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Q: I am considering adding to a number of these Income Generating names. I know you are generally not a fan of averaging down but is there an entry point that you would add to these names in the current market.


Read Answer Asked by Timothy on September 20, 2023

Q: I have Magna, Spin Master, Well Health Technologies in a TFSA, and AltaGas in a RRIF.
All are down slightly.

Could you please rate these in terms of potential and how much patience might be required.

Read Answer Asked by Valerie on June 21, 2023

Q: I currently have a portfolio with these six holdings. What would be your current top 5-10 Cdn and/or US buys to diversify the portfolio and put a large cash balance to work for a 5-10 year time horizon with total return as the primary objective

Read Answer Asked by Chris on June 07, 2023

Q: I have been fortunate to come into a windfall of cash from a relative, and I am interested in taking new positions in the following securities with this new cash. Please note, my existing portfolio is fairly well diversified across all sectors in North America.

Can I please get your long-term opinion on these new securities I wish to invest in. Do you see any issues with respect to these investment choices? I have money to invest and feel the urge to plunge into the market at this time.




Read Answer Asked by George on April 20, 2023

Q: Hoping you can give some info on the debt situation for Ala. I know they took on a lot of debt to accomplish the big US acquisition but how well, in your opinion, are they dealing with their debt. Iíve heard someone suggest that they may sell some assets as a debt reduction strategy as well. In short, is their debt a serious issue or is their cash flow sufficient to cover debt repayments, dividends, etc.?

Read Answer Asked by Donald on April 13, 2023

Q: I have held ALA for many years, I have some cash to deploy in the account holding ALA. All my other holdings in that account have bounced to start 2023 with ALA the glaring exception who lost steam and gave back its gains. Good time to buy the dip on ALA and worst case I get the 3.7% div for the rest of 2023? You don't seem to be huge fans based on replies to other ALA questions. I don't see a huge downside if markets continue to be shaky and with the interest rate hike cycle hopefully nearing an end.

Read Answer Asked by Tom on March 03, 2023

Q: Hi - looking to add a utility to an otherwise diversified portfolio. Please rank the companies listed in terms of potential total return over the next 5 years+ and whether current valuations are presenting a good entry point?

Read Answer Asked by Chris on February 23, 2023

Q: Hi 5i
I think Peter has been around long enough to remember December 1999 when TRP cut its dividend from 1.20 to .80 and the stock tanked to under $10. More recently ALA made a deal to buy WGL and issued shares at $31 ( I think Caisse depot or other big guys were in for $400 million). ALA went down to around $11 and recoverd to over $28 recently. So my question is: do you see any similarities to TRP or ALA turnarounds to think that AQN ($9.50) could follow a similar chart?
Thanks, Greg

Read Answer Asked by Greg on December 19, 2022

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and 5i Team,

More comments, a question, and a link regarding Algonquin and some historical relevance!

AQN was held in my wife's RRIF and daughter-in-law's RRSP. My feeling is that AQN will be in the 'penalty box' for quite some time, and the share price will settle around $10.00 or less. Since they're both conservative investors, I switched them to Fortis FTS, which they already held in their respective accounts. It was an easy decision. Do you agree with the thinking here?

AQN was also held in our son's TFSA, but he needed the funds recently for a house purchase. I was fortunate to sell it at around $16.00.

I didn't act soon enough with the two other accounts holding AQN for several reasons. Living in Oakville, where AQN's headquarters is located, resulted in "home town bias" - a mistake in retrospect, because I never felt comfortable with its acquisition of Kentucky Power. It was too expensive, and too much debt was taken on by Algonquin.

Finally, here's a link from 'Seeking Alpha' which outlines the fate that AQN may face when compared to a similar ill-fated and debt-ridden mistake made by AltaGas when they bought WGN. It's taken them a long time to correct their mistake, and I suspect that AQN's mistake will have similar consequences.

Thanks for your continued guidance!

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on December 14, 2022

Q: Please rank the above 7 stocks in terms of the negative impact a recession-based bear market would have on their price, and also on their ability to maintain their dividend.

Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Chris on May 25, 2022

Q: I wish to take a position in two pipelines. Could you please discuss which two of the above would be the best fit or complementary to each other. This would be for a long term hold. Please feel free to add any other comments or other companies.



Read Answer Asked by david on May 04, 2022

Q: Great 5i team, There are times like this; I will need to put my cash holding to work. I kept trimming energy names in our family portfolio to under 10% and staying on the sidelines for the last few months. Your thoughts are very much appreciated with these 2 questions: which one that you would pick 3 out of these 7 energy names and which sector that you will allocate the funds? I am light in industrial and health care. Thanks for your input.

Read Answer Asked by Nhung on May 02, 2022