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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: Would you buy any Cdn REITs at this point...and if yes, what 3 (and in what order) would you buy at current prices.? Thank you as always for your great insight.

Read Answer Asked by Douglas on January 26, 2023

Q: I have 20 Thousand US Cash in My US RRIF acc't. I am looking at deploying it into 5 stocks for income. I don't have any oil sector stocks or ETF, Reits or banks.Looking for idea's which could bring dividends and growth over time.Tks 5i take as many credits as required. 79 year old.Do not need any money to pay my RRIF monthly payment as I have Can account with ample cash for 18 months

Read Answer Asked by Guy on January 12, 2023

Q: Hello 5i team,
I currently have XRE for real estate coverage in my TFSA for income. I was thinking of switching over to ZRE since it gives a slightly better payout.

I was wondering if there is any advantage for either of these ETFs? Aside from stock purchase limitations (XRE is capped, ZRE is equal weight), does one hold a better real estate portfolio overall?


Read Answer Asked by Andrew on December 23, 2022

Q: What are your recommendation's for my RIFF off 125,00.00 age 83 income or balanced portfolio

Read Answer Asked by Eric on December 16, 2022

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