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Q: I would like to invest 50 thousand in a etf or two investing outside of Canada. Please give a couple o f recommendations and a specific country or investment idea you would consider attractive at this time as well. I already own US banks through ZBK as well as Alibaba. Do you consider XID attractive at this time? THANKYOU I have been well pleased with 5i over the years and consider your advice a good investment.

Read Answer Asked by John on November 03, 2021

Q: I'm interested in these ETF themes, how would you rank them long term? Do you see any overlap between ICLN and LIT? And if I wanted to go the individual stock route instead of the ETF, what would be your top two individual stock picks within each ETF (either cad or us listed). Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Keith on October 15, 2021

Q: Good Afternoon 5i,
After reading the recent edition of your ETF newsletter, I am inclining to invest a bit directly in China. I already hold VWO but, after reading the well reasoned and written article of yours, I may want a direct, China only etf. Especially now that Chinise stocks have been hammered. Although i am a long term investor, I thought I might capitalise on this fall of Chinese stocks. I think it is most prominent in the technology sector. For that reason I am leaning towards KWEB rather than MCHI. But, when I read the article I see that three of the top ten holdings in both are Tencent, Alibaba and Meitvan, with a similar weighting. Although 63 percent of Kweb and 44 percent of MCHI are the weights for the top ten holdings. That is a difference but it doesn't seem like a lot. So, it looks to me that I get a pretty good cut of the technology stocks in MCHI, as well as more safety. I am therefore leaning in that direction. But, I am tempted by a tech comeback, where I might make a bit more with KWEB. I know it comes down to personal decision. But, I have a bit of trouble understanding how big a difference there would be between the two in a tech comeback. So, I thought I would ask the professionals how you would look at this?
thanks for all your great work

Read Answer Asked by joseph on August 10, 2021

Q: I am interested in investing in the Chinese market particularly in the technology and internet sectors. What would be the best way to invest. It can either be in US or Can $. Also I have a Chinese stock, SMIC, a overcounter stock that is being delisted, how can I convert to the HK stock as I would like to stay in the stock.

Read Answer Asked by Joanne on February 01, 2021

Q: I have CQQQ in a tax-deferred account. Given uncertainties over China-US relations (and concerns about Chinaís aggressive stand on Hong Kong and her claims over Taiwan) would you buy any China ETF?
If yes , would you buy KWEB or simply add to an existing holding in CQQQ ? Or would you be fine buying both?

Read Answer Asked by Adam on January 29, 2021

Q: What are the Chinese companies that Trump has prohibited Americans from owning. Do you think Biden will reverse this decision? Will this affect Chinese etf's such as Kweb and other popular stocks? Thanks for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Ian on November 26, 2020

Q: Hello!
Wanting to increase foreign exposure and wondering if now would still be a good time to enter any of these names. Since China appears to have Covid more under control is this a good place to invest especially in consumer discretionary. If entering these names does one wait for pullback or enter now. As well, is it better to go with a mutual fund as opposed to ETFs for international/emerging market exposure?

Read Answer Asked by Neil on November 16, 2020

Q: Hi,
I am wondering what your thoughts are on ETFs that focus on China. As it reopens, do you see any benefit to owning either an ETF, or possibly specific shares, that are expected to grow coming out of Covid? CNXT is another ETF I've looked at, but it is not in your database. My portfolio is about 60% in Canada, the balance in US and I have been focusing on adding more US exposure, mainly in the tech and health care sectors. I also find it interesting that the auto industry in China gained as Covid restrictions eased and am seeing a bit of follow through in the US auto industry, possibly driven by TSLA - but I am not sure why that would be, as I would think it is the last thing anyone would be buying now. If adding more international exposure, what would be a good target percentage and does this make sense at this point in time? Please deduct points as you see fit.
Thanks - your suggestions are always welcome!

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on July 07, 2020

Q: Hi,
Watching China lately and wondering if it might be a good time to start a position in a related ETF such as those mentioned above. Are these good choices, or are there better ones out there? I believe ASHR is an index sort of ETF, whereas the KWEB is focused on the internet? Maybe there are other, better ETF's? I don't fully understand fundamentals, nor can I suggest I've anything but a rudimentary sort of grasp on the world economic situation - that's your department! I just see some technical signals that might infer these are improving. Looking forward to your comments and as always, much appreciate all your hard work!

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on November 11, 2019

Q: How does one invest in the Chinese stock market and high tech in particular? I am not looking for a general index fund but a fund with active management that investigates and only invests in hiqh quality growth and dividend stocks in China and with a proven track record.

Read Answer Asked by John on November 06, 2019