Q: Hello, Pat. Do you have an opinion on PIMCO Global Short Maturity Fund (Canada) ETF as a parking spot for cash in this rocky and volatile market. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

A: The PIMCO Global Short Maturity Fund (Canada) ETF, $20.12, symbol PMNT on Toronto (Units outstanding: 3.2 million; Market cap: $64.32 million; www.pimco.ca) was recently launched by PIMCO.

Based in Newport, California, PIMCO is one of the world’s biggest fixed-income investment managers. It’s owned by Germany-based… Read More

Dividend Advisor Hotline – Friday, March 15, 2019

GREAT-WEST LIFECO INC., $31.41, Toronto symbol GWO, is Canada’s second-largest insurance company, after Manulife Financial (Toronto symbol MFC). It also offers mutual funds and wealth management services.

Starting with the March 2019 payment, the company raised its quarterly dividend by 6.2%, to $0.413 a share from… Read More

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

Profit from rising infrastructure spending

Governments around the world know the benefits that flow from the development of better infrastructure. However, their stretched budgets and a reluctance to increase taxes constrain their ability to initiate these projects. This provides opportunities for private companies to develop and manage these assets.
Here are… Read More

Big acquisition pays off

ENBRIDGE INC. $42.86 (Toronto symbol ENB; Shares outstanding: 1.6 billion; Market cap: $85.8 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 6.3%; www.enbridge.com) continues to sell some of its less-important assets to help pay down the debt it took on to buy Spectra Energy in February 2017. That… Read More

Five North American ETF buys and one sell

The six ETFs we update below mainly hold high-quality stocks that are widely traded on Canadian and U.S. exchanges. Each fund tracks the performance of a major stock market index. That’s different from ETFs focused on narrower indexes or themes such as cryptocurrencies or biotechnology.
Of… Read More