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Investment Q&A

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Q: I have an ETF portfolio and a portfolio of CDN and U.S. stocks.

I am building my ETF portfolio and plan to take my gains from my individual stocks and add to my ETF portfolio during market downturns. I don't plan on making any sales from my ETF portfolio and I expect that portfolio to provide my funds for retirement.

The ETF portfolio is divided globally and I was wondering if which order you would add since I am building my portfolio. The ETFs I have selected on XIC (30%), XEF (15%), XEC (10%), IVV (15%), XJH (5%), XJR (5%), QQQ (5%), XLF (5%) and 10% fixed income. I have already established my 5% positions in XJH, XJR, QQQ and XLF over the summer.

My questions are:

1 - I know weighting is personal, but do you have any glaring concerns with my weightings?

2 - In which order would you add to XIC, XEF, XEC and IVV?

Thanks for your help,

Read Answer Asked by Jason on September 27, 2021

Q: Hello 5i team,
I am interested in acquiring a US financial ETF with a decent payout. Do you have a top 5 list on the US side.
Thank You,

Read Answer Asked by Andrew on February 26, 2021

Q: Your thoughts on selling XLF to buy JPM & BAC and selling PFE & GILD to buy ARKG.

Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Nhung on December 23, 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: My target allocation to Financials is 15%. Within that group, I would like your advice on the following selection and allocation: TD-25%; CME - 8%; SIVB - 8%; MFC - 8%; BAM - 16%; BX - 16%; FSZ - 12%; XLF - 6% [or another bank].
This grouping is intended to provide both overall yield and growth; accepting some volatility. What would, in your view, be a reasonable target return for such a grouping? Please advise on target percent allocation to the sector. Which ones would you recommend and what alternatives would you prefer?.

Read Answer Asked by sam on January 16, 2019

Q: There was a discussion on a financial network with a portfolio manager regarding future rate increases. The expectation is that rates will likely be increased 3 to 4 times over the next 15 months or so. This in turn would likely result in an inverted yield curve. In such an environment, financial stocks, especially insurance companies, have historically done very poorly. So not hold them.!
My questions are
What is your expectation for future interest rate increases this year and next?
Do you agree with how 3-4 rate increases would likely affect the yield curve?
From you experience, historically, has this type of scenario been quite negative for financial stocks; that is banks and insurance companies?
And if this is very negative for financial stocks, should one continue to hold such shares beyond the end of this year?
Your analysis please. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by John on October 01, 2018

Q: In what order would you rate the following U.S. equities
I am considering adding to a well-diversified portfolio?
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Harold on June 11, 2018

Q: Hi,
I am wanting exposure to US financials and I am wondering if there is an ETF in Canada that tracks XLF. Of the three listed names could you give me your opinion on how they rank. XLF is one that has Berkshire stock, which I would like some exposure to.

Read Answer Asked by Gwen on March 16, 2018

Q: Firstly, let me compliment your staff on the VERY quick response to my latest question!
Now, picking up on our changes to the Cash Acct, I have decided to move the bulk of our RIFF accounts to the US to counter the larger CDN investments in our Cash Acts.
I have picked only ETFS as I believe they best represent US national growth potential at this time.
I would appreciate your best advice & rationale on 4 or 5 of the following: UDOW, DDM, SPSM, XLE, DIA, VTI, XLF, SPY, IGM. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Robert on January 22, 2018

Q: I am having a hard time deciding if I should add to my financials with individual stocks or buy an ETF. XLF and MTUM have holdings that I already own and am ok with adding to these via the ETF and they also hold BAC and JPM which I do not own. Can you please give me your opinion. Sectors and weightings are fine. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Gayle on January 17, 2018

Q: ZBK- BAC,JPM,WFC,C, =20% of holdings, rest are midsized banks, 2017 return 10% TER 0.74%
ZUB 2017 return 17% TER 0.80 %
XLF- BAC,JPM,WFC,C, = 32% of holdings + Berkshire H at 11%,rest are regional banks, insurance, financial services, 2017 return 22% TER 0.14%

Is this accurate?
I am 50% non reg., 45% RSP, 5% TFSA, retired living comfortably
Looking at 3% position
Your choice (or choices i.e. split) and why
What account


Read Answer Asked by Derek on January 15, 2018

Q: My TFSA is all in Can $. I have $12000.00 to add this year, so would like your opinion, on the US Tech sector, or the US Bank sector.
I would buy a ETF. At this time would you go hedged or unhedged?
Thanks for your continued support.

Read Answer Asked by Shirley on January 10, 2018

Q: We have some u.s money in a RIF acct and would like to compliment our balanced and income portfolio and were thinking of VG - IYJ- XLF and VXUS. Does this make sense as we are also playing the currency and this is profit from 2017 thanks to you and your service....thanks...Eugene

Read Answer Asked by gene on December 18, 2017