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Q: Retired, dividend-income investor. I harvested some ZRE related tax losses in my Cash account in October. I am now rebuilding a position in my wife's TFSA. I was planning on 3 tranches, every second month (using your suggested "spread out your investments over a 6 month period). I bought my first wave a week ago.

Now that Chairman Powell has made his recent remarks about the potential slowdown in the rate of interest rate increases, does this change your thoughts about the pace of investing new monies into the market? Would you endorse accelerating the injection of new $$$....specifically for ZRE?


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on December 02, 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: Hi 5i
I am a little overweight in financials, about 2% each in above Canadian names and about 1% each in US names.

I am underweight real estate / property.

I would like to sell a financial. Probably MFC which essentially has paid me a nice dividend for a few years but hasn't really had a significant gain. Selling would provide a small capital loss that I could use. Certainly recent market downdraft has been a factor.

Would you agree that MFC is the one to sell?

2nd question is which real estate stock(s) or REITS to replace up to 2% of portfolio or simply go to ETF ZRE which is in the income portfolio.
I prefer individual - your favoured 2 or 3 but would definitely consider this ETF w good yield.

Criteria for buy(s) are (for retiree.)
(a) high yield i.e. 4% or more, mainly to replace income from MFC.
(b) low overall long term risk as compared to other REITs and
(c) low to modest growth.

re Reits buy all now or average in over 3 to 6 months?

Please subtract as many credits as you see fit.
Thank you for always helpful advice.

Read Answer Asked by Tulio on October 13, 2022

Q: I hate asking market timing questions as much as you hate answering them but...I have always been a bit light on real estate and am wondering if now is a OK time to add a position in either xre or zre. Second question: You have XRE in the income portfolio, today would you stick with XRE or I was looking at ZRE that has outperformed XRE recently. My concern about timing is with rising interest rates and the jittery markets that I might be better off just parking in the banks or consumer deffensive and worrying about real estate in a few years,

Read Answer Asked by Tom on September 23, 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: Retired, dividend-income investor. Not a market timing question...ok maybe it sort of is.

Looking to potentially add to ZRE and just wondering where we are at in the investment cycle and if now is a reasonable time to be adding to ZRE?

Also, is there a seasonality to REITs? When looking at a 10 year chart, it appears to my amateur eyes that the last portion of the year looks to be trending down most of the time? It looks like the January to early fall period is usually positive?

Thanks for your help....Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on September 13, 2022

Q: Retired, dividend-income investor, who normally buys-and-holds for years, with some trimming-adding to meet my asset allocation targets.

I've held CSH for years...starting to build a position in 2017 in my wife's TFSA (oops) and ditto in her RRSP (double oops). Anyway I have finally lost patience with it and wanted to check in with last sounding board. I've also gone through all of the CSH questions.

Q#1 = your thoughts on CSH...any hope? RBC seems to like it (Outperform with a target of $13.50), but it just doesn't seem to gain any traction...just the opposite.

Q#2 = from an asset allocation perspective, I have CSH at 50% REIT and 50% health. I currently own ZRE (my proxy for the sector) and LIFE (ditto). What are your thoughts on taking the CSH proceeds and adding to both of these? My resultant exposure would be ZRE @ 4.0% and LIFE at 6.5%...even though I understand you can't personalize answers. I see you have ZRE at a 5% weighting in the Income Portfolio but nothing for health.

Thanks for your help...much appreciated...Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on September 06, 2022

Q: In our unregistered, income account I recently sold LIF and have decided not to return to that stock after 30 days. Instead, planning to buy more of one or two of the existing stocks.

Since this is an income account, yield is important and also quite happy to see total account balance steadily increasing whilst tapping off the cash.

I need some help deciding which ones to add to, and have 3 criteria:
1. Best yield
2. Current portfolio weighting
3. Best value over next 5 to 10 years

1. From highest to lowest yield:

2. From lowest to highest weighting:

3. Can you please help me to rank these stocks from highest to lowest value / growth prospects, or if that is to big a task. Please recommend overall best 3 selections given my criteria.



Read Answer Asked by Jim on June 13, 2022

Q: A question about ZRE in the 5i Income Portfolio. I would like to add more real estate to my non-registered account at Questrade. Would it be an accounting hassle to hold ZRE in a non-registered account or would Questrade automatically calculate the ACB? Or would it be best to hold TCN and/or other Canadian real estate holdings that would receive a dividend tax credit?

Read Answer Asked by Grant on June 02, 2022

Q: I have an unregistered account which we use to generate long term dividend income. There are currently 9 holdings in the red, and 9 still in the black.
I am debating whether or not to sell some of the losers to capture capital losses. Then, in 30 days reasses - either repurchase same or redirect cash elsewhere.
In order of biggest to smallest loser, based on $:

In general, I'm quite happy with the performance of this account in this declining market environment. Although the capital has declined a bit, the income stream has been quite stable.

Question 1: Please comment on the merit of this idea. Lose one or two dividend payments now for sure versus banking a loss for future tax benefit sometime. (retired, no earned income)

Question 2: Would you consider any of the 9 names above unsuitable for this account?

Question 3: Which of these 9 names are most likely to have further to fall?

Read Answer Asked by Jim on May 25, 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: REITs are getting pummeled today with some like BEI.UN, DIR.UN and HOM.UN down more that 6%. Any thoughts on why such a big downturn.

Read Answer Asked by Albert on May 03, 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: Hi 5i Team,

I have held a balanced Canadian Couch Potato Portfolio with the above etfs in my son's RESP which i started when he was born in 2009. The portfolio has done pretty well (in my books at least) at 8% annual return. I am now looking at a 6 year time horizon for when he will need to begin to draw from the RESP. I am thinking of starting to rotate toward more conservative holdings as the timeline for needing the funds draws closer. Under "normal" circumstances from what i have learned this would mean moving more into bonds at this point but I am having trouble believing this is appropriate in the current market. With interest rates and inflation both rising i am wondering if low debt dividend stocks might be a better bet to hold onto purchasing power in this time frame? Maybe something something like CDZ vs XBB? I know you can not suggest specific portfolio recommendations but looking for suggestions/best bets for maintaining value and keeping up with inflation over this time frame.


Read Answer Asked by Peter on April 01, 2022