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Q: Is PDBC a good hedge against inflation and would you recommend it ? What is the dividend with PCBC ? The information on my TD acct. and your website are very different. Are there eff's that provide the same commodity exposure that pay monthly or quarterly dividends that you would endorse. Thanks for your help.

Read Answer Asked by Ian on July 25, 2022

Q: Can you recommend a few ETFs that have good exposure to US industrials and materials? Preferably in a single security if there is one, but separately is fine as well. I'm indifferent as to whether it is a CDN ETF listed in Canada or USD ETF listed on a US exchange.

Read Answer Asked by Brad on August 18, 2021

Q: My wife and I are in our mid-late 70's and only have investments in RRIFs.

We don't have any stocks in the materials sector and I would like to add something that has either solid growth potential or pays a dividend to add a bit more balance. I once invested in gold (BTO) and didn't do well, so I'm not particularly interested in that unless it meets the criteria above.

I am, however open to all suggestions. I have 6% space to allocate to your recommendations, so please advise accordingly.

Read Answer Asked by John on July 16, 2021

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

Portfolio Analytics indicates that we're overexposed to the Consumer Cyclical Sector. Please rank the above three stocks from "sell some shares first" to "sell some shares last" so that we can free up some cash to put in the Materials sector, which is presently underrepresented. What are your favourites in the Materials sector? (Either stocks or ETFs in Canada or the US.) Thanks as always.





Read Answer Asked by Jerry on June 28, 2021

Q: If now is a good time to begin putting 12% cash to work increasing our USA div. income to balance our RRIF withdrawals for a mid 70s couple what stocks or etfs would you recommend. We currently own VZ@ 1%, QCO M@1% VGG 1% and VUN 3% to top up.
According to your portfolio analysis we need more US communication, US industrial, and US basic materials. Is it better to have div. income from Canada than US in our RRIF plans?
Would also like to switch our 3.5% position of IYT to div. position.
Take as many question as needed. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Peter on October 29, 2019

Q: Good morning 5i,
I currently have no basic materials in portfolio having sold MX to crystallize a tax loss. Analytics suggests 4%. We are currently trying to become less aggressive because of stage in life. Thinking 2% XGD (comments please) and open to suggestions for another candidate. Thanks for your help. Ted

Read Answer Asked by George Edward on June 26, 2019

Q: My materials and precious metals exposure is limited to the above two stocks, and both are very small positions. With recent talk about positive prospects for materials going forward, what etf would you recommend if I decided to put some more money into this sector?

Read Answer Asked by Donald on January 02, 2018

Q: Good Afternoon: I am thinking of increasing my exposure to the materials sector (principally North America but am open to international) and would like to do so through an etf. I already have an approx. 7% exposure to energy (mostly Cdn.) and less than 1% each to gold and materials. Would you please recommend an etf that you believe to be a good option for me here. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Donald on July 12, 2017