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Q: I have too much cash and too little fixed income investments. We are facing inflation headwinds and the GIC rates I'm looking at ( sub four per cent) don't come close to this years forecast inflation. My pref shares are slumping. Can you suggest any inflation adjusted investments that are as safe or nearly as safe as GICs? In the US the treasury offers i-bonds in limited amounts. Do we have any equivalents here in our fine country? Thanks, al

Read Answer Asked by alex on April 26, 2022

Q: Hello 5i Team

I currently hold a Canada Real Return Bond (Canada Dec-21) in a RRSP account which matures December 01, 2021.

I would like to maintain my current exposure to Real Return Bonds, however from experience I find it very difficult to purchase Real Return Bonds from my discount broker.

I am looking at the following current Real Return Bond ETF:

XRB – MER = 0.39 % – Effective Duration 15.26 year – YTM 1.83 %

ZRR – MER = 0.28 % – Effective Duration 15.91 year – YTM 1.65 %

Three newer ETFs based on the US short term TIPS are as follows:

BMO Short-Term US TIPS Index ETF (Hedged Units) [ZTIP.F] – MER = 0.17 % – Effective Duration 2.65 year – YTM 0.24 %

iShares 0-5 Year TIPS Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) [XSTH] – MER = 0.15 % – Effective Duration 2.60 years – YTM 0.23 %

Mackenzie US TIPS Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) [QTIP] – MER = 0.17 % – Effective Duration 8.05 year – YTM 1.13 %

Which ETF would be a suitable replacement for my Canadian $ Real Return Bond maturing on December 01, 2021?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on November 09, 2021

Q: In my balanced cash account I hold CBH as the fixed income portion and while I thought the laddered approach would be beneficial, it has not performed well over the past years. After reading about Real Bond ETF's, I am wondering if I should replace my CBH with a real bond ETF (either XRB or ZRR) for the next few years. What do you think of that strategy? FYI, I also hold XBB in my RSP.

Read Answer Asked by Joseph on July 16, 2021

Q: Hello Peter and Team,

Looking to for an inflation hedge for my Son's mother in law. She just sold her house and has all her money in cash. She isn't very comfortable with investing so gold won't work. We are slowly putting her TSFA contribution in VBAL as we need some growth for the future (approx. 25% of the cash), but that is all she is comfortable with investing. What are your thoughts on ZRR? Is there any other product you would recommend as an inflation hedge?

Read Answer Asked by Wes on December 04, 2020

Q: Are there tsx listed etfs equiviant to TIP & LQD ? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on July 24, 2020

Q: From an investment perspective, is the primary reason to invest in a real return bond to receive the inflation-adjusted value of the principal at maturity to maintain purchasing power, and not so much to receive the "real" interest rate payout on invested capital along the way?

If this is so, is it better to hold individual bonds with fixed maturities of shorter duration rather than an ETF like ZRR where the value fluctuates with the perceived interest rate environment, and purchasing power isn't preserved because it never actually matures?

Read Answer Asked by Benjamin on April 30, 2020

Q: Are there Canadian equivalent to TIP and STIP. I don’t want to add to my risk by not being hedged. I’m looking for a way to protect against inflation at some point. Is there another way besides inflation protected bonds?
Thanks as always for your insight

Read Answer Asked by Bryan on April 09, 2020

Q: Hi team
looking for an etf for real return bonds (short term) vs XSB which is also short term
what is the main difference in terms of safety and returns between the 2 ? it is meant to be in a RRSP
thanks
Michael

Read Answer Asked by Michael on April 01, 2020

Q: Hi 5i,
If one was concerned about inflation, it has been suggested that real return bonds could be something to consider investing in.
What is your opinion of these as an inflation protection? Do you currently have a view on where inflation is headed?
I have listed a couple of ETF's I might consider. Can I get your view and the pros and cons of each please?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Dan

Read Answer Asked by Daniel on August 24, 2018