dividend yield.

Ryan Modesto
Managing Partner, 5i Research
Price
$51.480
Owned
No
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