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Q: Can I please have your top 5 US and Cdn consumer non cyclical stock choices ?

Read Answer Asked by adam on January 25, 2022

Q: I am currently looking to increase allocations in LIF (1.8%) ,NTR (2.1%), NWC (1.2%) and PBH (1.95%).

Two questions

1) Would you avoid increasing the allocations on any of these?

2) In what order would you purchase the remaining?

THANK YOU for your superb advice and service.

Read Answer Asked by Lynda on November 22, 2021

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

In reviewing our combined family TFSA portfolio, Iíve determined that we hold too much XST with its 0.61% MER. How would you rank the following stocks, which are all the constituents of XST? ATD.B, L, MRU, WN, SAP, EMP.A, PBH, PRMW, MFI, NWC, JWEL, VFF, and SOY.

Should I pay attention to the TMX ratings where WN, MFI, and VFF are considered strong buys? Only NWC was ranked as hold and all the others were moderate buys.

In your opinion, in what order could two or three of these constituents be purchased and are they buyable today?

Thanks as always for your valued advice!

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on November 19, 2021

Q: If you had to pick a food staple long term hold which would you pick from the examples or other suggestions welcome.

Read Answer Asked by Kolbi on November 18, 2021

Q: Hi We are a retired couple using our rrifs for income. We have been waiting for the right time to put our 10% cash to work. Please advise in order which of these selections to top up is best now or wait or don't buy at all.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on October 20, 2021

Q: Top 10 CAD Dividend Growth picks for RESP? 15 year time horizon.

If you have a link to such a portfolio would be happy to see.

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on October 18, 2021

Q: Retired, dividend-income investor, who usually follows a fully invested, buy-and-hold strategy for the long term but trims-adds around core positions to achieve the targeted asset allocation. I currently have <4% cash in the combined family portfolio.

Question #1 = for new monies into my wife's account as they become available, please rank the order in which you would invest into BCE, LNF, NWC....and why? I'm looking at where is the most Total Return upside over the foreseeable future. Ignore asset allocation, I've got that covered.

Q#2 = ditto for my account, please rank for new money investment into LIFE, ZRE, BNS, WSP...and why?

2 questions...please deduct 2 credits.

Thanks for your help, much appreciated.....Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on October 13, 2021

Q: Please advise 5 top defensive growth stocks - Canada, US or global.
Many thanks for your advice.

Read Answer Asked by sam on September 16, 2021

Q: Own the following symbol / weight in my RRRS:

BCE 6.5 BEP.UN 5 BNS 4 CPD 5.9 CVD 5.5 EIF 2.1 ENB 6.1 LNF 2.5 QSR 2.4 SLF 3.3 TCL.A 3.1 WSP 5.9 XHY 6.8. ZRE 5

Please advice a new position from the Income Portfolio to add now:


Much Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Hali on August 24, 2021

Q: goood morning - i have full positions in NWC and PBH. NWC has been steady, with a bit of growth. PBH has done well. I am thinking of selling both and buying QSR for both growth and income. Would you consider this to be a net upgrade in position? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by alex on August 24, 2021

Q: Sorry, one follow up on my initial question earlier today.

Did you find it odd that NWC has halted before their earnings? I am guessing the stock was halted because of the significant beat? However, in the q1 report, there was zero reference to the halt or to the big beat that you normally see when a company significantly outperforms eps expectation (example: xyz company reports record Q1 eps...)

It probably doesn't mean anything either way. I just thought that was a little unusual.



Read Answer Asked by john on June 10, 2021

Q: TD Waterhouse are opining today (in advance of NWC's Jun 9 quarterly reporting) that the "quarter is expected to be the last strong quarter before EBITDA turns negative".
What information if any have you to support or refute this statement?
What are your thoughts on whether to hold or sell NWC going forward?
If sell, what replacement recommendations have you?
Dividend-focused investor, with NWC & PBH in consumer staples, and LNF, MG & CTC in consumer discretionary.
Thank you for your thoughts.

Read Answer Asked by Lotar on June 07, 2021

Q: Non-registered account with goal of primarily dividend income has done quite well, with all of the noted holdings nicely in positive territory. In hind sight MG and SYZ would have been in a registered account. SYZ is up 63%, MG 24%.
Overall account yield is currently 3.8%. Would prefer it closer to 5%
Need some help with this "good problem". Take capital gain now and move into yieldier positions, or let running stocks run and deal with bigger gain in future?
If I move out of some of the growthier stocks, which div payers minimum 3% yield to move into?
Overall portfolio diversification is pretty decent, and diversification within this account does not have to be perfect - dividend security within this account is more important.


Read Answer Asked by Jim on May 04, 2021

Q: Hi guys.

What are your thoughts on North West Company's earnings, today?
They beat earnings but announced the CEO is leaving. They also announced "earnings in 2021 will be meaningfully above pre-Pandemic (2019) levels but likely below 2020". I think this was already baked into the bake as consensus 2021 eps estimates is 20% lower than 2020.

Your insights are always appreciated.


Read Answer Asked by john on April 08, 2021

Q: Retired, dividend-income investor. I own the following Cons Staples = NWC, PBH, PLC, as well as I am building a Cons Discretionary position in Leon's.

I am looking for another Disc stock. I remember seeing a related question on this a few days ago, but couldn't find it. What are your favorites right now for me to do further research on? I must admit I lean towards value stocks, as I have difficulty in buying something that has already had a good run.

Could you give me 3 Discretionary names on the conservative side and 3 on the more aggressive speculative names. If we can't find a suitable Discretionary stock, I might add another Staple name, like possibly ADW (it is listed as a Staple, which is absolutely true in our household, but it could be Discretionary...compared with food). Could you therefore give me 3 Staple names that might fit well with my existing Consumer holdings? So, I need 9 names, if possible. The cash available is in my TFSA, so while a dividend is nice it is not imperative.

Thanks for your help...much appreciated...Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on April 01, 2021

Q: Retired, dividend-income investor. A question earlier today has motivated me to finally ask this question....been thinking of it for quite a while. It had to do with potential rising interest rates and your response was that dividend investors should be prepared for a bumpy ride in the short term (my paraphrase of your answer).

I own the above securities and for the most part trim-add around core positions that I hold for the long term. Is it possible to divide the above securities into two that would be "ok" in a rising interest rate environment and the other that I should consider trimming a bit or maybe selling? I am ok riding things out for the long term and do not normally react to short term volatility.

Thanks for your help....Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on March 20, 2021