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drip99, I am also going to dump my income trusts (such as Pengrowth and RioCan) into my TFSA as well come January to DRIP! :)

One quick question though: Let's say I max out my $5000 contribution limit on the income trusts. When I get the distributions, would it be able to proceed with the DRIP, since I'm basically "buying" more units, but with dividend income (and I already reached my contribution limit for the year)?
 

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The money to purchase stocks is not coming from any new contributions so you will be ok to implement a DRIP and not run into the limit.

I'd just add a note of caution to looking at only the dividend yield. Several of stocks I've purchased have cut or suspended their dividends this year. If you look at the payout ratio and each stock's historical yield, that may provide an indication whether they are more likely to have to cut.

Fortunately, most of the purchases have had sufficient capital gains to make me happy and I believe at some point they will reinstitute dividends. But, if you buy a stock for the dividend yield, and it then cuts the dividend, often the stock price will be beaten up and you come out with a lower dividend yield - a double whammy.
Thanks for the response!

And yes, I agree about the "chasing yield". I was tempted earlier on, but I've learned from all of that.
 

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Even if the yield is 12%, I would stay away from Pengrowth. A few months ago, they were in a really tough situation and they had to cut down their distributions.

I would aim more towards index funds (ETF's seem too expensive for only $5,000).
According to Yahoo! Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=PG&a=00&b=2&c=1970&d=08&e=2&f=2009&g=v), Pengrowth has never lowered their distributions. In fact, they've always increased, which is a positive sign for them.
 
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