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Q: Can you recommend 5 top value Canadian and 5 USA companies that have solid long-term businesses, with great management, a good P/E and have no debt or very low debt. Would really like to find a solid core of buy and hold names in any sector. It would appear to me that SLF would be one good choice.

Read Answer Asked by Grant on May 30, 2023

Q: As a followup to my question yesterday about Leon's how seriously should we take this interest in setting up REIT? You have noted in the past that one of the underlying values of LNF was their real estate so is this an idea that management is floating or does it look like it will come to fruition? How should a shareholder react to this news - buy more, sell or hold until it plays out?

Appreciate your insight.

Paul F.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on May 08, 2023

Q: Hello, folks,
I currently own Magna but, considering recent events/performance and murkier outlook, am exploring possibly making a switch. I am looking at CTC.A, LNF, and QSR. Please indicate order of preference for a 5-year hold and short explanation of rationale.
I'd be open to suggestions of other stocks in the Consumer Cyclical space with >3% dividend if you think there are better options.
Thanks in advance,

Read Answer Asked by Rory on April 25, 2023

Q: Of the consumer cyclicals held are there any you would sell? Any you would add to? And, do you have other Canadian or US names you would suggest looking into at this time?

5+ years timeframe, high risk, growth-focused in a TFSA.

MG (-30%)
LNF (-22%)

Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Stefan on April 24, 2023

Q: If you held the following smaller cap stocks in positions of 0.5% to 1.0% of your total stock portfolio, and wanted to reduce the number of holdings by selling several of them and using the money to add to others, which ones would you sell and which ones would you add to: ACQ, ADEN, AEP, AND, CHW, CJ, DCM, ECN, GEO, HPS.A, LNF, NOA, PRL, QIPT, RCH, RET.A, SFC, STLC, SVI, TVE, WELL, XTC. Assume overall portfolio is well diversified so sectors not a consideration, and that this is the riskier part of portfolio, so, higher risk is fine. Would be great if you could pare this list of 22 stocks down to about 10-15. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Dan on April 24, 2023

Q: Good Afternoon
I hold BAM, Bank of Nova Scotia, Leonís, GDI and Lightspeed. I have held these stock for years and each position makes up about 1-2 % of my portfolio. I am looking for a bit more torque. Can you suggest a consolidation candidate or perhaps one of Shop, Descartes , Doo or one you prefer better. Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Marty on April 17, 2023

Q: There are a few obvious similarities here in terms of market cap and dividend yield, a few obvious differences in trailing price/earnings and sectors (staples/discretionary). Hoping for your insight into which one you would sooner own for the next two years assuming we are going soon going to enter a recession (or are already in one). Or maybe neither?

Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on March 30, 2023

Q: Is there a good Canadian ETF for consumer cyclical / discretionary sector? If not what basket of stocks would can be included in the sector?

Read Answer Asked by ZIM on February 01, 2023

Q: I've been looking at my allocations and am very low in consumer defensive, consumer cyclical and materials. Could you give me some recommendations for companies in these areas that give a 3.5%div or more. For US and Canada. Ones that you would consider now a good time to buy. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Pat on January 18, 2023

Q: What would be your top picks for dividend stocks that are trading currently at good discounts and have a great recovery potential-across all segments US and Canada? One group making 3.5% or higher; one group 2-3% but have more growth opportunity? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Pat on November 18, 2022

Q: Your recent report on LNF didn't mention anything about the land they own. In the past, you have commented that the real estate could be used to unearth (no pun intended) value in the company. I realize this might not be the best time to look to real estate for additional value but is some type of land deal be something you would ultimately expect to happen?

Appreciate your insight.

Paul F.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on October 27, 2022

Q: Hi Ryan, really enjoyed your presentation at the CFS this past weekend.

Using your 5 criteria: momentum, revenue growth, roe, shareholder friendly, and value-momentum; what 5 Canadian stocks would you suggest?

If possible, companies that would survive this current market stresses.


Read Answer Asked by Christopher on October 20, 2022

Q: I had inadvertently marked the following question 'private' and am now sharing it, along with your response. I also have a follow up question: please rate ENB and AQN on a scale of 1-10 for both growth and safety over the next couple of years. Thank you.

Wanting to dip my toe back into the market with a 2.6% total portfolio investment. My goal is to purchase stock in a Canadian company with a dividend >2%, that is anticipated to experience strong growth in the next 2 years and is not particularly volatile. Please rank the following on a scale of 1-10 for both growth and safety: MG, SLF, TCN, LNF, and IIP.UN. Other than GSY, X, BEP and BIP (already held) are there any other Canadian companies you would recommend that would meet my criteria? Thank you.

Asked by Maureen on August 17, 2022
For growth: MG 6; SLF 4; TCN 7; LNF 5; IIP.UN 4

For safety: MG 7, SLF 8, TCN 4, LNF 6, IIP.UN 7

We might add ENB, AQN, X to this list.

Read Answer Asked by Maureen on August 18, 2022

Q: Ignoring company size and sector diversification, can you please rank these stocks on a best to worst risk / reward basis for long term hold. I own them all in various accounts with a half position or less so my plan would be to let some go and increase position in others with better potential. Any of them you consider good buy at the moment? Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Pierre on August 12, 2022