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Q: Hi,
I'd like to know how you would view debentures on SHOP, how the balance sheet is holding up and where the estimates for revenues going forward are. I am concerned about today's drop and whether or not it is worth holding, or ditching prior to the announcement regarding price for the secondary issue and debentures. Is there anything about SHOP I am missing here? I'm kind of curious as to why it has experienced a 22% decline in the last 3 to 4 weeks, when the tech sector in Canada is down just over 11% in comparison - does this indicate SHOP is falling out of favour compared to its peers? I noticed that in the US, ETSY has had a similar drop, but AMZN, EBAY are less. I had been under the impression that with SHOP's recent work with WMT and many small businesses moving online recently any pullbacks would be less, but maybe SHOP is just that volatile? As always I appreciate any thoughts or comments you have.

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on September 17, 2020

Q: I am negative on subject three U.S. companies (FSLY, TWLO, ISRG) While these companies may be good growth companies if held long enough, I would appreciate your suggestions of several U.S. and Canadian companies that are likely to have more near term growth, any market segment and I have much risk tolerance. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Klaus on September 15, 2020

Q: Hi 5i Team - According to my information Shopify has about 120 million shares outstanding. Do you think it is possible or probable that they may do a stock split in order to bring the share price down to a range that might attract new retail investors. Also What is the latest insider holdings information including recent buying and selling activity. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Rob on September 14, 2020

Q: Can you suggest me 10 Growth stocks in Canada/US. Time horizon is 10-15 years. Investment style is BUY AND FORGET.

Read Answer Asked by HARRY on September 10, 2020

Q: Good afternoon,

The technology portion of my portfolio has grown too large (about 37%) and I知 trying to figure out how to get it back to about 25%? My issue is that I知 interested in too many tech options (I.e., the ones that I own plus others I壇 like to buy). I知 looking for suggestions on which I should sell, add to or replace by buying a better option. Some were initiated with half positions that went down and some full positions grew so the proportions all over the place. I have a long time horizon and many are held in a registered account (except SHOP and NVDA). I own: KXS (3.5%), CSU (3.8%), SHOP (2.7%), PHO (<1%), ZS (3.3%), TEAM (1%), NVDA (6.1%), AAPL (11%), MSFT (4.6%) and I知 interested in buying REAL, DOCU and GOOG. I壇 like to own what are viewed as solid tech companies for future innovation and growth and I知 willing to add, remove or replace any of these companies.

I also need to add materials and REITs to my portfolio since I currently have no holdings in these. I値l use my tech trimmings to add to these sectors. Suggestions of top companies for these two sectors would also be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for all the great work and suggestions you provide,

Read Answer Asked by Lisa on September 08, 2020

Q: For the above technology companies there has been a huge pullback even though some have beaten nicely on earnings. Is this a buying opportunity for them or wait and see where the NASDAQ settles out before putting new money in. What is the reason for the pullback. Typical profit taking before Labour Day? Of the above Can you rank which you would put new money into first?

Read Answer Asked by Brendan on September 08, 2020

Q: I think we were due for today's pullback. What are your favourite names to add to here for a long term hold?

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on September 04, 2020

Q: This question is about diversification and percentage of stocks vs ETFs. In my overall portfolio (combined tfsa, rrsp, and non-registered), I have roughly 37% VFV/ZSP, and the rest fairly equally weighted across ENB, KXS, SHOP, VGH, AQN, BEP.UN/C, BIP.UN/C, BNS, CPX, GDI, NVDA, RY, TEAM, VGG, TRP, BAM.A. I'm in my mid 30s and have a long time frame, but would prefer to position for short term performance as much as possible. So, with some cash to allocate, can you please recommend a couple US and CAN stocks to add to this mix (or recommend just adding to what I hold)? Also, given your recent market update on covid vs sector performance, what would you do with the VFV/ZSP allocation? I am open to moving that allocation to stocks instead of an ETF, and am wondering if I should take that path, and how best to position there given the big tech names/top holdings in the ETFs, vs some holdings across sectors that are currently down. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Andrew on September 03, 2020

Q: What's wrong with Canadian tech these days? ZQQ is up 12.61% this month, as tech stocks soar. But in Canada, you would have been much better off owning a plodding insurance company like Sun Life or a bank than Kinaxis, Constellation Software, Open Text, Enghouse, CGI, Shopify or Sylogist.

Read Answer Asked by John on September 02, 2020

Q: Looking to add BAM.A and SHOP to the porffolio, which would you add first for a youngish investor in a TFSA? Is BAM.A going to be in the dog house for years to come? Does SHOP still have a long runway or have new investors largely missed the boat? Should one wait for a pull back on SHOP before stepping in? Also, considering the added cost of currency conversion, is there any reason to choose QQQ over HXS for in a TFSA? HXS is smaller, but is that much of an issue for retail investors? Please deduct credits as you see fit.

Read Answer Asked by Josh on September 01, 2020

Q: What companies on your radar have the strongest balance sheets? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on August 28, 2020

Q: These seem to be some of your favorite Canadian growth names - very different in terms of sectors, vol and size, however can you please rank them in terms of growth outlook for next 3-4 years to add some torque to a portfolio.
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Kyle on August 21, 2020

Q: Tech has boosted my returns this year and now it is around 40% of my portfolio and that is after trimming half my SHOP and CSU and selling AYX, GIB.A and DSG. Trying to get down to 20% Can you please rank the above stocks to help me with my decision. And thanks for the great service.

Read Answer Asked by Neil on August 17, 2020

Q: Hi Guys,

I have these tech companies inside my portfolio adding up to 40%, please rank them for long term growth (3 to 5 years). I would like to drop this percentage down to 25%.
Are there any MUST sell in this group?


Read Answer Asked by jim on August 13, 2020

Q: Hi 5i,

I am thinking to start invest the above stocks. In term of risk, potential grow, please kindly provide the ranking. Please take out any if not suggest for the moment to invest. Many thanks.

Read Answer Asked by ma on August 11, 2020