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Q: My US equities are currently split between VIG and DGRO. I am considering selling these two ETFs, and considering VTI and VFMO (Vanguard's Momentum ETF). For a 3-5 year hold, can you please rank these 4 ETFs and provide your rationale. Also, please advise whether there is a better US ETF which you would recommend.

Thank you for this excellent service.
Read Answer Asked by Dale on June 06, 2024
Q: Hello,

My mother, who is 72 years old, recently received an inheritance. She is looking to invest this money in her TFSA and would like to use it to generate monthly income while also aiming for some growth. Could you please suggest a few ETFs that would be suitable for achieving these goals?

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Derek on May 28, 2024
Q: I am looking for quality "dividend growth" focused ETF (not "high dividend" ETF) in CDA and US , with an optimal balance of sectors ( some of those ETF showing, in my vue,a disproportion of sectors, like an excess of financials (ex. 40-50%) etc..). Could you suggest your 2-3 choices in CDA and US ?
Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on April 29, 2024
Q: I am looking for a US listed ETF that holds US listed Dividend Growing Equities. I have found RDVY (First Trust Rising Dividend ETF) and CUD (Ishares US Dividend Growers). Both have relatively high MERs for ETFs (0.49 % and 0.6% respectively). Both have a current distribution of around 2% yield. Is there anything else out there in this segment of the market ? While CUD is hedged I am not too concerned about that at this time. Would you prefer one of these over the other or would you think splitting between the two. I will be holding them in my RRSP and am looking to invest around 1% of my total RRSP holdings in this investment.
Read Answer Asked by Jim on March 13, 2024
Q: My question is on First Trust Rising dividend Achievers ETF, RDVY and RDVI. Wondering if you know much about them, or if you had other suggestions for a US ETF that holds a group of strong companies that are growing their dividends. Thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Pat on February 13, 2024
Q: Hi,

I would like to purchase a large, dividend paying US stock that has some potential for future growth (or is currently undervalued) in my RRSP. Could you provide some suggestions?

Thank you,
Read Answer Asked by Evan on January 16, 2024
Q: Hello. What are your best recommendations for ETFs that focus on dividend growth companies?
Read Answer Asked by Robert on January 15, 2024
Q: Are any of these worth buying now, especially before a potential recession: CU-T, CPX-T, EMA-T, ENB-T, FTS-T, TRP-T and DGRO-A?
Thank you. Ron L
Read Answer Asked by Ron on December 08, 2022
Q: I have these U.S. stocks in a RIF (ABBV, CSCO, DGRO ) and TFSA (DIS, MA, GOOG, NVDA) .

Please rate these in terms of safety and growth potential.
Read Answer Asked by Valerie on July 10, 2022
Q: I was just reading about thematic investing in ╚TF's and wanted to get your opinion on it? I have some BAC I want to sell and find something newin US, this is in RRSP so looking for higher dividend, would you have any recommendations?
Read Answer Asked by Don on August 04, 2021
Q: HI Peter and Ryan.

I'm looking for some ETF suggestions listed in the United States for the USD portion of my TFSA. 1. A good diversified "portfolio" style ETF similar to Vanguard Conservative ETF Portfolio (VCNS) with a tilt toward income but also some equity exposure - this can be just US-centric or US + international. 2. a good dividend ETF, either US-centric or US + international, particularly one that is a "dividend growth" focused ETF. Can you offer a few suggestions for each question, and take as many question credits as required - thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Brad on March 03, 2021
Q: I am trying to diversify my US portfolio with both growth and dividends in mind. Trying to build a solid portfolio using single stocks is difficult especially in this environment. I have IWM, SPY and XLK already. Which ETF would best fit my existing portfolio; DGRO or FHLC. Perhaps you have a better suggestion.

Read Answer Asked by Rick on February 01, 2021
Q: I want to build an American ETF portfolio of 5-6 ETFs that pay a decent (4%-5%) yield. I have historically bought Canadian hedged ETFs for that purpose however I think there is a possible currency advantage to be had. I have looked at many many ETF questions in the 5i ETF folder and they seem to be very Canadian based. Would you be able to suggest 5-6 US based ETFs or more if you want to add a few more.
Read Answer Asked by Norm on January 29, 2021
Q: I am not well diversified into the US market.

I would like to sell some Canadian Banks and put that capital into US equities.

I would like to consider an ETF or a mix of ETFs.

I would like to stick to my investment personality,
long term hold, would not need money for well over 10 years.
Large Cap, Blue Chip dividend paying and "dividend GROWING" equities.

1. Can you make a recommendation for a low cost / mer etf.
2. Do I need more than one ?
3. Should I buy this in Canadian or US funds ?
4. What are the pros and cons of the purchase in Canadian or US dollars


Read Answer Asked by Ernest on January 11, 2021
Q: hello 5i:
recent discussion on Factor Investing on your Questions board. this item probably should be in the Blog section (not sure how many use it), so publish if you wish or think it adds value to the ETF discussion. Material is dated, but I have invested a portion of our portfolio in the suggestion, on this article in Seeking Alpha:
thanks and hope this helps someone
Paul L
Read Answer Asked by Paul on August 10, 2020
Q: I have very little US exposure and have US$40,000 in my RRSP that I am looking to invest. I have looked at questions and profiles on VIG, VIGI, VYM, VTI and DGRO but I am unsure which of these or others ETFs would be best and am looking for some direction. What low cost, large US $ ETF or ETFs would make the most sense with the goal of maximizing US$ dividend income. This will be a long term holding.
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Mark on January 22, 2020
Q: Hi Peter & 5i,
I have these US ETF's in an RRSP, is there any duplication here, if so, could you suggest an alternative. As always
I do appreciate your input.
Read Answer Asked by Ivan on September 19, 2019
Q: I am continuing to try and "perfect" my portfolio allocations. Your Portfolio Analytics program has been a huge asset, and has caused me to really re-think things. I am close to retirement, and can accept some risk but not looking to create an above-average risk portfolio.

For equity investments, I am aiming for about 35% US, and 35% international. I would like safety and growth, and am willing to have some risk. Once I am happy with the final portfolio, I hope to be able to "walk away" for the next few years and let it grow. I have a preference for the "dividend growers" strategy.

Does this allocation make sense to you, for both international and US equities? Are there any changes you would recommend?:

US Dividend growers (e.g. DGRO, VIG): 20% of equity portfolio
US Quality: 10% (e.g. VOO)
US SME: 5% (e.g. IWO)

International dividend growers (e.g. VIGI, iGRO, ZDI): 20% of equity portfolio
International Quality: 10% (e.g. XEF)
Emerging markets: 5% (e.g. VEE, ZEM)

Thank you so much for this amazing service!
Read Answer Asked by Dale on August 07, 2019