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Q: My son is starting an FHSA account at Wealthsimple. With the goal of contributing monthly and maximizing the limit over 5 to 7 years before needing funds. What combination of ETF's and blue chip stocks would you recommend that combines steady/increasing dividends, capital appreciation and minimal downside risk. Looking for a manageable # and combination of stock/Etf

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Harry on September 27, 2023

Q: Just a follow up to a previously answered question regarding which ETFs you would choose. What would be your weighting in a portfolio containing SPY, QQQ, IJH, AGG and VYM?

If you were to remove bonds (AGG) altogether, where would you allocate weighting?

Read Answer Asked by David on September 25, 2023

Q: There have been a number of questions recently asking how to construct the best etf portfolio. I thought you did an amazing job in answering these. I had a couple of questions, though, to which I like your response.

You recommend SPY. I believe you also answered QQQ in some place. Would one need QQQ if one already owned SPY? I am speaking here as an average retired investor willing to take a little risk. The concern is that the top ten holdings of the two funds is quite similar. The other concern relates to thèse top ten holdings. A lot of both funds is invested in high flying technology stocks. You often mention that the danger in investing in a Canadian index fund is that they are heavily weighted to three industry sectors. Wouldn’t the same fear hold true for SPY? And if so, would a good work around be a combination of a market weighted fund, such as RSP and an appropriate balance of SPY and QQQ?

Read Answer Asked by joseph on September 25, 2023

Q: If you were to build a portfolio of just ETFs, what 6-8 would you select? Maybe ignore Canada for this scenario as I have plenty of individual positions I'm quite happy with.

Read Answer Asked by Robert on September 21, 2023

Q: Hi 5i Team - What would your top 5 ETF's be as I'd like to purchase the best ETF's that you will recommend.
Thx - Doug

Read Answer Asked by DOUG on September 20, 2023

Q: Am looking at adding some QQQ (or similar) in my TFSA but am wondering if now is the best time. Also, I am not as familiar with Invesco and usually go with iShares. They have XQQ but it is in Canadian dollars and hedged. Would IYW be similar to QQQ? Are you quite comfortable with QQQ? Would you be able to suggest an entry price for whichever one you recommend? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Kim on September 11, 2023

Q: So here's my predicament. Over the past many years my portfolio largely reflects NASDAQ returns but has much more volatility. I'm thinking of just buying a bunch of QQQ (or XQQ) so I worry less about the volatility while still getting similar returns. I still like picking stocks and was thinking of holding most of my tech in QQQ while trying to pick a few tech stocks to 'juice' returns. If you were to pick 5 NASDAQ stocks that might outperform the NASDAQ over a mid-long timeframe, what would they be? Note these can include large caps (MSFT, NVDA) or anything else.

Read Answer Asked by Cameron on August 28, 2023

Q: What are your top 4-5 picks (stocks or ETFs) for an RRSP with a 15-20 year horizon?


Read Answer Asked by Cam on August 27, 2023

Q: Hi Team,
For an 18 year old who just opened their TFSA and starting with $6500, what stocks or ETFs (CDN and/or US) would you start with? There are no trading fees so there is no worry to buy 10 names if that is the best way forward.

Read Answer Asked by Marco on August 22, 2023

Q: From a global perspective would you favor European, US or international stocks/EFTs to invest at this time ? I would like to diversify my portfolio a little better and therefore sell some Canadian ETFs and purchase European, US and international ETFs .
Thank you . Miroslaw

Read Answer Asked by Miroslaw on August 18, 2023

Q: For a non registered account which etfs would your recommend for broad US and for tech exposure and what max weighting would you recommend allocating to these 2 etfs? Would these 2 etfs be the best for US exposure for the TFSA also or would you suggest different ones?
Thanks for your help.

Read Answer Asked by Anna on August 16, 2023

Q: I am looking to transfer money from my sons RESP into a TFSA. He is working a lot with ample overtime and likely won't require the money to cover tuition etc.. Could you please suggest some Canadian and/or U.S. etfs that would provide a well rounded portfolio to start him on his investing journey.

Read Answer Asked by Michael on July 17, 2023

Q: Hi Peter, what do you see happening on July 24th when the Nasdaq re- balances? Do you think that some of the top stocks would see a bit of a sell-off as ETFs and institution investors rebalance as well? Which companies would you put new money in? Thanks in advance.

Read Answer Asked by K on July 12, 2023

Q: Hi group I just sold NVDA @ $425. The plan was to wait for a pullback so i could repurchase. Looking like that will not work out. So should I buy AMD or ADBE Or? ...or just wait for a market adjustment broad based

2nd question i presently own the follow stocks and would like to add to some to them. In What order and price would you buy or should i be patient and just wait?

Thanks for your help with these decisions deduct credits as required

Read Answer Asked by Terence on July 10, 2023

Q: Would you suggest some ETFs that capture U.S. & Cdn stocks - top ones that hold top DOW, NASDQ & S&P? My son is 33 YO - has RRSP, TFSA and Non- Reg acct, I believe he owns some NVIDIA stock. I realize not a lot of info. My investment strategy is quite different as I am not - as a priority, focused on growth; but, dividend growers which has served me well over the last 15 years.
Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by James on June 28, 2023

Q: Can you suggest a few stocks and /or etfs either us or CDN?

Thank you, michael.

Read Answer Asked by Michael on June 22, 2023

Q: cdn110k suggestions please. ETFs or singleStocks please, us orcdn

Read Answer Asked by Michael on June 21, 2023