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Q: Hi 5i Team - I'm quite sure this has been covered more than once in previous questions but could you summarize the differences between BEP.UN and BEPC. Also do you favorite one over the other for an investment in renewable energy and fundamentals in general. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Rob on January 19, 2022

Q: I would like to add one of the above now, to my TFSA for a long-term foundational hold.
In your view which one or two would you pick for the best long-term upside potential.

Would a concentration of the above name or names in an ETF be a better option?


Asset allocation not an issue

Read Answer Asked by Henry on January 18, 2022

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

Portfolio Analytics indicated that we had too much Technology, and not enough Utilities. I recently sold XIT, and added more BEP.UN. In the Utilities sector, among our accounts, we own AQN, BEP.UN, and FTS. The Utility weightings are now AQN = 3.65%, BEP.UN = 2.86%, and FTS = 1.49%.

In 5i's answers to questions, I notice that you generally rate BEP.UN higher than AQN.

Recently, John Heinzl wrote in his "Yield Hog" column that he bought more AQN, and gave some good reasons for doing so. I'm now wondering if I did the right thing in adding more BEP.UN, and am asking for some "reassurance".

Finally, I note that PA still shows that we could add more Utilities. I would be doing this in a non-registered account, and am wondering what to add. Please rank AQN, BEPC (better tax advantage than BEP.UN), FTS, and NPI (this would be a new holding).

Thanks in advance for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on January 18, 2022

Q: What is the difference between BEP and BIP? Aren't they both in utilities sector? Why does BAM feel the need to have 2 subsidiaries which focus on the same sector? Would one's portfolio need exposure to both?

If one is to hold only one infrastructure/utilities company in one's portfolio, which company would you recommend? BEP vs BIP vs any other suggestion that you think might be worthwhile? If it helps the answer, my risk tolerance is high and time line is 3-5 years.

Thank you for your guidance.

Read Answer Asked by Anh on January 18, 2022

Q: A year ago both BIPC and BEPC traded at a 25-30% premium†to BIP.UN and BEP.UN respectively.† Today BIPC still trades at a considerable premium to BIP.UN whereas the BEPC to BEP.UN premium is now less than 2%.† Why is that?
Also if you were to establish a Brookfield Renewable Partners position today in a registered account, would you go with BEPC anticipating that a premium may return?† Other than a nominally higher dividend, is there any other advantage of going with BEP.UN instead of BEPC in a registered account?

Read Answer Asked by Glenn on January 18, 2022

Q: These companies are in my husbandís TFSA.
They were chosen from your Balanced and Income Model Portfolios.
Would you suggest adding any other companies to this portfolio?
Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Donna on January 17, 2022

Q: I was planning on growing my position in these companies during 2022 in my TFSA account. Is there any of these companies you wouldn't invest in or replace for an other company (please indicate witch company you would replace it by).

Also can you say in what order you would rank these companies from highest to lowest, highest being you favourite and lowest least favourite?

Read Answer Asked by Rick on January 07, 2022

Q: Hi Peter and team, The entire renewable sector was down substantially in 2021. What is your current view of the sector? In this sector, you seem to favor BEP.un. Interest rate is expected to rise. What is your view on the stock against such an economic backdrop? Is this a good entry point? Appreciate your insight!

Read Answer Asked by Ching on January 03, 2022

Q: Hi 5i Team,

I am looking to invest approx. $6k in my TFSA and approx. $28K in my RRSP for Jan/Feb of 2022. My potential stock picks for each account are:


I am leaning more towards T & BEP.UN for my RRSP since I do not have much exposure to Utilities in my overall portfolio exposure (Tip my hat to your Potfolio Tracking for pointing that out!)

I am leaning towards adding to AT (I already own a significant amount of shares but I am extremely tempted by the current stock price) or CJT since I believe the potential ecommerce headwinds for the company will be significant over the next few years.

If you could rank or provide your thoughts on these companies in this current (depressing) market environment it would be of great help. If you have better candidates to look at that would also be welcome. Plan to hold for 5 to 10yrs.

I am new to this service but just wanted to say that I have been very impressed with 5i so far. I appreciate all the work you do for DIY investors and wish you and your staff a Merry Christmas and a better new year.

Thank you in advance.

Read Answer Asked by GREGORY on December 21, 2021

Q: I am putting together a list of stocks to purchase in my TFSA for a 10 year hold. I am a very conservative investor and want income and some growth from my TFSA.
What companies would you add or delete from this list? Should I include a few US names?

Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Donna on December 21, 2021

Q: I have losses as follows for potential tax loss selling:
AQN 18%
BEP.UN 24%
SJ 14%
What can you recommend as suitable proxies until repurchase, or which ones would you not repurchase (leaving their "proxies" in the portfolio).
Thanks, and I wish everyone on the team, and your readers, Merry Anytime and Happy Always.

Read Answer Asked by Lotar on December 20, 2021

Q: All the renewable stocks other than BEP.UN are getting beaten up today. Any news that I missed. Could it be Tax loss selling since the sector is one of the few that has done poorly this year?

Read Answer Asked by Albert on December 14, 2021

Q: I'm down about 15% on BIP.UN and am thinking of a tax loss sale and purchasing either NPI or BLX; and then reentering BEP in January. I currently hold CPX and AQN.

A similar question had been asked previously in June, and 5i's recommendation was either NPI or BLX. Has anything changed with these companies since June? What would be your preference for a short term hold today and why?

Many thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Cory on December 13, 2021

Q: Hi 5I
I have $180,000 split evenly amongst above companies in RRSP. I was going to begin withdrawing $10,000 every year and am looking for strategy to draw down to maximize growth of account. Is there a ranking of companies to sell first, or take a bit from each? I like them all so tough call for me. Appreciate all your advice since my initial membership in 5I.

Read Answer Asked by Craig on December 08, 2021