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Q: I am helping my in-laws take ownership of their investments. Presently, they have the majority of their funds managed by banks/'financial advisors' in high fee mutual funds. What is your opinion of the following funds and can you offer equivalent low-cost ETF solutions? RBF209, RBF269, RBF272, Invesco Global Select Equity Series P
Read Answer Asked by Matthew on March 22, 2024
Q: Name the top 5 mutual funds you would recommend for strong growth with high roi
Read Answer Asked by Gary on March 01, 2024
Q: Your take please. Happen to be checking out Ci direct investing asset management for a managed portfolio. They have declining management fee starting at .6% On the first 150k and so on 500k it would be .4%.and if you chose the balanced portfolio you would get the portfolio fund mentioned above. This would be at an expense of an additional 2.92% for the Nicola core portfolio fund. Can this make any sense if a person wanted a legacy portfolio. Your valued opinion please and any advice on a better alternative? Basically do you think this fund is worth it? Tks Larry
Read Answer Asked by Larry on February 21, 2024
Q: Regarding Harry’s question from Feb 8, Fidelity has an ETF version of this Fund - FCGC
Read Answer Asked by Michael on February 13, 2024
Q: I like using the top ten holding of mutual funds as a guide to find other investment ideas. Can you share a list of the to performing mutual funds over the last 5 and 10 year periods in Canada and the US that focus on the small and mid cap space?

Read Answer Asked by Sal on February 12, 2024
Q: Would you be able to provide me with suggested EFT equivalent (or similar) to these Mutual Funds?
Read Answer Asked by Raymond on February 08, 2024
Q: Hi 5I
Thanks for your great insight to all things investing!
I am trying to help a friend who is very new to investing. He was convinced to invest with an advisor/sales person from Primerica. I am leery and haven't read great things about them online. That could be sour grapes or really anything else for that matter.
My question is; after paying a 2% commision to invest in some AGF funds they show a .4% MER to invest in a fund that only holds a collection of other AGF funds. Each of these funds has another MER of it's own does the original MER include this or is it just compounded fee on top of fee?
If you have any other insight on this "advisor" company or, more broadly, ones operating on similar platforms please shed some light?
Thanks again!
Read Answer Asked by Richard on January 23, 2024
Q: I have a large (for me) holdings in these two Mawer funds.
I can either keep paying the management fees and the annual capital gain, or sell MAW150 at a loss, or sell both, get hit by a large capital gain (MAW107) and buy Canadian ETF's holding small and mid US stocks.
What'd you do?
Thanks Jerry
Read Answer Asked by jery on January 22, 2024
Q: Good morning,

I'm in search of a Low to Medium risk Monthly Income fund that will provide a an additional and reliable income stream for next 15 to 20 years with no legacy issue. The amount to be invested is $100,000 and I'm looking at taking out $600 per month for the next 15 to 20 years.

Q1. Of the two Monthly funds mentioned, which would you recommend and why?

Q2. Would you kindly recommend your best mutual fund idea for a monthly income fund?

Q3. Would the purchase of an annuity be a better option?

Thank you and I will await your sage recommendation for a Monthly Income Fund.
Read Answer Asked by Francesco on January 09, 2024
Q: 3 years ago I divided my pension 50/50 between MFS Global Equity and Schroder Emerging Markets in an effort to increase my international exposure. I had been 100% in the MFS Global Equity Fund and would have been much better off had I stayed there. I have a couple of options as I see it:

1) Move back to 100% MFS Global Equity Fund (portfolio drops to 20-25% international)
2) Stay the course (portfolio stays at 30% international)
3) #1 plus allocate some non-registered funds to an international ETF to get portfolio back to 30% international (suggestions?)
Read Answer Asked by Dale on January 08, 2024
Q: Happy New Year 5i group,

My son setup his FHSA with TD bank, the advisor set up his account and bought "TDB866" mutual fund. Could you please provide comments on this fund's future prosperity? He hopes the money in the account can grow nicely to purchase a property in a few years. thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Lin on January 08, 2024
Q: Peter,

Does the quoted MER of a mutual fund include all trailer fees plus management fees?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by paul on January 08, 2024