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Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

Would you consider Algonquin to essentially be an income stock in the near term? Having held it for some time now, and always 'hoping' for better results, we now find ourselves underwater. (Too bad we didn't sell yesterday!!) In the Utilities sector, we also hold BEP.UN (terrific gain, CPX (also underwater), and FTS (nice moderate gain). Once the dust settles, and we’re able to sell AQN, which of our other Utilities would you suggest to put the proceeds, or is there perhaps another Utility you’d recommend? Thanks as always for your timely advice.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on November 11, 2022

Q: Can you please rank the above utilities for Value. I used EV/EBITA data from Yahoo Finance and got this: NPI (8), BIP.UN (11), FTS (12.7), BLX (13), BEP.UN (15), NEE (26), AQN (28)

Read Answer Asked by Grant on November 07, 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: Hello

Want to sell GOOG and AMZN in my cash account for the tax loss.

Replace them with FTS, PPL and ZEB. for dividend and safety.

Your comments thank you.


Read Answer Asked by Mike on November 03, 2022

Q: Hello 5i folks,
We are wondering what comments you have on the news we read in the local newspaper this morning concerning Fortis having avoided 2.2 billion in taxes over the last 5 years. The report was released by 'Canadians for Tax Fairness'.
We own Fortis shares and wonder if it is really the great company we think it is?
Thank you, Len

Read Answer Asked by Len on October 20, 2022

Q: Hello,
Could you please briefly list what you like and don’t like about these for income and preservation of capital? What’s your favourite utility? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Carlo on October 18, 2022

Q: I am sitting on significant cash holding. I understand that predicting the bottom is not a strategy, but I am looking at taking advantage of the recent pullback.

Given that most predict we are heading into a recession, is deploying 1/3 of the cash at this point a good strategy and deploying the remainder over the next 6 months.

I am looking for Income and growth over the next 3 to 5 years. I was looking at FTS, BIP, SLF, ENB, AQN, RY, TD, BCE. Is there any of these names you would not buy now?


Read Answer Asked by Timothy on October 12, 2022

Q: I am looking to retire in the next year, and positioning our portfolio more toward income.

Within the utilities sector we held AQN, BEP.UN, BIP.UN and CPX at close to equal weights 3.1-3.3% each (market value).

I recently sold AQN at a 20% tax loss and initiated a new position in FTS (yielding 4.25% after it's big drop). This will be a long term position.

I'm up approx 50% in CPX and even on BIP.UN.

I'm currently carrying a 16% loss on BEP.UN, and am thinking of selling it for a tax loss (I have significant realized capital gains to offset).

I'm considering either splitting the proceeds between BIP, CPX and FTS; or waiting to sell BEP after the 30 day period on AQN has passed, repurchasing it to regain the lost dividends and for diversification.

From recent questions I understand that AQN's dividend is likely safe, and is considered sufficiently different from FTS to support owning both. I like that it is at 2019 levels, and think there is a good possibility it may reward a patient investor. Is debt a concern?

Which course of action would 5i recommend, and why?
1. Sell BEP at a tax loss and split the funds between BIP, CPX and FTS; or
2. Sell BIP at a tax loss and repurchase AQN,
3. Or is there another course of action that you'd recommend?


Read Answer Asked by Cory on October 11, 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: I own AQN in my dividend growth portfolio and would like to add another utility. Is Fortis to similar to AWN or different enough for a diversified portfolio. Also thining of Emera or perhaps ATCO for better diversification. Which of these or others would be your preference for another utility in a portfolio?

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on October 07, 2022

Q: Hello Peter
Out of the three stocks, AQN has the highest dividend; however, is this sustainable? From an overall safety with decent dividend, I was thinking of Fortis instead of BEP.UN. Any comments please?

Read Answer Asked by umedali on October 06, 2022

Q: Hi
I have asked you about these four companies before .
All have since dropped even further .
i know Lundin had a sink hole by one of its mines .
for the other companies is it just the market or i there a reason for the continual drop in price.
Should i be selling these stocks

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Howard on September 22, 2022

Q: Hi, AQN stock has languished over past years and shares have been testing investors' patience. Even a recent large acquisition has failed to reignite the stock price. Based on your recent comments, you consider AQN fine for income but not much is expected in terms of capital appreciation. For a quick comparison of share price performance, I pulled the charts of these four utilities over 12 months and noted that while CPX and ACO.X outperformed by a wide margin, AQN was a complete laggard with FTS in the middle of the pack. We are retired investors and looking for ( In Non Regd account ) stability of income ( with increasing dividends) and some growth potential. We have owned FTS and AQN for many years, but are considering to switch out of AQN ( fully or partially ) to CPX or ACO.X. What are your thoughts about this plan and how are the current valuations of CPX and ACO.X for the switch ? How would you rate these four companies, in order of preference ? Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on September 19, 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, This week's sharp decline in Pipeline ( ENB/TRP and Others) and Utility (FTS etc ) stocks - Do you think, it is a result of market's renewed fear of continued rate hikes into 2022/2023, as suggested by FED Chair on Friday and re-iterated by other FED Presidents over course of this week including Cleveland FED President, Mester, Today. Pipelines and Utilies sector has performed well this year, but may be, due to its higher yield, is causing some worry to investors. Your comments, co relation of high rates and other factors, impacting these sectors will be much appreciated. Would it be prudent to underweight the sectors, in near term. Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on September 01, 2022