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Nov 15, 2012

Manulife promises stability, Asian growth

TORONTO, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Manulife Financial Corp
is increasing its dependence on Asia as a means to reach a C$4
billion core profit goal by 2016 and promises a departure from
the volatile earnings that have plagued recent quarters.

“We expect to see less volatile and far more sustainable
earnings than the earnings of the past,” Donald Guloien, chief
executive of Canada’s largest insurer, said at a company
investor presentation in Toronto.

Nov 13, 2012

Canada activist shareholder Alboini suspended, fined

TORONTO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Activist investor Vic Alboini,
an outspoken critic of Research in Motion, has been
suspended and fined by Canada’s investment industry watchdog
after he was found to have engaged in improper and risky

In a decision released late on Monday, the Investment
Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) imposed on
Alboini a two-year suspension “in all capacities” (trading or
dealing) and fines totaling C$625,000 ($624,200) for actions
taken in his capacity as chief executive of Canadian dealer
Northern Securities, a unit of Northern Financial Corp.

Nov 8, 2012

Manulife narrows loss but delays C$4 bln profit target

Nov 8 (Reuters) – Manulife Financial Corp on
T hursday reported a narrower loss in the third quarter due to
improved financial markets-related results but said it has
delayed its profit goal of C$4 billion by a year to 2016, citing
macro-economic conditions.

The loss, which came amid stronger-than-expected results at
Canadian insurance rivals Sun Life Financial and
Great-West Lifeco, put additional pressure on
Manulife’s already struggling shares.

Nov 8, 2012

Sun Life sticks with C$2 billion profit goal for 2015

TORONTO (Reuters) – Sun Life Financial (SLF.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is sticking with an admittedly “ambitious” target of C$2 billion ($2.00 billion) in operating profit by 2015, despite a difficult outlook for financial markets, the Canadian insurer’s chief executive said Thursday.

Sun Life unveiled the profit target in March, one that depends on equity markets and bond yields rising from the levels of earlier this year. While stock markets have edged higher, bond yields have remained low and few economists project an imminent rebound.

Nov 8, 2012

Manulife delays C$4 bln profit target as loss shrinks

Nov 8 (Reuters) – Manulife Financial Corp has
pushed out its profit goal of C$4 billion by a year to 2016,
citing macro-economic conditions, although its quarterly loss
narrowed due to stronger financial markets-related results
during the quarter.

The improved markets performance helped to offset a C$1
billion charge related to a shift in actuarial assumptions,
Canada’s largest life insurer said on Thursday.

Nov 4, 2012

Soft market outlook casts shadow over insurers

TORONTO, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Even if Canadian life insurers
live up to expectations by posting strong third-quarter results
this week, investors ought to think twice before piling into
their shares given the uncertain outlook for financial markets.

With debt crises in Europe and the United States pressuring
stocks and threatening another severe market downturn, analysts
say one or more of the insurers could cut profit targets when
they start reporting results on Wednesday.

Oct 31, 2012

Analysis – Canadian banks seek assets to offset mortgage slump

TORONTO (Reuters) – Call it the Homer Simpson approach to business growth: when the pie is shrinking, eat a bigger piece.

Canada’s big banks have been doing just that. Facing slower growth in the mortgage market and an unofficial government ban on buying one another, the five biggest lenders have been ravenously snapping up any other financial assets that have become available. It’s a trend that looks set to continue.

Oct 31, 2012

Scotiabank names Porter president, seen as heir apparent

Oct 31 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia has
appointed Brian Porter to the role of president, Canada’s No. 3
bank said on Wednesday, a move that suggests he will eventually
succeed longtime Chief Executive Rick Waugh.

Porter, 54, who joined the Toronto-based bank in 1981, is
currently group head of its strategically important
international banking division, which has operations in about 50
countries through Latin America and Asia.

Oct 26, 2012

Moody’s warns may downgrade five big Canadian banks

NEW YORK/TORONTO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Moody’s Investors
Service warned on Friday it could cut its ratings on five top
Canadian banks on concerns about a softening economy and
volatile capital markets, a blow to a banking system named the
soundest in the world four years in a row.

But the outlook for the sector is no longer as rosy, Moody’s
said, because of the risks presented by the macroeconomic
environment and a business mix that leans heavily on domestic
mortgages and other consumer lending.

Oct 26, 2012

Fairfax’s Watsa still avoids stocks despite hedging loss

TORONTO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Prem Watsa, investment guru and
chief executive of Fairfax Financial Holding Ltd, said
on Friday the time is not right to undo Fairfax’s equity hedges
even as the insurance company loses money due to recent strong
stock markets.

Watsa, who made billions for Fairfax by correctly calling
the 2008 financial crisis, fully hedged the company’s equity
exposure in 2010 in anticipation of a prolonged market funk.
His strategy has led to choppy quarterly results for Fairfax as
markets have fluctuated.