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Q: Hi,

I currently own META and QCLN.
For long term hold, I'm thinking about switching these two into SMART stocks because they dropped more.

1) Do you think SMART stocks will outperform META and QCLN in the long term?
2) Do you think SMART stocks are cheap enough right now given almost 50% drops?

Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Yongwei on January 24, 2022

Q: Hello Peter,

With ATVI trading 15% below the acquisition price, what would you say to selling SQ or PYPL or both? and investing the proceeds in ATVI for an approx 15% return in the next few months.

Both PYPL and SQ have been a long term holding for me and while I do expect both PYPL and SQ to bounce back a little I am not sure of a pop greater than 15%. Eventually I will have to decide between the two for a longer term hold. I would like your suggestion here.

ACTVI seems more certain although not 100 % risk free. So does this seem to be a good trade and an arbitrage opportunity?

I own SQ and PYPL in a 2:1 proportion.


Read Answer Asked by Rajiv on January 19, 2022

Q: Hi Team,
I am an aggressive investor, which paid off lovely in 2020, but now am being crushed. I hold the following stocks (with weightings in brackets) in total in my brokerage accounts. Could you have a quick look and tell me how this basket looks "In general"? And if you see this basket doing well over the longer term (say 5-10yr hold), pointing out any suggested changes you would make, if any are "sells" or worth switching out. Note that if I sell any GSY it would incur tax (the weighting is large because the position has grown and have been a firm believer in the company as its valuation still looks cheap and am collecting a nice div off it as well). I am 42yrs old so retirement is a ways away and my goal is maximum returns with reasonable risk until retirement. Please deduct credits as required. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Shane on January 19, 2022

Q: Hello .. I own a significant position on PayPal and am down 20%. With that said is it a good time to switch into something better? I am not really stuck in staying in fintech with this $$ but do you have a short list of great buys right now? Probably with at minimum similar growth? Do $meli or $sq fit the bill? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Tyler on January 18, 2022

Q: Question about Disruptors:

I am concerned about disruptors negatively affecting the future safety of my Canadian dividend portfolio that I have built for retirement - mainly blue chips. I have a long term view, and invest accordingly. Here are my concerns:

Banks (their high fees vs Fintech)
Utilities (eg. Tesla Energy Ventures)
Energy, Pipelines (EV's)
Insurance (Autonomous Vehicle reliability, companies increasing Human Longevity)
Telecoms (Cable-cutting)
Railroads (Autonomous Trucking)

Telecoms seem to be jacking up the cost to the customer for their internet service substantially to compensate for lost cable revenue, so maybe less to worry about there.
I know that it will take time for some of this to play out, but I read articles on disruptors daily, and some of this seems to be evolving quite quickly.

I am looking for portfolio diversifiers. Besides some disruptor ETF's I also own NTR and TECK.B which seem to be less apt to be impacted. I also own ATD, assuming that their change-over to charging stations will be successful. Other than Canadian Tech, what other solid Canadian companies would be good picks that perhaps may be "less impacted" ? FSV for instance ?

Also, if you have an alternative view on this, I certainly welcome your opinion.

Read Answer Asked by James on January 18, 2022

Q: Hi Team,
In regards to SQ, even though this is a fintech company grouped in with the Tech Wreck, is it not also a play on a re-opening economy to an extent? All the little shops it serves should thrive in a post pandemic boom, meaning good business environment for SQ would it not? With SQ back to 2020 levels and cut in half this year this seems like a compelling buy of a blue chip name to me, especially if Tech gains some ground. Can you either confirm or correct my thoughts on this please?
On a seperate note; the nasdaq popped again today after Powell spoke today, after initially falling some. Is it just me or does it seem we are starting to bounce off bottom here with the nasdaq? Thanks for your insight.


Read Answer Asked by Shane on January 12, 2022

Q: Peter and Team. Happy New Year to you all. In December I engaged in some tax loss selling to lower my previous taxable gains on the above noted stocks. The 30 days has passed and I now plan to repurchase some of them to hold for 2 years or so. Can you please rank which of these you consider are the best to re-purchase in my non registered account. Are there any in this list which you suggest I should forgot about. Thanks for your great advise.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on January 12, 2022

My question is about the stock market in general, last time that these prices went down so low in march and april 2020, and then they took off again and i missed the rally because i got cold feet. So this time around i am asking is it a good entry point ex like square, nvei, gsy,dsg i already own lspd and toi for tech stocks can you give me a suggestion if i should still wait or go all in i have $33,000 room in my TFSA. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by wilson on January 11, 2022

Q: I am a little overweight techs in a well diversified portfolio. Considering valuation contraction where do you see a new normal forward P.E. the S&P in 2022 and for those stocks highlighted?
Please provide forward P.E. and multiples for those that make profits and guestimate where the low end could be for the others.



Read Answer Asked by Yves on January 09, 2022

Q: Hi Peter and staff, Happy Holidays.

These are my holdings in TFSA account. Can you please suggest two more names, Canadian or US to add for the 2022 contribution.

Thank you.


Read Answer Asked by Joe on January 03, 2022

Q: Hello 5i
I want to re arrange my TFSA and seek your advice, I own a lot of Topicus in my TFSA and have been considering selling it to buy something else, for two reasons. First, it is close to CSU and I have a lot of that, too. so, I would like to delute that concentration. Also, I want a US company with high premiums that I can sell options on. My preference would be Nvidia. But, because Topicus has gone down so much, lately, I would like to get someting good that has gone down as much as it. Therefore I was looking mostly at Square. APPs might give me a faster ride. < in both directions, thought!> but Square might be more reliable for a retired person. Appreciate any suggestions and, as always, respect and value your judgement

Read Answer Asked by joseph on December 18, 2021

Q: I am down a fair amount on Paypal in a registered account. Seeking your opinion on selling, and placing funds elsewhere. Logic being I likely will recoup my loss faster elsewhere than waiting game with Paypal? Thoughts? Please share 2 ideas as a replacement. Thanks, and all the best

Read Answer Asked by Steven on December 17, 2021

Q: Hello,

I am down about 60% on NVEI which I hold in a non-registered account. Would it make sense to sell for tax loss purposes? If yes, what stock would you suggest I invest the sale proceeds in, in the event there is a bounce in the market in January? I have a 3-5 year time horizon.

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Vir on December 16, 2021

Q: Hi Peter,

In this downtrend market could you please give your three best stocks to buy for 3 to 5 years hold in each sector in canada and US as well ?
Thank you for your best advise on this platform.


Read Answer Asked by kaushikbhai on December 10, 2021

Q: I have been hearing regularly BNN market call guest select payment stocks as their top picks over the last month. What is your opinion of these stocks? are they good value right now and do you think they are facing any headwinds?

Read Answer Asked by Mary on December 10, 2021

Q: I'm interested in the payments/financial services sector...

1. Please rate/rank the following: 1 through 10 if you had new money to deploy in this sector...
- I understand not all the same...
- If any new ideas/companies, please list as well...

2. Who do you think will win the Grey Cup ? Are you doing odds and taking bets with 5i ?? - Sports-book Division in the future ??

Have a good week!

Read Answer Asked by michael on December 08, 2021