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Q: Hello, I'm recently retired. I am seeking income generating vehicles for my various, registered plans (RRSP, LIRA, TFSA) to invest in. I'm considering an investment in ZWU. I'm wondering if there might be a similar, utilities based, covered call, ETF available for the American market?

Lastly, if any of these ETFs might also be available without the covered call overlay and if you believe that those versions of the ETFs might provide better, mid-term probability of a greater Total Return; I'd be interested in your opinion, as well.

Thank you!
Read Answer Asked by Richard on November 29, 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: Hi 5I. I am a small time investor looking to provide income for my wife if I should pass before her. Looking for monthly income to replace Gov. pensions. Can you suggest 2 or 3 ETF's or shares with monthly income. I would appreciate your input. Love your site
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by David on August 22, 2022
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: Hi 5i:

Can the Price to Earnings ratio (P/E) be used to determine the valuation of these yield plays or should I be looking at the Net Asset Value (NAV) instead?

Using P/E they rank cheapest to most expensive as: DFN, FIE, ZWC and EIT.UN. Is that accurate and if not, how would you rank them, cheapest to most expensive?

Thanks in advance,
Read Answer Asked by Greg on July 28, 2021
Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

Back in 2014, Larry Berman said: " CMR-T is a money market fund. FIE-T is a multi holding income strategy holding all kinds of assets, so there will be more volatility. When markets are up go into CMR-T and FIE-T when they are down."

I'm asking this question to see if Larry's thesis is still valid. Our broker is Scotia iTrade, and both CMR and FIE are "commission-free" for both buying and selling. What we've been doing is to deploy dividends in our RRIF's into CMR, so that we can generate cash for the compulsory RRIF withdrawals. I was wondering if FIE could also be used, following Larry's advice, while realizing that FIE is more volatile than CMR. Thanks for providing such useful advice and insight.
Read Answer Asked by Jerry on March 25, 2021
Q: I would like to reduce the number of stocks I hold and one area that might be easiest to tackle first is financials. I hold ZEB, ZWC, BNS, and a lot of MFC.
I was considering selling all the above (except keeping a good portion of MFC) and putting the proceeds into FIE because of its seemingly good blend of dividend and growth..
But I need a sounding board - ZWC is the only under-performer in the group from my perspective.
Read Answer Asked by Peter on March 19, 2021
Q: I bought BAM.PR.B when the market had the big drop thinking it was a fairly safe way to collect a dividend and make a capital gain.... Now up 40% and the dividend yield has dropped to 3.7 %..... I think I have accomplished my goal and could choose something with a larger yield and better upside potential by replacing it with something like FIE maintaining my " Don't stick your neck out too far " policy for higher yield income .... { in a RRIF so no tax consequences } Your thoughts and two or three of your choices with my goals in mind ?
Thanks Garth
Read Answer Asked by Garth on March 19, 2021
Q: Hi, I currently have a BMO monthly income Mutual fund. I wish to replace it with an etf to reduce the fees. I am looking for an etf that pays monthly income, has the potential for some growth and a low mer. You have been a proponent of XTR before but would like to see if there are any others you think might be worth while. Maybe zmi. If you can suggest a canadian etf and an international etf that has some good diversification in different sectors.
Read Answer Asked by pietro on February 05, 2021
Q: Which of these ETFs would you prefer for financial exposure? The fixed income component of FIE contains 20% CPD, which has had a nice run and is now approaching a 52 week high, 10% XCB (corporate bonds). The remaining 70% is banks and lifecos. ZWB, on the other hand, is 100% banks, with covered call premiums.
Read Answer Asked by Paul W on January 14, 2021
Q: Hi Team, Wondering if you could please suggest a good
ETF for growth - Canada and US.
Also a good ETF for Dividends - Canada and US.
This is for RRSP account.
Read Answer Asked by Salome on January 13, 2021
Q: I have a fairly large holding of FIE. I like the large dividend and considering adding more to my position. What is your opinion about the sustainability of dividends for this ETF? Do you have any other high dividend stock/ETF you can suggest? This is for my TFSA.
Read Answer Asked by Bhaskar on January 07, 2021