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Q: I am learning to use portfolio analytics (PA). PA provides some guidance that makes a lot of sense from a tax efficient perspective. For example, it recommends to place Canadian dividend payers in unregistered accounts and Canadian and US growth funds into TFSAs. Are there any downfalls to not having each account diversified?
Read Answer Asked by Mary on May 02, 2024
Q: Hello,

General best practice question here on portfolio diversification based on a question asked many years ago.

1. If you were starting fresh with an equity portfolio, how many names would you choose and would they all be equal weight by name? Within that number, would you have a recommendation investing in a set number of ETF's?

2. Would you recommend adding stocks across each of the 10-14 sectors (or prioritize specific ones) and apply the same weight?

3. In terms of tax benefits, would you tend to hold US stock in a TFSA or RRSP? I seem to read conflicting views.
Read Answer Asked by Julie on May 01, 2024
Q: hello 5i:
Regarding the tax treatment of dividends from a US preferred share, held in a TFSA: would there be a 15% withholding tax on the dividend, or is it exempt because its in a TFSA?
Also: if there were a capital gain on the preferred held in the TFSA, would that be exempt from the 15% withholding tax?
Paul L
Read Answer Asked by Paul on April 22, 2024
Q: Hi,
Our NBLY pharmacy shares were bought out and cash received. In our TFSA we now have shares of Neighbourly Pharmacy Inc temp with a purchase price of 24 cents per share with a total value of $168. I got a letter from itrade indicating these shares cannot be in a registered account subject to 50% penalty. Can you please help me understand what these new shares are?
Read Answer Asked by KERRI on April 15, 2024
Q: Good Day 5I team: Is it allowed by CRA to transfer a security from a non registered trading account to your tax free savings account,to make up your contribution limit? Thanks Larry
Read Answer Asked by Larry on April 13, 2024
Q: Grandson now has maxed out TFSA and FHSA accounts . so has a total of $15000 to invest. Looking for your top 5 names in Canada for someone with long time horizon. thanks as always for great service
Read Answer Asked by Dale on April 11, 2024
Q: What's advantage of buying a U.S. stock in a C$ TFFSA?
Read Answer Asked by Hali on March 26, 2024
Q: Can I buy a U.S. stock in a C$ TFSA or do I have to open a US$ TFSA?

Read Answer Asked by Carl on March 25, 2024
Q: Please give me some guidelines about the type of companies preferred in TFSA, RIF and non registered accounts. I am particularly iinterested in guidelines related to tax efficiency and it's overall effect on results.
Read Answer Asked by Ron on March 25, 2024
Q: I want to spend the next 14 months growing my TFSA to pay down my mortgage when it comes due in June 2025. I started this quest about 6 months ago with 20% of the funds, and I'm now about halfway there. I have funds in US for 6 positions, and Canadian for 3, and currently own the above stocks. I haven't yet made my TFSA contribution for 2024, so could add a position to either. Keeping in mind the remainder of my portfolio is well balanced (cash account and RRSP) and this is a 14-month growth mission, do you see anything I should sell, or can you recommend something I should buy?
Read Answer Asked by Kim on March 22, 2024
Q: Hi 5i Team - If a company is listed on both the U.S. and Canadian exchanges, do you have an opinion on which would be the better choice, I realize that this may be a bit of a complex question with a number of variables to consider so if you could address just a couple of those variables that would be great.
As a corollary do U.S. dividends need to claimed in RRSP's and TFSA's.
Read Answer Asked by Rob on March 11, 2024
Q: In regards to TFSA's value...For the record I'm not a great stock picker (but better than I was prior to joining 5i). However I know how to listen to people like Peter and Ryan who understand what makes a great stock. So thanks to them I bought CSU, NVDA and SMCI (at 13x earnings one short year ago). Today my TFSA is just shy of 1.8 million Canadian. It's a bit like winning the lottery, and if I can do it so can other members. Not everything is going to go up and I have plenty of capital losses but as Peter (I think) says a couple of great winners will do the job! By-the-way LMN was spun out at around $16.75 per share about a year ago and today trades at $37.14. Not too shabby. Better to buy now rather than later at $371.40 don't you think?
My advice...listen to Peter and Ryan and all work out (in the long term)!
Read Answer Asked by James on March 07, 2024
Q: Hi, I am wondering if there is any information on TFSA $ amounts being held by

Canadians across the country? What is the average value of a TFSA across the country?

How many have achieved balances of excess 100k 200k 500k or 1 million?

What percentage do these large accounts represent for TFSA holders as a whole (Example 5% have achieved this level of balance)?

I tried finding this info on my own and did not find much that I would consider reliable. Please take as many question credits as you see fit. Thank you for the great service.
Read Answer Asked by Kolbi on March 07, 2024
Q: For a TFSA, what would be your top 10 CAD equities that you would recommend owning
Read Answer Asked by David on February 28, 2024
Q: There are a number of Canadian based NASDAQ100 and S&P500 ETF's. Which NASDAQ100 and S&P500 ETF would you prefer, or would be "best", for a TFSA account, and why? Would investing within an RRSP or in a non-registered account alter your selections and if so, why would that be? Thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Bruce on February 09, 2024
Q: Making a large spousal RRSP contribution soon and am looking for guidance as to the best 3 or 4 stocks with a tilt toward growth that would compliment this group with a brief explanation as to thier merits and why they compliment the existing holdings. Initially had my sights set on DOL, ATS, CNR and IFC but not sure these would be the right choice to maximize compounding for someone with a very long investment horizon.

Wife’s portfolios currently include: ITOT, IEMG, XEF, AVGO, COST, SBUX, RY, FTS, BCE, ATD, DIR.UN, SHOP, GSY, BN, TOI, ATZ, NVEI
Most Mag 7 are owned in my own accounts with adequate exposure when considering combined portfolios so not looking for any of those.
Read Answer Asked by Matthew on February 02, 2024
Q: Looking to add 1 of above etf to my tfsa for a 3 to 4 year hold would you please analyze and compare. Which would you recommend? Is there a tax implication to consider? Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Steve on January 30, 2024