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Q: Recommendations from portfolio analytics indicated i should increase my holdings in healthcare and industrials. Please provide your comments on XHC, XGI and WSP. Are there other options that i should consider?
I am considering investing in sector specific ETFs. What are comments on SOXQ and IWO.US? Are there specific sectors that are expected to show high growth in the next few years?

Read Answer Asked by Don on December 07, 2021

Q: I have historically held my investments in mutual funds through a financial advisor. I subscribed to 5i Research approximately 3 years ago and made my first investments in equities and an ETF based primarily upon information obtained from 5i Research. The returns on VGRO ETF and my equities have been 2 to 4 times the gain for my mutual funds. I recently upgraded my subscription to include Portfolio Analytics. Based upon portfolio analytics, my current portfolio is reasonably well balanced with recommendations to add healthcare and industrials as well as some international exposure. I have cash on hand that I want to invest. I will hold my investments for the next 5 to 10 years. I am looking at purchasing some additional equities and an ETF with good growth potential at moderate risk. Please provide top 10 recommendations with rankings for stocks that I should consider adding to my portfolio. Please provide recommendations for top 5 ETFs with rankings that I should consider adding to my portfolio. What is your current view on VGRO? Would you suggest topping up my investment in VGRO?

Read Answer Asked by Don on December 06, 2021

Q: Dear 5i team.

May I please have your recommendation for exposure to Materials and Industrial ETFs please.

Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Arthur on October 27, 2021

Q: I just upgraded to portfolio analytics and one of the suggested is upping my US market exposure plus adding to Healthcare and Industrials. I was looking at the XGI, ZUH, HHL to do this but am open to other suggestions.

Read Answer Asked by Albert on May 26, 2021

Q: Good morning. Which do you feel would be a better etf for industrials in a RRif or do you have another suggestion? I understand IYJ has a higher mer but better long term performance with more holdings. Have they both equal risk? Would something with more international flavour be better?

Read Answer Asked by Tom on March 16, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team,

Thanks for all your excellent suggesstions/advice in the past and have made good returns.
The current allocation for ZIN in my RRSP is 3.5% and the value has increased by 25%. I was wondering if it is prudent to sell ZIN now and buy XGI so that I can DRIP and add the profits from ZIN to VUN.

Read Answer Asked by Ravindra on January 29, 2021

Q: Hi 5i
Based on my recent review of Portfolio Analytics information, I need to increase my US and International exposure significantly and, also, Consumer Cyclical, Consumer Defensive, Industrials and Tech.
With the thought of killing a number of birds with just a few stones, could you recommend a few ETFs that trade on the TSX that will increase my US and International exposure along with my investment in the listed sectors, while also having the prospect of some reasonable return in the form of either capital appreciation or dividends, or both.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on November 12, 2020

Q: I currently have a half a position in XGI and 65% are holdings in the USA.

Can you recommend similar industrial ETF's with more European /Global exposure and less USA



Read Answer Asked by Stephen on July 14, 2020

Q: Tony Dwyer from Cannacord likes to refer to "banks and tanks" as good areas to be in when the economy eventually turns positive. I believe he's referring to the more cyclicals. Can you suggest both Cdn and US ETF's that would fit the bill. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Darcy on June 22, 2020

Q: In your portfolio analytics, you used to have A list of suggested etfs for each sector. I cannot find this list anymore. Has it been removed? Could you please provide a list of recommended etfs for each sector. Thank you

Read Answer Asked by satish on May 15, 2020

Q: Hi There

I'm needing to add some international exposure (outside NA) to my portfolio and am also under weighted on Financials, Healthcare and Industrials. I'm 38 so growth is the focus in portfolio. Can you recommend 5 top options to fit this mix - ETFs or individual stocks. Some will live in RRSP, some unregistered if that makes a difference in suggestions.

Read Answer Asked by Ryan on January 22, 2020

Q: I very much appreciate 5i along with your ETF site. From your ETF site, I have been playing with the ETF sector balancer and have found it quite useful to see the % of the sectors my postions occupy .
My questions
1. I am considering a 1/2 position of XHC, XGI, and XCD and a 1/4 postion of VUN and XQQ. Is now the time to buy these or should I sit on my cash for a while or should I be considering some alternatives to these within their sectors?
2. If I execute #1 above, my overall holdings will be 57% CDA, 29% USA, 14% INTL and my portfolio will consist of 2% materials, 13% consumer cyclical, 5% financial, 3% communication, 10% energy, 10% industrials, 6% technology, 17% consumer defensive, 13% healthcare and 18% utilities.
I would very much appreciate your critique and observations.


Read Answer Asked by John on June 18, 2018

Q: Hi 5i. Trying to improve sector allocations. Currently we have only 3.5% in Industrials.
I am looking at XGI - iShares S&P Global Industrials (CA$ hedged). This ETF has only 1 holding which is EXI - iShares Global Industrials US$ ETF. We are looking at investing CA$ funds and don't wish to convert. Questions :
- Do you think that XGI has sufficient size (current net assets ~$40M) for an investment ?
- Do you know if there is an "un-hedged" version of XGI ?
- Do you think that somewhere between 10 and 15% should be allocated to Industrials ?
- Any other thoughts on a Global Industrials ETF ?

As always, thanks for your help. Much apreciated. T

Read Answer Asked by Terrance on May 26, 2017