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Q: Thank you for for answer yesterday about setting up my parent's investments. To summarize, they are very conservative, above 80 years old, and looking for safety and income.

I would now like to ask you about the distribution of the equity component of the investments (composing only 17% of the total, the rest being in bonds, preferred, and GICs). Those below are all in equal weight. What do you thing?

XHC for healthcare exposure
IWO for US growth
VGG for US exposure
XEF (in a half position) for international exposure
VEE (in a half position) for emerging market exposure

Could you please suggest some more to round things out? I need another 5 or 6 stocks.

Also, do you have any objection to using ZAG and HYGH as bond substitutes for their conservative portfolio? I am buying individual preferred shares for that component.

Thank you once again,


Read Answer Asked by Federico on April 29, 2019

Q: Please comment on the recent downgrade TRP received from Moody's citing TRP's weak financial profile to Baa1. Debt to EBITDA is expected to be 5x in 2019, ENB is about the same. Moody's downgraded ENB to just above junk about a year ago to Baa3. It would seem Moody's feels 5x EBITDA is not good, Shouldn't we avoid these companies?

Read Answer Asked by Albert on April 05, 2019

Q: Hi,
I own one pipeline stock which is ENB and would like to add one and maybe a second to reduce single company risk.
I am looking for your top 3 ideas offering the best potential total return over the next 10 years that would be a good compliment to ENB. I would like your rational for each.
FYI, I like growing dividends over time, lower debt (I know this sector is capital intensive so these companies are usually indebted) and good opportunities for growth.

Read Answer Asked by Daniel on March 25, 2019

Q: Iím under the impression that 5i research preference for a pipeline yielding company top pick is Enbridge versus Trans Canada RP .
However fundamental analysis shows that TRP has more attractive entry price, better management performance over the past 5 years and lower debt better level.
KPI benchmark shows: TRP lower PE of 13.7 vs 22 for ENB, better ROE 15.2% versus 7.2% for ENB , significant better Ebitda to debt ratio of 4.8 vs 5.4
while both stocks have similar price to book and dividend yield and dividend growth projections. Future 2 years EPS growth shows that both projections are within the same range and ENB is scheduled to have a lower 2019 EPS versus 2018
What am I missing here ?

Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on March 25, 2019

Q: I have the above securities, as well as RBC Cdn Equity Inc, Sentry Cdn Inc, Sentry Global REIT, and fixed income via Fisgard Capital, Annuities, a company pension, CPP and soon-to-be OAS.

I really focus on asset allocation and am a little light on Consumer stocks, holding CGX, PBH and TCL (although some consider TCL to be in the Industrial sector). I am normally a buy-and-hold investor who trims-adds around core positions.

Question 1 = I am looking to add 1 more consumer stock and am looking for a dividend ideally > 3%. Based on my stock-ETF-MF mix, are there a few stocks you could suggest that would fit in my above set of securities.

Q2 = if I was to consider ideas from the Income Portfolio, is there an issue with having multiple food PBH and A&W and NWC. Why have more than one food stock?

Q# = because A&W is a ".UN" company, how are their dividends treated for tax purposes? Are they eligible for the dividend tax credit?

Deduct as many credits as you deem loads and will never use them all up.

Thanks as always...Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on March 21, 2019

Q: Concerning Canadian Cies (like FFH or TRP ), paying dividends, but getting a significant part of their revenues from the US or from foreign Cies that they own : Do we get the whole tax credit on their dividends ? Or is it only in proportion of the Canadian portion of the Cie ?

Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on March 21, 2019

Q: I continue to try and learn by reading reports, analyst ratings etc. Tudor Pickering has recently released ratings for MX as a hold and price target of $59, currently at $79 and change, and TRP as a buy with a Price target of $62 currently $60.79. This does not make any sense to me. Why hold a stock they estimate will loose $20, and buy a stock that will gain only $1.21.
Please explain if possible, am i missing something?

Read Answer Asked by Mike on March 21, 2019

Q: Telus and BCE. TransCanada and Enbridge. I generally try to aim for 5% per holding but I had a concern of too much overlap of these respective stock pairings, so I've reduced the total of each pairing to 8% from 10%. Is this still too much? On a the other hand, would 5% of all four make any sense? When it comes to diversifying in Canadian bluechips, variety is unfortunately limited if one wants dependable dividend growth.


Read Answer Asked by James on March 04, 2019

Q: 1:03 PM 2/24/2019
I am increasingly concerned about the financial stability and credit quality of several of my investments.
Could you please provide the S&P or DBRS issuer rating or bond rating of : ENB, TRP, PKI, BCE, CSW.A, AW.UN, SIA.
This information is very difficult for me to find and is often quite dated. Could you suggest a source I could use.
Thank you........... Paul K

Read Answer Asked by Paul on February 26, 2019

Q: Hello,
I hold TRP 5%, FTS 4%, ENB 3%, EMA 1.2%, PPL 1.2%, & AQN 1.2% in my accounts. I plan to increase the smaller holdings to about 2% each. I like these stocks for their dividends and their international diversification. Are these 6 utilities reasonable choices as long term holdings or should I look elsewhere?
Would you please rank them.
I am way past my retirement age but do not relay on the dividend income from these stocks.

Thank you,


Read Answer Asked by Werner on February 22, 2019

Q: good morning:
having trouble finding out how much of enbridges business is regulated in long term contracts and wondering if you know the answer to this question. wrote company but they did not really give me an answer. I think trp is 95% of its business is regulated just in case anyone wanted to know.

Read Answer Asked by hans on January 31, 2019

Q: I own these three (half positions) and have had TRP for a long time so up about 70% on it and down about 20% on the other two. Would it make any sense to sell TRP and divie the cash proceeds between the other two (TOY and KXS)? I do already own ENB (full position).
Thanks again.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on January 09, 2019