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Q: Looking to invest a portion of available cash into solid smallish-cap companies that have yet to move towards their fair value that could be reached in a more positive part of the cycle - which I am guessing/assuming is coming. Please provide suggestion in either Canadian and/or US markets.
Read Answer Asked by John on December 01, 2023
Q: I have seen several analysts commenting recently on how undervalued small cap stocks are compared to larger cap stocks. Some saying we are at the cheapest levels they have ever seen for small caps. If you were to put together a portfolio of 10-12 Canadian small cap stocks intending to benefit from a return to more typical valuations, which stocks would you include? Not thinking about highest risk types, like early phase biotech, exploration stage mining companies, but rather, for high quality, profitable, growing businesses.
Read Answer Asked by Dan on November 29, 2023
Q: Which companies in the 5i Growth portfolio have the most consecutive quarters of revenue growth? Please list top three in order.
Read Answer Asked by Curtis on November 08, 2023
Q: Do you continue to like TVK as a long term compounder? It's had a decent pull back to $32-33 off the highs. Would this be a good entry point? Recently announced a new credit facility but other than that, not much news still earnings back in Aug. What growth drivers do you see going forward? Looking to possibly sell GDI to buy TVK. Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Keith on November 01, 2023
Q: What are your thoughts on GDI? I've been holding in my TFSA for around 3 years and up 12%. They made a purchase last week which looks good. Its more or less been flat and slightly down for the last little while. I know you like it and still hold but I'm looking to high grade this stock for a better alternative if there is one.  Looking at total return 5+ yrs, what small/mid cap stocks would you rank above this one currently that I could swap with? Some names that come to mind are TVK (not held) and HPS.A (holding already).  So I would sell GDI and buy one of the others, which do you like currently that have greater growth potential? If any others in Cad or US, please offer your suggestions.

Also quick thoughts on NVEI (held in TFSA), time to cut it loose? Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Keith on October 26, 2023
Q: Hello

I am looking to deploy some capital ($8,000) into the new FHSA and was looking for some ideas of how to diversify this $$. I have a 3-5 year timeframe and will likely not be actively trading these positions. Can you please advise how it would be best to deploy the funds given the time frame and with a moderate to high risk tolerance.

Can be the companies mentioned above or others. CSU would be great but given it is almost $3,000 a share, not much room to work with that.

Was thinking along the lines of 100 shares of BN @ $42 range and 200 shares of Lumine @ $19 range

Any other ideas of price points you think might be best?

Thanks as always for your help
Read Answer Asked by Antonio on October 22, 2023
Q: Can you list five companies in your growth portfolio that you would add to at this time.

Thanks Steve
Read Answer Asked by Steve on October 05, 2023
Q: What are your top 5 Canadian growth picks for the next year? Please rank and explain why each is a strong choice? Also, what are US choices?
Read Answer Asked on September 20, 2023
Q: Of these six industrial holdings, which three or four would be your favourites? (I focus mainly on the Balanced Portfolio.)

Thanks for all your insightful advice!
Read Answer Asked by Jim on September 13, 2023
Q: Apar from CSU and related companies, are there other vertical software comp[anies in large addressable markets in sectors such as healthcare, media and industrials that you find arttractive? At what prices would you recommend initiating a position and why do you find them attractive.
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by sam on September 12, 2023
Q: In a recent question you answered " we think one of the most important skills for investors who choose to own high-quality compounders is the willingness to hold them through thick and thin, even in periods when they appear to be fully valued (or slightly overvalued)."
With this in mind could you please give a list of canadian high-quality compounders that you would recommend initiating a position in and holding through thick and thin.
Could you please include their sector designation and yield.
I am interested and low yield ones for a non registered account but would also like to see your higher yield ones too.

Read Answer Asked by Anna on August 28, 2023
Q: I would like to build a position in the industrial services sub-sector. Could you identify your favs [CAD/US] for 3-5 year hold [I have named a few, but look to you for those in which you have the most conviction] and rank according to (a) safety in a recession and (b) compounders for long-term growth. What makes them stand out?
Thank you..
Read Answer Asked by sam on August 22, 2023
Q: Argh!! Not a good day on the quarterly earnings front for some of these names in my portfolio. After recent developments, would you still consider these names still a add/hold/sell?

I know hindsight is 20/20 but sometimes I wonder why I didn't put more of my capital into a stock like Constellation, which is just best in class and steady, rather than into these other names. I currently have a large position in CSU and others which largely offset these losses, but waking up to these drops of 20-30% are getting really irritating, but I understand this is the how it is. No pain, no gain! Thank you!
Read Answer Asked by Keith on August 10, 2023
Q: WCN halted share buybacks, matched estimates on the quarter, 0.7% dividend and looking pricey at 33x. I've held it a long time and up nicely 60% in registered account . Would it be prudent to swap it out for GDI for better growth?
Read Answer Asked by Steven on August 09, 2023
Q: These 9 companies are the holdings in a growth oriented Canadian TFSA. The intent was for them to be long-term holds. However, NVEI, ILLM and LSPD are all down over 50% and some so rejigging is being considered.

Would you consider any of them to be a SELL?

Of the 9, which 2 would you be least inclined to keep in the portfolio and why? Please suggest potential replacements.

Please rate (1-10) the remaining 7 for additional money today.

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Peter on August 03, 2023
Q: ATZ, DND, TIXT, WN.PR.D Gentlemen: The above four securities have been very disappointing for me. I have held them for some time with little change. I could hold them longer, as they are in my RIF, but I wonder if the funds might do better elsewhere.
Read Answer Asked by Ken on August 02, 2023
Q: I have this in my TSFA account. Should I sell it? If so what stock should I replace it with?

Read Answer Asked by Linda on July 27, 2023
Q: What are your top 3 growth orientated small caps that trade on the Canadian market today?

Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by David on July 24, 2023
Q: I've been reviewing CSU's shareholder letters and kicking myself that I didn't find such a legendary CEO 15 years ago. The letters make it very clear how much of a unicorn ceo the guy was/is. Which got me thinking, are there any early stage Mark Leonard's out there now that are the kind of ceo's you want to bet on, but younger and their companies are less developed. So my question is, if you had to bet which current CEO's of companies in North America under $10B are likely to be extremely successful based on their business acumen, and shareholder friendliness. Which CEO's would those be (the next Mark Leonard's)? Thx
Read Answer Asked by Adam on July 21, 2023