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Q: Hello 5i, Could you explain what these 4 companies are about and rank them in order from best first. I just retired and am looking for one or two companies where I can sleep at night and earn some income. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Michael on June 06, 2022

Q: Hello

Regarding VRIF, I saw a YouTube recently that said that the 4 percent payout will remain constant and that if each unit drops below $25, Vanguard will reduce the monthly payout. Does that make sense? I am somewhat mathematically challenged but from what I understand, if I buy an ETF at a lower price today, I will earn a higher percent payout than if I bought it at a higher price. I'd appreciate your input regarding VRIFs payout.



Read Answer Asked by Lynn on May 05, 2022

Q: 5iteam: Retired income seeking investor that anckored my portfolio with VRIF for reasonable stability with a 4% yield. I am down currently 8% and maybe counting. Can you give me your perspective on what and why with a 50/50 split to stocks and bonds performance has suffered? Would you consider it a good hold for my needs or suggest another prospect with more potential and security worth tacking a loss for the switch? As usual much appreciated Larry

Read Answer Asked by Larry on May 03, 2022

Q: Good Day to 5I team: With banks trending down I am down about 7% but still with a 4% dividend.With VRIF my core retirement income holding also in a downward trend am down about 5% with a 4% dividend. Would you consider one or the other a sell for tax loss and. Investing proceeds in a 1 year gic at 2.45% to take shelter from what may or may not transpire into a resession and redeploy funds when markets look better? Which do you feel has a better chance of revovery?

Read Answer Asked by Larry on April 14, 2022

Q: Hi, looking to start one or two Canadian based etf. Retired, no investment out of Canada. I think I should have some. Would like monthly income, 4%+ ,moderate risk, some growth if possible.
I think Cyh is the only one with a little growth?
Could you suggest two etf’s you prefer, or suggest two from above you might have confidence in.

Read Answer Asked by Brad on March 28, 2022

Q: In late December I transitioned my RRIF portfolio (~28% of total portfolio) from a mix of VGRO & XAW to all VRIF (objective primarily to derisk a bit (?) and to simplify required payouts.
I maybe didn't adequately consider the following implications in my decision? What are your thoughts about the exposure to possible ROC as part of the monthly payouts and the subsequent more-rapid erosion of the RRIF capital, given the current market turmoil.
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Lotar on January 24, 2022

Q: My question is more about safety and minimizing some risk. Hypothetically, if there was a market correction of say 20%, which of the above would be the safest in terms of net change (dividends and share price) say 6 months and 1 year later? I realize there are many issues with this question (they are all different, the need for crystal ball or time machine, etc) but I really value your thoughts. Thanks again!

Read Answer Asked by Dan on October 26, 2021

Q: I am looking to finally replace the following mutual funds held in a self admin RSP account, to equivalent ETFs.
FID269 - Fid Monthly Inc;
FID5973 - Fid Global Innovation;
FID207 - Fid Global Concentrated Equity;
RBC460 - Sel Bal Ptf
TDB2760 - Td Retirement Balance
TDB652 - Td Global Entertainment & communication
TDB976 - Td Health Science
TDB2580 Td Tactical Monthly Inc
My goal is to replace these mutual funds with long term, high yielding where possible, low MER, CDN or US $ equivalent ETFs. Please provide 2 or 3 suggestions for each. Please deduct as many credit s as need.
Thank you for all the invaluable investment help you provide.

Read Answer Asked by Mark on October 15, 2021

Q: I am interested in an 'all-in-one' diversified ETF to provide regular (quarterly/monthly) income such as VCIP, that best meets the following criteria:
1) Fairly conservative
2) As tax-advantaged as possible as it will be held in a non-registered account
3) Yield that can reasonably be expected to outpace inflation over time
4) MER<0.4

The rest of the investment portfolio is well diversified across geography, market cap, and sector, achieved with a few broad market index ETFs.

Read Answer Asked by Walter on April 16, 2021

Q: For a conservative investor, how much overlap is there in a portfolio comprised of xtr, zmi, pinc, and vrif? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Paul W on February 09, 2021

Q: I have transferred my RRIF account from a broker and I plan to self-mange that account. The cash balance as of today is $290,000. I'm 88 years old so I need strong cash flow and/or capital gains to meet the required annual distribution. Please provide a list of stocks and ETFs that 5i would recommend for that purpose. Thanks for your valued assistance.

Read Answer Asked by George on January 28, 2021

Q: Hey there,
All of these etfs pay good dividends for a retiree. Can you compare/contrast the risks associated with each and in particular, and is there any compelling reason to switch to VRIF?


Read Answer Asked by kelly on November 17, 2020

Q: Hello 5i,

I am looking to create a sector diversified portfolio, that will provide dividend income
each month throughout the year? Preferably yields over 4%, reits, and etfs are acceptable. Even better would be payouts at the beginning of each month?

Thanks for your help

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on November 12, 2020

Q: I am resending this question. Hope this reaches you this time around.
Prior to asking this question I re-read your answers to my own question on VRIF(!!) in September and your answers to others as well. I read Barkha's excellent article on VRIF in this month's ETF&Mutual fund update. I read your answer to my question about asset allocation and read the articles you suggested but not the book. Difficult to get hold of it  in the library.
I also was intrigued by Gregory's question on ETFs based asset allocation in October and looked up ETF and Mutual fund newsletter and reviewed ETF based portfolios including Richard Morrison's excellent update.
Question: IF, I know this is a big IF VRIF is has a steady return of 4 % (it may have to dip into capital ROC some years, I understand and accept it), then can I invest most, say 60 to 70% of my portfolio in it and the rest in some other ETF (just one may be two) to enhance the return? Richard Morrison in ETF&MF update says most of the performance in Growth ETF portfolio comes from XQQ. Our smallish pensions plus minimum RRIF withdrawal in the future may well help us to retire with peace of mind. We are looking at our monthly needs and construct a portfolio accordingly and VRIF+? 1-2 ETFs+pensions may do the trick we feel. Instead of 10 to 13 ETFs what ETFs would you suggest to enhance a VRIF centered portfolio? 
Kudos to CMS November/December edition. It is as if you thought of pre retirees/retirees like us and published it! I read it quickly but it needs a more in depth study. 

Read Answer Asked by Savalai on November 09, 2020

Q: I was looking at the credit Quality of the bonds. 41% are rated BBB. To me this seems quite high risk, considering all the debt that has been issued as of late. This makes up 24% of the Vanguard Retirement Income Fund ETF Portfolio.
Im thinking of selling my BNS430 and purchasing the Vanguard retirement Portfolio ETF VRIF.
Would the risk Factor be equal, and with the high MER would you prefer the VRIF over the BNS430

Read Answer Asked by Gordon on September 17, 2020