GREAT-WEST LIFECO $34.92 – Toronto symbol GWO

GREAT-WEST LIFECO $34.92 (Toronto symbol GWO; Shares outstanding: 996.7 million; Market cap: $35.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Yield: 3.7%; www.greatwestlifeco.com) has reported strong results in its latest quarter and raised its dividend.

Great-West is Canada’s largest insurance company. It also offers mutual funds and wealth… Read More

Special Report on Canadian Dividend Stocks

We still think investors will profit most—and with the least risk—by buying shares of well-established, dividend-paying stocks with strong business prospects.
These are companies that have strong positions in healthy industries. They also have strong management that will make the right moves to remain competitive in… Read More

Dear Pat: I’ve held Industrial Alliance Insurance & Financial Services for roughly four years, through some ups and downs, and I’m currently up 44%, plus dividends. Would you recommend continuing to hold this company, or are more profitable opportunities available in the insurance sector that you would recommend? Thank you for your input.

Industrial Alliance Insurance & Financial Services, $42.51, symbol IAG on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 100.1 million; Market cap: $4.3 billion; www.inalco.com), offers a range of financial products, including life and health insurance, savings and retirement plans, RRSPs, mutual and segregated funds, mortgage loans and auto and… Read More

GWO complements your bank stocks

We continue to recommend that all investors aim to own two or more of Canada’s big five banks, including Bank of Nova Scotia, our #1 safety-conscious pick for 2014. But we also feel that conservative investors should diversify their Finance-sector holdings with stocks like Great-West… Read More

GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC. $33 – Toronto symbol GWO

GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC. $33 (Toronto symbol GWO; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 998.8 million; Market cap: $33.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.9; Dividend yield: 3.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.greatwestlifeco.com) has paid an undisclosed amount for J.P. Morgan Chase’s (New York… Read More

Updating Telus Corp., Fortis Inc., and Great-West Lifeco Inc.

TELUS CORP. $40 (Toronto symbol T; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 615.5 million; Market cap: $24.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.1; Dividend yield: 3.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.telus.com) continues to expand its health care division, which helps doctors, pharmacies and hospitals… Read More

GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC. $32 – Toronto symbol GWO

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GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC. $32 (Toronto symbol GWO; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 998.9 million; Market cap: $32.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.1; Dividend Yield: 3.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.greatwestlifeco.com) is Canada’s secondlargest insurance company after Manulife Financial (Toronto symbol MFC). It… Read More

Profit from retiring baby boomers

Great-West Lifeco and IGM are both in a strong position to profit as baby boomers sign up for retirement planning services and buy supplemental accident and disability insurance. Both companies also trade at low multiples to their earnings and will probably raise their dividends in… Read More

GREAT-WEST LIFECO $30.65 – Toronto symbol GWO

GREAT-WEST LIFECO $30.65 (Toronto symbol GWO; Shares outstanding: 999.0 million; Market cap: $30.6 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Yield: 4.0%; www.greatwestlifeco.com) is Canada’s largest insurance company. It also offers mutual funds and wealth management.

In the quarter ended March 31, 2014, earnings per share rose 9.3%,… Read More