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Q: Can you please rank your top three Canadian utilities for overall performance over the next 3-5 years and explain why? On a related note (and I may be repeating myself), which would you recommend over the same time period and why: FTS or H?

Read Answer Asked by Maureen on September 13, 2023

Q: We’re seeing more and more municipalities in BC ban natural gas installations in new houses as a climate change tactic. Fortis talks about getting more supply from renewable gas but they won’t be selling to new homes. That don’t have gas appliances. Do you think this will eventually amount to a material concern for Fortis and other gas suppliers?

Read Answer Asked by Bob on September 07, 2023

Q: A number of strong Dividend paying companies have pulled back recently. Excluding Banks, what would be top five Canadian Dividend Paying Stocks (> 4%) that would also bring reasonable growth.

Could you also indicate if you consider them a buy today.


Read Answer Asked by Timothy on August 15, 2023

Q: I did reorganize all my portfolio for a dividend focused portfolio , and already did sell most of the stocks for selected ETFs ,except the 12 stocks mentionned.I wish to only keep 12 "financially safe stocks" on long term + at low risk of dividend cut.If those 12 stocks do not all match this objective,wich ones could be sold and then replaced by what individual stock suggested ? regards,JY

Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on August 03, 2023

Q: I sold TRP today at basically a break even price because I do not want to wait out the final outcome of their recent split up plan and to see how their debt is allocated etc. I was in the stock for long term income given I am recently retired. It will be hard to find an equivalent yield, given capital preservation is a prime objective along with the income. TRP was held in a non registered account for tax advantaged dividend income.

With long term capital preservation a goal along with income generation, and that I hold all of the above listed companies already in appropriate proportions and don't wish to add to them or their sectors (no more utilities, financials or telecoms) what other Canadian blue chip dividend companies would you consider for long term hold with decent dividends for income? I also already have enough allocated to bonds, GIC's and cash accounts so I'm not considering these assets either.

Manageable debt levels and ability to maintain dividend growth, hopefully at the rate of inflation or higher is the main criteria I would hope to have in replacing TRP for the long haul. Thank you for your valued insight in giving me suggestions to look at.

Read Answer Asked by Andrew on August 03, 2023

Q: Hello Peter,
I am thinking of increasing my weights to more than 5 percent in fts, bce, and telus. My focus is really income with small capital appreciation looking at 5 year hold. At this point, it seems fts will give me better appreciation but bce and telus have nice dividends. Please comment. thanks

Read Answer Asked by umedali on August 03, 2023

Q: Hello 5i Team,

Could you please provide your top utilities stock picks (3 Canadian, 3 U.S.) based on total return for a long-term hold, i.e. 5+ years.

Thanks in advance for your always helpful advice!

Read Answer Asked by Keith on August 02, 2023

Q: My son is interested in investing $30k in TFSA in four canadian dividend paying stocks with some growth, in different sectors. Which stocks would you purchase today? Thanks very much

Read Answer Asked by Terry on August 01, 2023

Q: I am looking to raise some cash from my RRSP by selling 1 or 2 of the companies named. Please rank the companies from best candidate to sell to best to hold onto with a few supporting comments. Always appreciated. ram

Read Answer Asked by Ray on July 31, 2023

Q: I read in the Vancouver Sun that the municipalities in the US have a lot of control over the rate at which energy utilities convert to climate friendly energy sources. A UBC climate change expert weighed in to nudge the Vancouver municipal council who are meeting this week on the subject to stick to their acceleration plan for Fortis (+ maybe others) to adhere to it. Do you have any facts or insight on investor sentiment over the short to medium term?

Read Answer Asked by TOM on July 30, 2023

Q: Which TSX listed stocks would significantly benefit from a major expansion and overhaul of electricity delivery infrastructure within Canada (which seems likely)?

Read Answer Asked by John on July 27, 2023

Q: What are you top ten dividend/income stocks in Canada to buy now?

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on July 18, 2023

Q: Dividend growth investor here. Was wondering about the quality ACO.X as an investment. Any balance sheet concerns? The rather large portion they own of CU seems to be dictating the performance of their stock price - more less flat-ish over the last few years. So in that regard why would, say, FTS be outperforming CU over the last 5 years by approx. 25%?

Read Answer Asked by James on June 26, 2023

Q: US stock market almost recovered after a stunning run lately. The Canadian market is apparently still recovering. Do you think there is a rotation that will be going on, e.g. Canadian stock market, or non-AI stocks? I am wondering whether there are some Canadian stocks that may be benefit from the rotations that we can invest now?

Read Answer Asked by Yiwen on June 22, 2023

Q: With the rush to electrify economies, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels, many Co.'s will experience strong growth over the next several years. Can you provide a list of 6-8 Co.'s with strong fundamentals, that trade in Canada, from various affected sectors that you feel stand to benefit by this coming move to electrification. Please rank them from best growth prospects to least. Thank you and please take as many credits as required. ...Will

Read Answer Asked by Will on June 21, 2023

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

Portfolio Analytics indicates an overweight position in Utilities where the current holdings are BEP.UN, CPX, and FTS. Only CPX is showing a loss, and the other two have substantial gains. In what order would you sell part positions, in order to raise cash for Consumer Cyclical? This sector’s holdings include ATD, BYD, and CCL.B. In what order would you add to existing positions? Please suggest other Consumer Cyclical stocks to consider starting a position, if you feel it would further diversify our holdings in this sector. Thanks as always for the pertinent advice.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on June 21, 2023