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Q: Hi 5i,
Would you please provide an explanation of the announcement July 23 by Brookfield Global Infrastructure of establishing an At The Market Equity Program. They don't say how the cash raised will be used. Is this to raise money for the fund to invest in more infrastructure assets? It seems timely right now given so many advisors are suggesting to invest in infrastructure. Your thoughts please. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Gordon on August 03, 2021

Q: Hello,
I would like to understand the performance bonus to Hamblin Watsa of 20% over 5 %.. is it operating like the Buffet partnership with the 0/6/25%? Is FIH.U operating like a mutual fund? What are your thoughts on a long term position? What sort of returns should one expect from this? Thank you for your sage advice. Shyam

Read Answer Asked by Shyam on July 09, 2021

Q: Greetings 5i,

What to do about FFN. I love the div and Iím +77% since the Covid bounce back. I guess my biggest concern is I donít understand how the div is so large. I wonder if the div it pays gradually erodes the NAV and so inevitably will result in a lower and lower share price and zero dividend. Or will the share price move up with the assets it owns? Can 5i shed some light on this?


Read Answer Asked by Duane on April 22, 2021

Q: Good morning,
I see "Sprott Physical Gold and Silver Trust Updates Its 'At-The-Market' Equity Program" and may issue up to one billion dollars of new units. If I understand this correctly, Sprott will issue new units at the market price. So say gold and or silver go up, Sprott will issue new units, does this not stop the price of CEF from participating in the price rise of the metals and they issue new units and therefore reduce the demand from the market for units currently available and cap the price rise? If one wants to participate in the rise in gold and or silver appreciation it seems to me CEF is therefore not the way to do it.

Read Answer Asked by John on April 15, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,
Further to my previous question about return of capital, you mention that some investors, over time, can see their adjusted cost base go to zero as result of return of capital. What does this signify, that you now own it for $0 cost. Would the investor expect share prices to be severely impaired?
I am trying to decide if one of these health funds might be a lower risk way to generate some stable income while providing lower risk to principal.


Read Answer Asked by jim on March 25, 2021

Q: Hi 5i
A question was recently asked concerning the "return of capital" required to support the high distributions of FHI.

What percentage is required for HHl,and LIFE ?

What is long term net effect of "return of capital" on the share price of these funds? Does it continue to fall?

Does it ever get to a point where all or most "capital" has been returned ?
Just looking for very general understanding if return of capital is good or bad.... or maybe not an issue?

Read Answer Asked by jim on March 25, 2021

Q: Hello
I read about the new Brookfield global transition fund. Can you comment on this new fund and is this fund available to the public if I want to invest in it ?
If so, can you tell me how can I get access to it ?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Kristelle on February 16, 2021

Q: Just wondering about the wisdom of purchasing this stock just to capture the dividend then selling it. You would only need to hold it for the time period necessary to be guaranteed the dividend which would be just a few days. I suspect the share price would not drop substantially in those few days. I do not care about share price appreciation that one would get with a buy and hold strategy.

Read Answer Asked by Bradley on February 09, 2021

Q: Hi,
I'm curious about CEF's and came across this one that appears to offer a decent dividend, with a bit of growth. However, I don't know anything about these types of funds, so would appreciate any thought you might offer on them. Are they a reasonable investment, or very risky? They talk about these funds being leveraged and that makes me nervous - should I be, or is that just my lack of understanding how these funds work. I'm much more familiar with ETF's and certainly comfortable with stocks - either Canada or US markets. Thanks for all your great advice over the years!

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on February 09, 2021