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Q: I have a non-registered account which is invested in roughly equal weights of 13 Canadian blue chip dividend payers (NTR, RY, BNS, TCL.A, T, BCE, SLF, QSR, ENB, FTS, LNF, BEPC, AQN) and CPD. I am in the process of re-organizing it a bit and have some additional cash to invest.

I have tinkered with SYZ, FSZ and LIF in this account and none of these quite fit the profile I'm going for (steady eddies thru next economic cycle, decent and reliable dividend).

Over the last year or so, I have been tweaking this account to get it to the point where it will be very low (or no) maintenance. Game plan is to drip for another few years, then start to take the dividend in cash to live off. Capital preservation and dividend reliability are obviously key.

Looking for some guidance on choosing 2 or 3 additional holdings from the following list:
EIF (nice div, needed industrial exposure)
AW.UN or ZRE (are these OK in an open account?)
CVD or XHY (some fixed income to smooth out any upcoming lumps) or other fixed income idea.

Do CPD, CVD, XHY make sense now with tapering about to begin in the US?
All comments about this strategy and my stock selections are most welcome.

Several questions here - please take several credits

Thanks in advance,


Read Answer Asked by Jim on September 15, 2021

Q: Apparently I am not overly observant because I just realized my WSP has gone from the income stock I first purchased to a growth stock. As a result of the share price going up four-fold while the dividend remained the same I am now sitting on a big capital gain and an outsized position with a relatively low yield. In your income portfolio it sticks out for the same reason, contributing a huge “since inception” return but low yield. I would like to at least reduce it and put the funds to work in another industrial with higher yield but can’t land on anything. I want to like MAL but of course it is much smaller cap. Any suggestions? What would you replace it with in the Income Portfolio if you were so inclined?

Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on September 09, 2021
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