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Q: What are your 3 best ideas for REITS Med to Long Term {US/CAN}.

Read Answer Asked by Valter on November 25, 2022

Q: Its been a busy earnins seasons.
A few dividend increases you missed on your wonderful dividend change site
GRT.UN Nov 9th 3.20% increase
AD.UN Nov 9th 3.00% increase
CTC,A Nov 10th .6.25% increase
DIV Nov 14th 2.10% increase
Thanks a bunch

Read Answer Asked by Madeline on November 16, 2022

Q: Hi 5i, looking for help taming the RIETs part of my portfolio as i own all of the above. Can you help me with selling some REITs (anything I've doubled up on or is not the best choice). I am planning on redistributing the funds to the remaining REITs. As usual your help is appreciated, if you could rank them also that would be great.

Read Answer Asked by Mark on November 10, 2022

Q: I own grt, smu and dir. I notice that dir and grt are up very strongly today (so far) coinciding with the take-out of smu (announced today). I know you don't give personal advise, however, in principle, do you think it might be time to sell dir and especially grt while their share prices are inflated because of this take out? Perhaps buy them back later when their prices come back down?

Read Answer Asked by arnold on November 07, 2022

Q: Just read that SUMMIT is being taken over. Fortunate enough to own both Summit & Dream Industrial in my TFSA along with HOM-UN-T and TCN along with Interent, Killam . Thinking ahead what would you suggest I replace SMU with in the Cdn Reit space?
Thanks David

Read Answer Asked by David on November 07, 2022

Q: I own shares in ZRE, GRT.UN, and CAR.UN. They are all down in this market. Should I hold these for a year, hoping the markets will improve, or should I sell and move into something like TCN. Can you suggest better real estate companies, where the growth might be better, when the markets move up.

Read Answer Asked by Vinod on October 21, 2022

Q: Can you please rank these REITS as long term investments?
Does this ranking change if we are in for a long period of inflation?

Can you please rank them by valuation at today's prices?

Read Answer Asked by James on October 17, 2022

Q: I have these Equities in a RIF Account and I would like to add cash I have available. Please let me know your preferences and maybe your reasons if possible.
Thank you as always.

Read Answer Asked by Albert on October 13, 2022

Q: In my non-registered account, I have had small holdings in MRG.UN and NWH.UN for years, as well as larger holdings in ZRE and FIE. I was wondering if I should consider selling all four and splitting the proceeds between GRT.UN, CAR.UN, CPX, and SLF. I am looking for income but would also like some capital appreciation.
What do you think? Note that I also hold ZRE and FIE in my RRSP and plan to keep both in that account. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Kim on September 22, 2022

Q: I am looking at your answer to evaluating investment quality of REITS in which you note three important ratios to consider - Interest coverage ratio (EBITDA/interest of 3X or higher)), debt to equity - below 1.0x) and NOI or net operating income. I see you give EBIT margin and Net Profit margin in your company profiles but I was wondering if it was possible to calculate NOI from these tables. Are there any other important ratios one could use to compare various REITS. Finally, how would you rank the three REITS I have noted here. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Ken on September 08, 2022

Q: I currently own these two REITs and they have, as expected, performed very poorly in 2022 - both down more than 30% YTD. Against the backdrop of continuing rising interest rate would it be advisable to take the losses and exit the REIT sector for now?

At present prime is at 4.7% (and continues to rise, latest rumour is another 0.75% or even 1% increase), while GRT.UN yields 4.2% and DIR.UN yields about 6% these two REITs are hardly enticing investments. What is your advice on this situation? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Victor on September 07, 2022

Q: I have never owned a REIT but started looking at a couple. In doing so I realized that I really donít know what to evaluate in a REIT (beyond type of asset - land, commercial, residential, specialty) and things I normally see as red flags may not be here. Can you tell me a few of the most important fundamentals to look at when comparing REITS (negatives to watch out for specifically, and positive indicators). For example my initial concerns were steady increases on common shares outstanding (seems acceptable and typical of all REITS) and what debt levels are acceptable. If you could tag your favourite REITS today I would appreciate. I have only looked at LAND and IIPR so far.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on August 30, 2022

Q: I am looking at investing some funds into real estate and do not find any questions re net.un. Was wondering if you could provide a comparison on the three listed as to which may be preferable for a conservative income focused investor. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Betty on August 15, 2022

Q: Thank you for answering my question on NAV.
The unanswered part of the question is "of the 3 is DIR.un still your favourite. Lastly please rank by risk."

Read Answer Asked by Jeff on August 09, 2022

Q: Good afternoon,

I'd like to add a position (or 2) in each of the following sectors: REIT (TCN or GRT.UN or CAR.UN or a better idea), energy (CNQ or SU or a better idea) and industrial (already own WSP, TFII, XYL, TT and could add to one of these or consider a better idea). I could also use a utility suggestion (either add to FTS or AQN or add BEP.UN). And, I'm always looking for an opportunity to add BAM.A to my portfolio. In what order would you add or take new positions given the current environment being favourable to a given sector and/or a good entry point for a particular stock.

Your service is always greatly appreciated, thank you,


Read Answer Asked by Lisa on August 09, 2022

Q: Hi, for higher income and safety of distribution could you please list 4 or 5 attractive REITS. Growth is not a concern, just income and relative security. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Gary on July 22, 2022

Q: Hi,
What 5 or 6 uncorrelated Canadian companies & REITS would you pick for a "HIGH YIELD" portfolio for SAFE INCOME?


Read Answer Asked by Carlo on June 10, 2022