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Q: I currently own full positions in BEP.UN and BIP.UN in a diversified dividend income portfolio. I have considered buying BN as well, but am not sure that increasing my Brookfield concentration is warranted. What are your views?

Read Answer Asked by richard on September 14, 2023

Q: Everyone,
If you could only own shares in three Canadian companies what names do you suggest? My thoughts are CSU, BAM and a big Canadian bank. Clayton

Read Answer Asked by Clayton on September 14, 2023

Q: Hi,

Can I get your 5 best ideas - US or Cdn, regardless of sector - businesses that are founder-led, little or no debt, history of high ROIC?

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Doris on September 13, 2023

Q: Can I ask what would your top 5 stocks to purchase right now? 3-5yr outlook. CAD or US?

Read Answer Asked by Neil on September 01, 2023

Q: If you had $20,000 to invest today for and Income with some growth investor in an otherwise well diversified portfolio, what would you pick or just add to?

Read Answer Asked by Martin on August 28, 2023

Q: I have all these names in different on my accounts. I am looking for the best total return (capital gain and dividend).
I think BN represents the best total return opportunity in the next five year.
Is it wise to consolidate into BN now.
Your opinon please

Read Answer Asked by Raoul on August 28, 2023

Q: This came across my desk today:

"According to research compiled by UNITE HERE, at least $5.8 billion of Brookfield affiliates' office and retail loans are either in default, have been surrendered to lenders, or are at risk of default according to analysts and industry press.

The financial health of Brookfield's commercial real estate holdings may be of particular interest to current or potential policyholders of American National Insurance Group, the Texas-based insurer acquired by Brookfield in 2022. UNITE HERE's research has uncovered over $1 billion in debt instruments that appear to be related to Brookfield's real estate holdings on American National's 2022 sworn Annual Statement. These include bonds issued by three entities related to Brookfield Property Partners (formerly BPY), which Brookfield took private in 2021 after BPY suffered over $2 billion in losses in 2020; and bonds issued by Canary Wharf Group Investment Holdings, the London office complex jointly owned by Brookfield and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund and which had its bond rating downgraded to junk in June 2023 by Moody's. "

Wondered what your thoughts are as it relates to BN.
American National Insurance Group, the Texas-based insurer acquired by Brookfield in 2022. The majority of these investments are listed on American National's sworn annual statement as "unaffiliated," despite being classified in other filings as affiliated investments. The investments were classified as "unaffiliated" after the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) approved, with certain conditions, a Disclaimer of Affiliation filed by Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM


Read Answer Asked by Carl on August 25, 2023

Q: Hi 5i,
These holding are all in my RRSP, 12 months from retirement, I'm planning to sell 80% of TOI, LMN, NVDA (not now) waiting for "better time" if it's possible to catch it. Can I have 2 or 3 suggestions for income + a bit of growth.
thank you 5i for all your great work!!!

Read Answer Asked by Fernando on August 23, 2023

Q: Hi Team,
For an 18 year old who just opened their TFSA and starting with $6500, what stocks or ETFs (CDN and/or US) would you start with? There are no trading fees so there is no worry to buy 10 names if that is the best way forward.

Read Answer Asked by Marco on August 22, 2023

Q: I own TD and RY and looking to add another financial for total return focus. Would you suggest another bank such as National Bank or an insurance company such as Sunlife or a financial such as Brookfied Corp or another to add some diversification within financials?

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on August 22, 2023

Q: I currently have 40% of my portfolio in Canadian banks, utilities, BN,TOI, LMN and other dividend paying stocks Mostly purchased in the last year. I'm considering legging 60% of my remaining cash in my portfolio into VTI and VUS in the next 10 months. Do have any thoughts or concerns?
My understanding is any US stocks paying a dividend should go into an RRSP account. All my investments are in RRSP's and TSFA's.


Read Answer Asked by Brian on August 22, 2023

Q: Hi Peter and team:
Thank you for the advice you have offered all these time, giving us readers a sense of direction.
I'm a retiree and looking for a balance of income and growth, and currently holding the above in the financial sector and need to trim down as per the Portfolio tracking service suggest. Could u rank your preference from the Income and growth , from Most Prefer (5) to the least (1). Feel free to add names not in the list above.
Deduct as many points as you see fit. Thank you as always
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by DAVID on August 21, 2023

Q: Saw a pundit on BNN last week who was short BN. I can't recall his name ......I don't pay much attention to the shorts but he did say one thing that interested me. He said that 80% of BN's NAV is the property owned by Brookfield Property Partners . Can you confirm that and comment on the significance of that figure if any ?

I'm also thinking or swapping my position in BEP.UN { up 238% in a RRIF } for BN on a " What have you done for me lately ? " basis . Quarterly reports seem to be dependent on the weather ...... I've also noticed that even when they have a bad quarterly report the stock does not get punished which confuses me ...... Anyways would you endorse a switch from BEP.UN to BN ?

Read Answer Asked by Garth on August 21, 2023

Q: In a recent answer from 5i, it was said that BN was "sitting on a lot of capital waiting for attractive buyout opportunities".

A few questions I have are:
Do we know how much capital or cash that BN has to buy attractively valued opportunities? If they were to deploy this capital, would it move the stock positively? Historically, does BN buy slowly or do they make large purchases?

Read Answer Asked by Mike on August 18, 2023

Q: Hi,
Answer to Peter’s question on Aug16:
“ For example, last year BN shareholders got 0.25 BAM shares for each BN share, and that is worth $11.50+ per share. “ What? My BAM shares were split Dec22 in “new-BAM” and BN . I'm confused ...

Read Answer Asked by Denise on August 17, 2023