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Q: I have in my wife's TFSA: BIP.UN, SIS, SPB, STC and ETF XIT. First 3 holdings for long time. STC down 78% - ouch, XIT about even now but holds two dogs LSP and SHOP. Was thinking of selling STC and XIT and buying AD.UN and KMP.UN. We are holding $72K in cash as well. Ideas/suggestions appreciated. She already owns GSY and GRT.UN in RRSP - purchased last year. A lot of stocks are up a fair bit - so, do not see any bargains.

Read Answer Asked by James on February 14, 2023

Q: If you were to consider 5 sector ETFs based on current price and future prospects, what would they be?

Please recommend your favourite ETF for each on the TSX unless it's only available in USD.

Would the beaten down USA sector (eg. XUU) be part of your thinking?

Read Answer Asked by Kevin on January 31, 2023

Q: My son has a small portfolio consisting of two ETF’s and seven stocks (CN, AAXN, NVDA, CRWD, DDOG, DIS, TTWO). We have picked stocks that have good potential, but that are also fun for him to follow. He is using the ETF’s to give his portfolio some diversification with 20% in ZSP and 15% in XIT. He is investing for the long term. He now has some extra cash to buy another stock or two. Would you have some suggestions? We are also thinking of selling XIT and splitting the proceeds between CSU and maybe one other stock. Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Kim on January 23, 2023

Q: Hi

Thank you for your reply below.

We will not be selling our BRK,B.

We can not afford to buy a worthwhile position in CSU without selling BRK.B.

Another factor is that BRK.B is in our RRSP accounts, and the capital gains becomes an issue if we go to our cash accounts.

Would it make sense to add to XIT as CSU is its largest holding.

Its a situation of having champagne taste on a beer pocket book.

Thanks again


Hello I am low in Tech and high in Financials. Thinking of selling my BRK.B and buying CSU. Your comments or your suggestions are most welcome. Thank you Mike

We would consider both of these to be very high quality stocks, and would be fine with this switch if it matches one's sector goals. Because BRK.B is so solid, though, we might consider swapping something else if there are other financial stocks to choose from.

Read Answer Asked by Mike on January 23, 2023

Q: When NNRG reaches my next target price, I plan to do some additional trimming (for asset allocation reasons, as well as to fund some topping up of existing positions in my TFSA.

In which order would you add to the following, based on where we are at in the market cycle and where you see the best current value: XIT, PBH, PLC. Please add a brief reason why the sequence.


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on October 20, 2022

Q: Hello,

Please recommend some total market ETFs for the Canadian market, the American Market, for growth, for income, and/or the best overall in your opinion.



Read Answer Asked by Mark on August 02, 2022

Q: Historically speaking, what is the average rate of return of ETF’s compared to individual stocks?

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on July 26, 2022

Q: I am thinking of investing in these three ETFs because I believe we are getting near the bottom of the market and all three of these ETFs have good growth prospects over the next 2 years. Would you agree with my thinking?

Thanks. David

Read Answer Asked by David on June 16, 2022

Q: Please suggest some growth etfs and stocks for starting RESP for long term hold. Thanks for great service.

Read Answer Asked by KULDIP on May 03, 2022

Q: If the fear of higher interest rates was causing the share prices of tech companies to fall, why would share prices rise today (April 13) with the announcement of a 0.5% rate increase?

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on April 13, 2022

Q: I have owned XIT since 2017 and use it as a proxy for my technology allocation. Based on trying to keep relatively close to my allocation targets, I have trimmed it 14 times and added it 3 times (most recently adding at $47 and $41.

It looks to my amateur eyes that we are near a reasonably strong technical support level of +/- $41, which leads me to consider topping up to my target weighting again. In January I also thought we had support at $46-47...wrong.

However, the forecasted aggressive interest rate hikes might be a headwind to each of the underlying stocks, in which case I am more than happy to sit on the cash to see what happens with the next rate increase or two.

So, it really comes down to SHOP, CSU, GIB.A, OTEX (over 74% of XIT). When you look at each individually, and then in aggregate, what does your crystal ball say for adding at this time? I suspect your answer would include...if it is an asset allocation question, just add/sell now.

Your thoughts? Thanks...Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on April 05, 2022

Q: HI,

Do you think its time to get back to tech stocks? I already own CSU. If so, can u rank the CDN teck stocks (CTS, DSG, XIT, ZQQ, KXS, LSPD, Shop) based on reliable growth and manageable volatility? if you have better ideas please include them.

Read Answer Asked by Graeme on March 30, 2022

Q: Hi 5i
We don't have any Canadian tech companies but lots of AAPL, GOOGL and NVDA. With current pullback, SHOP and XIT are down a lot (70% and 40% off highs) but CSU only about 15%. Would you buy CSU or XIT?

Read Answer Asked by Greg on March 15, 2022

Q: I would like an ETF to take advantage of the pull back in tech stocks. I generally like the holdings of XIT except for the huge position in CSU (I bought some anyway because I've always been wrong on CSU). Its a small position which I would like to build on but I would also like to add some US exposure - preferably CAD since I don't feel like exchanging more funds right now. Suggestions?

Also, what is your current opinion of PTF? I only recognize a few of their holdings and have no idea how to assess, apart from noting their reasonably good history.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on February 03, 2022