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Q: Assuming $80.00 +- oil which of the above might do best. please add any stock you think would fit the theme.

Read Answer Asked by JOSEPH on February 25, 2021

Q: amusing oil and N/g priced stay in the current range ( +- 5%) Which of the above have most upside in share price (most first) could you comment on each briefly.

Read Answer Asked by JOSEPH on February 12, 2021

Q: I have losses on ERF and ARX, thinking of switching them to one or combination of CNE, SU and TOU or any suggestion you may have for less risk and better recovery. Your opinion please. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Saad on November 27, 2020

Q: Hello and thank you for the great advices as always! In a locked-in RSP, about 10% of my portfolio is exposed to oil&gas since I bought WCP, ERF, BIR, TOG AND VII in the big drop of March. Although I am Extremely happy with the run up so far, I've started to add stop limits to TOG, BIR and VII as I am A) scared of another downturn in the second half of 2020 (COVID related risks and current valuations) and B) I've also noted from reading the Q&A section that 5i isn't particularly bullish on oil short term and that you often categorize these companies as not a ''must have'' for the sector.

1) I haven't been able to get myself to think of selling or putting a limit on WCP. I know you aren't too much excited about the company, but I am emotionally attached to it. One of my best play. Love their Greener-ish Footprint. Love the monthly dividend(DRIP). Love that the operations are located in Canada. I think it will be a good consolidator (Manulife's NAL resources for a start). What's your view on the company today and would you consider my sentiment for the company irrational (or financially dangerous)? I've seen 5i recommend VET over WCP, but I don't understand why. I find VET very disappointing this year, not well paid to wait and its geographic dispersion a headache.

2) Similar story about ERF. They have one of the stronger balance sheet for the sector I hear and wanted your take as well on the company as of today. I found their planned approach for the future a little too conservative on their latest earning call. My two fears with them is that they are a much smaller player and with the US elections coming up, their Dakota operations are stressing me more especially with Biden's statements on energy.

3) I hold some Suncor&CNQ in other accounts and I will eventually reduce my total exposure to the sector, but for fun's sake : If you could only keep one position between ERF and WCP (drip active) for the next 5-10 years, which one would it be and why?

Thank you very much again for the help and the great service.
- Michael

Read Answer Asked by Michael on September 01, 2020

Q: Hi, if i want some canadian exposure to energy, do you believe I should take a basket approach ? Like I buy an equal position in those 4 stocks ? Do you think it could offer wide appreciation potential ? If you have a better suggestion or other stocks to propose, feel free. Thanks !

Read Answer Asked by jean on June 17, 2020

Q: I am interested in your view on the best strategy for selling stocks to raise cash in a non-registered account. I am looking to sell 1% of my total portfolio, and my thinking is to either A) take this out of one or both of two stocks that are the largest (each about 5%) weighting in my portfolio or B) sell my least favourite, lowest weighting, stocks (energy producers) with 3 stocks comprising 3% total weighting.

With option A) I could pare one of my largest holdings back to 4% or both of them back to 4.5%. One stock is ENB, in which I have a 30% gain and the other stock is AAPL, in which I have a 350% gain. ENB pays a 6% dividend, which I am reluctant to lose, and which benefits from the dividend tax credit. AAPL pays a 1% dividend, which is fully taxable and easier to give up, but I will have to pay a sizeable capital gains tax. I have no stocks with losses that I can sell to offset the gains. You have always advocated hanging onto winners, and both of these stocks are "winners" in a way, one for income and the other for growth.

With option B) I could sell half my energy producer holdings. I bought the energy stocks as a "lottery ticket," expecting at least a double if and when energy prices rebound. I hold CVE (up 25%), ERF (breakeven) and WCP (up 32%). They are roughly equal weight, so I could achieve my goal of selling 1% of my portfolio by selling just one of these three stocks.

Which stock(s) would you recommend I sell and why?

Read Answer Asked by David on January 22, 2020

Q: In a recent answer to a question on an oil company, you mentioned that it is hard to be optimistic on a company if you don't like the management team. So my question is, which of the management teams in the oil sector would you want to align yourself with, and why? Alternatively, which of the management teams would you not align yourself with? Please deduct as many credits as necessary to fully answer my question. Thank You.

Read Answer Asked by dean on November 22, 2019

Q: I have positions in these companies way way under my cost. Looking for a strategy to capture some tax loss without giving up completely in allocation in case of oil turnaround. Consolidation in less number of stocks that represents the best potencial is an option or selling all of them and buying two or three different companies is another option. Appreciate any suggestion. Thanks for your help.

Read Answer Asked by Saad on November 07, 2019

Q: Wondering what your picks for "popular" stocks that might get hammered the most by tax-loss selling this year , a few that I have in my portfolio for suggestions but hoping not of course .. NFI , ERF , VET ?

Thanks ,

Read Answer Asked by Chris on October 28, 2019

Q: I am trying to clean up my Energy sector. I have the following: CPG, CVE, ERF, HSE, IMO, SU, TRP, VET, MX Could you please place them in order, starting with first to sell.

Also, could you please let me know which companies I should buy with the proceeds. I have a very long timeline, and I feel that companies that are rather low right now may jump a fair bit when the price of oil rebounds.

If there are any other companies that you would suggest to buy, please include them as well.

Thank you once again,


Read Answer Asked by Federico on July 10, 2019