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Q: Current overall portfolio weightings in energy and utilities sectors are as follows: ENB 2.5%, ALA 1.5%, TRP 1.5%, SU 1.5%, BIP.UN 1.5%, PD .75%, TOU .75%, CNQ .5%. Please comment on any possible additions, deletions, switches, increased/decreased weightings, considering a long-term (10 year) time horizon and the impending South Bow spinoff involving TRP
Read Answer Asked by Chris on June 20, 2024
Q: I have some cash in my RRSP to invest for a long-term hold. My primary goal for these funds is to add income from a higher dividend-paying, large and stable company. Iíd also like some upside on capital appreciation although not the primary focus. Iím looking at these companies and Iím open to other suggestions.

Could you please rank these by the potential to increase the dividend over time?

Could you separately rank by potential capital appreciation?

Finally rank by stock price volatility

Much appreciated
Read Answer Asked by Raymond on May 28, 2024
Q: I did really well buying oil stocks when oil tanked 4 years ago, and holding during the recovery. What beaten up sector do you feel has great recovery potential like this currently? Would REIT's qualify since rate cuts appear to be coming soon, or are you not as confident in the recovery due to vacancy's & recession possibility? Thx
Read Answer Asked by Adam on May 23, 2024
Q: Good day,

Did a huge portfolio makeover a few months ago, almost entirely with your picks (minus a few that didn't click for me) and some of my high own high conviction names. For the most part, they've all done pretty well, with the exception of the last few weeks.

1. Is the last few weeks just overall uncertainty/retraction?
2. bep and bip are down ~15%, is it worthwhile getting out and averaging down BAM or BNS?
3. ATS and CELH are down after large runups after I bought. worth buying/averaging down on one of these?
4. DCBO and NXT back to scratch after huge runs. Do you expect those levels to return? Timeline wise? NXT spun from FLEX, but Flex continues to climb
5. KXS is down 8%, and seems pretty spikey over the last 5 years. Just wait for the next one? Should this start to create more of a steadier trend upward?
6. I bought POWL, and it's basically done nothing, thoughts on the company now? alternatives?
7. I saw a youtuber vid that really loved POET for the coming months years. I was telling a friend about it yesterday because I like (and understand) the technology and what it could do. He literally bought some while we were talking yesterday morning and he's up 30%... Are the company fundamentals/contracts improving? or could it just be hype from youtubers and the like?

Almost all of these had some pretty significant periods of running since I rebalanced in Jan/Feb. I know market timing is not a solid practice, but in a lot of these growth names, at what point is that jump worth moving on from, freeing up some cash for another opportunity down the road? And how do you determine whether it's time or not?

Finally, in the event that your attitudes have changed on any of these, do you have a top 3 CAD, top 3 US new ideas over the last few months that have really turned the tide/become strong buys that I may replace/add?

Thanks for everything!

Read Answer Asked by James on May 01, 2024
Q: Thank you for your ranking of Canadian utilities last week-our investment club had a lengthy discussion yesterday afternoon over the rankings. I found it difficult to defend BIP.UN as first pick with 6:1 debt, meagre/erratic EPS, and growing share dilution vs CPX having similar posted growth rates, 1.5:1 debt, decent EPS and slower share dilution. Any assistance and clarification on this greatly appreciated. Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Delbert on April 16, 2024
Q: Hello,

Thank you for all you do.

For a 5-10 yr hold, could you rank the above on total shareholder return vs risk (I am thinking debt exposure/interest rate risk), but there may be others.

Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Delbert on April 12, 2024
Q: HI 5i,
I would like to initiate a position in Brookfield Infrastructure. I know the difference between BIPun and BIPC on how they are taxed. I would choose to buy BIP.un in a registered account, or BIPC in a regular account. BUT, the price difference is ridiculous ($40 vs $47). And the data I see on YahooFinance do not match, even if these two are more or less equivalent. Eg:
BIP.un: Eps=0.19 P/E=212
BIPC Eps=1.15 P/E=40
Could you clarify where is the truth in these numbers?
Read Answer Asked by Denise on April 03, 2024
Q: Hi, doing some housekeeping and switching the above two stocks in my non registered account to bipc and bepc ?
Could you suggest 1-2 other stocks you like , maybe with more growth and smaller dividend. I will probably keep bipc, but overweight bepc. Sector not a issue.

Read Answer Asked by Brad on March 20, 2024
Q: I have held these companies for some time but I am getting impatient. The three year return for BIP is approximately negative 10% while the three year return for BEP is approximately negative 40%. These stocks as you well know are part of the Brookfield family and are generally highly recommended. Do you see a positive future or is it time to get out . Your comments would be appreciated. Thank You.
Read Answer Asked by Brian on March 13, 2024
Q: With increasing power demand (AI, EV's, data centers, etc.), what positive or negative impact does this have on BEP.UN and FTS ?

Are there any Canadian REIT's that are currently investing in the apparent demand for data centers - perhaps DIR.UN or GRT.UN ? I know that BIP.UN is now investing in this area.
Read Answer Asked by James on March 13, 2024
Q: For capital appreciation over a 5 year period - Which 2 or 3 of the listed stocks would you choose.
Read Answer Asked by Gary on March 08, 2024
Q: What would be your picks for adding to the noted stocks - for price appreciation in the next 5 years.
Read Answer Asked by Gary on March 08, 2024
Q: Hello , of the two who would you prefer? Or your own pick with dividend 3.5%+.
Would you agree that cpx might do better long term with their electric power generation, that everyone seems to want or need in the future?
Could you give me the p/e on both I think itís 8.5x cpx- 11x bip.un? Does cpx have a return of capital with its large dividend?

Read Answer Asked by Brad on March 05, 2024