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newratings.com  Mar 28  Comment 
OTTAWA (dpa-AFX) - Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF, SLF.TO) announced three changes to its Executive Team effective May 29, 2017. Kevin Strain, currently President, Sun Life Financial Asia, will become Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial...
newratings.com  Mar 9  Comment 
OTTAWA (dpa-AFX) - Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF, SLF.TO) reaffirmed its medium-term financial objectives of annual underlying earnings per share (EPS) growth of 8-10%; Underlying return on equity (ROE) in the range of 12-14%; Common share...
newratings.com  Feb 15  Comment 
OTTAWA (dpa-AFX) - Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF.TO, SLF) announced that James Sutcliffe will retire as Chairman and from the Board following the company's Annual Meeting on May 10, 2017. He will be succeeded as Chairman by William Anderson...




 
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Sun Life Financial (NYSE: SLF) is a financial services firm based in Canada. SLF provides investment management, savings, pension, and health insurance products to both individual and corporate clients. As an insurance provider, SLF will seek to profit from increasing insurance demand due to the aging "baby boomer" population. In addition, the firm's large portfolio of assets make it at risk to fluctuating interest rates.

Business Overview

In the past fiscal year, Sun Life incurred declines in both revenue and net income.[1] For the current fiscal year, SLF is expecting to have low volatility and continue to have high dividend rates.[2]

Trends and Forces

Aging US Population Causes Shift in Insurance Demand

The "baby boomer" generation is heading towards retirement, which is expected to create robust demand for various insurance and wealth accumulation products. Increased longevity means that that this group will need to generate enough wealth to last decades into retirement. As a top insurance company with strong brand recognition and a diversified portfolio of products, SLF is very well positioned to take advantage of this demographic shift.

Sun Life's Portfolio is Sensitive to Interest Rate Risk.

Interest rates will affect any firm involved in any type of investment or firm that issues corporate debt or equity. Changes in the interest rate will invariably change the fundamental values of both equity and debt, since the fundamental value of debt is determined by the time weighted average of payments discounted by current short or long interest rates, and the fundamental value of equity is determined by the value of a firm today along with any projects in the future discounted by some factor over the risk free interest rate. Sun Life's large assets makes it particularly effected by the interest rate.

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References

  1. SLF 2010 Annual Report
  2. Bloomberg, "Fitch Affirms Sun Life Financial Inc's Ratings; Outlook Stable," 06/22/2011
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