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Q: I am interested in stocks in the material sector, both US and Canada. Any ideas and suggestions?

Read Answer Asked by Joanne on June 03, 2022

Q: My portfolio analysis indicates I am somewhat uderweight in basic material. My present holdings are FNV and NTR. Now that I am retired, my risk level should be considered low to moderate. Dividends are not particularly important. Could you suggest 2 or 3 companies in that sector that have good prospects over the next 5 years. If none are particularly interesting at this time, I would rather wait. In the same vein, could I suggest adding the option of searching by specific sectors in Questions? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by jacques on June 03, 2022

Q: Hi 5i, I'm invested in Nestle and like the diversification and div. but the problem is the fees my broker charges me when I receive the dividend they take approx. one third of it even though its in an RRSP. Guess the tax treaty with the US doesn't matter here. Can you give me another suggestion and do you know if the international ETFs have this problem?

Read Answer Asked by Mark on May 27, 2022

Q: I hold the above 2 in the basic materials sector. Both are involved in copper production with Teck about to increase its exposure to the metal materially by year end. Copper is known as an economic indicator and the worry was in late 2021 that a drop below $4.20 would indicate a worsening economy. Currently, the price is $4.57 with a high in 2022 of almost $5.00 so as of now the economic signal has not turned negative where copper is concerned, however the inversion of the yield curve indicates otherwise. With both of these stocks at or near 52 week highs would it be wise to sell now before copper turns down before economic conditions worsen?

Read Answer Asked by John on April 18, 2022

Q: With the surge in commodity prices I bought positions in BHP and RIO. My portfolio is well diversified and mainly in value supported by yield. BHP and RIO combined only represent 3.3% of the total portfolio.
What concerns me at this point is the current noise about a potential recession later this year. That could hit metals and minerals fairly hard, particularly if the recession, if it happens, is worldwide. Spending on infrastructure construction as well as the demand for manufactured products could decrease substantially.
My first question is whether you support this scenario of a late 2022 recession. My second, obviously, is whether it's time to trim, sell, or just chill and ride out any downturn in the economy as I generally do. I do like the dividends of both RIO and BHP although they could easily be cut.

Read Answer Asked by Larry on April 18, 2022

Q: I hold two major mining companies based on inflation expectations and yield.

With the current conflict in Europe came a surge in commodity prices and the threat of sanctions against the major Russian production of such strategic metals as aluminum.

I looked at the operations of both companies and didn't see anything significant in Russia that might suffer from sanctions or even expropriation. I would have expected both to move sharply higher.

They both dropped with the invasion of Ukraine. I'm missing something. What is it?

Read Answer Asked by Larry on February 25, 2022

Q: Regarding Brad's question about RIO's dividend: according to its report, RIO is paying out on April 10 its final semi-annual dividend of 306.72 pence ($4.17US) and a special dividend of 45.60 pence ($0.62US). The $10.40 that Brad mentioned is the total annual 2021 dividend which includes the interim and special dividend that was paid out last summer.

Read Answer Asked by chris on February 24, 2022

Q: My total holdings are highly diversified across the sectors. I have some cash in a USD RRSP so dividends and some growth is welcome. I am looking to RIO, TECK, WFG, WMB and CCJ for their respective thematic relevance over a 3 -5 yr hold and would appreciate your comments on your one or two more favoured of this list.

My thanks.

Read Answer Asked by David C. on February 15, 2022

Q: In my total holdings, I am very well diversified across sectors (perhaps need to increase Industrials). Specifically, in an USD RRSP acc't, I am 20% cash after some adjustments (high-grading and trimming).

In this acc't, I am considering WFG, CCJ, RIO for the thematic and fundamental merits of each of the three. Which might hold the best growth possibilities going forward and why?

My thanks.

Read Answer Asked by David C. on February 14, 2022

Q: What companies mine both gold and copper? Which ones are recommended?

Read Answer Asked by James on January 21, 2022

Q: Peter & Co,
Nickel 28's Stock price (C$0.89) certainly does not appear to reflect the production, production growth, earnings or earnings growth of this nickel/cobalt miner.

EPS – Q3 US$0.07/share, Q1-3 US$0.19/share

P/E – 2.74x (assuming Q4 similar to Q3 and converting US$ to C$)

Debt - $79 million, down from 107.1 in Q3 2020

Cash – US$3.84 million

Product Pricing – Nickel and cobalt pricing is very strong and is projected to remain so.

I find this stock price to be very frustrating. What problem am I missing? Chinese partner? Venture Exchange? Microcap? Illiquid? Geography?
With appreciation,

Read Answer Asked by Ed on December 03, 2021