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Q: I currently hold investments in Fidelity Balanced Income Private Pool and Franklin Quotential Diversified Income. I will be transferring the funds from these mutual funds to ETFs with lower management fees. Please provide a list of 5 suitable ETFs and rank them from 1 to 5. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Don on July 11, 2022

Q: Hello 5i,
I am a value invester with a mix of equities and ETF's. I have done well with VGT and am up $8,000. As I look for dividends I am looking to sell VGT and buy ZWT. Also exchanging XHYy for ZWH, XTR for ZWC and VE for ZWE. Some are underwater but not by much. $75,000 is involved altogether with these exchanges. Do these changes make sense or should I just leave things as they are. The difference in dividends is nice to have (an extra $300 or more a month) but not really needed.
Stanley

Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on April 25, 2022

Q: Hi, looking to start one or two Canadian based etf. Retired, no investment out of Canada. I think I should have some. Would like monthly income, 4%+ ,moderate risk, some growth if possible.
I think Cyh is the only one with a little growth?
Could you suggest two etfs you prefer, or suggest two from above you might have confidence in.
Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Brad on March 28, 2022

Q: Can I have your thoughts about these stocks and ETFs for someone with a 3 to 5 year timeframe and who is in their mid 30s?

Thanks

Read Answer Asked by David Michael on February 07, 2022

Q: Hi,

What are your thoughts about my current portfolio? I am also looking at adding ZRE.TO and ZWC.TO.

Appreciate your help.

Read Answer Asked by David Michael on January 27, 2022

Q: Hello 5i,
Im helping a conservative investor with a tfsa. Vbal makes up half of the account.
In trying to boost monthly income Ive come up with the above etfs.
Based on 2020 distributions,how would each of the above etfs be taxed if held in a tfsa?
Also, can you please verify the sector exposure of zup (similar to pff - usd) I thought the financial % was underweight.

Read Answer Asked by Kat on November 04, 2021

Q: I am looking to finally replace the following mutual funds held in a self admin RSP account, to equivalent ETFs.
FID269 - Fid Monthly Inc;
FID5973 - Fid Global Innovation;
FID207 - Fid Global Concentrated Equity;
RBC460 - Sel Bal Ptf
TDB2760 - Td Retirement Balance
TDB652 - Td Global Entertainment & communication
TDB976 - Td Health Science
TDB2580 Td Tactical Monthly Inc
My goal is to replace these mutual funds with long term, high yielding where possible, low MER, CDN or US $ equivalent ETFs. Please provide 2 or 3 suggestions for each. Please deduct as many credit s as need.
Thank you for all the invaluable investment help you provide.


Read Answer Asked by Mark on October 15, 2021

Q: As retirees we hold XEI and XTR for the Cdn income generation portion of our portfolio . Recently I discovered that there is also XDIV which has a much lower MER. Would you endorse moving completely out of XEI and XTR to XDIV instead?

Read Answer Asked by M on October 06, 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!
Stanley

Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on April 26, 2021

Q: Please list the above in order of preference. Would all three, equally weighted, be sufficient for a conservative portfolio? Two of three?
Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Paul W on February 11, 2021

Q: For a conservative investor, how much overlap is there in a portfolio comprised of xtr, zmi, pinc, and vrif? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Paul W on February 09, 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.
Thanks

Read Answer Asked by pietro on February 05, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,

XTR's January distribution looks like its gone down to $0.04/unit rather than $0.05. I can't find any info on it, wondering if any of your tools allow you to see - did they reduce the distributions permanently going forward or was Jan a 1-off?

If permanent, that would bring yield down to approx. 4.5%. I've got a sizable position in this for my retired mother, who lives off dividends and interest. Can you suggest a comparable ETF with slightly better yield? I've liked XTR in general as its pretty diversified, lots of bonds, has held very steady over time (yes I know a lot of return of capital too)...its been good for a retiree portfolio to pay groceries and property tax...

Thanks!
Ryan

Read Answer Asked by Ryan on February 01, 2021

Q: I have transferred my RRIF account from a broker and I plan to self-mange that account. The cash balance as of today is $290,000. I'm 88 years old so I need strong cash flow and/or capital gains to meet the required annual distribution. Please provide a list of stocks and ETFs that 5i would recommend for that purpose. Thanks for your valued assistance.

Read Answer Asked by George on January 28, 2021

Q: Hi guys!

Can you please recommend some alternatives/additionas to XTR? I'm looking for high dividend with also an (as high as possible) degree of diversification. Essentially, a couple choice income picks if I were to only choose 1-3 ETF for an entire dividend-based portfolio. This is in relation to my previous question where I was looking to do something relatively safe with ~60k over 2-3 yrs. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Andrew on January 18, 2021