Q: Hi, Pat. My question relates to the Horizons Active Preferred Share ETF. Compared to holding the preferred shares of individual companies, does an ETF like this provide any advantages? Is this the best one to buy if you want to buy such an ETF? Thanks!

A: Preferred shares behave more like long-term fixed-income instruments rather than short-term instruments. So while short-term interest rates are still relatively low, the outlook for long-term interest rates is less certain.

The underlying credit quality of preferred share issuers can be a negative factor in some… Read More

Growing utility’s new target cuts risk

Growing utility’s new target cuts risk

This diversified Canadian utility plans to raise its annual dividend rate between 4% and 5% each year through 2021. That’s down from its previous 8% target, but this more modest growth conserves cash for new projects and pays down debt.

That’s why this company has our… Read More

Q: Pat, could I get your recommendation on the BMO Canadian High Dividend Covered Call ETF (TSX: ZWC)? Thanks.

A: BMO Canadian High Dividend Covered Call ETF, $18.36, symbol ZWC on Toronto (Units outstanding: 21.1 million; Market cap: $387.4 million; www.bmo.com/gam/ca/investor/products/etfs), focuses on mostly high-quality Canadian stocks. Its top holdings are BCE at 4.2%; Pembina Pipeline, 4.0%; CIBC, 3.8%; Enbridge, 3.7%; Nutrien, 3.6%; Telus… Read More

5 top Canadian dividend stocks to invest in

5 top Canadian dividend stocks to invest in

Here are 5 Canadian dividend stocks we recommend holding in your portfolio
One of the key points in our three-part investment advice is to invest mainly in well-established dividend-paying stocks. Successful investors pay a lot of attention to dividend yields from Canadian dividend stocks. Dividends can… Read More

Expect dividend increases from these four

Rising interest rates generally reduce the appeal of income stocks, including utilities. However, recent acquisitions by these four industry leaders—and their new projects—set them up for years of higher dividends.
CANADIAN UTILITIES LTD. (Toronto symbols CU [class A non-voting] $31 and CU.X [class B voting] $31; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector;… Read More

Updating BCE Inc., Bank of Montreal and Emera Inc.

BCE INC. $51 (Toronto symbol BCE; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 898.0 million; Market cap: $45.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.0; Dividend yield: 5.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.bce.ca) stands to gain from the new trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada (called… Read More