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Q: I read your answer to a question regarding tax loss selling where you said that you were "endorsing tax-loss harvesting right now". I've taken some profits and have the following stocks that are down and can utilize: AMZN, VISA, DIS, TFII and GSY - can you recommend which ones I should sell and if you would be okay buying them back after the 30 days?

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on May 17, 2022

Q: Taking into account their current valuations, and their individual company risk, could you please rank these stocks in terms of overall risk from high to low for a 2 year time frame:

Thanks for all your work!


Read Answer Asked by Mike on May 16, 2022

Q: In a diversified portfolio where I want to add to the above holdings, please indicate in order, which one you would add to first and so on.

Please of course consider the stock appreciation potential, the markets and are these in favorable segments or not, etc.



Read Answer Asked by Sheldon on May 16, 2022

Q: Of the 5 stocks listed in this question, do you see today as being a good time to purchase/ add to any of these names? And what order would you rank them, if buying today. Or, are there better ideas out there today that you would prefer? Thanks


Read Answer Asked by Shane on May 13, 2022

Q: In your earnings assessment you state:

"easyfinancial is seeing more 'secured' loans (33% up from 12.7%). Average loan rate fell to 32.7%, 37.5%. As interest rates rise we would like to see this trend reverse, of course."

Can I presume increase in secured loans is the reason for reduction in Avg. Loan Rate? Personally I would rather give a secured loan
rather than unsecured. Don't you think this trend would improve loan write offs?


Read Answer Asked by Joseph on May 12, 2022

Q: Hello 5i

You are often asked if you could provide 2-3 "bargains" from the various portfolios - could you, given the current environment, provide
- 2-3 from the balanced / Income portfolios
- 2-3 outside of the portfolios (either Canadian or US please)
That you would consider a good opportunity to pick up at this time.


Read Answer Asked by mike on May 10, 2022

Q: Based on your reply to Paul on May 9th...."We think buying over a year will end up looking pretty good in two or three years". Of the following Companies that make up my portfolio what would be your TOP 3 conviction names to ADD to over the next year based on long term growth potential, good valuation, well run, good management, no brainer this will be a good investment type choice. There is opportunity here so don't want to miss the boat. Yes everything is down. Yes people are panicking. But it will go back up and simply want to focus my energy on the ones with more conviction. I don't need the money for the next 15-20 yrs but don't want to be a moron either and be happy with a bit of dividend here and there when I could see larger returns by making a good decision today. Thanks again.

Read Answer Asked by Theron on May 10, 2022

Q: Hi,
I'm currently holding all of these at a loss, mostly in RSP's - so the loss, if taken, won't be helpful tax wise. I'm aware you are still recommending GSY, but assume that is because at this point it is a reasonably buy. It has been a particular disappointment for me, as I purchased near the recent highs, so I wonder if the remaining capital I have might be better in the energy sector, as I do hold other financials. SNAP and SBUX are looking a bit more like they will take a very long time to show positive momentum - would you agree? Or do you feel it is worth holding onto all of these? I don't need the cash, I'm just wondering if it would be more prudent to stop the day by day reduction in principal, in particular when there are options such as ENB that pay a sizeable dividend in a more positive sector.
Many thanks for your thoughts, as they are always appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on May 05, 2022

Q: What do feel are the best bargains currently in this market ? Top 10 please, and a management ranking, 10 being the best. Long time time horizon. Thanks

Also, please provide your favourite Cnd stock/ETF for an RESP. Long time horizon



Read Answer Asked by Nick on May 04, 2022

Q: With the stock market being just terrible these days, what at the companies trading at or near 52 week lows that you would strongly buy if you could (US or CDN)?

Read Answer Asked by Cameron on May 03, 2022

Q: Two related questions. I purchased SLF several months ago as a hedge against inflation. Since then, the stock has done nothing but decline and I am now down 12%. Please explain why it is performing so poorly now and provide thoughts on how it could potentially be impacted by a recession. Still with finance, would GSY (despite its smaller size) have generally the same economic drivers as the Big Five banks? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Maureen on May 02, 2022

Q: Hello 5I,
I recently bought $GSY on your recommendation as I thought it was a good fit for my portfolio. I then came across some comments it was a predatory lender.. I wondered is this accurate or just a disgruntled ex-employee or customer? I know they deal with less qualified borrowers and get paid more for that risk but is it not a necessary service that is policed by the government?

Read Answer Asked by Tyler on April 25, 2022

Q: Morning 5i,
I know there have been many recent questions on GSY but I'll still ask:
To me GSY is acting very volatile and I wonder if you agree that it's behaving more like a stock that's being traded than a name that's attracting investors? If I'm right in that, do you have any thoughts as to why, and by rights shouldn't a relatively large financial services company be much more stable than GSY is at present. Its current yo-yo behaviour doesn't instill much confidence, in me at least.
Thanks, and I look forward to your thoughts.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on April 21, 2022

Q: These 2 darlings are now ugly ducklings. Not long ago,Shop was the biggest company in Canada overtaking perrinnel leader,RY. Recent drastic drop from $2228 H to $658,1year Low.Any reasons for the 14% haircut today besides news that it is in talks to buy startup,Deliverr. Think market does not like this type of acquistion nowadays as it will likely increase its losses & prolong its plan to profitability in this market backdrop.Is this a entry point or more pain to come. Txs for u usual great services & views Is this an entry point for GSY which got hammered today too & trading near 1yr low.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on April 21, 2022

Q: Wanting to add some large cap growth stocks to my large cap utility, bank, pipeline,infrastructure, portfolio as new money becomes available. Growth seems to be out of favour so am seeing this as a time to buy with a 2 year window.

You often advise waiting for a declining stock to show some strength, or at least to start building a base before stepping in. I find this difficult on 2 aspects. Technically, how do I determine when to buy a declining stock in this market ? Psychologically, I hold off on buying when the stock declines further, thinking the decline will continue, and if the stock moves upward I get get frustrated believing that I missed the boat . Do former “ favourites “ such as the 2 above lose their shine even when the markets recover ? Which of these would you purchase first ?
Thanks. Derek

Read Answer Asked by Derek on April 21, 2022