Q: Hi, Pat. Thank you for your wealth of investment knowledge over the years it has helped my family build a good financial foundation for the present and future. Please, tell us more about Real Matters Inc. (REAL) on Toronto. Look forward to your reply. Thanks.

A: Real Matters Inc., $11.85, symbol REAL on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 84.9 million; Market cap: $957.7 million; www.realmatters.com), provides technology and network management solutions to the mortgage lending and insurance industries in Canada and the U.S. The company is based in Markham, Ontario. Its clients… Read More

Q: Pat, may I have your thoughts on Dream Industrial REIT? This warehouse REIT appears to be a great way to gain exposure to the online shopping phenomenon.

A: Dream Industrial REIT, $7.98, symbol DIR.UN on Toronto (Units outstanding: 152.2 million; Market cap: $1.2 billion; www.dreamindustrialreit.ca), offers investors a  portfolio of industrial properties in North America and Europe.

The REIT, originally named Dundee Industrial REIT, first sold units to the public and began trading… Read More

Q: Pat, may I have your view of the ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF? If one were considering a “Dogs of the Dow” approach, would this be an alternative? Thanks.

A: The ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF, $31.17, symbol SDOG on New York (Units outstanding: 34.5 million; Market cap: $1.1 billion; www.alpssectordividenddogs.com), is an ETF that applies the “Dogs of the Dow” theory on a sector-by-sector basis using the stocks in the S&P 500. The… Read More

Q: Hi, Pat. What do you think of Illinois Tool Works (ITW on NYSE)? It seems to be a very consistent and reliable dividend payer. Thanks.

A: Illinois Tool Works, $158.23, symbol ITW on NYSE (Shares outstanding: 318.9 million; Market cap: $49.3 billion; www.itw.com),is a multi-industry manufacturing company operating in 53 countries. Known as ITW, it has roughly 45,000 employees.

The company’s diversified range of industrial products includes aerospace technology, bridges, wind… Read More

Enjoy a 4.5% yield from Canadian Utilities Ltd.

Enjoy a 4.5% yield from Canadian Utilities Ltd.

Earnings have fallen 19.7% in the most recent quarter, but this drop is primarily due to an asset sale and plant conversion fee from a year earlier.

The stock trades at 18.5 times the company’s 2020 earnings forecast.


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Q: Pat, do you have any info on Iron Mountain, IRM on the NYSE? They deal in the mass storage of physical records etc. It pays a great dividend. Thanks.

A: Iron Mountain Incorporated, $32.17, symbol IRM on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 287.3 million; Market cap: $9.1 billion; www.ironmountain.com), stores, protects, and manages documents and information for more than 225,000 organizations, including 96% of the Fortune 1000. (The Fortune 1000 are the 1,000 largest American companies… Read More