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Q: Retired, dividend-income investor, who usually follows a fully invested, buy-and-hold strategy for the long term but trims-adds around core positions to achieve the targeted asset allocation. I currently have <4% cash in the combined family portfolio.

Question #1 = for new monies into my wife's account as they become available, please rank the order in which you would invest into BCE, LNF, NWC....and why? I'm looking at where is the most Total Return upside over the foreseeable future. Ignore asset allocation, I've got that covered.

Q#2 = ditto for my account, please rank for new money investment into LIFE, ZRE, BNS, WSP...and why?

2 questions...please deduct 2 credits.

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

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on October 13, 2021

Q: Hi Team,
Could you suggest Canadian ETFs of the following sectors for Senior incomes :
1 /Reit 2/ Utility 3/Prefer 4/Bank/Financial 5/Energy.
Please deduct as many question credit as needed.
Thanks as always,

Read Answer Asked by Tak on October 12, 2021

Q: I have a non-registered account which is invested in roughly equal weights of 13 Canadian blue chip dividend payers (NTR, RY, BNS, TCL.A, T, BCE, SLF, QSR, ENB, FTS, LNF, BEPC, AQN) and CPD. I am in the process of re-organizing it a bit and have some additional cash to invest.

I have tinkered with SYZ, FSZ and LIF in this account and none of these quite fit the profile I'm going for (steady eddies thru next economic cycle, decent and reliable dividend).

Over the last year or so, I have been tweaking this account to get it to the point where it will be very low (or no) maintenance. Game plan is to drip for another few years, then start to take the dividend in cash to live off. Capital preservation and dividend reliability are obviously key.

Looking for some guidance on choosing 2 or 3 additional holdings from the following list:
EIF (nice div, needed industrial exposure)
AW.UN or ZRE (are these OK in an open account?)
CVD or XHY (some fixed income to smooth out any upcoming lumps) or other fixed income idea.

Do CPD, CVD, XHY make sense now with tapering about to begin in the US?
All comments about this strategy and my stock selections are most welcome.

Several questions here - please take several credits

Thanks in advance,


Read Answer Asked by Jim on September 15, 2021

Q: Hi I have this etf in my account . Should i sell some and buy stocks or add some i am looking for dividend income.

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Francis on July 12, 2021

Q: Hi gang, can you please help me look deep in this
Are this funds good to hold for2-3 years in rrsp accounts. Are this company strong and are dividends safe. Should I keep them. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Alnoor on April 29, 2021

Q: What are some of your top value stock and ETF picks to protect against inflation during the next 1-3 years. Thanks as always.

Read Answer Asked by Curtis on April 29, 2021

Q: Hi group need more exposure to real estate and health care - could you recommend a few in each sector also a few ETF would be helpful. I have some ready cash to deploy but am a bit queasy about investing into todays market feels oversold? also India , South America are struggling with COVID what's you thoughts (leaning towards waiting until Virus is better controlled. Wait or jump in Appreciate your thoughts

Read Answer Asked by Terence on April 28, 2021

Q: I had a portfolio review many years ago when you did them individually, personally by human! At the time your suggestions were right on and cleaned up my ETF's. Now I have over ten and according to your metrics it should not be so. Given those above, is there anything that is not required? I am up 25%- 150% on all of them. I am happy with all of them. I have a balanced portfolio in all 11 sectors with 44 stocks all doing quite nicely thank you. Following the income portfolio with some of my own additions from 15 years ago. I do not see any major conflicts.I am s a buy and hold dividend investor with some growth ( lightspeed, Leon's).
Thank you for your million dollar service!

Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on April 26, 2021

Q: Retired, dividend-income investor. A question earlier today has motivated me to finally ask this question....been thinking of it for quite a while. It had to do with potential rising interest rates and your response was that dividend investors should be prepared for a bumpy ride in the short term (my paraphrase of your answer).

I own the above securities and for the most part trim-add around core positions that I hold for the long term. Is it possible to divide the above securities into two that would be "ok" in a rising interest rate environment and the other that I should consider trimming a bit or maybe selling? I am ok riding things out for the long term and do not normally react to short term volatility.

Thanks for your help....Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on March 20, 2021

Q: Hi,

Thinking of dropping a 5% stake in a REIT`S. I see you hold ZRE in the income portfolio. There are two others that with US exposure(PHR) and CGR is a global reit.

Since I am overweight CND stocks does it make sense to go with either PHR or CGR.

This will be held in a LIRA account and I am aware there could be withholding taxes if I go with PHR or CGR.


Thank you


Read Answer Asked by Rino on March 03, 2021

Q: For those who hold ZRE and/or ZUT:

After multiple attempts via phone and RBC's internal secure email system, I finally spoke to a RBC Direct Investing representative today regarding ZRE and the Dec 29/20 RBC announcement of their 1.048:1 stock split. The rep was excellent, but had to check higher up the food chain to get an answer. Within minutes she got back to me with the answer.

The share split announcement for ZRE was simply a mistake on their part. There is no share split. Ditto for anyone holding ZUT (I don't).

It was as I suspected, but I couldn't let it go until I had it confirmed to me by RBC. End of story.


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on February 11, 2021

Q: Did you ever hear anything more regarding the ZRE 1.048:1 stock issue? I just checked the "holding" status and activity on ZRE in my RBC Direct Investing account. The number of shares hasn't changed at all and I don't believe the ACB has changed either. There was a note posted by RBC that the ZRE 1.048:1 issue was taken care of effective Dec 29/20, so I thought I'd give it a week or so to see if anything showed up before calling them. Check with you first.

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on January 11, 2021

Q: Anticipated a double bottom last March that never happened. Our RESP currently is 40% cash with 5 years to go before withdrawals. VBAL is the largest holding. Current valuations are holding me back from putting new money into equity index ETFs. The RESP has money in ZUT, up 32% and ZRE, up 12%. I am considering adding to these favoring ZRE because of its valuation. Do you concur? I would welcome some other alternatives, but I want to stay away from individual companies.
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Richard on January 06, 2021

Q: BMO Notice about ZRE ETF reinvested distributions. Amount they quote is 1.05 on their web site.

TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2020 /CNW/ - BMO Asset Management Inc. and BMO Investments Inc. today announced the 2020 annual reinvested distributions for BMO Exchange Traded Funds (BMO ETFs) and ETF Series of the BMO Mutual Funds (ETF Series)1. These annual reinvested distributions generally represent realized capital gains and special income within the BMO ETFs and ETF Series, and are paid to unitholders, as required, to ensure that the BMO ETFs and ETF Series are not liable for ordinary income tax.

Unitholders of record at close of business on December 30, 2020 will receive the 2020 annual reinvested distributions. The actual taxable amounts, including the tax characteristics, will be reported in 2021.

Please note that the cash distributions will be reported separately and may be applicable to some ETFs and/or ETF series making annual reinvested distributions.

Read Answer Asked by William James (Jim) on December 31, 2020

Q: Hello 5i,

I am looking to create a sector diversified portfolio, that will provide dividend income
each month throughout the year? Preferably yields over 4%, reits, and etfs are acceptable. Even better would be payouts at the beginning of each month?

Thanks for your help

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on November 12, 2020