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Q: Hi

Thank you for the great service you provide.

I am looking at these three companies to add to my TFSA. What is the debt load ratio, how does it compare to others in its sector?

I am also curious about NWH. Several of other REITs, in different sectors, have started to move back towards their 2022 highs.NWH has stayed near its low. NWH occupation rate, revenue etc all look good. Is there some concerns about NWH?

Thanks, Len

Read Answer Asked by Leonard on January 17, 2023

Q: Hello All,

Is it possible to rank my list of utility companies sorting via most financially vulnerable therefore most likely to underperform because of the increased cost of financing. i.e worst to best please.

Is that a blunt but reasonable filter?

Could it be that the "worst" companies have been so badly beaten up that they may be worth adding to for the long haul?

Many thanks

Read Answer Asked by Arzoo on January 16, 2023

Q: These are my current holdings and I am looking forward to 2023. They are held in relatively the same quantities in 5 different accounts, a RRIF, 2 TFSA's and 2 Non registered accounts. I am retired an enjoy the income. Do you see any issues with these holdings or have any suggestions looking forward. The only non dividend holding is AR.
Take any extra credits as necessary. Thank you in advance. Enjoy and appreciate 5i'S help. Happy New Year.

Read Answer Asked by John on January 10, 2023

Q: i am interested in buying a intorenewable energy . is it better to by an ETF ( need a name ) or a company. what companies would you recommend ?

Read Answer Asked by brian on December 13, 2022

Q: Are any of these worth buying now, especially before a potential recession: CU-T, CPX-T, EMA-T, ENB-T, FTS-T, TRP-T and DGRO-A?
Thank you. Ron L

Read Answer Asked by Ron on December 08, 2022

Q: Good morning all at 5i!!

I hold both having just purchased capital power a little while ago. I have held Algonquin for a long time. Should I sell Algonquin shares and buy more Capital power, or keep both since they are held in different portfolios???
Not liking the snow.. Tamara

Read Answer Asked by Tamara on November 14, 2022

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

Would you consider Algonquin to essentially be an income stock in the near term? Having held it for some time now, and always 'hoping' for better results, we now find ourselves underwater. (Too bad we didn't sell yesterday!!) In the Utilities sector, we also hold BEP.UN (terrific gain, CPX (also underwater), and FTS (nice moderate gain). Once the dust settles, and we’re able to sell AQN, which of our other Utilities would you suggest to put the proceeds, or is there perhaps another Utility you’d recommend? Thanks as always for your timely advice.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on November 11, 2022

Q: I've been building out a sub portfolio in my registered account with the above stocks. It's hard to turn down 5-7% yields + growth potential.

Do you perceive any major crossover/risk with the holding all of the above / should I consider consolidating?

Read Answer Asked by Alex on November 04, 2022

Q: Hi, Capital Power announced strong results, but the stock keeps declining, despite its cheaper valuation compared to other utilities. Any comments ? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on November 03, 2022

Q: Can you please give me your 8 top stock picks for someone retiring in 8 years. Thank you, I value your teams opinion.

Read Answer Asked by Cheryl on October 28, 2022

Q: Somewhat unexpectedly, I will need to raise about $200,000 in the next few months. I'm trying to think through my options and would like your perspective. I can think of three approaches, perhaps there are more. I'm near retirement but employment is secure and there is no compelling reason to retire. I own a home in Toronto that has a small remaining mortgage (less than 10% of market value). No other debts.
1. sell stocks in a non-reg account to raise the funds. Assume a mix of stocks in the red and in the black so there would be little net tax consequence. Plan to replenish the account over 5 or 6 years.
2. borrow the funds and plan to pay off the loan over the same 5 or 6 years.
3. sell stocks as in #1, but then also borrow the same amount to replenish the sold stocks over a shorter period of time, say 6 to 12 months through calendar 2023, legging in to dollar cost average. Pay off the borrowed funds over 5 or 6 years. Interest expense on the borrowed funds in this case would be tax deductible.
Part of the decision relates to expected interest rates over the timeframe and the shape of the (expected) recovery. If we assume 4 to 6% average interest rate over the life of the loan but a more significant bounce in equity markets, then option 3 makes sense. But I am not sure I've considered everything, including risk.
If you think option 3 makes sense, could you suggest 5 - 10 lower-risk stocks (dividend growth / growth) with the noted timeframe in mind. Many thanks and take as many credits as needed.

Read Answer Asked by David on October 27, 2022

Q: Good Morning,

Thank you for the ongoing sage commentary.

Would you mind providing 3-4 dividend stocks with growth potential that are cheap at the moment?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Delbert on October 24, 2022

Q: Hello,
Could you please briefly list what you like and don’t like about these for income and preservation of capital? What’s your favourite utility? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Carlo on October 18, 2022

Q: Hi, Higher yielding equities, like Utilities, Pipelines and Telcos seem to be hit more and more, everyday. Do you see these sectors to come under more pressure, as FED/BOC is not likely to relent and continue with the rate hiking cycle, may be even into 2023. We are sitting with 15-20% capital loss situation, for above two companies bought in Aug/Sep, this year. Would it make sense to sell/harvest the capital loss and buy back later with the assumption that there is more downside to come ? Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on October 12, 2022

Q: I am looking to retire in the next year, and positioning our portfolio more toward income.

Within the utilities sector we held AQN, BEP.UN, BIP.UN and CPX at close to equal weights 3.1-3.3% each (market value).

I recently sold AQN at a 20% tax loss and initiated a new position in FTS (yielding 4.25% after it's big drop). This will be a long term position.

I'm up approx 50% in CPX and even on BIP.UN.

I'm currently carrying a 16% loss on BEP.UN, and am thinking of selling it for a tax loss (I have significant realized capital gains to offset).

I'm considering either splitting the proceeds between BIP, CPX and FTS; or waiting to sell BEP after the 30 day period on AQN has passed, repurchasing it to regain the lost dividends and for diversification.

From recent questions I understand that AQN's dividend is likely safe, and is considered sufficiently different from FTS to support owning both. I like that it is at 2019 levels, and think there is a good possibility it may reward a patient investor. Is debt a concern?

Which course of action would 5i recommend, and why?
1. Sell BEP at a tax loss and split the funds between BIP, CPX and FTS; or
2. Sell BIP at a tax loss and repurchase AQN,
3. Or is there another course of action that you'd recommend?


Read Answer Asked by Cory on October 11, 2022

Q: Can you provide a 'buy' list for a person wanting to deploy $200,000 (inside RRSP) with the goal of creating 5% or more sustained cash flow - as well as growing the original capital to keep up with inflatiion? We do not have company pensions - this would serve to supplement our government pensions.
Thinking, 20 stocks across all sectors @ $10,000 each (or 5%)
Also could you include 10 growth stocks (inside TFSA) for a total of $250,000 - gotta have some fun ;)
Many Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Jan on October 07, 2022