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Q: Hello Peter,
I own all three. After the spinoff, I will have Brookfield Corp (that will own parts of all three, BEP, BIP, and BAM) and BAM (the asset manager). In this scenario, will BAM be direct competitor to Blackstone? Also, how is the spinoff different from the Trisura one? Lastly, the performance of BEP has not been that great so should i move on or just stick with all four for long term hold? Thanks very much

Read Answer Asked by umedali on November 28, 2022

Q: I plan on journalling these stocks to my US account because the dividends are paid in $US. However, I am confused as to the appropriate listing name for BEP.UN on the NYSE as it appears to be the same as the one for BEPC, namely BEP. Is that correct?

Secondly, can you switch BEP.CA to BEP.UN:CA (or vice versa) in a non-registered account without the transaction being considered a disposition for tax purposes?

Appreciate your insight.

Paul F.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on November 18, 2022

Q: Hi 5i,

I currently own the above noted renewable energy utilities. I am thinking of selling AQN. If I did so, (and I would like to keep it in renewables) would you recommend putting the proceeds towards one of the above or something like NPI or possibly a renewable energy ETF. Could you recommend 1 to 3 ETFs?


Read Answer Asked by Brian on November 15, 2022

Q: I've been building out a sub portfolio in my registered account with the above stocks. It's hard to turn down 5-7% yields + growth potential.

Do you perceive any major crossover/risk with the holding all of the above / should I consider consolidating?

Read Answer Asked by Alex on November 04, 2022

Q: These stocks have been identified as the top 10 undervalued mid cap stocks. Would you consider any of these be buys and if so, (given no consideration for sector) can you list in terms of most favorable first. Also, which do you think will "hold on" best given the economic uncertainty and likelihood of recession.

Read Answer Asked by Colleen on October 20, 2022

Q: Hello, I hold BEPC, CSU in my Canadian account. I thought it was mentioned in the past that the shares can be kept in the CDN account but dividends can be put in the US Acct to avoid brokerage fees so I called TD Waterhouse and they said its not possible without transferring the shares to the USD Acct. Did I misunderstand? Is there another way around this?

Read Answer Asked by Chris on October 19, 2022

Q: Hello,
Which of the Brookfield companies quality for the dividend tax credit?
Also, which Canadian dividend ETFs also quality for the dividend tax credit you would recommend?
Thanks for your great service.

Read Answer Asked by David on October 19, 2022

Q: Please comment in more detail about the 25% drop in share price in the past month, the massive debt load at over 3x total equity - to increase I assume with recent acquisitions, and on what appears to be a major revaluation by the market. In your last report on BEP.UN (July/21) you stated the 12.4x forward sales multiple (at the time) was the lowest since 2019. Currently BEPC appears to be trading at less than 2x sales.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on October 13, 2022

Q: I hold both BEPC and BEP.UN and would like to consolidate into one. Which company would be best to hold? Is this a move I can do now or is it best to wait or sell one and wait to buy the other after the market settles a bit?

Read Answer Asked by Dan on October 12, 2022

Q: I am trying build a list of buy and forget core stocks for each sector. I hold the following utilities in various accounts: FTS, BIPC, BEPC, AQN, NEE, BLX, NPI. Can you please rank these for safety and also for growth. I hold BLX in a corp account because it has the lowest yield - do you see BLX as a long term buy and forget stock? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Grant on October 11, 2022

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: Hi 5i team.
about 6 weeks ago sold AQN for a tax loss and increased position in FTS and bought some BEPC on top of BEP.UN as I am thinking of switching to BEPC to make life less complicated tax wise.
Problem (and a good one to have) is that I have a large capital gain in BEP.un.

Utilities portions as total of all portfolio.
BEP.UN is about 2%
BEPC about 1%
Fortis about 2%
Polaris about 1%

Question is what to sell or reduce to add in AQN back at about 2%?
Would you suggest a different mix?
I like the dividends and am OK w slow to moderate growth - retiree and looking at conservative ongoing investment. (I like all of these stocks.)

I am willing to pay some taxes as I worry about the capital gains tax rate rising at some point under our current government.
Subtract as many questions as needed.
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Tulio on September 12, 2022

Q: Hi Guys,
Could you list 5 or more Canadian companys that you would consider long term holds that pay a good dividend ?
Excluding 5 Big banks,BCE,T,ENB,FTS.

Thanks Steve.

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on August 26, 2022

Q: I own a mixture of these in both my RIF and non registered accounts and wish to consolidate them so as to only own one of each. Capital gains and tax need not to be considered. Which version of these 2 companies would you have in each of my two accounts ? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Derek on August 24, 2022

Q: Hi Folks,
I currently hold FTS and AQN in my non registered account. I would like to add one more utility company, I am looking at BIPC and BEPC - which one would you recommend at this time. Appreciate your comments.

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on August 11, 2022

Q: With the ongoing price swings and volatility, I am looking to add a couple good dividend stocks with a 3-5 year time frame. Can you suggest 5 Canadian stocks with decent dividends, and good upside price potential? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Grant on July 19, 2022

Q: Earlier today you replied to a question with: "We are not big fans of averaging down, but if we were to do it BAM.A would likely be near the top of the list. When 'the market' brings down all stocks we are more comfortable buying more as opposed to when a company in isolation declines. We are not worrried about BAM getting through this market and/or upcoming recession. "

Please list 5 cad and 5 usd stocks that would be in your top list that would meet the above criteria.


Read Answer Asked by Christopher on June 20, 2022

Q: I am considering taking a position in both of the above equities. Would you consider this a prudent buy or are they too similar in nature, i.e. overlapping. Both do not seem to have done too well, even prior to the present market downturn.

Thanks, David

Read Answer Asked by david on June 14, 2022