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Q: So I'm a lot less diversified than I thought and have something like 35+% of my investments in Tech. I have a good deal of money in XUS, XUU, and XAW. I thought I was getting diversification, but I didn't realize how heavily weighted in Tech (25% or more) these ETFs were. A few smaller investments (SKYY, IGV, GOOG) put me far more into the Tech space than I realized.

What's the best way to invest in broad ETFs without being so heavily invested into Tech? I feel like 20% is already a high weighting for this sector

Read Answer Asked by Michael on March 16, 2021

Q: I need some help determining if/when I should sell some of my winners. I've more than doubled the money I invested in the above names and so I feel inclined to sell enough shares to recoup all/some of my initial investment. I'm worried that may be overly cautious though and I should hang onto the winners to see larger gains.

Can you outline some of the things I should be considering to help me make this call?
Is the better option to stay 'dispassionate' and just sell if any of these holdings rise well above a full position?
Given the price increases, I currently have a half-position in each of LSPD, WELL, PBX and a full position in each in SKYY and IGV.
Thanks for all the help, you have been really great guidance

Read Answer Asked by Michael on February 11, 2021

Q: Looking to add more exposure to companies in technology that will help drive growth of the economy not only in the near term but long term. Things like Software, AI, 5G, IOT, Self Driving Cars, etc. With HXQ ETF the pick is more the Nasdaq 100 which will contain a number of these companies. With ARKW and IGV looking at some speciality to help in the overall growth of my technology allocation. What are the thoughts on the 3 selected or do you have others you would recommend. Looking at ETF to get some broad exposure and reduce risk of picking individual stocks. Thanks as always.

Read Answer Asked by Ralph on April 28, 2020

Q: Hello 5i!

Appreciate all the great work.
I am looking for a canadian as well as US listed tech ETF. And semi-conductor fund to be held in my RRSP. Diversification and of course hoping for long term growth.
Currently XIT (TFSA). Using the room in RRSP for US listed dividend stocks/ETF's. Or whichever is the most tax and growth efficient.

I'm wondering what your top picks are in that sector and why? One concern of mine is some have a much higher mer. Is that worth the performance in the long run?

Or better bang for your buck on keeping fees low as usual and the most diverse fund. Company and cap wise. Hence holding a primarily large cap and semi conductor. Or just 1 solid all around.

If I'm missing a far better pick please enlighten me.

Thank you for putting together such a great site and program. Info is fantastic.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on April 28, 2020

Q: Just wondering your general opinion on these 4 stocks that were rated 5 stars by Morningstar. Do you think any of them are interesting and how would you rate them. Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Meghan on March 31, 2020

Q: Hi there, between the 3 of these ETFs, which would you recommend for a balance of growth and stability? Or alternatively, would you recommend simply purchased QQQ or ZQQ/XQQ? Do you see software as a continue growth theme into the future and what is your opinion on the sector? Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Michael on August 23, 2019

Q: In addition to some individual stocks, I'm invested in the above ETFs in a (hopefully not foolish) attempt to diversify my portfolio but also increase my exposure to the US tech market; in particular tech companies involved in cloud computing. Generally, I've been splitting my funds about equally between these four ETFs. Can you give me your thoughts on this strategy and in particular, the weighting of these ETFs (investing roughly equally between these 4 ETFs)?

Read Answer Asked by Michael on November 06, 2018

Q: I am comparing FDN, IGV, VGT,and BST - all hi tech ETFs . BST has performed the best this year and pays a healthy dividend . Aside from some Apple and Google I am barely into the US Tech sector . 1. Should I just buy "something" and hope for the best ? 2. Do you have a favourite tech ETF ? 3. Am I too late for the party ?.

Read Answer Asked by Thomas on October 30, 2017