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Q: Seems like there is some indiscriminate selling of rate reset prefs
last few days. Not sure this makes sense.
What are your three top rate reset ideas at the moment, that are NOT in the energy/pipeline sector

Read Answer Asked by john on May 10, 2022

Q: Good Morning,

For yield - I am considering adding to or acquiring many of the above noted stocks.

Please rate in terms yield, growth potential and safety.

Also add any others I might consider.

Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by Dave on March 22, 2022

Q: Hello: I want to add an insurer stock in Canada and the USA. I admire and follow FAST Graphs. The following companies were recently reviewed: Aflac (AFL), MetLife (MET), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Prudential Financial (PRU), Great-West Life (GWO) iA Financial (IAG), ManuLife Financial (MFC), Power Corporation of Canada (POW), Sun Life Financial (SLF).

I would like your recommendations for the best choice in each country: Objective: solid, safe, long-term hold with capital appreciation potential and good consistent dividend income and dividend growth. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Mary on January 13, 2022

Q: The yield on CDZ is 3.0%, if I buy equal amounts of the top ten stocks, the average yield is 5.48%. What accounts for the 1.48% difference in yield and is the risk proportionally higher buying the individual stocks than buying the EFT

Read Answer Asked by Ron on October 20, 2021

Q: Any reasons that 5i can see that would account for the large difference in 10 year and 5 year in the performance of these companies that operate in similar industry. Companies outside of Canada have dramtically outperformed

10 year # including Div AON 470 MMC478 MFC 105 GWO 135 SLF 235

AON and MMC are 2 long term holdings in MAW120 and I am thinking of selling SLF and adding to MAW120

Read Answer Asked by blake on August 03, 2021

Q: I would appreciate your thoughts on holdings in the portfolio. All have been winners - I am fairly prudent yet always looking for trends and will hold long term. I don't rely on dividends though they are preferable. Would you make changes for another holding(s)?

Petroleum: TOU, FRU, ENB
Finance: GWO, NVEI
Steel: STLC, LIF (Watching cyclical trends)
Auto: MG
Mining: CXB, KL, (TRQ - I expect an upturn in 2 quarters)
Software: CTS, LSPD, TOI
Healthcare: WELL

Thank you for your support.

Read Answer Asked by Martin on June 15, 2021

Q: Hi, purely in terms of relative dividend security could you please rank the above blue chips companies over the next 5-10 years.Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Gary on January 25, 2021

Q: Hello, I am currently rebalancing my portfolio and would like to exit a position in Financials to increase in other underallocated sectors. To help with my research, how would you rank MFC and GWO for a longer term hold (e.g. RRSP) and any other attributes/parameters that are important to look at?

Thanks for all you do?

Read Answer Asked by Brad on January 18, 2021

Q: I am an income investor who has held MFC for years. Just breaking even on price but reasonable return on dividend.

Thinking of switching to either GWO or SLF. GWO has a higher dividend but SLF may have more growth potential.

For safe sustainable retirement income what would be your preference or do you have other suggestions. I recognize that a combination of growth and income can be just as good.


Read Answer Asked by Dave on November 26, 2020

Q: Hello Peter, I understand that Power Corp has made nothing for investors for the past decade (apart from decent dividends). And Great-West Lifeco not much better. Recognizing that Power owns a good share of GWO, which would you prefer as an income investor going forward: POW, with an extra bit of yield and some interests other than GWO, or just GWO as a pure play on the lifeco? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by James on August 28, 2020

Q: Which of these insurance companies would you buy today? Five year hold.

Read Answer Asked by Lawrence on May 29, 2020

Q: I have enough cash to add to two of the following positions: ZDI (ETF), CTC.A, GWO, SU, EIF. Which two should I add to, and why? If you think I should only add to ZDI (being a diversified ETF) at this time, please indicate so. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Walter on May 04, 2020

Q: I noticed something incorrect in your response to Stephen's April 27 question about GWO/POW. You said that he would have to wait until May 13/15 to sell them and claim a tax loss because he last purchased shares in those companies on April 13/15. If he sells ALL of his shares in the company he sells, he does not have to wait until May 13/15. The superficial loss rule applies only if you hold shares in the stock at the end of the 30 day period following the sale. If you buy something and THEN sell it within 30 days for a loss, you can claim the loss as long as you don't hold ANY shares in that stock at the end of the 30 day period following the sale.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on April 28, 2020

Q: Hello 5i Team

I have an equal number of shares in both Great-West Lifeco (GWO) and Power Corporation (POW).
My average cost for GWO is $22.00 per share and for POW is $21.90.
Since POW owns 70 % of GWO, should I purchase more shares in POW and sell my GWO position? This would result in a slightly higher yield going forward on the POW shares. Or should I consolidate my position in GWO and sell POW?
I have matching dollar positions in MFC and SLF, so I want to stick with GWO/POW.

Do POW and GWO share price move in tandem (i.e. same percentages) because POW holds 70 % of GWO or is POW restrained by its holding of IGM Financial?

My last purchases of POW/GWO was on April 13 and 15 respectively. Do I have to wait until May 13/15, before I sell either one, if I want to claim the small capital loss?

Thank you for the great service.

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on April 27, 2020

Q: I have held GWO as a reliable dividend stock for several decades and it has never cut its divvy and on several occasions has raised it. At a yield of over 8% is it signalling trouble ahead? How bad and for what reasons would the dividend be cut? 8% is very tempting but lessons learned in the past have taught me that chasing yield is never a good idea. Thanks Ron

Read Answer Asked by Ronald on April 23, 2020