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Q: Hi Peter,

How would you rank the following five Brookfield companies (BIP.UN, BIPC, BAM.A., BEP.UN, and BBU.UN) over a long-term hold with respect to risk-return? Which of the five securities has the highest risk and which one do you perceive has the lowest risk?

Your comments are much appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by George on June 07, 2022

Q: The difference between these two is fairly wide. I am under the impression the gap should have closed over time but it remains fairly high. I have a small number of shares of BIPC and a larger number of BIP.UN. Thinking of selling BIP.UN and buying BIPC with the proceeds, both have some gains. Both in a Cash account. Thoughts?
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Carlos on June 03, 2022

Q: 5I
Of all Brookfield stocks which ones need to be
reported in 1135?

Bam.a Bamr Bip.un Bipc Bep.un Bepc Bbu.un Bbuc Bpy.pra

thanks ralph

Read Answer Asked by ralph on May 02, 2022

Q: What are your opinions on BIPC and BIP.UN?

I hold these in registered accounts and now they account for ~9% of my total portfolio and when I consider the fact I hold BAM.A these Brookefield names would represent ~12 % of my portfolio. As a result I am tempted to trim BIPC or BIP.UN.

If I were to trim do you have any preference/recommendation to trim one over the other or both equally?

Read Answer Asked by Simon on April 07, 2022

Q: Hello 5i,

In our registered accounts we have BEP.UN, BEPC, FTS, AQN, BAM.A, BIPC, WSP. All of these stocks performed very well for 2+ years thanks to 5i. We trimmed each of the stocks to 1%-2% positions between August and October when prices were elevated with the intention of repurchasing if they dropped. With rising interest rates and inflation now it may not make sense to repurchase. Would it be viable to:
Retain one of FTS (2% position) or BEP.UN (2%) or sell both?
Retain BAM.A and WSP, and increase each to 3% or 4% with the proceeds from the sale of the other stocks?
or Any other suggestions?

Thank you

Debbie and Jerry

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on March 17, 2022

Q: This is a follow-up to our question from last week (see:

Based on your response that nothing in the list gives you much cause for concern, we would understand this to imply none of the 30 stocks would be considered a "sell" today.

Please divide the 30 stocks into a pair of ranked (best to worst) lists, one of "buys" and the other of "holds". As well, for each of the "holds" indicate the principal rationale for caution.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on February 07, 2022

Q: About 1 year ago we created an equal-weighted 'balanced' portfolio of 30 Canadian companies in a non-registered account. Most were chosen from companies either covered by a 5i research report or included in a 5i model portfolio. The remainder were chosen, based on the 5i Q&A section, from what appear to be 5i sector favourites. All purchases are made with the intent to be long-term holds (10+ years). As well, we intend to increase our investments over the next 2-3 years, and then adjust over time as needed. Currently the amount invested represents ~40% of the eventual total.

Although a goal is to keep the portfolio roughly equal weighted, of the 30 companies, the following 14 were acquired in 3 purchases (full position) and currently have weights in the 2.31% (SHOP) to 5.00% (ATA) range for an average of 3.71%: CSU, MG, GSY, WSP, LNF, ATD, ATA, SLF, BAM.A, BIPC, FTS, DOO, SHOP and TFII. The remainder were acquired in 2 purchases (2/3 position) and currently have weights in the 1.98% (BEPC) to 3.17% (TCN) range for an average of 2.56%. So, overall, the weightings currently range from ~2% to ~5%.

Over the next 6 months we will invest another ~25% of the eventual total. As we make additional purchases, we need to strike a balance between keeping the weights roughly equal while taking advantage of market opportunities. Please provide some broad guidance/wisdom.

Of the 30 companies in the portfolio, which 10 would you have the highest conviction in today? Please rank them.

Are there any of the 30 that you might consider as candidates to be replaced because there are better options, and if so, what replacements would you suggest and why (disregard tax considerations)?

What additional 3 Canadian companies might you consider adding to the portfolio and why?

As always, thanks for the great service!

Read Answer Asked by Peter on February 01, 2022

Q: Good afternoon,
As a follow up to a previous question about an infrastructure investment. Would you buy BIPC in the US or Canadian version? And, would you hold it in a registered or non-registered account? I would appreciate a brief explanation. Thank You.

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on January 27, 2022

Q: For the infrastructure sector US and global - what would be a good ETF to reference. Do you have any high conviction infrastructure stock recommendations? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on January 26, 2022

Q: A year ago both BIPC and BEPC traded at a 25-30% premium to BIP.UN and BEP.UN respectively.  Today BIPC still trades at a considerable premium to BIP.UN whereas the BEPC to BEP.UN premium is now less than 2%.  Why is that?
Also if you were to establish a Brookfield Renewable Partners position today in a registered account, would you go with BEPC anticipating that a premium may return?  Other than a nominally higher dividend, is there any other advantage of going with BEP.UN instead of BEPC in a registered account?

Read Answer Asked by Glenn on January 18, 2022

Q: My broker bought for me positions in three different versions of Brookfield Infrastructure. Is one better than the other to own in an unregistered account?

Read Answer Asked by Lori on November 29, 2021