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Q: I have held NPI in both registered and non-registered accounts for years. The stock price has more than tripled, so obviously I am happy with that, but I am now retired and invest mainly for dividends. NPI currently yields less than 3%, a bit low compared to some other power producers like EMA or CU (I already hold some CU but not EMA). NPI also seems to be struggling to get back to its past highs, and if it did then the yield percentage would be that much less. I am considering selling NPI in the registered account and replacing it with either EMA or CU (recognizing these 2 are not currently as strong in the renewable space).
Could you compare the dividend growth, dividend sustainability, debt levels and future stock growth potential of these 3 stocks, and comment on my plan.

Read Answer Asked by grant on October 19, 2021

Q: Hi, I have read that several U.K. utilities have recently collapsed given soaring wholesale natural gas prices and the inability to pass costs on to customers. Could the same thing happen here and if so which companies might be the most susceptible? Could any of the above companies be impacted? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Gary on September 27, 2021

Q: Please rate your top 5 electric Canadian utilities
1. for long term growth potential
2. for safety in a correction.

Read Answer Asked by Lawrence on September 16, 2021

Q: I hold some AQN now and was looking to diversify by adding EMA. Is there enough of a difference to matter, and what do you think about using these two as a core utilities position in an account focused on dividend income?
Thanks for your recent input on SFC- it was beneficial in my decision process and proves the merits of your service to me!

Read Answer Asked by Robert on May 27, 2021

Q: 11:05 AM 5/20/2021

On March 18, 2021 "Using safety and valuation as the primary metrics", you ranked these 4 utilities : We would rank: FTS, NPI, AQN, EMA.

You consistently rank EMA at the bottom of the list yet since 2008 the graphs of FTS and EMA are almost exactly the same, both raise their dividends annually and EMA has a higher dividend [4.5% as opposed to 3.7%].

You must see something I am missing. What is the problem with EMA making it so much less desirable than FTS. Please be specific if you can, as this problem has bothered me for a long time. I own 4%EMA and 5%FTS positions in the two and need to add a bit to one. I plan to own these "forever" strictly for income and enough growth to offset inflation.
Thanh you.......... Paul K.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on May 25, 2021

Q: Its astonishing how similar the charts look alike for FTS, EMA and CU. They have had a good move. The charts on AQN and NPI look very similar to each other as well, however moving sideways. Why do you think AQN and NPI seem to be lagging FTS, EMA and CU? Best, Don

Read Answer Asked by DONALD on March 30, 2021

Q: The other day i asked about selling emera. There were a few details that i neglected to mention. I am thinking of investing the money in clean energy utility. Because they are currently down i thought it a good idea. Looking at utilitirs, though, is it reasonable to have too big a concentration? I already ow icln and algonquin. But, if the answer is yes on that score, which one? i already own a full position in Bam.a. Does this mitigate against Brookfields energy arm and then most reasonably leave boralex?

Read Answer Asked by joseph on March 22, 2021

Q: hello 5i:
We hold AQN and BIP.UN in the utilities space and I'd like to increase by either adding to an existing position or initiating a new position. We also hold BAM.A, so indirect exposure to BEP.UN. Using safety and valuation as the primary metrics, can you rank the stocks above?
Paul L

Read Answer Asked by Paul on March 18, 2021

Q: good day 5i
Thinking about selling emera, which I will have high capital gains on and buying a renewable energy stock. I already own a full compliment of icln and wondering whether I should buy another renewable? If so, which one? I am selling emera because I suspect the government may impose higher capital gains taxes soon. And also because I think there will be more growth, with of course stability, with renewables. I thought I would pass this idea through your radar to see whether you see it as a worthy idea

Read Answer Asked by joseph on March 15, 2021

Q: For new money to top up my income portfolio holdings per above. How would you rank if buying today based on valuation and future growth (revenue, earnings,dividends)
Please also rank the sectors (banks, insurance, utilities, telecom ). Thank-you.

Read Answer Asked by Albert on March 08, 2021

Q: looking to buy this bundle...can you rank from must have to lest favourite..many thanks...

Read Answer Asked by adam on February 22, 2021

Q: I have some extra cash sitting in a bank account earning next to nothing. I hold positions in the above companies and am thinking about adding to one of them. I understand that no equity investment is truly safe but which company would be your pick if capital preservation and dividend safety was top of mind. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Ken on February 17, 2021

Q: Hi, purely in terms of relative dividend security could you please rank the above blue chips companies over the next 5-10 years.Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Gary on January 25, 2021

Q: Hello 5i team,

What do you guys think are the "worst" companies currently in the TSX60 index that you think will under-perform in the coming years? Why?

Are there any fundamental/financial metrics that you think are the most predictive of poor future performance that investors should look out for?


Read Answer Asked by Alex on January 21, 2021