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Q: Hello 5i
In one of the recent questions it was said that you do not like covered call etf’s. I didn’t know that was the case. Maybe it isn’t, even i don’t know. I have concentrated my covered calls on American companies that i own. Also many uncovered puts. I have concentrated on the US because the premiums are much higher than on Canadian stocks. I have quite a few Canadian stocks, however. And i hate to see them languishing and unproductive. I have therefore been thinking of a way to make some money on them. The premiums are so low that it doesn’t seem to be worth the effort. But, covered call etf’s would be easier. I don’t know much about them, however. I wonder whether you might provide some information and some pros and cons. Whether you like the idea or not.
Thanks for the excellent service.

Read Answer Asked by joseph on November 24, 2022

Q: Could you please recommend at least three Canadian products (stocks, etfs, bonds, whatever) that have an annual yield of at least 6%, but are ‘lower risk’. If you could list them in order of least risky to most that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Toge on November 24, 2022

Q: I am currently somewhat overweight bank and gold stocks. Would these covered call funds be complimentary or simply increase sector exposure even more?
It's very hard to ignore the 11% yield with GLCC and BANK for an income seeking investor.
Why is ZWB 7% while BANK is 11%

thank you

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on September 09, 2022

Q: I often hear money managers talk about buying a specific stock (e.g. Apple to choose a simple one) and then writing covered calls against it ….. and emphasizing the prospect of winning both ways.

I am not keen on taking a course in options trading at this point.

Does it make sense to attempt the same kind of thing using etfs?

For example, in technology using XIT or TEC and pairing it with ZWT;

or other sectors too, such as energy XLE … or XLF for financials? In this case can you suggest a couple of covered calls - one for energy and one for financials?


As usual, thanks…. much appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by Donald on July 26, 2022

Q: Could you give me 7 diversified income etfs for 200000 rank them in order which ones you would pick up first etc. thanks

Read Answer Asked by Ken on May 09, 2022

Q: Could I get your favourite enhanced income etfs for a registered and non registered account

Read Answer Asked by Terry on April 23, 2022

Q: Hello,

I own the whole list (weights 1% to 2%) thinking I was being diversified but maybe went too far.

1) I am on the right track to reduce to about 3 names?
2) Which names optimise income?
3) Alternative names that I might have missed?

Many thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Arzoo on April 22, 2022

Q: Among banks, 5i seems to favour TD and BNS, though since 2019 patient investors have done well with just about any of the Big-Five-plus-NA.

But supposing interest rates are now set to rise, won't banks tend to find a trading range? In which case, wouldn't ZWB, with its covered call component, provide greater total return? Or do its MER and trading expenses claw back too much of its income?

Interestingly, since inception, ZWB's share price seems to have done as well as (for example) BNS, in spite of the potential for its positions to be called-away.

Read Answer Asked by John on March 25, 2022

Q: Hi,
I have been considering these covered call ETFs for income as a long term hold. I am recently retired. On researching them however on their BMO fact sheets I see a MER of .71% and total expense of .92%. As well in the holdings on the fact sheets I see only about 0.1% of their holdings are classed as covered calls. Seems like a lot to pay in total expenses for only 0.1% of holdings in covered calls. A pure bank ETF or utilities ETF or would be much cheaper. Am I missing something?

Read Answer Asked by MANFRED on January 27, 2022

Q: Is this ETF a safe way to invest in the banking sector in a RRIF account for income and some growth and do you believe the strategy used by this ETF can outperform other ETF such as ZWB or ZEB. Can you suggest a couple of alternatives ETF that are more appropriate for a RRIF or do you feel it is better to just own the individual banks.

Read Answer Asked by Joseph on August 04, 2021

Q: Where do you see the greatest value in the market these days? Cdn Banks always seem like a go to when in doubt, ZWU also seems reasonably priced. Any thoughts on ETF's or specific companies that are positioned well? Thanks as usual.

Read Answer Asked by Curtis on July 19, 2021

Q: I have a portfolio weighted to US Tech Growth stocks. About a year ago, I sold some companies and moved 10% of my cash into 1) Gold (HEP) 2) Short term bonds (HFR), and 3) a Banking ETF (ZWB) to diversify. These three have proven to be losers for me. Does it make sense to keep any of these three for continued diversification or are there better ways to round out the portfolio with a bit of a safety net? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Marc on June 22, 2021