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Q: Hi Peter & team,

Could you please recommend two Canadian Consumer Staple and/or Discretionary choices to add into a portfolio?

Thanks for all you do


Read Answer Asked by Gord on February 27, 2024
Q: Good morning - I need more US exposure as I am overweight Canada. I will need to sell some/all of holdings I have in PBH, L, ATS, TOU, SU and EIF. I hate to sell any of these companies but someone's gotta go to raise cash. Taxes are not an issue. Can you suggest US companies that you would like just as much, which pay dividends and which will keep me in the realms of Industrial, Consumer Discretionary, Energy. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by alex on February 21, 2024
Q: I have held PBH in my cash account for sometime and am up a paltry 6%. I'm considering selling and replacing with either LLY, HD or TRI. Looking for greater growth and willing to take on moderate risk. 3-5 year hold. I know these companies are apples and oranges, but I would appreciate your views on risk and reward for PBH, LLY, HD and TRI and which you would recommend I hold going forward. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Maureen on February 16, 2024
Q: Good Evening
I am a long time holder of Premium Brands, have always liked its prospects but have grown impatient with the stagnation in stock price. Considering a move to Hammond but wonder if I have missed out on the run up in price. Would you endorse the switch or have another suggestion. When I have made these types of decisions in the past many times patience would have been the best move.
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Marty on February 09, 2024
Q: Hello, can you suggest 5 consumer stocks and 5 industrial stocks, either in Canada and US, with a brief reason for each suggestion. I am trying to re-balance my portfolio and I am overweight in tech right now. Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Martin on February 09, 2024
Q: I recently transferred my employer TFSA account to my trading account, so I now manage my entire TFSA. I have many solid growth names, and have XIU and BNS as a dividend/diversification play.

I am looking for a solid set it and forget it Dividend play to DRIP, and have some share price appreciation for long term.

Would BAM or FTS be your top pick for this type of thing? Can you provide say 7 or 8 of your top picks for dividend growth, business development runway, and a higher dividend? I had considered growing XIU significantly to drip more, since its diversification almost guarantees the set it and forget side of things.

Thanks for all your recent help! I'm definitely ripping through some credits this month. ;)
Read Answer Asked by James on January 24, 2024
Q: Hi,

These are some names that I hold that are smaller weights in my portfolio (<2%) and I would like to add to my positions. From comments, I think all of them are solid going forward and some have run hard, such as HPS.A, TVK, CRWD...The thing I've struggled with before is adding to names at the wrong time after they've had a good run and then the market turns and your gains turn into losses. How do you approach these situations and when do you decide to add to a starter position.

Would you be comfortable adding to any of these names at the current prices and can you rank which ones you would add to first?

With the market at record levels, I'm a bit more gun shy of doing so but I think on any market pullback, I would add to any of these names. Would you agree?

I remember a question you answered recently about increasing the avg. cost base vs the % of the position when adding. So for example, I bought HPS.A at $50 and now its $93 for a nice gain, however it's only 1.5% of my portfolio now. So if you are comfortable with a 3% position, do I just add now to get to that 3% even with the run that its had? Or wait for a nice pullback, which of course is impossible to predict. I try not to anchor prices and of course the buyers today are forward looking and expect good things to continue. How do you approach this? Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Keith on January 24, 2024
Q: The two least profitable stocks in my entire portfolio are SIS (up an anemic 6% after two years) and PBH (up 10% in the same time period). I'd like to replace both with something growthier - but here's the catch - I want similar dividends (+/- 1%) and I want Canadian replacements in the same sector. My only other Consumer Defensive is COST. Current industrials are WSP, HPS.A, J, and TFII. I would welcome your speculation on how SIS and PBH are likely to grow this year...and what potential replacements might be. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Maureen on January 19, 2024
Q: Hi Team,
I would like your opinion on FMC. The stock is down significantly because one of the key product family is seeing patents expiry-diamides. It probably also moved lower with the rest of the agrobusiness sector-. Do you think it is a good time to take a small position in FMC. I am looking to a 3 to 5 years horizon.

I would also take position in one of the 3 other Cie listed -LIN, CTAS, KBL- due to the fact that I think these are 3 companies that could be fairly resilient in an economic downturn. How would you rank these choices in term of stability and capital appreciation potential ? Other suggestions are welcome!

Take the amount of credit necessary to answer my questions and sub questions!

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Michel on January 12, 2024
Q: I am overweight in energy with CNQ, TOU and ENB and underweight in consumer everything. I am down about 8% on the last two and up about 15% on CNQ. Suggestions for reducing?

What would you suggest for consumer?

I am just asking for thoughts/suggestions.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on January 11, 2024
Q: I own these three stocks for consumer defensive:

L - half position
PBH - full position
Costco - half position

The analytics tool is telling me I'm low on consumer defensive. Would you just add to L and Cost or would you add another name?

Read Answer Asked by Robert on January 08, 2024
Q: In your opinion, is it worth holding on to AQN for the potential benefits of it's renewable business sale/split (and whatever other news follows), or sell now and invest in to companies with more proven management and stability e.g. I'd be putting the proceeds mainly in to BNS and TD.
Read Answer Asked by Jeff on January 08, 2024
Q: Hi group Happy new year to all. Can yo give me your top picks (stocks or etfs) in the following sectors and a brief comment + good entry price pays Strong dividend US or CAD

Financials - I Own GSY TD, FFH, BN, BAM

Energy - I own ARC, ENB, F, NRGI

Healthcare - BIO TECH - I have no exposure but like CVS at present levels

Consumer staples - L, WMT, Cost,

Tech- QQQ, Apple, MSFT, AMZ, GOOG

Consumer discretionary - QSR,ATD,MCDS, ATZ
Read Answer Asked by Terence on January 04, 2024
Q: Do you have any timely and suitable names for my TFSA contrib this year? I tend to buy things that are quite growthy in my TFSA. As such its already chock full of technology. Open to US or Canuck names but they need to be quite liquid. Happy New Year
Read Answer Asked by Martin on January 04, 2024
Q: I need to gradually raise cash over the next 6 months and am operating on the assumption that interest rates will begin a to decline in late Q1, I would only like to sell those holdings that are less likely to do well in a declining interest rate environment. Please rank each of these holdings from "Sell Now - least likely to benefit from a declining rate environment" to "Avoid Selling - should do very well in a declining rate environment". AQN, BCE, BN, BNS, DSG, ENB, GSY, KXS, NTR, PBH, TCN, TD
Read Answer Asked by Glenn on January 02, 2024
Q: I want to add one of the above with the expectation of a total yearly return of 8% in the next five years.
Could you rank the above and explain your rational
Best of the season
Read Answer Asked by Raoul on December 14, 2023