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Feb 20, 2013

Industrial Alliance drops 4.3 percent on share issue

TORONTO, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Shares of Industrial Alliance
Insurance (IAG.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) fell more than 4 percent on Wednesday after
the company announced a C$225 million ($221.73 million) share
issue that spurred an analyst downgrade and diluted the
company’s public float by 6.5 percent.

Industrial Alliance and Financial Services Inc, Canada’s No.
4 life insurer, said late on Tuesday it would issue 6 million
shares at a price of C$37.50 a share, a 2.8 percent discount to
its Tuesday closing price of C$38.59 on the Toronto Stock

Feb 15, 2013

Industrial Alliance shares rise on profit beat

TORONTO (Reuters) – Shares of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services (IAG.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rose more than 4 percent to hit an 18-month high on Friday after the Canadian life insurer reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit.

The result caps off a generally strong quarter for Canadian life insurers, which have rebounded over the past year from steep market-related losses taken in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Feb 7, 2013

Manulife returns to profit in fourth quarter

TORONTO (Reuters) – Manulife Financial Corp (MFC.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rebounded to profit in the fourth quarter on the back of investment and tax gains, and shares of Canada’s No. 1 insurer rose on Thursday although its core profit came in just shy of estimates.

The result, which followed net losses in the year-before quarter as well as in the second and third quarters of the latest financial year, comes as Manulife has rebuilt its balance sheet to shed market risk and moved to train its focus on Asian growth.

Feb 6, 2013

Canaccord profit rises on fees, sees more UK growth

TORONTO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Canaccord Financial
reported a stronger third-quarter profit on Thursday as record
advisory fees drove a 56 percent jump in revenue, and the
company’s CEO pledged to continue to expand its presence in the
United Kingdom.

The Toronto-based investment dealer and wealth management
firm earned C$10.3 million ($10.33 million), or 8 Canadian cents
a share, in its fiscal third quarter ended Dec 31. That compared
with a year-before profit of C$2.5 million, or 1 Canadian cent a

Feb 6, 2013

Intact Financial profit boosted by M&A, investments

Feb 6 (Reuters) – Intact Financial Corp said
fourth-quarter profit more than doubled, driven by rising
investment gains and the impact of acquisitions, and the
company’s CEO indicated the company was in the market for more

Intact, Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer, also
raised its quarterly dividend by 10 percent.

Feb 4, 2013

Rich valuations pose risk to Canada insurer shares

TORONTO, Feb 3 (Reuters) – After ringing up share-price
gains last year that led the market, Canada’s life insurers look
ripe for a setback even if they post blockbuster quarterly
results over the next couple of weeks.

Insurers such as Sun Life Financial Inc and
Manulife Financial Corp have reduced their exposure to
equity markets over the past two years, but their shares are
heavily influenced by bond yield movements.

Jan 28, 2013

Moody’s cuts ratings of six Canadian lenders

By Cameron French

(Reuters) – Moody’s Investors Service has cut the ratings of six Canadian financial institutions, including the previously “Aaa” rated Toronto-Dominion Bank, due to concerns about rising consumer debt and high housing prices.

TD, the only publicly traded bank that still carried Moody’s top rating, was downgraded, along with Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Bank of Montreal, National Bank of Canada and Caisse Central Desjardins, Canada’s largest association of credit unions, Moody’s said on Monday.

Jan 17, 2013

Low bond yields prompt Sun Life to seek growth

TORONTO, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Low bond yields have taken a
nasty bite out of Sun Life Financial Inc’s profits over
the last few years, but they’re also helping drive the insurer’s
latest push to expand overseas.

With benchmark 10-year yields below 2 percent in both Canada
and the United States, and shorter-term rates even worse, the
insurer can put its cash to work more effectively by investing
in growth, the chief executive of Canada’s third-largest insurer
told Reuters.

Jan 17, 2013

Sun Life, partner to buy Aviva’s Malaysian insurance JV

TORONTO/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Sun Life Financial Inc (SLF.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Malaysian state investor Khazanah will buy Aviva Plc’s (AV.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Malaysian insurance joint venture with lender CIMB Group for 1.8 billion Malaysian ringgit ($597 million) in a deal that will accelerate Sun Life’s push into southeast Asia.

Sun Life, Canada’s third-largest insurer, has targeted the region for expansion due to its rapid growth, high savings rates, and relative underpenetration of insurance products.

Jan 16, 2013

ING Direct to cease broker mortgages, Scotiabank says

TORONTO, Jan 16 (Reuters) – ING Direct Canada will cease
selling mortgages through brokers next month due to overlap with
the larger broker-sourced mortgage business of its parent
company, Bank of Nova Scotia, a bank spokesman said on

Scotiabank, which has the largest Canadian broker-sourced
mortgage business, bought ING Direct from Dutch lender ING Groep
for C$3.1 billion ($3.15 billion) late last year.