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Q: Hi 5
2 questions (please use required credits)
1) For the stock list above would you please suggest a HOLD SELL BUY.

2) I would like to consolidate all of the above stocks into: NVDA GOOGLE and
MSFT for a 2 years hold, I understand the stocks are good ones , but I'm only looking at a faster recovery. Would you be om with it.


Read Answer Asked by Fernando on March 22, 2023

Q: Wondering if you still feel like the small-capitalization U.S. stocks are showing value going forward? Even with the YTD 9.59 return?
Wondering if you know of a ETF similar to XSU.CA that's tilted towards GROWTH, can be unhedged.


Read Answer Asked by Shawn on March 09, 2023

Q: Hi Everyone at 5i!!
I own Maw global small cap and have rode it up and down. I am given to understand that it is a good fund but the MER is high. Is there an ETF of a similar nature that I could reinvest my money in??


Read Answer Asked by Tamara on January 24, 2023

Q: Hi, can you suggest a few ETF'S and covered call ETF'S to put in a self directed RRIF, providing income and some growth. I know you're not keen on giving specific portfolio construction, IE, everyones circumstances are different, I would really appreciate just a few ideas for core holdings.
Thank's James

Read Answer Asked by James on January 09, 2023

Q: Hello:

Child turning 18 later this month. For initial $6500 to TFSA would VEQT be better than US only VFV? Very long time horizon and I never bet against USA!

Other options for long term growth?


Read Answer Asked by Marilou on January 06, 2023

Q: Happy Holidays!! Two part question - What are your thoughts on index funds, I don’t think I see any in your portfolios.

I read some commentary sometimes how some “professional investors” say they are better than stocks, for as the stock market goes up the index funds will too, but stocks don’t always rise when the market does. I do see the counter argument there too.

And assuming you’re not opposed to them, you which ones would you recommend?

Please take 2-3 credits, as that was a long question.



Read Answer Asked by Cam on January 06, 2023

Q: TFSA top up for 2023. I hold all IWO in the account currently. My crystal ball doesn't like the current USD:CAD outlook so buying USD with CAD to get IWO at the moment doesn't feel like a good move. Does anything in the balance or growth portfolio look particularly attractive as a buy? I hold OTEX and ENGH as tech stocks, both have been adequately beaten up to be buys but I hate owning the same stock in multiple accounts so would consider a different CAD stock for the TFSA account if you can think of one. So long way to ask: just suck it up and buy, IWO, buy ENGH, buy OTEX or buy ??? as it is your top pick right now. 5 year hold.

Read Answer Asked by Tom on January 05, 2023

Q: Hi 5i Team,

I am in the process of setting up an investment account for my nephew and would like to stick to indexes for the time being until he is comfortable with individual equities.

Given the current market climate and your best guess, what % would you attribute in a portfolio (out of 100%) to the following indices: VFV, XQQ, XIC, IWO, XGRO. Please feel free to suggest any other index that was not mentioned in the list above.

Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by David on December 23, 2022

Q: Could you please provide me a list of your top 5 ETF funds for US equities.

Read Answer Asked by Claus on December 05, 2022

Q: If you currently had about 50% cash in your portfolio;

- how would you suggest investing the balance and over what time period?

i.e. 30% cash now, 30% in 2 months etc

Thank you for your input.

Read Answer Asked by Dick on November 24, 2022

Q: Your last market update contained the following noteworthy statement:

“For investors with a long-term horizon, small-caps and mid-caps are presenting investors with a roughly once-in-a-decade opportunity.”

Can you recommend a few US ETFs that fit into this thesis?

Read Answer Asked by Steven on November 24, 2022

Q: I am making the switch to holding ETFs in my RRSP instead of individual stocks to make it easier to manage. Can you recommend your top ETFs for a growth oriented investor who has a 10-15 year horizon and wants a globally diversified portfolio. I would like to limit this to less than 5 ETFs.



Read Answer Asked by Gregory on November 15, 2022

Q: Good morning, what ETF's would you advise for a new portfolio today. Mid age investor, including sector allocations please. TFSA and Non reg'd accounts

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Laurence on October 31, 2022

Q: All four securities are held in a US TFSA at ~2% - 2.5% positions each. I would like to deploy available funds to either take two of the positions to 3.5% or add to all four at 0.5% ea. Seeking market recovery growth over the next 2-4 years, which strategy would you deploy? If only two were added to, which ones would they be, if it were you?

Thanks for all you do for us little guys.

Read Answer Asked by Tony on October 20, 2022

Q: My Son has $12,000.00 to open a new TFSA. He has selected the following stocks
XIU(50)-ZNQ(50)- VFV(25)- ZUT(100)-ZRE(100)- ZPR(200)
He plans to add $6000.00 plus Dividends each year and buy more of same, for next twenty -five years. Will he get a good return on his choice. or does he need to diversify more or only buy the first three. Welcome your direction to maximum total return or close to it. Can accept risk. Many Thanks---Cec

Read Answer Asked by Cecil on October 13, 2022

Q: I want to crystalize tax losses in my non-reg account. Can you please suggest good proxies for IYT, VTV, VEA, and IWO? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Michael on September 28, 2022