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Q: Doing a year end review of all of my holdings. I would like to reduce my position in several stocks (or eliminate entirely in the case of HR.UN and CPH) in order to raise some cash for increasing my position in several other holdings. Fairly large question, so I will divide it into 2, this for the potential reductions and a further question about the potential adds. Would you please rank these stocks in the order you would reduce or eliminate to raise some cash, starting with the one you would be most inclined to reduce/eliminate. Sector, or large cap/small cap not a concern, as I have a broadly diversified portfolio with a lot (too many, really) of names. Thank you for this, and also for the very good service. My 1st year as a client, and I will certainly be renewing. I have recommended the site to a few friends who also do investing.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on December 20, 2020

Q: Trying to reduce the number of stocks I hold. Currently I am broadly diversified across sectors and large cap/small cap, growth/dividend payers, so those are not concerns. I look at total return, and have a long term horizon, 5+ years. Comfortable with risky stocks. I have smallish positions in these 12 stocks and would like to sell maybe 6 to 8 of them, and redeploy the money into a few of the others on the list or into some of my other holdings. Would you select 6 - 8 of the above that you think are less likely to perform well over 5+ years, and could be sold, and maybe 2 - 4 that could be added to. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on November 18, 2020

Q: Thanks for your ongoing non-biased advice.
I have three DOGS in my non registered account ...... Baylin Technologies (BYL) with No Dividend, Cipher Pharma (CPH) with No Dividend and Pason Systems (PSI) that has a 3.5% Dividend.
Please analyze each account for future growth prospects, survivability etc.
My strategy is to double-down and buy more of each stock in my wife's non registered account during tax loss season because her income is very low ......... then wait 30 days and sell the above stocks after 30 days in my registered account either this year or next year.
Hope this strategy makes

Read Answer Asked by Daniel A> on November 16, 2020

Q: I would like to sell subject 4 companies, unless your advice is to hold because of much near term growth potential.
Please suggest 5 each U.S. and Canadian companies that you consider offering the
' best ' growth, short and medium term, with no consideration of industry.

Read Answer Asked by Klaus on January 16, 2020

Q: Cipher's quarterly report highlights transitions and strategic positioning for long term growth, also debt reduction. Their list of 2018 year end highlights appears impressive but does it read that way to you? This company looks busy for their size but what significants do you take from the list of 2019 anticipated milestones? Would you dip a toe in here? Finally how similar are CPH and GUD in strategic growth plans?

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on March 21, 2019

Q: Can you please comment on the acquisition made today? After lots of acquisitions should this not finally alleviate growth concerns?

Also, from Cardiome's recent investor presentation it looks like they had Canadian tax credits of 190M cad @ 26% = $49M (versus the company's 75M total tax credits). I am assuming that is what "NOL CFWDs" means? From the news release it appears Cipher may get these credits in the transaction. That seems very beneficial for Cipher as they would be in a position to actually use them immediately where Cardiome operating at a loss could not. Is my thinking correct here?


Read Answer Asked by Scott on March 21, 2018