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Q: I read an article in the paper today about something called the "Stable Dividend Portfolio". Basically it proposed that an investor select and hold the best dividend paying companies in Canada throughout the entire year. (Not buy in May and Go Away". Nor move back and forth from an emphasis on bonds to one on stocks. My questions are:
1. Have you heard of such a strategy and if so, do you agree with it?
2. What 12 Canadian companies would you select for such a portfolio?
Read Answer Asked by Les on July 04, 2024
Q: Long term holder of SIS and PBH, but would you endorse a switch to EIF over one of those two as part of a long term balanced portfolio?

I know there should be brighter days ahead for both SIS and PBH, but EIF looks appealing....
Read Answer Asked by Jeff on June 25, 2024
Q: What are your top picks right now? Would you include recent laggards such as lulu, hps, doo or Pbh among them?
Read Answer Asked by Peter on June 25, 2024
Q: Both PBH and PLC don't seem to want to recover from their poor recent performance despite each having had decent quarters. Investors just don't seem interested in them and I am also becoming less so and thinking of selling at a loss. Is there a case for continuing to hold?
Thanks for your advice.
Read Answer Asked by richard on May 22, 2024
Q: Hello,
I have owned these 3 stocks for a few years now and doing some portfolio cleanup and wondering if still worth holding - long term. I don’t trade. Can you please briefly comment on their potential individually and if some should be sold, in what order in your opinion. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Pierre on May 21, 2024
Q: Help me!
My wife and I have a competition running in our TFSA accounts, which we started a few years back with the same cash balance. She is using the classic passive ETF strategy, except we got pissed off with bonds and moved that portion into QQQ/ICLN (TDB900, 902, 911 & QQQ, ICLN)
I am actively (quite low turnover) trading CDN and US stocks and ETF's
She is handing me my ass!

My current holdings in the CDN account are ATS, BAM, BN, GSY, KXS, XIT, PBH, WELL, WSP and US account AAPL, TFII, VEEV

Ignoring sector allocations (which i still need to look into), please advise any Buy, Hold or Sell recommendations for my current holdings with a 5 year horizon
Read Answer Asked by Jim on May 08, 2024
Q: Some maintenance of my portfolio is long-overdue. I have been sitting on PBH, VEEV, and VZ which are all down about 30%. WELL is down about 50%, MG about 40%. Should I keep holding, or take the loss and pivot to something else? These are the worst performers, overall the entire portfolio is up 20% this year. Many thanks for your assistance.
Read Answer Asked by Matthew on May 03, 2024
Q: How would you rate these stocks for maximum growth?
Thanks, Peter
Read Answer Asked by Peter on April 26, 2024
Q: Hello, Would you have 4 top picks in either of these sectors (industrials, consumer staples, consumer discretionary or health care). I am looking for large caps trading on the TSX with good long term potential. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Pierre on April 23, 2024
Q: On Dec 12 '23 you printed a list of 10 potentially improving stocks. With good luck I pulled CCL out of the list and it has done well. Which of that list do you still see as having good potential ?? Thanks Jim
Read Answer Asked by jim on April 16, 2024
Q: Retired (25 years) investor, preservation of capital and income paramount. Can you please provide the following, ETF or equity suggestions for:
Basic Materials (hold 2% LIF), Communications Services (hold 4% BCE), Consumer Cyclical and Consumer Defensive (hold 0%), Healthcare (hold 1% HHL), Industrials (hold 0%), Technology (hold TXF 4%).

Thank you for considering my lengthy question for which I apologize.
Read Answer Asked by Gail on April 10, 2024
Q: Hello 5i
I know the policy is to stay invested through thick and thin. In the past with some companies I was up thousands. I started to see the price per share decrease but 5i wrote to "keep going we will see what happens". By the time 5i got around to throwing in the towel I was down thousands. After, when a company started to go belly up I listened to my gut and got out before 5i gave up the ghost. I saved several thousand by doing that. NOW, with PBH, I am up several thousand. Though the metrics still look good, I want to take my winnings before a disaster happens, however I will still keep the principal invested in PBH.
Question: does this sound like a plan or should I still keep fully invested in PBH?
Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on March 25, 2024
Q: I struggle with when to sell a security as many others have said here, but particularly when there is large unrealized capital gain. My ACB on Premium Brands is in the low $30 range leaving me with a sizeable cap gain, so I look at PBH lately and wonder do I take the tax hit and sell, do I hold on and collect the dividend at the risk of it drifting lower? Theoretically it could fall to point where the erosion in capital would leave me wishing I had sold it and paid the tax. I know you suggest selling if something fundamental has changed for the worse, and also am aware that I have to have something else in mind to employ the capital in that is going to “make up” for the tax hit if I sell. Can I have your thoughts?
Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on March 19, 2024
Q: Hi Peter and Staff

Please rank the 4 stocks in order of preferred ownership today for long term hold with a ranking 1 to 10 score as well with 10 being perfect
Thanks for all you do
Read Answer Asked by Dennis on March 18, 2024