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Investment Q&A

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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: Would you have a recommendation to replace ZUH, which would have more growth, with the understanding that it would also be higher risk either a stock or an ETF?

Thanks for your service!
Read Answer Asked by Ozzie on January 11, 2024
Q: We have a self-directed RDSP set up for my son (age 21, qualified for the RDSP 12 years ago). Up until now we've invested his funds in 5 different equities (4 CDN dividend paying - ARE, AQN, SU, TCL.A and 1 US - DXCM) and the overall performance has unfortunately been abysmal (I'm just getting the opportunity to be more actively involved in managing my son's RDSP). Because my son has a relatively long investment horizon for his RDSP (to age 49), what are your recommendations to optimize this much-needed benefit for his later years? Are ETFs a preferred option over equities?
Read Answer Asked by Michele on January 03, 2024
Q: Hi Peter,

From a risk-return perspective over the next five years, which is the better investment option? Purchasing an equal weighted investment in the magnificent seven, SPY, or QQQ? Please explain your rationale.

Thanks George
Read Answer Asked by George on December 23, 2023
Q: Everyone, large cap tech stocks have had an amazing year. So going into next year and next year, will managers sell some and redeploy cash or sell lots and deploy cash or will they keep there current amounts hoping for an average gain next year? If they sell this will put a downward momentum on the Nasdaq 100. Clayton
Read Answer Asked by Clayton on December 20, 2023
Q: I know you don't believe in timing the market but after the last few years i've ended up with a fair bit of cash on sidelines, yielding around 5%.
Post pivot i'm now thinking about when/how to deploy. Assuming interest rates have peaked and we start seeing cuts in 2024 i expect cash yields to start decreasing as well.
So if you wanted to "broadly" deploy your cash reserves throughout 2024 how would you proceed? Thinking some mix of SPY, RSP, EMV (much smaller allocation) as I have retained most of my high convinction Canadian stocks.
Dollar Cost Average monthly or quarterly
Wait for next broad pullback, we know it's coming just not sure when. Can still get a nice cash yield while waiting.
Read Answer Asked by Rob on December 18, 2023
Q: Everyone, what is the rate of return for the large cap tech stocks vs the Nasdaq 100. For the large cap I would classify: AAPL, AMZN, GOOG, MSFT and NVDA ( you can add more to the list). Please use a time period that you have good stats for but or a 5 year or 10 year return period. I would like to know if it is worthwhile only investing in the big tech stocks overall. Clayton.
Read Answer Asked by Clayton on December 07, 2023
Q: Hello 5i,

If you were to start a 15,000 USD TFSA which 3 funds would you start with?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on November 30, 2023
Q: Could you please suggest a mirror ETFs from the listing below in Canadian dollar?


Read Answer Asked by Shi on November 23, 2023
Q: My daughter is invested in just these three ETFs. With a 40-40-20 percent weighting. The reasoning was diversification, growth and safety. YTD she is up 20% but the laggard seems to be the one based on the TSX. Can you make any suggestions concerning this strategy? Thank you!
Read Answer Asked by Bryan on November 20, 2023
Q: I am currently conducting research on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and I am particularly interested in those that include Google (Alphabet Inc.), Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon.

Based on my initial research, I have identified the following ETFs:

1. **Vanguard Mega Cap Growth (MGK)**
2. **iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor (MTUM)**
3. **BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF**
4. **S&P North American Technology Sector Index Fund (IGM)**, **Technology Select Sector SPDR**, **PowerShares QQQ**, and **iShares Dow Jones US Technology (IYW)**
5. **Evolve FANGMA Index ETF, TECH ETF**

I would appreciate if you could provide me with more detailed information if you prefer these ETFs which one 5i would recommend, or for that matter an alternative suggestion if you have another choice.
Thanks in advance
Read Answer Asked by Rick on November 17, 2023
Q: Good morning,
I have held Xlk as my US tech portion of my RRIF as well as A few Canadian tech stocks.
I feel this is not a favourite tech representative of yours. What would be your choice considering I also hold VOO and should I switch.
Read Answer Asked by Tom on November 17, 2023
Q: I would appreciate your help with an investment decision.

I own Qcom and Iím down about 40%.

As you pointed out in answering a recent question the PE makes it look cheap. Itís got a decent dividend Howe.

However, it doesnít seem to be or have any momentum,

Would I be better off selling QCOM and adding to either or both NVDA or Adobe both of which are up nicely.

Alternatively, would I be better off just buying an ETF for safety and diversification.

Thank you for your help.
Read Answer Asked by Donald on October 12, 2023
Q: What do you think about taking a new position in Russell 2000 at this time? Dan Niles was on CNBC talking about how the index may outperform some of the big tech names. I am also considering a position in SPY and/or the QQQ. I tend to buy and sell stocks too quickly and my thought was to buy an index fund with a view to holding longer term so that I don't have to worry about individual names. Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Jason on October 11, 2023
Q: My son, 25, recently married and working in USA, has just begun contributing to ROTH IRA matched by employer and looking for advice on on initiating investment in top 4-6 etf's to achieve long term gains with appropriate market diversification. Also, could you please suggest weightings for each considering moderate to high risk tolerance? Thanks so much. Tony
Read Answer Asked by Tony on October 10, 2023
Q: There is a ( very) new ETF, coming out from Horizon with ticker QQCL being a covered call Nasdaq 100 with anticipated yield of 14.10 %.
This seems to be attractive for my TFSA for higher growth (with volatility which I can handle), along with a high yield.

I have bought several of these products, HTA, HHL, UMAX for both my registered and non registered accounts. They seem ď too good to be true ď and am wondering if thatís true. I have seen many of these enhanced products ( remember flow through shares ?) and hope these do not repeat.
Your thoughts on QQCL and on these ETFís in general would be appreciated.
Thanks. Derek
Read Answer Asked by Derek on October 06, 2023
Q: I am close to retiring and have all registered accounts maxed out, but have $200K of non-registered funds to invest, and wondering what recommendation would be. I am leaning for simplicity to spread across a few ETFs to get some balance of growth and dividends. Thoughts/recommendations.
Read Answer Asked by Steven on October 06, 2023
Q: This is about the question asked by Paul regarding tax consequences. I am not sure I understand your answer, you say that "one can even sell in late December (as long as the sell settles in 2023) and then in January and shift the tax burden a full year". In a case like this I would have thought of selling very early in January 2024 instead. Could you comment? Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Gervais on October 03, 2023