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Q: Everyone, what is your concerns with the large cap technology sector today and for the next six months. Clayton

Read Answer Asked by Clayton on May 26, 2023

Q: My understanding is that if an agreement isn't reached before early June (?) regarding raising the U.S. debt ceiling then there could be significant global economic fallout... leading to unemployment, interest raise hikes, and of course, large market selloffs.

How much weight/attention are you guys putting on this situation? Is this leading to a significant buying opportunity? Is it wise to increase cash position until this plays out?

Read Answer Asked by Brett on May 25, 2023

Q: Should we be concerned about the States debt ceiling? If we look back to 2011 the markets took a massive hit and according to JPMorgan’s top strategist Marko Kolanovic now is a good time to add to gold and hold on to cash. Your thoughts please?

Read Answer Asked by Marco on May 24, 2023

Q: Hi Peter,

Hopefully it won't time out (if that's the problem)....I saved the question and I just did a copy and paste.

Hi Peter,
I asked if you got my question sent on May 11 and 5i responded saying you didn't get it an to re-send it is:

Regarding Timour's question on CBDC's posted the 11th May, I get the impression the response seems "positive" on CBDC's. I was a bit surprised that their was no mention of how this would affect each and everyone of us with the retail CBDC's. The idea is to get rid of cash completely, which would give central banks absolute control of the money of each individual, not me saying that, here's a 57 sec. video from the top guy of the BIS (a must watch):

If an individual can ONLY open an account at the central bank of his/her country, then we would be at the mercy of the rules and regulations of that central bank and no other bank to go to because there won't be any. Wouldn't that be a complete monopoly? This is a very serious matter that everyone should know about....nothing like this has ever been done.

Please check these links....they are opinions of very knowledgeable people:

In this link please listen to at least the 2nd. 2:50 min. video:

I know there's a lot of links, but please have a look at rush :)

Would really appreciate your comments,

Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Silvia on May 24, 2023

Q: Do you anticipate recession in 2023 - 2024 and what impact it would have on stock market in general?
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Miroslaw on May 12, 2023

Q: I’m in my mid 30’s and typically have just about all my net worth in equities. I’ve recently moved to nearly a 40% weight in high interest etfs (PSA etc) paying over 4% to park cash in what I think is a pretty crummy outlook for the economy mid term. Do you think I’m being overly pessimistic

Read Answer Asked by Scott on May 11, 2023

Q: Is inflation finally under control?
Will we have a recession? How deep could it be?
Are our banks safe?
Are we losing control of our country to others that seem to play by different rules? We just kicked a Chinese diplomat out of Canada for threatening the family of a member of the Canadian parliament. How will China retaliate?
Russia is still at war against Ukraine. How is that impacting the world economy?
Climate change is threatening economies in counless ways. Almost all negative.

So here's my question. In your opinion, what Canadian and global companies offer a service so necessary or a product that is in such high demand that they will persevere in these troubled times and make profits for their investors?

Read Answer Asked by Les on May 10, 2023

Q: What do you think is an appropriate cash allocation of one's liquid assets in the current market environment with some recession and US bank crisis contagion/debt ceiling risks? (Recognizing you can get 4% interest in high yield cash etfs) I recognize this is a personal question so please assume à 34 year old professional with a long term investment horizon.

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on May 09, 2023

Q: During the early weeks of the pandemic (March 2020), my portfolio results - namely Canadian holdings - experienced 3 days in a row of my worst stock market performances EVER. These worst ever performances were approximately 3 times as BAD dollar wise as my BEST ever daily performances. I do understand the immense irrationality of those times, however is this excessive variance in performance a semi normal occurrence where your worst performing days are multiples of your best performing days? For reference purposes please consider that my largest holdings were and are BCE, T, TD, WSP, CSU, ENB, AP.UN, ATD, GIB.A, XBC, and IPL.UN(at that time).

Thank you for your response,


Read Answer Asked by Dean on May 08, 2023

Q: Hi Peter,
I have over 6 figures to invest for 3 or more years for a Canadian holding company and am looking for suggestions to invest in each of the sectors, in a combination of ETFs and stocks. I would like to be more tax efficient where most of the returns would be in capital gains (total returns are mostly in the growth of the stocks, less in dividends). Investments can be in any geographic areas. In terms of risk level, I am comfortable with your balance portfolio approach, where it has some elements of growth.

One example I have, closer to income than growth, is HXH-T. It is a dividend ETF, low MER cost, with beta of < 1, pretty risk adverse. The price of the stocks is the index it tracks plus dividends.

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Roger on April 26, 2023

Q: Given the current economic climate and potential future trends, which industries or sectors do you believe are well-positioned for long-term growth in the stock market, and what specific Canadian and US companies within those industries or sectors do you believe have strong fundamentals and potential for long-term momentum?

Thank you!


Read Answer Asked by Derek on April 26, 2023

Q: One commentator said the recent spread of PPI to CPI is in negative zone. It might indicate the stock market can go down a lot . Negative spread happened in tech dot com bubble and sub prime crisis. Please elaborate. Thanks a million.

Read Answer Asked by Lai Kuen on April 25, 2023

Q: This is a broad market query….
What is the impact of a recession on equities in general? Specifically which sectors are likely to decline the most?

Read Answer Asked by Catherine on April 18, 2023

Q: After a bear market at what point in the cycle do small caps recover? Do you think this will happen anytime soon?

Read Answer Asked by Pamela on April 17, 2023