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Q: Peter, if we are in for a a big long term bear market what are some canadian div payers that would suit 75 year olds that need the div? Thank you for your advice Ken

Read Answer Asked by Ken on September 26, 2022

Q: 3 questions

What is the annual return for ENB since it went public when you include dividends & largest drawdown?

Would a 20% position in ENB for a retired person looking for income make sense?

What are the 5 safest Canadian & US stocks that would provide the best protection against drawdowns?

Read Answer Asked by Nick on September 09, 2022

Q: Hi, Could you please compare the two Telcos with respect to their current valuation, historical average and past performance, respective to each other. Also, how would you rate them for future dividend growth and capital appreciation. If we own both, what would be your choice, if we wish to buy more of one of them, Today. Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on September 08, 2022

Q: I am shopping for a single investment offering security over 20 years combined with capital appreciation and accrued dividends (in a DRIP). ETFs do not seem to accrue fractional shares (when they have DRIPs at all); therefore I'm looking at single stocks such as BAM.A, Telus or perhaps BNS. If you had to recommend a single stock, which of these would it be, or what would you recommend instead and why?

Read Answer Asked by John on August 29, 2022

Q: Any idea why Telus shares canít be owned by non-residents of Canada? My broker informed me that my T.TO shares will be converted to ďNon-CanadianĒ shares which donít trade. I can switch back to regular shares only when I want to sell them. Iíve never run into this before and have been non-resident >10 years.
I prefer Telus over BCE but should I just switch over to BCE?

Read Answer Asked by Eric on August 04, 2022

Q: My portfolio analytics is showing that I'm a bit low in my communication services sector.

Beyond the obvious telecom companies, what are some of the less obvious companies or perhaps ETFs that would fit into this sector?

Also, including the telecoms, could you rank your top few Canadian and US buys for this sector.

Thanks as always.

Read Answer Asked by Kevin on July 28, 2022

Q: In addition to the Income portfolio, please suggest 10 diversified Canadian large cap stocks that should produce a total return of 8% with minimum volatility and a dividend ie no roller coaster ride. Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Richard on July 18, 2022

Q: Youíre thoughts on Telus with its recent acquisition of Lifeworks,itís ownership in Telus International,as well as interest in healthcare ,home security and Agriculture among other things do you see this possibly morphing into a BAM.a it must be on track for some huge earnings and also would you consider this recent pullback as a great buying opportunity for a multi year hold Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Greg on July 15, 2022

Q: Without naming every company - I have full positions in most banks, insurance cos., utilities, pipes, telcos and renewables,

This is where I see some relative safety and the best yields.

With the dip and yields improving are there any names that stick out as very attractive and safe in going a little overweight on?

Read Answer Asked by Dave on July 07, 2022

Q: Hi, Both BCE and Telus are presently trading about 15% below their recent highs, with general market decline and perhaps due to higher interest rates scenario in the near term. Both companies have announced excellent results and dividend increase, currently yielding 5.75% and 4.75%, respectively. Analysts are generally positive on both stocks for income and some growth and have not adjusted their earnings expectations downwards. Could you please comment on their present and historical valuations.

Our understanding is that Telcos and Utilities are good sectors to own, to protect from market downturn, current as well as in a recessionary environment. do you agree ? Also, when Central banks are done with their tightening cycle, say by 2023 end, do you see the valuations of these companies bouncing back to previous highs, assuming, there is no change to their business fundamentals. Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on July 05, 2022

Q: Hi - I held above utility and telecome stocks. With CPI hits 40 years high in Canada, BOC will likely rise 75bps in July. Do you think income stocks will be under pressure as yeild % may not be compelling anymore due to higher GIC rate. Which names would you sale first in a risk off environment?

I value your opinion.


Read Answer Asked by QIAN on June 23, 2022

Q: My question is about tax efficiencies on yields and distributions.
Has anyone created a table to demonstrate the tax implications for stocks? Can this be easily determined? Should REITs always be in TFSAs? What are the tax savings regular acct vs TFSA? How or what would the dividend tax calculation be for the stocks I mentioned?

Thanks for your support

Read Answer Asked by Mark on June 22, 2022

Q: Greetings 5i,

Can you rank in a list the top5 Canadian Banks, top 3 Life Companies, and 2 Telcos in order of preferance for purchasing today for longer term hold.

Can you briefly outline your reasons as to why you ranked the Lifecos as you did in comparison to the others on the list.


Read Answer Asked by Duane on June 20, 2022

Q: Can you please provide your top 10 canadian dividend stocks which can also provide some capital growth. Time frame is 5 years. Is now a good time to start buying or should I wait?
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Vineet on June 15, 2022

Q: Hi! If you listen to Larry Summers from Harvard on Wall Street Week he speaks of stagflation, Fed not raising rates quick enough, and difficulty with getting a soft landing. If you had to create a brand new portfolio today with a tilt towards income and could choose a combination of 16 stocks from either the US and Canada what stocks would you choose?

Read Answer Asked by Neil on June 13, 2022

Q: In our unregistered, income account I recently sold LIF and have decided not to return to that stock after 30 days. Instead, planning to buy more of one or two of the existing stocks.

Since this is an income account, yield is important and also quite happy to see total account balance steadily increasing whilst tapping off the cash.

I need some help deciding which ones to add to, and have 3 criteria:
1. Best yield
2. Current portfolio weighting
3. Best value over next 5 to 10 years

1. From highest to lowest yield:

2. From lowest to highest weighting:

3. Can you please help me to rank these stocks from highest to lowest value / growth prospects, or if that is to big a task. Please recommend overall best 3 selections given my criteria.



Read Answer Asked by Jim on June 13, 2022