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Q: I'm currently overweight financials. Mainly due to new positions in BN/BAM/TD. With over 21% in financial broken down as follows would you begin to trim or consider BN/BAM diverse enough not to be a financial and thus reducing the overall financials concentration to 13.5%

BNS - 2%
BAM -2%
BN - 4.5% been growing this position (ideally want it to be 6%)
EQB - 1% new position
GSY - 2.5%
JPM - 2.6%
TD - 2.21% new position
Visa - 4.23%

10 year investment horizon.

Your thoughts are appreciated


Read Answer Asked by Don on March 22, 2023

Q: Dear 5i,
In regards to the March 21, article written by Michael Huynh titled Canadian Financial Companies with Robust Balance Sheets. I believe the GICS sub-industry classification for GSY is "Consumer Finance". Assuming GSY was included in the screening process. Can you help explain where GSY did not meet your screening criteria. I believe in general your team likes this stock.

Read Answer Asked by Ian on March 22, 2023

Q: In a response a couple of weeks ago you briefly compared GSY and OMF. You indicated that you "consider these two solid for those interested in playing the debt theme". Do you feel any differently now.?
Since neither company rely on customer deposits, is there any reason why OMF has fallen so much more in the last week other than being in the financial business in the US?
How much has the risk changed for investors, compared to GSY? With the big drop in price and corresponding rise in yield  (11.8%) do you see OMF more compelling to start a position mostly for income and some growth? 
Lastly, which other high quality small to mid size US companies in other sectors would you consider if the goal was mostly income?

Read Answer Asked by Alvin on March 21, 2023

Q: In a prior question you mentioned that Goeasy's "funding may slow down or cost more if investors get nervous in general, but it can't really experience a 'run' on current funding like a small bank can". I am trying to understand why Goeasy can't experience a 'run'. What is different with this company? You had also mentioned that it has a different funding base. Thank You.

Read Answer Asked by Walter on March 15, 2023

Q: What small to mid cap companies can you recommend that have been beaten up due to market conditions but have a high chance of success long term? Looking at a potential entry point this year with the prospect of beating out the returns of larger cap names that may be in a similar situation. Could you also give a brief thought on the risk/reward of this approach as well. Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by Dustin on March 14, 2023

Q: Are there any small to mid-cap companies that have been beaten up over the past year that you really like the longer term outlook for?


Read Answer Asked by Dustin on March 13, 2023

Q: Peter, if you were initiating or adding to positions in your TFSA, which 2-3 Canadian Companies would you be picking for maximum returns (top picks)?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Carmen on March 13, 2023

Q: With whats happening in the markets currently with CM's admission of mortgage issues with SIVB debacle, rising rates, volatility etc could be the beginning of a big mess in the Financial services sector.

Although long term you are bullish on 4 of the 5 names do you think it would be prudent from a risk aversion viewpoint to step aside on these names and wait till things settle?

Can you also please comment especially on EQB and GSY and their outlook/risks in this cyclone.



Read Answer Asked by Sheldon on March 13, 2023

Q: I have owned these stocks in my non-registered account for 12 years except ETF IGM, T, CTC.A (bought 2 yr ago - up a fair bit). T bought 5 years or so ago. GSY, MFC & GRT.UN a year ago - all 3 up nicely. I buy dividend growers for the most part. I have been retired for quite a while - so, more interested in dividend growth. Large portfolio with banks 40% of total. Do not worry about market downturns: add to positions when they go on sale -08/09 and 2020. Sitting on cash and looking to add to these positions . Do not own ENF.CA - typo. Suggestions?? IFC 5-6 years up 220% including dividends.

Read Answer Asked by James on March 10, 2023

Q: If you were setting up a TFSA with CAD equities only, what five stocks do you recommend ranked by order you would purchase. If you could give a brief reason as to why you recommended each equity, that would be appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by David on March 07, 2023

Q: This question concerns a well diversified Canadian portfolio (~30 holdings), focused slightly toward growth.

Looking to add to positions in ATZ, DOO, BN, BAM, GSY, KXS, TRI, PBH and T as well as initiate a partial position in WELL, all for long term holds (5+ years).

Would you rate any of these as a wait-and-see rather than a buy today? Please rate (1-10) in terms of your conviction to buy today, along with suggested target buy range [great, okay].

Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on February 28, 2023

Q: Would you have better stocks
to buy now?

Read Answer Asked by gabriel on February 24, 2023

Q: Hello, I have too many financial stocks and I would like to sell one of the above but I'm not sure which one to let go of. I was thinking of letting X go or one of the Brookfield stocks. Your thoughts please, I feel I can get enough diversification with only four stocks in this sector. Thank you in advance.


Read Answer Asked by Cheryl on February 24, 2023

Q: I have owned this stock for a very long time but its share price is the same as it was 6 years ago and the dividend is small. I would appreciate your opinion of the future of this company. It is one of the first stocks I purchased and I accept there is an emotional attachment which could be clouding my judgement as I think I should sell it.

Appreciate your insight.

Paul F.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on February 23, 2023