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Q: With the US economy predicted to outperform Canada's next year, would you suggest tilting portfolios toward US equities? On a related note, both my TFSA and RSP are filled with US stocks, meaning addition US equities would have to go into a cash account. Can you recommend a website that clearly outlines tax consequences at various income levels in non-registered accounts for both capital gains and interest from US stocks? Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Maureen on December 04, 2023
Q: The Fidelity International Value index ETF has done very well over the past year. Its seems like value style of investments has performed better then growth/ momentum style in the last year for the global sector. Do you think this trend will continue for international stocks or is it the other way round. Looking forward for the next 2-3 years would interest rates going down be more of a favorable environment for the valve stocks?
Read Answer Asked by ZIM on December 01, 2023
Q: Is your allocation recommendation specific to either the US or Canadian market or is it a blend of both?
Read Answer Asked by Anthony on November 28, 2023
Q: Hi,

After any stock breaks to all time highs, such as Lumine and Boyd lately, I know this is a sign of strength of the stock and I know you like when this happens. If I wanted to add to a current position or initiate a new one, what factors do you look at in order to buy?

For example, the companies may have had good earnings lately or analysts may have upgraded their price targets and initiated coverage. I know there are a lot of different unknown factors at work in the market, but what would cause investors to pay up and drive a stock up to new highs with no current news? Do you look at volume on the breakout or mainly just long term fundamentals? Do you look for the stock to hold that new level before buying? I'm not a trader, but more longer term focused investor now. I'm always of the belief that there are smarter investors out there that have more information than others, which causes stocks to be mispriced. Thoughts?

Read Answer Asked by Keith on November 24, 2023
Q: Hello, I have a mortgage renewing in the next 2 months. Currently, my bank is offering a 3 year fixed 50 bps (0.5%) lower than a 5 year variable. The 4 year and 5 year fixed are only about 25 bps lower than the 3 year fixed so I don't think those are good options.
I'm curious to 5i's thoughts on where interest rates may go in the next 1-3 years? (I'm leaning to the variable as I think the BOC is going to have to cut rates over the next 2 years).
Read Answer Asked by John on November 23, 2023
Q: I have 13% of my portfolio in diverse covered calls that hold blue chip companies. I am comfortable with that as I look mainly for income. The portfolio is composed of 30% ETF's including the covered calls and 70% individual stocks (16/56). there are a few growth but mostly dividend paying blue chip many that are repeated in the covered call ETF's. I am 77, and have a defined teacher pension.
Total positions are 56. This seems to suit my needs as I have survived so far with a steady income. Am I making a misake or does this seem a valid plan?
Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on November 21, 2023
Q: I'm split at 20% ETF and 80% stock. Going into 2024 where do you see the canadian market vs the S&P or MSCI EAFE ? The US has outperformed the other 2 in 2023 as usual but do you believe that this continues into 2024? Could you comment on the 3 and what are the chances for the Canadian and International markets to perform better than they have in the coming years?
Read Answer Asked by Yves on November 20, 2023
Q: In your answer to Terry today you stated "we would suggest also looking at sector exposure in this decision, to see that sectors align with objectives." My objective is to secure a very comfortable retirement that includes travel with investments that are as tax efficient as possible. I'm 63, and struggling with my sectors. How would one with align their sectors with this objective. I know sectors are a personal decision and you can't give personal advice but I'm looking for an example as a starting place to make my decision. Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Cheryl on November 17, 2023
Q: Annuities? To be or not to be? As a retiree I'm pondering whether to buy an annuity at a time when the payouts are at a recent hight. I'm not sure I see any advantage over buying say ENB. The company will likely be still around in twenty years with just as much assurance as an annuity provider. I'll get a dandy, tax-advantaged dividend ( not "guaranteed", I know) and still have my capital. can you comment on annuities and whether they make sense or not? thanks. al
Read Answer Asked by alex on November 15, 2023
Q: David's call is for Cdn bonds to outperform in 2024 due to the necessity of BOC to cut rates due to mortgage doomsaying. What do you think and if you concur what etfs should one buy?
Read Answer Asked by Gerald on November 15, 2023