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Q: Are any of these worth buying now, especially before a potential recession: CU-T, CPX-T, EMA-T, ENB-T, FTS-T, TRP-T and DGRO-A?
Thank you. Ron L

Read Answer Asked by Ron on December 08, 2022

Q: I have these U.S. stocks in a RIF (ABBV, CSCO, DGRO ) and TFSA (DIS, MA, GOOG, NVDA) .

Please rate these in terms of safety and growth potential.

Read Answer Asked by Valerie on July 10, 2022

Q: I was just reading about thematic investing in ╚TF's and wanted to get your opinion on it? I have some BAC I want to sell and find something newin US, this is in RRSP so looking for higher dividend, would you have any recommendations?

Read Answer Asked by Don on August 04, 2021

Q: HI Peter and Ryan.

I'm looking for some ETF suggestions listed in the United States for the USD portion of my TFSA. 1. A good diversified "portfolio" style ETF similar to Vanguard Conservative ETF Portfolio (VCNS) with a tilt toward income but also some equity exposure - this can be just US-centric or US + international. 2. a good dividend ETF, either US-centric or US + international, particularly one that is a "dividend growth" focused ETF. Can you offer a few suggestions for each question, and take as many question credits as required - thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Brad on March 03, 2021

Q: I am trying to diversify my US portfolio with both growth and dividends in mind. Trying to build a solid portfolio using single stocks is difficult especially in this environment. I have IWM, SPY and XLK already. Which ETF would best fit my existing portfolio; DGRO or FHLC. Perhaps you have a better suggestion.


Read Answer Asked by Rick on February 01, 2021

Q: I want to build an American ETF portfolio of 5-6 ETFs that pay a decent (4%-5%) yield. I have historically bought Canadian hedged ETFs for that purpose however I think there is a possible currency advantage to be had. I have looked at many many ETF questions in the 5i ETF folder and they seem to be very Canadian based. Would you be able to suggest 5-6 US based ETFs or more if you want to add a few more.

Read Answer Asked by Norm on January 29, 2021

Q: I am not well diversified into the US market.

I would like to sell some Canadian Banks and put that capital into US equities.

I would like to consider an ETF or a mix of ETFs.

I would like to stick to my investment personality,
long term hold, would not need money for well over 10 years.
Large Cap, Blue Chip dividend paying and "dividend GROWING" equities.

1. Can you make a recommendation for a low cost / mer etf.
2. Do I need more than one ?
3. Should I buy this in Canadian or US funds ?
4. What are the pros and cons of the purchase in Canadian or US dollars



Read Answer Asked by Ernest on January 11, 2021

Q: hello 5i:
recent discussion on Factor Investing on your Questions board. this item probably should be in the Blog section (not sure how many use it), so publish if you wish or think it adds value to the ETF discussion. Material is dated, but I have invested a portion of our portfolio in the suggestion, on this article in Seeking Alpha:
thanks and hope this helps someone
Paul L

Read Answer Asked by Paul on August 10, 2020

Q: I have very little US exposure and have US$40,000 in my RRSP that I am looking to invest. I have looked at questions and profiles on VIG, VIGI, VYM, VTI and DGRO but I am unsure which of these or others ETFs would be best and am looking for some direction. What low cost, large US $ ETF or ETFs would make the most sense with the goal of maximizing US$ dividend income. This will be a long term holding.
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Mark on January 22, 2020

Q: Hi Peter & 5i,
I have these US ETF's in an RRSP, is there any duplication here, if so, could you suggest an alternative. As always
I do appreciate your input.

Read Answer Asked by Ivan on September 19, 2019

Q: I am continuing to try and "perfect" my portfolio allocations. Your Portfolio Analytics program has been a huge asset, and has caused me to really re-think things. I am close to retirement, and can accept some risk but not looking to create an above-average risk portfolio.

For equity investments, I am aiming for about 35% US, and 35% international. I would like safety and growth, and am willing to have some risk. Once I am happy with the final portfolio, I hope to be able to "walk away" for the next few years and let it grow. I have a preference for the "dividend growers" strategy.

Does this allocation make sense to you, for both international and US equities? Are there any changes you would recommend?:

US Dividend growers (e.g. DGRO, VIG): 20% of equity portfolio
US Quality: 10% (e.g. VOO)
US SME: 5% (e.g. IWO)

International dividend growers (e.g. VIGI, iGRO, ZDI): 20% of equity portfolio
International Quality: 10% (e.g. XEF)
Emerging markets: 5% (e.g. VEE, ZEM)

Thank you so much for this amazing service!

Read Answer Asked by Dale on August 07, 2019

Q: I have recently been making significant adjustments to my portfolio, based on the results of Portfolio Analytics. In particular, I am significantly decreasing my financials and energy, and making large increases to my US and international weights.

Despite my changes, I am still overweight by 6% based on the recommended financials, and by 5% for energy. I am underweight international by about 6%. What is your recommended tolerance? How much leeway do you suggest for the recommended allocations?

Also, I am currently invested about 11% in VIGI. What is the maximum allocation you suggest for any ETF? I am a fan of the dividend aristocrats/growers strategy. Is there any other international dividend ETF which you would recommend (if possible, sold in Canadian dollars) along these lines?

For the US dividend growers, I have DGRO, VGG and ZDY.

Thank you for this incredible service that you offer!

Read Answer Asked by Dale on June 05, 2019

Q: I'm overweight financials and thinking of selling my US holding BAC and ORI and switching to a US dividend ETF such as DGRO. Any other suggestions?

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on April 10, 2019

Q: Could you give me your top picks for US dividend ETF's?



Read Answer Asked by Joe on February 04, 2019