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Q: As a result of the spin off of the enclosed mall portfolio from HR.UN, I now hold shares of Primaris Real Estate PMZ.UN. The holding is much smaller than I normally hold and I am debating whether to sell it or top it up. A press release from PMZ.UN indicates that the present share price of PMZ.UN, about $13.50, but quite volatile, is significantly less than the net asset value per unit NAVPU of about $22. This implies that the potential for the share value to rise in the short to medium term could be quite high. However, the estimation of NAVPU must be a black art in the present market conditions for enclosed malls. My questions are: (1) How are such NAVPU estimates, which are non GAAP numbers, actually made and how valid are such estimates? (2) How high on the risk scale for REITs is PMZ.UN relative to, for example, REI.UN or SRU.UN ?

Read Answer Asked by John on January 10, 2022

Q: I would like to invest in 2 REITs and am looking for the best potential Total Return. I have been looking at the 4 REITs listed above, but would consider any REIT. What 2 REITs would you suggest at this time? Would you recommend 1 industrial REIT and 1 residential/commercial REIT for diversification? Finally, can you please tell me the percentage of US real estate, if any, in each of the 2 REITs suggested. Thank you!!

Read Answer Asked by Grant on October 28, 2021

Q: I am interested in REITs for potential retirement income. However, when one looks into the details of the “dividends” often a significant portion of the yield is return of capital. Are there any Canadian reits that make distributions that are largely just income and if so can you advise of same. Thanks Bill

Read Answer Asked by Bill on September 28, 2021

Q: I have been a longtime holder of SMU and have done well from it The stock has been on a tear lately, now yielding only 2.81 % and is now 10% of my ( non registered) portfolio and 5% of total portfolios. I am reluctant to reduce but wondering if a trimming is in order. Please comment on its technical characteristics. Also own Crombie and HR reits. Ignoring stock weighting,I suppose if I want to trim my reits it should be the one with the least potential and worst metrics, not the one that has given me the best return so that means to trim HR. Your thoughts are appreciated. Derek

Read Answer Asked by Derek on August 12, 2021

Q: I have found that my Canadian listed REITS that held US real estate have done rather well. and have been absorbed by larger US entities. May I please have your top 3 or 4 REITS that are listed in Canada and that hold US properties?
With appreciation,

Read Answer Asked by Ed on March 31, 2021

Q: Please list these companies in order of which to dispose off. They are in a RRSP with no tax complications and I would like to top up a pair of other positions. HLF, HR.UN and BBU. THANKYOU

Read Answer Asked by John on March 09, 2021

Q: Your most recent answers to questions about HR.UN and REI.UN indicate that you don't favour them and that they do not need to be owned, suggesting DIR.UN instead, among others. So a few days ago I replaced HR.UN with DIR.UN, and ever since, both
REI and HR have been shooting up while DIR languishes. Today alone they are up over 5% and 4% respectively. Can you explain what's happening here?

Read Answer Asked by chris on February 25, 2021

Q: Happy New Year 5i!
I recently joined and have been reading as many of these questions as I can get my hands on and appreciate your insight.
I've recently started a TFSA portfolio with a breakdown as follows:
- REI.UN (14%)
- TD (33%)
- FTS (29%)
- HR.UN (3%)
- T (12%)
- SIS (5%)
- ATZ (5%)

I have been attempting to buy into companies and reinvest via DRIP and thus my preliminary focus on dividend companies (with diversity taking a backseat). What are your thoughts on REITs for growth going forward over the next couple years? Are they worthwhile keeping or do you foresee more upside with investment into growth stocks? If so, do you have a top 2 growth stocks that could compliment the rest of the portfolio in lieu of REITs?

Thanks so much!

Read Answer Asked by Kyle on January 08, 2021

Q: Hi 5i:
Based on the idea that offices will not be needed as much in the post pademics future , is it worth to keep this stock (SOT) for a 5 years period?, or it would be better to switch to HR for example.
wishing a good year to your team and all members. Alex

Read Answer Asked by Alejandro on January 04, 2021

Q: Doing a year end review of all of my holdings. I would like to reduce my position in several stocks (or eliminate entirely in the case of HR.UN and CPH) in order to raise some cash for increasing my position in several other holdings. Fairly large question, so I will divide it into 2, this for the potential reductions and a further question about the potential adds. Would you please rank these stocks in the order you would reduce or eliminate to raise some cash, starting with the one you would be most inclined to reduce/eliminate. Sector, or large cap/small cap not a concern, as I have a broadly diversified portfolio with a lot (too many, really) of names. Thank you for this, and also for the very good service. My 1st year as a client, and I will certainly be renewing. I have recommended the site to a few friends who also do investing.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on December 20, 2020

Q: I am looking at reducing the number of holdings that I currently have. Please rate the sell order you would have for the above companies

Read Answer Asked by James on December 14, 2020

Q: I am retired, living off dividends and distributions I receive from my CDN portfolio. For a number of years, I have put my high-yielding REITs with less tax-efficient distributions in my TFSA. I have paper losses on all of them, but it is a long-term game and they still have high yields, except H&R. Given H&R’s holdings, in a context more negative toward retail and office spaces, should I take my loss, even in a TFSA, and replace it with NWH.un, which I have in my taxable account and has a higher yield? Thanks, Martin

Read Answer Asked by Martin on December 01, 2020

Q: Trying to reduce the number of stocks I hold. Currently I am broadly diversified across sectors and large cap/small cap, growth/dividend payers, so those are not concerns. I look at total return, and have a long term horizon, 5+ years. Comfortable with risky stocks. I have smallish positions in these 12 stocks and would like to sell maybe 6 to 8 of them, and redeploy the money into a few of the others on the list or into some of my other holdings. Would you select 6 - 8 of the above that you think are less likely to perform well over 5+ years, and could be sold, and maybe 2 - 4 that could be added to. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on November 18, 2020