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Q: Hi,

I own several REITs. They don't make up a large portion of my portfolio, but I've always liked real estate investing and I think there's long term value in some names even if they are necessarily exciting right now. I currently own BEI.UN, IIP.UN and GRT.UN. All are up significantly since purchased. I'd like to branch out and I'm looking at REI.UN and AP.UN. I've managed to stay away from Retail, but REI.UN has diversified nicely into multifamily housing and has sold retail properties outside of the 6 urban areas. AP.UN is in the office sector and who knows what's going to happen there even though it is down considerably from its highs. Which would be your choice and do you think there is long term value in these names? It is for an RRSP account.


Read Answer Asked by Jason on February 16, 2021

Q: Are these two stocks able to make recoveries? Buy, sell, hold or forget about it. Value your input/replies.

Read Answer Asked by John on February 16, 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: Hello 5i team,

Allied Properties REIT announced last week that they are going to raise their distributions starting January 2021. This is surprising given the uncertainty that COVID has cast over office real estate.

How should investors make sense of this distribution increase? Can we take this as an indication of good Q4 performance thus far?


Read Answer Asked by Alex on December 07, 2020

Q: Hi 5i,
Please rank the safety of current dividend payments over the next 3 years for the companies listed below. Assign a 10 for absolutely no chance of a reduction and a 1 for almost certain a reduction will happen in the next 3 years. Although I do not want to influence you on the rankings, I would give the Royal Bank a 10 as an example.


Please deduct as many credits as you see fit.


Read Answer Asked by John on November 24, 2020

Q: Hi Peter and Staff

The above 4 REITS are part of my REIT basket in addition to other industrial and apartment REITS.

All are down a lot . Please hit me with sufficient credits to rank them best to worst in terms of prospects for capital appreciation on a risk reward basis considering various valuation metrics as well as the future as you see it.

Please indicate any clear winners or losers in the rankings

Thanks for all you do


Read Answer Asked by Dennis on October 20, 2020

Q: I was listening to someone who was saying that industrial is the new retail (because of the supply chain to online sales) and that it makes sense to invest in COLD and PBW (US). What are your thoughts on this thesis, and if you agree, what companies would you recommend? It seems that TFII has benefited from this theme.

Read Answer Asked by Maria on August 26, 2020

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

I know that you still like AP.UN, but if one feels that there could be better results elsewhere, how would you feel about a switch to GRT.UN? Allied has done well in my wife's TFSA, but I'm a bit uneasy about the office property sector in the short to medium term. Or do you have any other suggestions in the same sector? Thanks in advance for your advice.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on June 22, 2020

Q: Hi - Can you update me on your thoughts about Allied Reit. I am long but am concerned about pressure on commercial real estate (eg companies looking for less space than before due to remote work spaces/office sharing). So I guess it boils down to would you be buyers, sellers or holders of AP.un leaving gain/loss for taxes out of the consideration?

Read Answer Asked by Douglas on May 12, 2020

Q: I am looking to purchase another REIT or two for my TFSA. I currently own AP.UN. I have been following the discussion about car.un and dir.un as two of your favourite reits. My question is; do you think that they are currently overvalued compared to bpy.un which morningstar indicates is undervalued by 53%. would you not buy bpy.un? any other suggestions are greatly appreciated

Read Answer Asked by Mary on May 12, 2020

Q: I would like to reduce my exposure to REITs and reallocate to other sectors. Considering selling some of these 6. I have a long term focus - 5+ years, looking at total return over that time. May I have your opinion of these in order from best to worst for total return for a long term hold. I'm assuming all will get through this economic disruption OK. AP.UN, GRT.UN, HR.UN, PLZ.UN, REI.UN, SRU.UN. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on May 12, 2020

Q: To a recent question I asked, 5i responded: "Some REITs, if they distribute a large portion of income as return of capital, can still be attractive outside of registered plans. But this also relates to our preference for growth inside a TFSA (REITs are typically slower growth)." I checked my TFSA portfolio, and some of my REITs' distributions are comprised almost entirely of ROC (Allied [AP.UN], Chartwell [CSH.UN], Dream [D.UN]), whereas others' (Choice [CHP.UN], H&R [HR.UN], Riocan [REI.UN]) are almost all otherwise taxable income. So I gather from your previous answer that the former type of REITs (Allied, Chartwell, Dream) shouldn't, generally speaking, be held within a TFSA, is that your view/advice? Also, more generally, so I better understand this issue-- what is the main business/accounting reason(s) why some companies' distributions are primarily ROC? Generally speaking, is one versus the other type of REIT (with respect to proportion of ROC within the distribution) a "better" investment, all other factors being equal (i.e., is there any general investment "rule" here)?

Read Answer Asked by Ted on April 13, 2020

Q: Good Morning
I am the holder of several bonds of the above noted REITs. The maturities of these bonds are from 2021 to 2023.

According to Moody's, REITs have a "low exposure" to Global Covid-19. However, I would like to get your own expert opinion whether these two REITs will be able to meet their obligations to the bondholders during the next three years.

As always I appreciate your comments.
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Terry on March 23, 2020