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Q: Given the recent decline in these stocks, would you add more money into them? Could you rate them in terms of which ones you would add to (first to last) and their valuations (best valuation to worst valuation)?

Read Answer Asked by Mary on April 20, 2022

Q: Hello, which 3 stocks do you like in the utilities sector that offer international exposure; I have a 10-15 year timeline. My reason for asking is to rebalance my portfolio. Thanks for your guidance.

Read Answer Asked by Brenda on April 11, 2022

Q: I am underwater with all of my holdings. SHOP is currently down 46%, GSY is down 16% and NPI is down 17%. Should I sell and cut my losses or hold? Can I hope for SHOP or the others to recover in 2-3 years time?

Read Answer Asked by Sally on March 03, 2022

Q: What's lit a fire under the renewables all of a sudden? The market has suddenly fallen in love with them again? Is this a temporary fling or likely to last?

Read Answer Asked by John on March 01, 2022

Q: Hi,
I just saw a question on the percentage of renewable energy sources versus hydrocarbons for a number of companies, including BEPC, NPI, AQN and FTS. You said there was no material exposure to renewables for FTS. You may be right of course but what is the definition of renewables? Is it only wind and solar, or is hydro considered a form of renewable energy? If so, FTS has plenty of hydro power sources.
Thanks for clarification.

Read Answer Asked by Dave on February 28, 2022

Q: Peter,

Please provide your list of favorite utility stocks. Focus should be on debt levels able handle higher interest rates, a competitive yield and a history of regularly raising dividend payments.

Thank you


Read Answer Asked by paul on February 28, 2022

Q: Could you provide the % age of the bottom line for these co's that is generated by renewables vs hydrocarbons?
Also if possible could you provide their strategic focus - capital investment % on renewables vs hydrocarbons?

I may have the incorrect BAM listed and I may have missed a key player in this domain.

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Delbert on February 25, 2022

Q: Hi,
Inflation came in hot again today in the U.S. Do you guys have a view of the dot plot? Some economists see the Fed hiking rates 5-6 times this year with a 50 BPS thrown in for good measure. Others see a less aggressive FED with 3-4 rate hikes.

Also, the renewable energy names all seem to be making a nice bottom in the past month or so. Could they be signaling that the rate hikes may now be baked into these names?
Thanks again.

Read Answer Asked by Dave on February 15, 2022

Q: Do you prefer BEP or NPI in the renewable space, are they at good entry points. What is your view on NFI and SunRun, again are they at good entry points?

Read Answer Asked by Timothy on January 27, 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: With the expected increase in electricity needs from the world-wide introduction of electric vehicles, I would like to establish a full position in one or two of the above renewable power companies. Would you please rank them in terms of current valuation, debt, revenue growth and dividend growth. Which would be your overall preference for a 5-10 year hold? If you have another recommendation, what would it be?

That you for all the assistance you provide the DIY investor.


Read Answer Asked by Don on January 17, 2022

Q: Renewable energy has been beaten up over the last year and seems to be fairly cheap at the moment. With quantitative tightening and raising interest rates on the horizon, would it be prudent to wait to see what happens with inflation before moving into this sector? Which of these names do you prefer? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Michael on January 14, 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: 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: Long time holder of NPI, wondering what your thoughts would be on a switch to BEP.UN. The fact it is one of the few stocks you have rated as an 'A' is a huge vote of confidence, as well as being a Brookfield company, more diversified, larger market cap, slightly higher yield.

Thanks in advance.

Read Answer Asked by Jeff on December 07, 2021

Q: The entire renewable sector was down substantially in 2021, from BEP.UN's drop of 38% YTD to RNW's 14%. When will this sector come back to life? If it does what is your estimated timing of the rebound and which stock in this group will recover the most? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Victor on December 06, 2021