2 Canadian Blue-Chip Stocks for December 2023

Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) and another top dividend play make for fine buys for beginner investors going into 2024.

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Canadian blue-chip stocks are reliable and make for great first stocks for new investors looking to break into the investment world. Indeed, blue-chip stocks may not offer as much upside potential as the likes of some of the high-flying small- and mid-cap plays in the market.

That said, they tend to offer a magnitude of stability and a decent enough return profile to keep new investors from being “frightened” out of the market. How many times have you heard a beginner investor “giving up” because they decided to place too large a bet on some cannabis stock when they were heating up a few years ago?

Indeed, the same can be said for cryptocurrencies and other high-flyers that many new investors may have lost considerable sums in. For this piece, we’ll keep it short and simple with two blue-chip stocks that make for great core holdings in a portfolio.

Though I’m not a huge advocate of diversification (rather, I’d much prefer you allocate more funds towards your best ideas), I think it’s a very useful way to keep out of trouble if you’re brand new to financial markets. For market newcomers, diversification, I believe, is very wise. In a way, it can act like training wheels, helping to save you from big trouble should one of your big investment ideas slip up.

Without further ado, let’s check out two cheap blue chips I’d look to pick up this December 2023.

Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) is a life insurance and asset management play that recently spiked more than 12% since its October lows. Undoubtedly, the latest round of quarterly earnings results were more than impressive, helping fuel a nice recovery bounce in the stock. Though things looked dark for the firm in September and October, it’s clear that things are looking bright going into the end of the year as more investors digest that delicious quarter.

Though the U.S. market is still a sore spot, wealth and asset management got a jolt from higher fees. Even after the recent stock surge, I view shares as a bargain, as they go for 11.1 times trailing price to earnings (P/E). The 4.46% dividend yield also looks bountiful as the company looks to continue its recovery going into what could be a brighter 2024.

TD Bank

TD Bank (TSX:TD) is a Canadian bank stock that’s showing signs of life, recently surging over 9% from its October (and multi-year) lows. Indeed, the coast isn’t clear just yet as the insanely well-capitalized bank navigates into a new year.

The valuation seems modest at 10.75 times trailing P/E. And the 4.6% dividend yield, while bountiful, is not the largest of the Big Six group. Indeed, you could get a cheaper, higher-yielding bank elsewhere, but in terms of quality for the price, I view TD as a wonderful value play right now. Only time will tell when TD’s fortunes turn. I think the recent run could be the start of something special, even if the outlook remains a bit hazy.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Joey Frenette has positions in Toronto-Dominion Bank. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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