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Q: Earlier this year we created an equal weighted 'balanced' portfolio of 30 Canadian companies in a non-registered account. Most were chosen from companies either covered by a 5i research report or included in a 5i model portfolio. The remainder were chosen, based on the 5i Q&A section, from what appear to be 5i sector favourites. All purchases in the portfolio are made with the intent to be long-term holds (10+ years).

As per an earlier question we posed, we then increased our positions in 12 of the 30 companies. At this time we would like to increase our investments in 6 of the remaining 18 companies. The intent is to increase the other 12 in approximately 4 months. Which 6 would you add to today? Please rank them, include a small blurb explaining each choice and suggest an entry point. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Peter on September 29, 2021

Q: Balanced Equity Portfolio (Cdn & US Stocks): If 5i were just starting business today what 20 stocks would make up the portfolio?

Read Answer Asked by Keith on September 16, 2021

Q: There was a short report released on Seeking Alpha yesterday on PBH. Well an article with a short thesis anyway. I've read through it and yes some points made were small concerns I had like the debt starting to be a concern again and that they will likely have to do another equity raise to get money to help with that. Also to a lesser degree the fact that they are claiming to be on the right side of ESG and health conscious people which is clearly not that true for a company that specializes in cured meats, deli sandwiches and pretty heavily processed foods. But I'm more concerned with your thoughts around the valuation being as high as he claims. Is this a metric you would use to value PBH, and then comparing it to high priced FANG companies? There were also some "questionable" exec comp payouts in their opinion. Can you provide your voice of reason? PBH has been on a good run this last year.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on September 08, 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: I have enough money to top up one of my positions and bring it closer to 5%. These are the candidates. I am diversified, but maybe a little tech heavy. I have Topicus at 5% All are in my TFSA, so a growth tilt is appropriate. But I'm stuck in analysis paralysis. Does any one of these jump out at this time as a particularly good candidate to top up. I know you like them all, so I guess it is a bit like picking your favourite child. But go ahead and pick. Your insight will be appreciated, and much better than me flipping a coin.

Read Answer Asked by Gordon on August 20, 2021

Q: Earlier this year we created an equal weighted 'balanced' portfolio of 30 Canadian companies in a non-registered account. Most were chosen from companies either covered by a 5i research report or included in a 5i model portfolio. The remainder were chosen, based on the 5i Q&A section, from what appear to be 5i sector favourites. All purchases in the portfolio are made with the intent to be long-term holds (10+ years).

Our intent is to increase our investments in the 30 companies over time. We have recently increased our positions in BIPC and MG. At this time we would like to increase our investments in 10 of the remaining 28 companies. The intent is to increase the remaining 18 in approximately 6 months. Which 10 would you add to today? Please rank them, include a small blurb explaining each choice and indicate an approximate buy price. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Peter on August 19, 2021

Q: Hi 5i Team,

I have been trying to manage close to the BE Portfolio since the start of 5i and I want to continue.

I have some weightings I could top up now and I want to check if we should be adding to these today given recent run ups or if there are other names in the BE portfolio you would suggest as better adds today?

The names I was looking at first were PBH, TFII, KXS, and SIS but would like to hear if there's other names in the BE Portfolio we should be more excited about for new money today?

Read Answer Asked by Marc on August 09, 2021

Q: Hi Peter,Ryan and 5i team,
Our grandsonís RESP ( age 7) is overweight in technology having Descarte and Kinaxis. Both have done very well, Do you think it is time to rebalance or continue holding. Which company in your opinion should we sell if any.
If we sell, we would like to add another holding. Please suggest a couple of names that would round out his portfolio.
Thank you as always and enjoy the summer.

Read Answer Asked by john on July 09, 2021

Q: Hello,
I wish to bring up some percentage allocation in one or two of the above companies from the balanced portfolio and was wondering how you would rate them for (1) growth and (2) safety over next, say three years. Thanks for your great service!

Read Answer Asked by jeff on June 30, 2021

Q: Good morning. Watching Saputo ease after recent annual reporting. Encouraging that there didn't appear to be much news slippage prior to the release.

Interested to know what the current forward p/e estimates are for some of the consumer defensive names including SAP, L, WN, PBH, HLF and MFI.

Also could you please rank in terms of estimated dividend growth going forward - best to least.

Thanks so much!

Read Answer Asked by Richard on June 09, 2021

Q: As I write this, Friday mid afternoon, all of the markets are sharply higher. Gains seem to be pretty much across the board. I like to look at outliers that are bucking the trend. There are a few stocks that you have been optimistic about that are actually down today. Wondering if any of these are not as favoured by the market, given their performance today. Perhaps issues with recent results. Understanding that you can't read too much into one day's trading, but several of these have dropped quite a bit lately, and I'm wondering what your current feelings would be on buying these today for a long term hold in a diversified portfolio. Would you give each a rating from 1 to 10 as to how strongly you would want each of these in a portfolio? BYD, CSU, CTS, DOO, DND, ENGH, LNF, PBH, REAL, STC.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on May 17, 2021

Q: Hello 5i team,

According to portfolio analytics, I am underweight in Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary as well as US exposure. I am a growth investor with a long-term horizon. This is for a TFSA.

In Consumer Staples I hold ATD.B and PBH and was thinking of adding COST.US.

In Consumer Discretionary I have ATZ, BOYD, DOO, LULU.US and was thinking of adding MG and possibly LNF.

Could you suggest some Canadian and US names for both Staples and Discretionary that would compliment my existing holdings?

Thanks for your advice.

Read Answer Asked by Stefan on May 03, 2021

Q: I want to buy positions in these companies in my unregistered account. Could you put them in order to purchase based on market economy timing, if possible. And in my TFSA I'd like to purchase ECN, LGO, ATS--any thoughts on sequence and timing of purchase? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Gordon on April 21, 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 side...no 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