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Q: Peter,

I would be quite interested in your very knowledgeable opinion on the Sat article in the Globe re the Bridging Finance Inc fiasco. It smells of Madoff of the North. I find it ironic that they would lend to mid-sized companies that had been ignored { declined } the banks , but the banks were then pushing out the end product as a recommended investment. How with any common sense would the spin sent out by the Sharpes ever pass the sniff test when they claim they were in essence lending to companies that banks would not touch , yet had zero writeoffs. I must be missing something.

How as retail investors are we to protect ourselves when the " experts" look like they were hook line and sinker into a pile of garbage.



Read Answer Asked by paul on November 29, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,

Can I get your initial thoughts about the Purpose Longevity Pension Fund?
I am age 63 and I think it might be like a reasonable bond substitute in my RRSP.
Do you think the targeted 6.1% is sustainable?
Why haven't the big banks like TD which have a lot of mutual funds offered this product?
If one doesn't need the income is it better to invest in a balance ETF?


Read Answer Asked by Ian on November 18, 2021

Q: Annually I review my portfolio following a great book I read years ago, called "Master Your Retirement" by Douglas V. Nelson. One calculation I perform is to calculate the average beta for my entire portfolio.

I hold these two legacy funds. I haven't been able to find their beta for a number of years. The last data I had was 1.00 for RBF1018 and 0.40 for CIG50217. Can you check your search engines for anything more recent...thanks.

I also hold Eric's Nine Point Energy ETF (NNRG). I can't find a beta for it either. As a proxy I used the beta for XEG (2.33). Do you have anything better...thanks.

Thanks for your help...Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on November 09, 2021

Q: Which one do you prefer or both? Your opinion is much appreciated, Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Saad on November 08, 2021

Q: What are the similarities and differences between the TD Canadian Index fund (e series) and XIU? The TD fund is based on the Solactive Canada Broad Market Index. XIU is based on the S&P/TSX 60 Index. After reviewing materials I'm not sure of the similarities and differences. Please explain.

Thank you for your ongoing excellent commentary on questions. I review questions and answers daily. It's a little after one year after signing up, and I am a much, much better investor because of your service.

Read Answer Asked by Robert on November 02, 2021

Q: Peter; Do you have an opinion on SMA’s being touted lately? Are they really a necessary addition to a balanced portfolio, and how has the Mawer offering
performed ? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Rodney on October 28, 2021

Q: For my kids RESP's I buy low cost TD index funds "e-series" to keep things simple. However I notice they added a disclaimer which didn't used to be there when buying this last time, it says "A short-term trading fee of up to 2%, payable to the fund, may apply to all units of TD Mutual Funds (except money market funds". What does this mean? Short term makes it sound like I get the money back? But if not, f they are adding 2% to the purchase of low cost index funds, those are no longer low cost. Thoughts?

Read Answer Asked by Adam on October 20, 2021

Q: Could you please outline how to evaluate the value of a segregated fund, and also what ramifications there are to selling it, as compared to other equities or funds?



Read Answer Asked by Peter on October 19, 2021

Q: I am looking to finally replace the following mutual funds held in a self admin RSP account, to equivalent ETFs.
FID269 - Fid Monthly Inc;
FID5973 - Fid Global Innovation;
FID207 - Fid Global Concentrated Equity;
RBC460 - Sel Bal Ptf
TDB2760 - Td Retirement Balance
TDB652 - Td Global Entertainment & communication
TDB976 - Td Health Science
TDB2580 Td Tactical Monthly Inc
My goal is to replace these mutual funds with long term, high yielding where possible, low MER, CDN or US $ equivalent ETFs. Please provide 2 or 3 suggestions for each. Please deduct as many credit s as need.
Thank you for all the invaluable investment help you provide.

Read Answer Asked by Mark on October 15, 2021

Q: What are your thoughts on the latest Mawer mutual fund - MAW 180 and does it have place in a well diversified portfolio?
Also is there a withholding tax if held outside of a RSP.
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Francesco on October 15, 2021

Q: Have you heard of this private fund called Merchant Opportunities Fund? If so, what are your thoughts on this?

Read Answer Asked by Craig on October 05, 2021

Q: If you owned Dynamic American 041 would you be inclined to replace it with the ETF equivalent… We understand that Mr Fingold manages an ETF but can’t find an exact proxy …
What do you think of DXF or

Read Answer Asked by Thomas on October 04, 2021

Q: Where could a person find as near to "real time" as possible all of the holdings of mutual funds and ETF's - when looking at company documents on their websites they can be months behind current. I even tried SEDAR but could not find.

Read Answer Asked by Reg on September 27, 2021

Q: I am looking for low to medium risk USD investments like RBC's US monthly Income Fund other than straight bonds and GICs. Any suggestions?

Read Answer Asked by Jean on September 07, 2021

Q: What actively managed US focused broad based equity mutual fund (s) would you recommend if I wanted to complement my US etf holdings ? Thank-you .

Read Answer Asked by Albert on August 23, 2021