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Investment Q&A

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Q: Hello. My portfolio is currently composed of all equities and approximately 10% cash. I would like to move some money 15-20% out of equities into fixed income. What would you suggest is a simple, yet effective way to achieve this? Invest directly into bonds? Buy a bond ETF? Bond mutual fund? Short or long-term bonds? Corporate or government? Can you suggest some bond ETFs or mutual funds?

Read Answer Asked by Antonio on September 11, 2023

Q: I am attempting to increase the bond exposure in my portfolio. Would you consider XHY as a good option or a combination of other bond ETF's, if so what others would you recommend?

Read Answer Asked by kim on August 14, 2023

Q: Hi there,

Can you please suggest Canadian-listed ETFs for the bond portion of a long-term portfolio? I'm interested in diversification.



Read Answer Asked by Chris on August 01, 2023

Q: I've had it with my entire pack of pref shares ( individual and ETF) and am ready to punt the lot. I'd like to replace them all with a bond ETF or even a diversified Canadian equity ETF that pays dividends. Your suggestions are most appreciated. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by alex on July 18, 2023

Q: I have 2 unregistered accounts and hold too much money in HISAs. I would like to invest more in Horizon's total return ETFs that pay no distributions. I have been looking at HBB but the chart looks nothing like similar Canadian bond etfs. Today, July 10th, HBB is trading at the same level it did 5 years ago but XBB is 13% lower today, VAB 13% lower and ZAG 15.2% lower. Can you explain this large difference? Should HBB now track in a similar way to XBB? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Grant on July 13, 2023

Q: Looking for income from bond etfs and dividend paying stocks that will appreciate in value if interest rates have peaked and gradually fall towards 3% (i.e. those that have been hit unduly hard due to inflationary fears). Suggestions?

Read Answer Asked by John on July 06, 2023

Q: I keep hearing about the 60/40, 40/60 ratio of what you should be invested in with regards to Stocks and Bonds...

- I have Never held Any Bonds of Any Sort...Just Stocks...

- Please recommend some sort of Bond Investment I can consider that is somewhat safe, but Not ultra conservative...

- I remember when my parents said that Canada Savings Bonds were a good and reliable investment...a vintage memory...

Have a good weekend

Read Answer Asked by michael on April 24, 2023

Q: What would be your top 3 bond ETF picks for both Canadian and US bonds? Is now a good time to put money into these?

Read Answer Asked by Dan on March 17, 2023

Q: I am looking at adding a 15 to 20 percent bond component to my portfolio. From the mix of laddered, aggregate, short/long term and high yield ETF’s listed. Which would you recommend and why? Please let me know if you have other possible suggestions? Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Myron on March 02, 2023

Q: I'd like your assessment of MKB versus aggregate bond etfs like XBB, ZAG, and VAB. Has MKB performed better than the listed etfs? If it has performed better then is it because the etf has taken on additional risk to achieve the higher return? How might one incorporate MKB into the bond portion of their portfolio? Is it worth the higher fees?

Read Answer Asked by Robert on February 16, 2023

Q: Hello 5i Team
Last year stocks and bonds both had a down year, I would like to add to a fixed income ETF that you think would have upside the next few years as interest rate starts to pause and decline in the future. I currently own a position in Vbal etf which has bonds component in it.

Read Answer Asked by claudio on January 23, 2023

Q: Hi 5i, I currently hold RCDB.TO in my margin account. My goal is twofold: 1) move it to my RRSP account 2) sell it and replace it with VAB.CA. Would I be best to sell RCDB.TO in my margin account first and then move the cash into my RRSP, or transfer it in kind to my RRSP and then sell it? And would I need to wait 30 days before I purchase VAB.CA? Please deduct as many points as needed. Thanks, and have a great weekend!

Read Answer Asked by Andrea on January 23, 2023