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Q: As an older investor, I am considering a gradual move from mostly individual stocks to a fully ETF portfolio. My thinking is to allow management simplicity for my wife in the event of my death or disability. Seeking dividends predominately but also a representation of growth. Can you please suggest an array (portfolio) of ETFs that I could begin migrating towards? As always, your advice is appreciated. thank you
Read Answer Asked by alex on May 08, 2024
Q: Can you suggest 10 best (sleep at night) low risk, monthly/quarterly income, tax efficient, Canadian etfs. Monthly preferred but not essential. Held in non registered account.
Read Answer Asked by Craig on April 29, 2024
Q: Hello 5i Team

My understanding is all (12 issues) of the Brookfield Office Property Preferred shares (BPO) were removed from the S&P TSX Preferred Share Index (TXPR) effective Friday January 18 (the quarterly rebalancing date). My understanding is the BPO shares were removed because S&P downgraded them to P-4 on December 21, 2023.

However I can find no mention of this re-balancing event on the S&P website or other news sources. I have previously seen new releases from S&P when companies are added/removed from the S&P TSX 60 and S&P TSX Composite index.

After reviewing the holdings listing for the CPD etf (which tracks TXPR), the BPO shares are now removed.

Is there any other news sources I should be monitoring? This seems to be a material event that S&P did not disclose?


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on January 25, 2024
Q: Good morning 5i;

I do not often see questions/comments regarding preferred shares; of which I confess I understand very little. Do you have a few good resource recommendations where one could educate themselves on these investment vehicles?

I would also be interested to know if there are any (understanding there's thousands of possibilities) preferred shares or preferred share ETF's you would suggest could be examined more closely for investment.

Thanks very much!
Read Answer Asked by Dave on January 17, 2024
Q: Which do you prefer to invest today: TLT or preferred stock ETFs. For preferred stock ETFs, could you suggest a few? Please explain the reason. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by David on November 07, 2023
Q: hi,
looking through the 5i model income portfolio, these entities are all down in share price. for an investor looking for income and growth (both capital appreciation and dividend growth to keep up with inflation over long term ), are all these a buy today? any a sell? any others in the income portfolio you are more interested in today?
cheers, chris
Read Answer Asked by chris on September 18, 2023
Q: Income account needs some diversification. Was looking at REITs and pref's. In today's environment which would be your favored ETF's for income and some possible growth? Thanks Ron
Read Answer Asked by Ronald on August 22, 2023
Q: I listed in descending order securities that under performed since their 2022 highs. Please rank the securities in order of the best chance to recover their losses when we get back to the risk on mode. Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Richard on July 25, 2023
Q: Hi 5i Team,

I am looking to create a dividend portfolio of 15 positions yielding around 6%. My plan is to weigh these positions equally in a non-registered account. A good number of these equities are in your income portfolio but I just wanted to get your opinion if you would swap any of these out or add anything else?

Acadian Timber
Fiera Capital

Thanks in advance for your help!
Read Answer Asked by David on June 14, 2023
Q: I own prefered share ETFs in a diversified revenue/dividend RRSP portfolio.those ETF are at loss(10-20%) and at a lowest annual stock value.I did believe that those ETF would bring a least , a certain stability,wich is obviously not the case.I shall keep those ETF if there were a reasonnable probability of returning to previous values (+10%..),and sell them if more downtrend is expected.In this perspective,your impression as "hold","sell"(or eventually "buy" !)will be greatly appreciated.
Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on April 12, 2023
Q: hi, can you illustrate your investment thesis for both of these ETF's in the income portfolio. please specifically include what you believe to be the catalyst(s) for the share price to increase. CPD has a long track record of deteriorating share value (approximately half of share value at inception 2007 ) CVD less so ( down just under 20% from 2011 ). could you also compare the "yield" of both over the years, so we can see if the interest/payments have offset share price declines in a meaningful way. cheers, chris
Read Answer Asked by chris on February 23, 2023
Q: Hi,

Based on the questions pertaining to taxable dividends, and managing an income portfolio for my elderly parents, is there a substantial difference in tax treatment, if the above funds are held in a cash account? I was fortunate enough to get DIR.UN into a TFSA and am slowly moving AW into a TFSA as well. Do I take out the growthier names in the TFSA’s and move in the ETF’s or just let them go in a cash account?
Read Answer Asked by Kelly on February 06, 2023
Q: I am looking for ETFs that trade on the TSX with a yield of at least 4-5%. From the income portfolio, I see CPD (preferreds) / CVD (convertible) / XHY (US HY) / ZRE (REITs), and I am also aware of ZWU (Utilities) / ZWB (Banks).

Are there any others that don't have much overlap with the above that you would recommend?
Read Answer Asked by Alexander on January 31, 2023
Q: Hello Peter,
This question is relating to your holdings in your Income Model Portfolio. Are all the income declared from these investments qualify for dividends tax credits? Or are they treated as normal income like interest income from GICs and would be subject to our normal tax rate?

If it is taxed at our marginal rate, would you recommend holding these investments in a RRSP account?
Many thanks,
Read Answer Asked by Roger on December 13, 2022