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Q: I am concerned about the European holdings and the auto industry in a recession. So, I am considering selling Granite and replacing it with Nexus or Summit. because I still like the industrial space What do you think? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by gary on September 23, 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: I am thinking of harvesting a tax loss in CAR.UN. Had bought this to protect against, or just dampen, the abrasive effect of inflation. I do not need a loss for tax year 2022 so it would be for use in some future year. I could use the proceeds to buy a different REIT , as a possible (probable?) protection against inflation.
1- Am I correct about REITs being a probable protection against inflation?
2- Although interest rates will be higher going forward, I assume inflation also dampens effect of debt. Is this in fact true?
3-Would you suggest an industrial REIT over a residential? Please suggest names you favor. I like ones that are inter-listed as I have only US$. ( TCN, Granite GRP in the US and others). But ones listed in Canada only are also just fine.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on June 09, 2022

Q: My portfolio is significantly over-weight tech and currently paying the price. Semi's (AMD, NVDA, SMH) had propped me up but not anymore. That's the bad news, good news is i have a sizable portion of cash to deploy. Over the next few months, where would you suggest deploying new cash? Which stocks, etf's, or sectors have been unjustly hit the hardest?
The rest of my portfolio is anchored by XIU, BAM, BIP, ENB, CNQ, etc.

Read Answer Asked by Rob on April 27, 2022

Q: I am trying to get an idea on the revenue growth potential of SMU.un. My info is based on the 2021 annual report.

The company seems to have a good portion of its industrial lease renewals coming soon. In fact, 25% in 2022, 40% in 2023, and 29% in 2024. In a very tight leasing market, where vacancy rate is <1%, such as GTA, GMA, these lease renewals could potentially bring in 20%, 33%, and 29% (corresponding to each of the three years) to the overall revenue without any major added operating expenses. Theoretically, do you foresee the current P/E at about $20 justified or understated on this growth potential?


Read Answer Asked by Roger on April 27, 2022

Q: I hate the idea of losing money in a TFSA for a number of reasons that are probably best dealt with in therapy. However, letís say that we knew for a certainty that we were going to have a recession of unknown depth and duration starting in 2023. Come 2025 do you think you would have sooner held BCE, SLF, ENB, BAM.A, SMU.UN, and L (maybe 4% average yield with avg. PE in low 20ís) in a TFSA, or a 2 year GIC at 3%? Seems to me if a recession is deeper and longer than average Iím glad I had the GIC, if shallower and shorter, the equities?

Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on April 12, 2022

Q: Hi
Am I correct in understanding that REITs are a good hedge against inflation? All of these REITs have been decreasing- some more than others. Are there any that you think will continue to be at risk in a rising rate environment? would you add to any during this most recent decline?

Read Answer Asked by Mary on April 09, 2022

Q: Would you please rank these 12 REITs for future growth prospects, where 10 is the best prospects & 1 the worst. Also would please indicate what REIT assets contribute to future growth & those REIT assets that have very little future growth. Thanks ... Cal

Read Answer Asked by cal on March 23, 2022

Q: What's the main reason why some of the REITs that did well in 2021 are doing so poorly heading into 2022? I own DIR.UN, GRT.UN and SMU.UN and all three are down quite a bit so far into the new year. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Victor on February 09, 2022

Q: My Real Estate holdings, aside from a paid off home, are DIR.UN (39% of real estate holdings; up 46%), GRT.UN (13%; 11.7%), SMU.UN (16.5%; 9.5%) and TCN (31.5%; 28%).

My longer term holdings have been DIR and TCN. Following 5i's emphasis upon Industrials as a current favourable sector and comments that Industrial REITs are fewer in number (eg WPT's recent buy out by Blackstone) and therefore more valuable, plus a TD analyst comments on the possibility of an SMU buy out, I bought GRT and SMU.

However, in a general intent to streamline my overall portfolio to fewer and 'best quality' holdings, how would you suggest I amalgamate these holdings to maintain subsector and geographic coverage with projected best return? Which is the least desirable holding(s) that I might sell?

Read Answer Asked by David C. on November 09, 2021

Q: Hi,
Can you tell me what type of account is generally best to hold US REITs, from a tax perspective?
I hold these 4 Canadian REITs (TCN, WIR.U, DIR.UN, SMU.UN) and am interested in several US REITS. I've been considering AMT, CCI, EQIX, DLR. Can you comment on these and suggest a few others.

Read Answer Asked by Camille on September 21, 2021

Q: I have been a longtime holder of SMU and have done well from it The stock has been on a tear lately, now yielding only 2.81 % and is now 10% of my ( non registered) portfolio and 5% of total portfolios. I am reluctant to reduce but wondering if a trimming is in order. Please comment on its technical characteristics. Also own Crombie and HR reits. Ignoring stock weighting,I suppose if I want to trim my reits it should be the one with the least potential and worst metrics, not the one that has given me the best return so that means to trim HR. Your thoughts are appreciated. Derek

Read Answer Asked by Derek on August 12, 2021

Q: Back in this April I switched GRT.UN over to SMU.UN after GRT.UN's unit price had gone stale. I did reap the benefit of 25% gain from a 2 year hold. This switch is only supposed to be a temporarily move as I was waiting for better other opportunities. However, SMU.UN went up by 18% since then (in only a bit more than 2 months) and I wonder why so much and so quick for a REIT?

My question is that SMU.UN gain for real? Why the big pop and will it hold, or I should jump ship at the next opportunity? I'm not complaining about this windfall, but it's too much too soon and there is no such thing as a free lunch from heaven? Right? LOL.

Read Answer Asked by Victor on June 29, 2021