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Q: I currently hold SJR.B and thinking of switching to Telus..
Would Telus be a better buy at the current price from total return perspective?
Any better recommendation in this sector - Canadian or US ?
Thank you very much for providing excellent independent views and recommendations to the investment community.
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- Raj

Read Answer Asked by dhiraj on December 24, 2020

Q: Hi Folks,
I currently have the above companies in my Non-Registered account. I am looking to add some money - can you tell me what company you would add to OR can you recommend another that I can take a look at. Appreciate your comments.

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on December 18, 2020

Q: Thinking of adding some telecom/media exposure to my portfolio. BCE is the only one in your portfolios. Would you buy BCE right now or do one of the others offer a better buying opportunity currently. 5 year hold, I follow a hybrid of growth and income portfolios with more recent moves toward income thus the interest in these names. Or is it evan a good time to buy into this sectors?

Read Answer Asked by Tom on December 11, 2020

Q: Good day all.
I've read a note at Motley Fools that An IPO of TELUS International is planned for Q1 of 2021. Are you aware of this? If yes can you elaborate on how the current investors would be involved? Would we get shares of the new entity? If we got a special distribution would it be taxable as a special dividend? Do we have an idea on the split would work?

Thank you for leading us through these tough times.


Read Answer Asked by Yves on December 11, 2020

Q: Hi!
Stocks have increased a lot recently and most of the above are well off their lows with stocks like BEP and BIP almost reaching their high of the year. Would you feel comfortable entering new money into the above names for income/growth or wait for a pullback? I know timing the market is next to impossible but do you see this rising market as sustainable and if one waits will the opportunity to enter still at reasonable prices be missed? Also, what are your thoughts on RDVY. It was not listed as a choice on the drop down list.
Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Neil on November 24, 2020

Q: With your help from May2017 to now I am up 132%. Love your advice but tend to think it's aimed at young and middle aged people, which is probably most of your readers.
I am 71 and have Shopify which has done well for as have KL, Real and Brookfields to name a few. Have some cash and was wondering if you could give me some growth , yes I know the risk, that won't take 10 years to see action on.

Read Answer Asked by Bonnie on November 16, 2020

Q: What is your take on the move by Telus into health data management and now agricultural data? Is this a long way from their core business? Do you think they will be able to compete with those already in the precision ag space (Ntr for example)? Most importantly, if I already own BCE, are they also getting into these sorts of data management activities, or should I be adding T to my portfolio?

Read Answer Asked by Dave on November 13, 2020

Q: Hi Guys,

If you were starting a North American balance portfolio, which communication companies (communications sector) would you pick? Please provide 2 names (3% each).



Read Answer Asked by jim on October 09, 2020

Q: I would like to have a little fun with this question. Imagine a boxing match between Canadian companies and American companies...each round is represented by a sector so lets say it is a fight gone bad and there are extra rounds covering 11 sectors. Please pick a favourite Canadian Contender and a strong American contender for each round and who wins the round. Example Round 10 Technology Red corner Constellation Software vs Blue corner Microsoft. Won by Microsoft or Constellation Software. The rules...If you wish to give reasons why the round went one way or another, it's your choice. A good clean fight use the criteria of your investment strategies. The point...I am curious if the Canadian Companies stack up and in what areas I should be looking at South of the border. Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Jeremy on October 01, 2020

Q: I am trying to identify one and only one Telecom co. to invest across the US or Canada. According to Morningstar data, Verizon has the best ROE, ROIC and interest coverage metrics (and the lowest P/E apart from AT&T). Would you consider VZ the best overall for a long term investment? Thank you for your excellent service as usual.

Read Answer Asked by Christian on September 08, 2020

Q: Looking to deploy excess cash, mainly for dividends and some growth. I have room in both utilities and telecom sectors. If I compare the Utilities and Telecoms listed, it would seem from current valuations (Fwd PE versus historical PE average) and looking at share appreciation the past 5 years ( history of generating shareholder value) , 5yr dividend growth rates and expected revenue growth, the utilities group easily wins on all counts. Based on this analysis, I should be buying from my list of utilities before I start buying from the Telecom list. Do you agree with my conclusion? Should I add any additional analysis? Thank-you.

Read Answer Asked by Albert on September 02, 2020

Q: Hi
If you had to put together a shopping list of solid long term dividend payers that you could pick-up if things went on sale again in the coming quarters, what would you buy? I'd want yields north of 7% so it would have to be a good sale. :)
And if you wanted to do it in one swoop with an ETF, would one of these be suitable: XEI or XDIV?
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Carlo on September 01, 2020

Q: Good morning, Portfolio Analytics suggests we (as elderly seniors) lower our Utility holdings by 6.32%. Currently, we have:
AQN 3.9 %, BEPC 3.5%, BIP.UN 4.6%, H 2.2%, SPB 1.8%. Firstly is there a holding I could eliminate? If not should I just lower the larger percentages? All are in RRIFs.
Second suggestion from Analytics is to lower telecom by 3.54%. Currently have BCE 4.2%, T 3.5% and GOOG 4.2%. T and BCE are in RRIFs. GOOG is in an unregistered account. I have always looked at GOOG as technology sector. Any comments. Thanks for your expertise.

Read Answer Asked by Ted on August 21, 2020