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Stock Opinions by Chris Lowe, BA, MBA

BUY
A phenominal bank and will probably remain so. Its approach to efficiency is what other banks try to emulate.
banks
HOLD
Has grown up very quickly in the last 10 years or so. Now trying to morph into a retail bank which has proven to be painful. Has not been able to change its cost base quick enough to handle the circumstances.
trust, savings and loan
BUY
Probably their favourite lifeco in Canada. Will probably go on the acquisition trail in the US.
insurance
DON'T BUY
A good operator. Have been very slow at trying to make more of the Harris Bank business. Sees better value elsewhere.
banks
HOLD
Has a very strong franchise in Quebec. The management team is extremely focused on making a good return.
banks
TOP PICK
With Eliot Spitz going after Marsh & McLennan, expects a lot of business will be turned over to this company.
insurance
TOP PICK
Strong management. Took over a direct insurance business last April. Also acquired a trust. Changing from an interest driven business.
banks
BUY
A strong business and with its assets it will continue to be so.
finance / leasing
BUY
Extremely good retail banking skills. Has a tremendous brokerage business. A good long term hold.
banks
VAGUE
Has a history of very strong acquisition record. Liked the John Hancock acquisition but integration will not be easy.
insurance
BUY
Has done a good job of acquisitions, integrations and driving down costs.
banks
BUY
A premium business so it warrants its premium valuation. Triple A rated. Well regarded in China.
insurance
TOP PICK
The 3rd largest insurance broker in the world. Has some special brokerage skills which is driving market share up. Very strong company.
insurance
BUY
Favorite in the Canadian life companies. Has a better equity kick than other life companies.
insurance
BUY
Rumors of a takeover bid by Citibank. Price is increasing on these rumors. 5% dividend.
banks
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