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Q: I am looking to add one REIT to my RSP portfolio. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the two listed above and if you have a better suggestion. What would be your preferred REIT please?

Thanks and a price increase for this service is well deserved in my humble opinion. Dan

Read Answer Asked by Dan on June 15, 2021

Q: Hi Peter and 5i,
The below is from a CHP's press release from it's latest quarterly earnings on 4/29.
"Choice Properties had a net loss of for the first quarter of 2021 as compared to net income of in the first quarter of 2020. The decrease was mainly due to an unfavorable change of in the adjustment to the fair value on the Exchangeable Units, partially offset by a favorable change in the fair value of investment properties, including properties held within equity accounted joint ventures."
I do not understand the Exchangeable Units. Will you please explain what the Exchangeable Units and what they mean?
Thanks as always for your valuable information.

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on May 03, 2021

Q: Hello!
I am underwater on my First Capital Realty shares (currently yielding 2.62%) and considering replacing them with Choice Properties REIT units (currently yielding 5.43%). Doing so would double my income from this position. My thinking is that CHP's income profile is more stable than FCR's. What are your thoughts on this trade? More importantly, would you make the switch now or wait for the economy to open up more? Once vaccinations are rolled out and the economy more or less returns to normal, does FCR's share price have more upside than CHP's? FCR's share price has rallied more in recent months.
Thank You!

Read Answer Asked by Brian on April 06, 2021

Q: I am considering the above 7 REITs and would like to concentrate on the best 4-5 for long term in RRSP; based on current value and growth potential. I am concerned that CRT is trading at too high a valuation (P/B higher than others). Could you please tell us where each of the 7 REITs are trading, relative to their NAV (for example DIR's may be trading at a 10-per-cent discount to NAV). Can you please rank all 7 REITs? Thank you!!
PS: Is it hard to calculate trading price relative to NAV?

Read Answer Asked by Grant on February 12, 2021

Q: We are retired, primarily income investors. We did hold relatively equal positions in SRU,un and CHP.un, but this has changed rather significantly. In view of the current uncertainty about retail marketing, what is your opinion about investments in these two companies. Would you comment on the sustainability of SRU's dividend? Thank you for all the great ideas and comments.

Read Answer Asked by Jane on October 05, 2020

Q: Would you please rank these companies in descending order of their dividend reliability.

Read Answer Asked by David on July 21, 2020

Q: I'm looking to add some REITs to my portfolio. Could you comment on the following REITs? Would you suggest holding all 4 as they have different holdings? If not, could you provide a ranking of your selections?

Read Answer Asked by Richard on June 02, 2020

Q: Hello 5i Team
I am comparing the retail REITs and the two distinct groupings in the sector:
Group 1 - REITs majority owned by parent operating company and the majority source of the REIT's income. These would be Choice Properties REIT (CHP.UN), Crombie REIT (CRR.UN) and CT REIT (CRT.UN).
Group 2 - REITS with a large diverse portfolio. These would be First Capital REIT (FCR.UN), Riocan REIT (REI.UN) and SmartCentres REIT (SRU.UN).
The questions I have are:
1 - What would be your ranking of the REITs in Group 1 and your ranking of the REITs in Group 2?
2 - Which is the better Group to select from Group 1 or Group 2?
3 - Any other retail oriented REITs I should be looking at?

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on May 08, 2020

Q: To a recent question I asked, 5i responded: "Some REITs, if they distribute a large portion of income as return of capital, can still be attractive outside of registered plans. But this also relates to our preference for growth inside a TFSA (REITs are typically slower growth)." I checked my TFSA portfolio, and some of my REITs' distributions are comprised almost entirely of ROC (Allied [AP.UN], Chartwell [CSH.UN], Dream [D.UN]), whereas others' (Choice [CHP.UN], H&R [HR.UN], Riocan [REI.UN]) are almost all otherwise taxable income. So I gather from your previous answer that the former type of REITs (Allied, Chartwell, Dream) shouldn't, generally speaking, be held within a TFSA, is that your view/advice? Also, more generally, so I better understand this issue-- what is the main business/accounting reason(s) why some companies' distributions are primarily ROC? Generally speaking, is one versus the other type of REIT (with respect to proportion of ROC within the distribution) a "better" investment, all other factors being equal (i.e., is there any general investment "rule" here)?

Read Answer Asked by Ted on April 13, 2020

Q: Hi Peter and Ryan,
Can you offer some insights on why BPY.UN is down much more than its peers such as CAR.UN and CHP.UN? Is it wise to replace BPY. UN with either CAR.UN or CHP.UN at this moment? Thanks,

Read Answer Asked by Martin on March 20, 2020

Q: I am looking at your : "Stocks that Pay Monthly Dividends" spreadsheet have a few questions. First, looking at CHP.un just as an example, debt to equity is 205.5%. Seems high to me but do you feel this is OK? What other metric would you consider if it is OK to you?
Second, their payout ratio is -52.9%. I understand that a payout ratio of more than 100% means part of your monthly dividend cheque is a return of equity (to be avoided as, theoretically, your equity position is diminished with each cheque) but what does it mean when the ratio is in a negative position?
Third, some listings, BPF.un for example list no payout ratio. Why is that?

Thank you, by the way, for this list. Fascinating.

Read Answer Asked by Fred on June 27, 2019

Q: Good Morning,
Can you please rank in order of preference.
Currently own CSH & BEP.

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Larry on April 09, 2019