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Q: Looking past the ECN special dividend, how would you compare ECN and FSZ for the longer term for safety of capital and dividends, and growth? Aside from the big six banks, are there other names that trade on Canadian markets in the broader financial services area that you might consider to be superior to these two for safety and growth? Please take whatever credits needed. Thanks.

Asked by warren on December 08, 2021
5i Research Answer:

Post-dividend ECN will be quite a small company in a more aggressive business than FSZ, so we would consider FSZ safer. We like it, but would not compare its safety to the banks. SLF is a good alternative.  GSY is more aggressive than the banks but we would consider less risky than both FSZ and ECN.