But there are signs that the Canadian government may soften the blow by grandfathering existing royalty trusts, or by extending the waiting period before implementation to ten years; and there are signs that the collapse of energy prices may be in a bottoming process. If energy prices stabilize, the Canadian dollar should as well.
After studying charts of several of these trusts which trade on the U.S. exchanges, I rather like Pengrowth Energy Trust (NYSE:PGH). PGH has declined from a high of 25 last May to a low of 14.77 in November. But unlike most of its fellow Canadian Royalty Trusts, PGH made a higher bottom during the January plunge than it did last November.
The chart exhibits a bullish short-term configuration and on-balance volume is constructive. Distributions over the last 12 months have been $3.00 Canadian, or $2.56 U.S at current exchange rates, so this security has a gross current yield of 15.13% for U.S. investors, as well as significant capital appreciation potential.
PGH 1-yr. chart