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Q: How would you rank these four in terms of 1) current valuation 2) safety of invested funds (kind of related to current valuation I guess) 3) anticipated investment return over the next couple of years and overall quality of investment - ie. if you were to select only 1 or 2, in what order would you invest considering the overall quality/valuation of these companies? Thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Bruce on February 21, 2024
Q: SHOP Been a shareholder since it was $15.00 and as I understand Shopify focus is on personal clients, and although different from Amazon platform, which seems to conflict with Amazons over objective. I recently understand that Amazon "Jeff" has recently redeemed a large amount of shares. I am wondering if he is planning a takeover of Shopify. What are 5I thoughts on this and could it happen?
Read Answer Asked by Rick on February 19, 2024
Q: Hi Peter and Team,

SHOP shows in their previous Quarterly release that they have grown free cash flow (good stuff!) but when I look at cash balances, I see they have a reduction in cash and equivalents with a simultaneous increase in "Loans and merchant advances, net."

I am trying to decipher if SHOP is:
1. Actually adding cash (key indicator of health)
2. Vendor financing their customers heavily which ended very badly for the likes of GE.

Is the quality of SHOP's financials showing some cracks here? It seems like this vendor financing theme is taking off in the "tech" stocks.
Read Answer Asked by Marc on February 13, 2024
Q: I have a RESP for 3 grandchildren under the age of 11.
Would you please suggest 3 or 4 stocks to add or swap with any in the above group. Would prefer a bit more growth. Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Rose on February 12, 2024
Q: Which of these three stocks have the best potential for growth over the next year or two, disregarding any risks etc. I do realize it's a short time horizon, thanks?
Read Answer Asked by Pat on February 07, 2024
Q: This question concerns the technology sector in a well-diversified Canadian portfolio (~30 holdings), focused slightly toward growth.

The current technology holdings are CSU, SHOP, DSG and KXS. With the exception of KXS, the holdings are all positive. We are considering replacing KXS with LMN.

For a long term hold, which of KXS and LMN would you prefer and why?

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Peter on February 07, 2024
Q: You responded to an earlier question today about SHOP's decline today with: Yipitdata, a cloud-tracking service, noted it estimated that SHOP gross payments volume growth decelerated 'significantly' over the past week of reporting (to Jan 22). If volume did drop significantly, would this not be something 'significant'? I can see a slight drop that gets washed out over a longer time frame but a big drop all of a sudden isn't a good sign. What would cause a significant drop? Also, how reliable is Yipitdata? I guess what I'm asking is if SHOP is still looked on favourably by 5i? Is there anything to be overly concerned with?
Read Answer Asked on February 02, 2024
Q: JPM has had a decent run but I'm thinking of swapping it for Mastercard. Can I get your thoughts please?

Palo Alto has also been terrific, but I'm trying to add more AI into my portfolio. I'd like to sell it and find a new name, CDN or US. I own MSFT, AAPL, Salesforce, GOOG, Meta, NVDA, Constellation, Shopify and Kinaxis. I was thinking of Taiwan Semi, AMD or Broadcom, but can I get your thoughts please?
Read Answer Asked by Gregory on January 29, 2024
Q: What are your five current favorite stocks for short-term (1 year) gains? They can be either US or Canadian stocks. Thanks,
Read Answer Asked by John on January 24, 2024