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BMO Covered Call Utilities ETF Stock Symbol: ZWU-T

Last Price Recorded: $14.0500 on 2017-04-27

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Date Signal Expert Opinion Price
2017-04-10 BUY Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

In a strong upward market it will underperform the equal weight without covered calls.  Despite what others have said, these are not bad for long term holds.  They do not, however, replace fixed income because you have equity exposure.


Price:
$14.180
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2017-04-10 COMMENT Gavin Graham

They write call options against utilities.  It is an interest rate play.  Once rates started to go up, utilities are vulnerable and so are covered calls.  They may not go up for a while yet in Canada.


Price:
$14.180
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & GLOBAL EQUITIES
Bias:
BEAR
Owned:
Unknown
2017-03-20 COMMENT Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

What is the downside risk? This has 80% pipelines, telcos, utilities in Canada and 20% in the US. Generally utilities, telcos and pipelines are big dividend players. This is yielding about 7%, a very nice yield, but extremely interest rate sensitive. In 2013, when the US Federal Reserve was first talking about raising rates, we had the taper tantrum. This ETF went down pretty hard, but then came back up when the Fed backed off. In 2015, there was a big drop because of pipelines, when oil prices were coming down. You have to understand what you are holding.


Price:
$13.930
Subject:
STOCKS & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2017-02-27 WAIT Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Utilities, pipelines and Telco’s.  80/20 Canadian to US.  It fell on anticipation of interest rate increases and oil dropping early in 2016.  You have to be careful because rising interest rates and falling oil prices are both negative for it.


Price:
$13.850
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2017-02-27 BUY Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI

He doesn’t own any utility ETF’s right now. They are one of the most battered parts of the market, which would have been a great opportunity to buy around Christmas. This ETF is pretty good. It has a great yield. It has a combination of both Canadian and US utility names. This is a pretty good entry point. 6.75% yield.


Price:
$13.850
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
No
2016-12-09 COMMENT Richard Croft

Hold it in a TFSA if there is an interest rate increase? An interest rate increase is not necessarily a reason to bail on this, however, you need to recognize what you own. This would be utility stocks, and you need to have high dividend paying companies. This was a great space to be in prior to the US election, because of slow growth and interest rates pretty much on hold. Covered calls are written against half of the stocks, and the other half are allowed to grow by themselves. ZWB is probably a better place to be. It is the same structure, but a little less on the dividend side.


Price:
$13.550
Subject:
OPTIONS & ETFs
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Unknown
2016-10-18 COMMENT Steve DiGregorio

(Market Call Minute.) You are better to own the individual names, and do your own calls on top of it. However, it is an okay ETF to own.


Price:
$13.830
Subject:
CANADIAN DIVIDEND
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
No
2016-08-22 BUY on WEAKNESS Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Pipeline stocks with Democrats staying in power.  This is a reference to keystone.  Trump is in favour, Hillary is not.  The valuation is not great right here.  ZWU-T in this sector he likes.  You are diversified and they are all high dividend payers and the ETF has a covered call overlay however if interest rates were going up then this would perform poorly.  He would add to this ETF on weakness.


Price:
$14.070
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-06-27 COMMENT Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

High-yield ETF’s? The Fed is probably off the table in terms of raising interest rates. It wouldn’t surprise him if the next move was a cut. If there is an economic downturn again, the answer is lower rates, but they are not going to work. There are some big challenges ahead. He has said for years that interest rates are going to stay near zero for decades, just for the world to get a little bit of growth. If interest rates are going to stay low, then utilities are a good source of dividends because they are regulated. There is not a lot of growth, but the dividends are pretty consistent and stable. He would stick with Canadian dividends. It is still a little too early to be aggressively buying things as there is more downside to come. His favourite is BMO Covered Call Utilities (ZWU-T). You are getting a near 7% yield.


Price:
$13.605
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN & ETFs
Bias:
CAUTIOUS
Owned:
Unknown
2016-05-10 COMMENT Richard Croft

This is a good holding. They are writing Call options against utilities that are inside the ETF. What you are really capturing here are option premiums, and he thinks they write on 40% of the underlying stocks. Generally, utilities are not a growth sector, but they pay a very good dividend and they are a defensive sector. If you are writing covered calls on that, you are increasing the dividend and capping the upside. Not a bad thing in an area that doesn’t have a lot of upside. An excellent strategy if you are inside a LIF. This is a strategy that you could dovetail with other things like a REIT.


Price:
$13.340
Subject:
OPTION STRATEGIES & E.T.F.S
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2016-05-09 COMMENT Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

The yield gives you part of your capital back.  But also when trades create a need to distribute capital appreciation, you get some back.


Price:
$13.240
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2016-02-08 BUY Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

ZWU-T vs. ZUT-T.  ZUT-T is equal weight utilities in Canada.  ZWU-T is 80% Canada and utilities also include pipelines and telcos and it has a covered call overlay. He prefers this because it is more diversified and has the covered call overlay.


Price:
$12.610
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Unknown
2016-01-29 COMMENT David Cockfield

(A trading vehicle or a Hold?) Feels ETF’s are more of a Hold than a Trade. This one has done quite well and has produced some pretty good yields. Compared to the rest of the market, it hasn’t done too badly. It has a Covered Call which essentially means that when you hold a portfolio of utilities, you also write Calls on them. The problem you might have is if we suddenly have a run on the utilities, which we are having right now. Your stocks then get called away causing you to miss the upside. He hasn’t been inclined to get into Covered Call ETF’s.


Price:
$12.730
Subject:
CANADIAN & ETF's
Bias:
OPTIMISTIC
Owned:
Unknown
2016-01-25 BUY Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

He loves this holding. It is very high yielding. You have some of the best and highest yielding companies and the covered call overlay adds to the yield.  It is not a bond replacement, but fits into a lot of portfolios.  It looks attractive for yield players out there.


Price:
$12.180
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
2016-01-18 WEAK BUY Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA

Consists of good dividend paying companies with a covered call overlay.  It is pushing an 8% yield.  It has been a bad performer because pipelines have performed poorly.  It is a diversified way to get income from Canada in a tax efficient way.  There will be volatility.  It is not a fixed income replacement.


Price:
$11.700
Subject:
NORTH AMERICAN - LARGE & ETFs
Bias:
UNKNOWN
Owned:
Yes
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