Sun Life Financial, Inc. (USA)
MetLife (NYSE: MET) intends to challenge its designation as a "systemically important financial institution" (SIFI) by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. MetLife believes that the capital standards, which are designed for banks, are inappropriate for life insurers. The SIFI designation would lead to higher prices and limits on capital usage.
However, the impacts of a SIFI designation is likely already priced into the stock price, thus, an easing of standards more »
Insurance continues to be a thriving business in emerging economies , as life insurance premiums in Asia and Latin America are expected to increase at a CAGR of 13% during the next seven years. Similarly, property and casualty insurance premiums are expected to rise at a CAGR of 10% over the same period.
Despite the high growth rate expected in the emerging markets, the US, Europe and other industrialized economies will more »
The various economic pressures in recent times marked a tough period for the insurance companies to generate profits organically. The companies were challenged to increase their market share, and were forced to resort to mergers and acquisitions to tap international growth.
These opportunities should help them grow globally in terms of earnings and market share. Discussed below are three insurance stocks which are heavily focusing on expansion via mergers and more »
Investors and insurers are swooping in on Asia’s insurance industry for acquisitions, encouraged by a low rate of penetration in the region’s emerging markets at a time when European banks, in need of cash, are exiting the sector. Insurance has become a relatively hot sector for M&A activity in Asia, with deals involving ING, HSBC and others. Southeast Asia’s strong economic growth and very favorable demographics more »
You've probably seen the commercials for Sun Life Financial (NYSE: SLF). The company pretends to pitch a name change for someone like “KC and the Sunshine Band” to “KC and the Sun Life Band.” The company says sooner or later you'll get to know us. The fact that the advertising is clever and memorable makes it good, but what's behind the advertising? Buying what you know, is a tip that Peter Lynch gave years ago and still makes sense today. What better than to buy stock in the company with the great commercials? However, as Lynch often did, investigating Sun Life's competitors can turn up some promising names as well. This lead me to check out the lesser known Manulife Financial (NYSE: MFC). Which one is the better value? That's what we are here to find out.
Calling all dragon-slayers. If you hate corporate-named venues, stay away from San Diego for the holidays.
The wireless chip firm Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), which has held the naming rights on the Chargers stadium since 1997, is temporarily changing the name from Qualcomm Stadium to Snapdragon Stadium.
Snapdragon is the brand name for the company’s family of application processors that power smartphones.
“Anywhere you have the big Qualcomm signage, we more »