Q: We are holding a position in Blue Ribbon Income Fund (RBN.UN). We are considering building on that position. May I have your thoughts, please?

A: Blue Ribbon Income Fund, $8.37, symbol RBN.UT on Toronto (Units outstanding: 12.8 million; Market cap: $107.1 million; www.bromptongroup.com), was formerly called the Citadel Diversified Investment Trust.

This fund holds a lot of former oil and gas trusts, pipeline or other utility trusts (most if not… Read More

Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial Corp. yields 3.5 and 3.8% plus Asian exposure

Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial Corp. yields 3.5 and 3.8% plus Asian exposure

Improved sales in Asia led to a 1.3% and 14.2% earnings gains for these two companies during their most-recent quarter.

Both firms recently raised their dividend payouts.

The stocks trade at just 8.3 and 11.6 times each company’s 2020 earnings forecast.


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MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP. $21.91 (Toronto symbol MFC; Shares o/s: 2.0 billion; Market cap: $42.9 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.6%; www.manulife.ca) is Canada’s largest life insurer.
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MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP. $23.67 (Toronto symbol MFC; Shares o/s: 2.0 billion; Market cap: $46.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.2%; www.manulife.ca) is Canada’s largest life insurer.
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Their Asian gains help offset a slower U.S.

MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP. $22.46 (Toronto symbol MFC; Shares o/s: 2.0 billion; Market cap: $44.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.5%; www.manulife.ca) is Canada’s largest life insurer.
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