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Q: Which ETFs do you consider best for strong growth at this time, Cdian or US, irrespective of sectors, with an indication of the degree of risk for each ? Would CIBR be one of them ?


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Read Answer Asked by Jacques on June 18, 2024
Q: Hi,
I read with interest your latest Market Update. I am curious, given your interest rate and market analysis, does the Russell 2000's performance (e.g., IWO) this year indicate anything to you about the possible future direction of markets and the economy? Thanks, Michael
Read Answer Asked by Michael on June 14, 2024
Q: When you peer into your crystal ball what sector do you see as out performing in the coming 12 months? And which US trading ETF best captures this incredible growth? (Just your best guess…no recriminations if you are off).
Read Answer Asked by David on June 13, 2024
Q: I am interested in buying some mid- to small-cap stocks. I am tracking some of the ones you mentioned and am considering them.

For non-experts though, it seems like it would be better to go the ETF route on such companies. Do you agree and can you recommend a couple of options in CAD and USD.
Read Answer Asked by Kevin on March 06, 2024
Q: Can you please suggest a few ETF's for a young investor who has recently opened a brokerage account.
My 30 y/o son will be transferring funds currently held at his bank. (TSFA , RESP, RRSP accounts) He is looking for long term investments options.

We as grand parents have started a RESP for each of the grandchildren. Looking after their first year RESP contributions. Currently invested in HXS and a small VFV position.
Can you please give some options for :
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Gord on February 20, 2024
Q: Please recommend 5 ETF's for a young investor just starting her career and investing in her first TFSA. Thank you in advance.
Read Answer Asked by Helen on February 08, 2024
Q: I recently retired and looking to place some of my savings into the market with a 5 year horizon at which time I will re-evaluate. Will tolerate a moderate to light risk. Could you please recommend 3 or 4 stocks or etf’s for my TFSA and 5-6 stocks for growth. Appreciate all your efforts. Thank you. Brian
Read Answer Asked by Brian on February 07, 2024
Q: I am interested in the Canadian MoneySaver Model ETF portfolio. I can replace the SPY & VGT ETFs with CDN ETF’s that hold those two US indexs. Is there a CDN ETF that holds the iShares Russell 2000 Growth (IWO) & a CDN ETF that holds the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY)? Thanks. … Cal
Read Answer Asked by cal on February 05, 2024
Q: Hi 5i team,

My daughter and her partner are investing in their RRSPs through a work plan. They are in a number of Mutual funds, some with quite high MERs range about 1.5 to 2.5%. Also high redemption rates (some up to 5% in first year or two). I have tried to find the mutual funds from their statements, but mostly listed without codes so difficult to be certain of all data.

They have :
20% Balanced funds
47% Canadian Equity
13% Global Fixed income
20% Foreign Equity.

Amount invested is significant but not really high - includes 3 years of contributions/investment. I think they would be best to withdraw the money now and invest in ETFs. I don't think they need to similarly replicate the funds above in ETFs.

2 questions:

A. Any suggestions as to most efficient way to withdraw from these funds? Are there questions to ask that might help reduce redemption bite or should they just make the switch.
B. They are late 30's and 40 yo, so time horizon of approx. 20 years or more before needing money. They are interested in investing but are very early in this. Wondering what you would suggest for starter ETFs right now with bias towards growth. Perhaps you could suggest 4-6 ETFs that would give them age and time horizon appropriate investments.

Please use as many questions as needed.
Thank you in advance for your usual great service and the very helpful advice.
Read Answer Asked by Tulio on January 31, 2024
Q: I look after a RESP and have IWO, VGRO, VGG and BN. The weight is 16% for each. Would you be comfortable adding to the ETF'S to a 20% weight or should I buy a ETF like XIC? If you have any suggestions of what I could buy for this account I appreciate your input! It will be 12 years before needed.

Read Answer Asked on January 16, 2024
Q: Hi,
I am under weight in both international and fixed income.
I have US$ cash in both my RSRP and TFSA that I'd like to invest in these areas.
Can you recommend some US$ ETF's.
Much appreciated.
Read Answer Asked by Camille on January 15, 2024
Q: I have a grandson who has just graduated from university in the United States. He is serious about investing and wants to know whether the best way to get started for long-term wealth accumulation is starting a high-yield savings account or an IRA?
Or, is there something else you would suggest.
Read Answer Asked by Kyle on January 12, 2024
Q: Indications are that the market breathe is improving and therefore various analysts are recommending the small cap Russel 2000 index. Would you agree and therefore have a suggestion or suggestions of how to invest in this potential opportunity. My other question is would there be a Russell 2000 ETF that you would recommend and a Russell 2000 high growth ETF that you know of?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by kim on January 05, 2024
Q: Is there an Canadian ETF that is like IWO and IJR?

Read Answer Asked on January 02, 2024
Q: Happy New Year everyone!

Can you please update us on your outlook for US Small Caps in 2024? Is it better to invest in US or Canada? A few selected stocks or ETF? If ETF what’s best for top return?

Sorry for all the questions please take as many credits as necessary.

Thanks happy investing!
Read Answer Asked by Robert on January 01, 2024