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Q: I bought BX pre-pandemic and held on , thinking that its significant investments in real estate would bottom and share price would again climb. That didnít happen. I have been trimming my holding in BX but still hold a half-position. I stopped reducing, now again thinking that perhaps long-duration assets owned by BX would become more valuable. Do you think this is true? Or, do you think an investor is much better off to deploy cash into KKR or some other private equity? (US companies only).

Kindly give your insightful reasons, skipping the obvious please.
Thank you! :ao:
Read Answer Asked by Adam on June 21, 2024
Q: Portfolio analytics indicates that I need to increase my weightings in industrials. It also provides a link to a very informative article indicating that many industrial names are traded in the US. Can you recommend a US ETF - preferably one that can be can be purchased in CAD?
Read Answer Asked by Mary on June 21, 2024
Q: I have held JNJ for years and I am *STILL* holding on , in the [vain] hope that surely management will FINALLY resolve its various self-inflicted legal problems. I have been MISERABLY wrong. JNJ shares continue to decline (drowning is the perception as we focus much more on loss). I was idiot enough to buy into JNJís spin off KVUE, on which I have a rather loss in just one year.

Notwithstanding the enthusiasm of media commentators, the health care sector hasnít done anything outside of a couple of star-companies. Are JNJ and KVUE worth holding on to? I would appreciate very much your substance-backed reasons either way. In your answer, kindly please put less emphasis on the legal issues which are already well known and focus entirely on the future prospects .
Many thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on June 21, 2024
Q: AMDís share price has been going downwards, a direction opposite to most other major semiconductor companies. AMDís business model seems sound and its newer chips, expected later this year, are said to be slimmer, more heat-efficient and much faster. Those chips should thus be in higher demand by manufacturers of PCs, and servers. Newer AI-equipped PCs need more powerful semis, and AMD is major supplier. Although AMDís share price was up significantly in recent years, I have a rather large holding and large loss (down 22% in months-- unusual for semi companies). I read numerous analyst reports, 10Ks , other SEC filings and miscellaneous financial reviews. AMD sounds like a great business , so I wonder what I am missing. Granted, the businessí recent financials were poor , and unexpectedly below expectations. I am undecided whether to add to my position or harvest a tax loss. I am reluctant to sell just for tax reasons. Could be hard to get back in as good , high growth companies tend to run away from you.

1. I would appreciate your insight (substance please).
2. Financial ratios I have seen vary more than usual , surprisingly so, including data in otherwise reliable sources. Please, what do you show for :
Trailing P/E,
Forward P/E,
PEG ratio
3. Are you reasonably confident in AMDís business model, and demand for its upcoming products-- the company's prospects?
Many thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on June 21, 2024
Q: With the tsx dropping over the last few weeks and valuations adjusting for companies you like. What would be your top 3 Canadian and top 3 US names that you would start a position in, if buying today for the long term? Thx
Read Answer Asked by Adam on June 21, 2024
Q: My health sector holdings consist of ABBV and IHI, both in a non-registered account. Neither have been stellar performers lately, but both are still up (ABBV by 28%, IHI by 50%). I have my eye on LLY, but the tax consequences of trimming or selling either ABBV or IHI are making me think twice. What would you do in my position? Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Maureen on June 20, 2024
Q: I had a partial fill on a buy order for PFE and did not return to top up my holding . My position is too small to leave as is and I am unsure whether to add to the position or exit entirely. PFE is included in various dividend models, e.g. the AAII Dividend portfolio and the MS Global Dividend model. This prompted me to hang on. So did the many words by financial writers and commentators who have almost all been talking-up the health care sector for at least a year. Most comments by financial professionals and analysts are on how and why they expect the health care sector finally to catch up. Their focus on demographics does make sense. Yet, nothing happens to liven up the shares in pharma businesses, outside of a few stars like LLY and NVO. The share price of PFE itself has done nothing but decline. Do you the company has good prospectsó good enough to ADD to the position? Or do you think I should just exit and be done with it ? (And give up on all the darn reading as research often gets one nowhere).
Read Answer Asked by Adam on June 20, 2024
Q: Hi 5i, I have held Medtronic for just over 3 years and am down 30%. Do you think it's worth holding another year or two (as do a number of the analysts) or should I cut bait and redeploy the funds into LLY? Other suggestions are welcome. Do you feel Intuitive Surgical is overvalued or a good long term call? Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Martha on June 20, 2024
Q: Thanks to your sage advice, I am up significantly (again) on NVDA. Last year, I let it run up to 10% of my holdings, sold half and purchased VRT (now up 30%). NVDA has now increased to 8% of my portfolio. I understand there are multiple drivers currently at work turbo-charging the price of this stock (earnings, stock split, upcoming DOW listing, forced acquisition by ETFs, etc.). All this prompts three questions. How large would YOU let your NVDA grow as a percentage of your portfolio before trimming? Assuming you wanted to trim, when do you think the stock price will start leveling off (assuming the absence of black swan events)? If you wanted to take some profit and invest it outside tech, what would be your three highest conviction US stocks today? AMZN, MSFT, VRT, GOOG, V, and J already held. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Maureen on June 20, 2024
Q: Good Morning - I need to trim Nvidia a little. Can you please suggest a few high conviction names for TFSA (US or CDN) with a similar risk profile. Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Janet on June 20, 2024