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

Dividend Advisor Hotline – Friday, January 4, 2019

PFIZER INC., $43.00, New York symbol PFE, is one of the world’s largest makers of prescription drugs. Its top-selling brands include Lyrica (epilepsy), Celebrex (arthritis pain), Prevnar (pneumonia) and Enbrel (rheumatoid arthritis).

Starting with the March 2019 payment, Pfizer will increase its quarterly dividend by 5.9%,… Read More

Keystone waits on courts

TRANSCANADA CORP. $55.32 (Toronto symbol TRP; Shares o/s: 914.0 million; Market cap: $50.3 billion; Above Average; Divd. yield: 5.0%; www.transcanada.com) operates a 91,900-kilometre pipeline network that pumps natural gas from Alberta to eastern Canada and the U.S. Its other operations include 4,900 kilometres of crude oil pipelines… Read More

More to TRP than Keystone XL

A Montana judge recently forced TransCanada to stop work on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project. The court ruled the U.S. State Department failed to sufficiently consider Keystone XL’s environmental impact before approving it in September 2018.
However, that project is just one of several new… Read More