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Which stocks need to sell or all of them.
Read Answer Asked by Nizar on August 15, 2023
Q: What are your thoughts on this company? To quote "FCR remains one of a small number of REITs trading at meaningful valuation discounts versus pre-pandemic (P/NAV 74% versus 86%, P/AFFO 16.0x versus 20.0x)" I understand its debt is high but has been reducing it aggressively pre pandemic.
I know you like GRT.UN and CAR.UN, wondering where FCR ranks in relation to these 2.
Read Answer Asked by John on March 24, 2022
Q: Hello!
I am underwater on my First Capital Realty shares (currently yielding 2.62%) and considering replacing them with Choice Properties REIT units (currently yielding 5.43%). Doing so would double my income from this position. My thinking is that CHP's income profile is more stable than FCR's. What are your thoughts on this trade? More importantly, would you make the switch now or wait for the economy to open up more? Once vaccinations are rolled out and the economy more or less returns to normal, does FCR's share price have more upside than CHP's? FCR's share price has rallied more in recent months.
Thank You!
Read Answer Asked by Brian on April 06, 2021
Q: Would appreciate it very much ranking the above based on your expectation of total return over 3 to 5 years period. I wish to consolidate these number into less positions. In particular I am thinking of selling FCR at a loss and perhaps add to GRT.un or one of the others,

Read Answer Asked by Saad on March 23, 2021
Q: Hello 5i Team
I am comparing the retail REITs and the two distinct groupings in the sector:
Group 1 - REITs majority owned by parent operating company and the majority source of the REIT's income. These would be Choice Properties REIT (CHP.UN), Crombie REIT (CRR.UN) and CT REIT (CRT.UN).
Group 2 - REITS with a large diverse portfolio. These would be First Capital REIT (FCR.UN), Riocan REIT (REI.UN) and SmartCentres REIT (SRU.UN).
The questions I have are:
1 - What would be your ranking of the REITs in Group 1 and your ranking of the REITs in Group 2?
2 - Which is the better Group to select from Group 1 or Group 2?
3 - Any other retail oriented REITs I should be looking at?
Read Answer Asked by Stephen on May 08, 2020
Q: Hi Peter and Staff

If we end up in a longer (say 1-2 year recession) can you provide any comments as to which of the following could suffer most or least from vacancies or unpaid rent based on their tenants ?


I guess I am also asking which one (s) appear to have been beaten up too much in relation to the others and why

Thanks for all you do
Read Answer Asked by Dennis on March 20, 2020
Q: Could I get your take on REITs at these levels. I thought they would have held up much better in this current meltdown. Are investors just dumping them because they think tenants are going bankrupt and default on their lease agreements? What is your opinion on FCR.UN? or do you prefer HR.UN? Thanks Ron
Read Answer Asked by Ronald on March 18, 2020
Q: Ignoring taxes, cash requirements, and sector allocation, on a straight-up basis, for a minimum of a one year hold, which of these companies would it be prudent to currently sell, buy, or hold? Thank You.
Read Answer Asked by Harold on January 27, 2020
Q: 1. I was considering buying FCR for a nonregistered account as it has a fully eligible dividend, but I see it is imminently converting to a REIT - is there any way of knowing how the distributions will be classified going forward (and therefore the taxation treatment)?
2. What do you recommend as tax efficient real estate holdings for a nonregistered account? Many thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Randy on November 12, 2019
Q: I would like to add a second real estate position for an income portfolio. Currently, I hold CSH.UN which is earmarked to the Health Care sector and BPY.UN, allocated to the real estate sector. Please provide a one or two real estate companies that would compliment/balance with BPY.UN......that will be held for the long term.
Read Answer Asked by Tom on May 15, 2019
Q: Thank you for for answer yesterday about setting up my parent's investments. To summarize, they are very conservative, above 80 years old, and looking for safety and income.

I would now like to ask you about the distribution of the equity component of the investments (composing only 17% of the total, the rest being in bonds, preferred, and GICs). Those below are all in equal weight. What do you thing?

XHC for healthcare exposure
IWO for US growth
VGG for US exposure
XEF (in a half position) for international exposure
VEE (in a half position) for emerging market exposure

Could you please suggest some more to round things out? I need another 5 or 6 stocks.

Also, do you have any objection to using ZAG and HYGH as bond substitutes for their conservative portfolio? I am buying individual preferred shares for that component.

Thank you once again,

Read Answer Asked by Federico on April 29, 2019
Q: Hello Peter and Ryan,
First Capital is a small trust with market cap of 125M (based on WSJ info). Yesterday, it announces 266 M purchase/co-ownership with First Capital Realty.
Jan 9, 2019 Crombie Reit anounced a sale of 104M ish to the group.
Is FCD.UN a good investment today for a 10 years horizon?
Do you think that this can be a step to turn First Capital Realty to a REIT? or a planned merger of all First Capital assets into 1?

My annual membership will end soon, a day before my BD so I always remember to give myself a gift of membership in support of the last independent advisor for DYI.
Read Answer Asked by Nhung on April 08, 2019