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Q: Not an investing question, but can you help me understand, at least a big-picture view, some of the financial impacts behind last months Texas weather?
AQN has already indicated a $45M hit as a result (and this is presumably mostly or entirely built in to recent share prices). JE apparently (?) owes $250 as a result, which they can't pay and hence are seeking creditor protection. Brazos Electric Power Co-op (of Texas) supposedly owes a whopping $1.8 billion for the same event.
To whom is that money paid (in AQN's case) or owed (in JE's & Brazos case) -- ERCOT? But ERCOT is a member/supplier-owned non-profit, and AQN, JE, Brazos et al are the members, so isn't the money just circulating among the members?
Meanwhile, the end users -- individuals and business using the power -- are paying huge electric bills. We have friends in Dallas who got 5-figure electric bills for their home!
Where does the "buck stop" in this merry-go-round?
Are you in a position to shed any light on this?

Read Answer Asked by Lotar on March 19, 2021

Q: As an owner of JE.DB.D I have rights that allow me to buy JE shares at $3.41 per share. Currently JE is trading at $0.46 per share but it is doing a consolidation of 33 to 1 so the new price for JE shares should be about $0.46 x 33 = $15.18 per share. Based on this information I should exercise my rights and buy the shares. Please comment if you agree. I realize with this dilution it will drive the price down but buying the new share at $3.41 per share still seems to be the right thing to do.

Read Answer Asked by Robert on August 10, 2020

Q: I regretfully bought both of these stocks for the high dividend payouts. At this point Im sitting at a 50% loss on both stocks. They each represent a decent chunk of my total portfolio. Also they’re in my TFSA. Should I take the loss on these now or wait them out for a bit? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Danielle on November 12, 2019

Q: I hold some Just Energy Convertible Debentures (JE.DB.C) as part of my fixed income allocation. With the recent setback they have fallen from about $95 to $80. If the company restructures I assume they will go to zero, but if the company survives or gets bought out they should return close to par. What would you recommend at this point and are there any signals to look for that would scream get out now no matter what the loss?

Read Answer Asked by Steven on August 19, 2019