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Q: Hi 5i,

If one was predisposed to achieve a higher yield for an income portfolio, what would you replace WSP, PRMW and PLC with? Or does this defeat the purpose of balance and keeping some growth?

Read Answer Asked by Kelly on March 08, 2022

Q: Own the following symbol / weight in my RRRS:

BCE 6.5 BEP.UN 5 BNS 4 CPD 5.9 CVD 5.5 EIF 2.1 ENB 6.1 LNF 2.5 QSR 2.4 SLF 3.3 TCL.A 3.1 WSP 5.9 XHY 6.8. ZRE 5

Please advice a new position from the Income Portfolio to add now:


Much Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Hali on August 24, 2021

Q: Based on the companies contained in the two portfolios above, which of them are you most impressed with, having gone thru the pandemic, which would lead you to expect even better results as the economy moves past the stimulus provided by the feds?

Read Answer Asked by Kelly on August 18, 2021

Q: Can you please advise which one would you consider as a value stock as of today price from your Model, Growth, Income portfolio?

Thanks for the great service.

Read Answer Asked by Hector on March 30, 2021

Q: New to the site here. Why are there companies in the model portfolios that are not rated? If you are recommending them why wouldn't you rate them? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Lindsey on March 29, 2021

Q: Some help for Paul asking for ideas to invest in his TFSA. In February (13)?, 2017, 5i answered a request for the top 10 picks harvested from the 5i portfolios. They were as follows: GSY, SHOP, SLF, WSP, GUD, OTEX, SIS, KXS, PBH, and one other I lost track of. Over the 4 years the return, if still held, would be +280%, but even without SHOP or GUD, the return is a respectable +96%. So for Paul and me would you do it again from current portfolio holdings. My New Years resolution is to pay more attention to your picks...........thx. Lionel

Read Answer Asked by Lionel on January 15, 2021

Q: Greetings,

I would like to transition an account that was being handled by an investment firm to one that would be income based, and self administered. I will start with approx 100K and add to it as funds come available. I am considering the income portfolio as a guideline. If I were to start with 12 names from the portfolio, which would you be most comfortable purchasing today? Or would you recommend all 22 names and adding to each as funds come available? I have a minimum 10 year timeline, if not longer. I currently follow the balanced portfolio and could not be happier. This account is for my bride and she prefers less risk. Thanks in advance, as a PSA, I have been a member since 2017 and haven't slept better since joining. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Kelly on October 19, 2020

Q: Hi,

If you were to look at your Income Portfolio with a critical eye, are there any companies or ETFs there that you would consider at high risk of reducing their dividend/distribution? If so, why?



Read Answer Asked by Gordon on March 13, 2020

Q: You currently have > 9% cash in the Income portfolio. In the past you have indicated you prefer to be mostly invested. If my memory is correct, your responses to past questions have referenced the Income portfolio being up x% so far this year (now 13%) vs the targeted 6-8%/year, so you are taking your time to find appropriate investments. Respectfully, I would counter with the multiyear performance #s of 2-5%/year (quite a bit below the 6-8% target), so wouldn't you want the cash to be put to work? I know you just added a new 3% position on Oct 8.

So, I am trying to the 9% cash level is more of a "strategic" allocation (waiting for a timing, which I know you don't believe in), are you still undergoing research for the right investment or is there some other reason?

Please note I am not criticizing. I have loads of respect for the 5iR team and have way more confidence managing my own portfolio knowing 5iR is there to provide guidance. I am just trying to understand the purpose for the cash in the Income portfolio. I too have roughly 7% cash and am struggling to find the "right" investment and put it to work.


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on November 08, 2019

Q: Wondering if you can confirm what Benchmarks are used for the 5i Model Portfolios.
I may be wrong but from passed members questions I gather you may use XTR for Income, XCS for Growth. What about Balance Equity portfolio benchmark?
Many Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Frank on July 08, 2019