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Q: My Tech holdings are getting too high, thanks to your good advice. Would you please provide your current ranking of the stocks listed? I've included GOOGL, even though I believe you place it in the comm/serv sector.

Read Answer Asked by Jim on March 16, 2023

Q: hi, I hold the above in my USD account. I was thinking of trimming NVDA now and see if there is a pullback to repurchase, over the next few weeks/months. MMM not doing much, and you mention not much growth. dividend is nice, but I don't need it. do you think trimming or selling MMM and adding to any of above (?BABA, down again). or do you have any other ideas for the USD account ( growthy, but low-low mid risk). thx, chris

Read Answer Asked by chris on March 09, 2023

Q: I have asked questions about core portfolio and compounders. I would like to refine my query to building a concentrated core portfolio [say, 20 CAD-USD total]. I start with the allocations greater than 5% in the 3 portfolios. BN is less than 5% on its own, yet, I wonder whether it would not be the core Canadian financial stock. As for US, there are many Fav lists, but could you boil it down to 10. For each stock, please provide key rationale for choosing it and a target buy price.
Much appreciated,

Read Answer Asked by sam on February 24, 2023

Q: Hello,

Are there any US or Canadian companies you see as attractive opportunities for medium to short-term option plays? Short-term being less than a year (3-6 months, medium-term being 1-2 years. I understand these short-term price changes can really be a toss-up, but am cautiously optimistic about the market pricing in current fears and moving upwards over the next year.

Also, am wondering if this specifically would be attractive to you: GOOGL $1.81 @ 110 Strike April 21 Expiration

Read Answer Asked by Robert on January 25, 2023

Q: What would be your top 10 Canadian and US value equities for 2023? Appreciate the work you do. Thanks. Rick

Read Answer Asked by Rick on January 20, 2023

Q: I'm at looking at the following companies to invest in next; how would you rank them based on current values?

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on January 10, 2023

Q: Thanks to the 5i team for all the great work amongst a very tough 2022! I wish you and yours all the very best for the new year.

I really appreciated and learnt a lot from the various indices/metrics that you used in your market update emails, especially circling back in the most recent one to update the trends. Looking at the various indexes you explored last year, it made me wonder if there was an index or metric that tracked digital advertising to look at trends through time (e.g., have things bottomed and more are spending on digital advertising). As a holder of companies like Google, Digital Turbine, and The Trading Desk, I am interested to know if there is an index/metric out there to follow trends in digital advertising. If there is, could you use it to suggest what the general status of digital advertising is and how it might help inform adding to positions of GOOG, APPS, TTD, and others (if you have higher conviction names to suggest).

Thanks so much for all you do and wishing everyone a strong investment year in 2023.

Read Answer Asked by Justin on January 04, 2023

Q: I currently have the following positions in the "FAANG" stocks: GOOGL (5%), MSFT and META (each less than 2%), AAPL (less than 1%).

Not interested in NFLX since I already have positions in DIS and ROKU, but I'm open to AMZN (although I have a small position in SHOP, less than 2%).

I want to reduce the number of stocks I own, so I'm looking to consolidate my FAANG positions. In what order would you rank the FAANG stocks at today's prices for potential future returns?

I have a long time horizon (decades) and a very diversified portfolio, so not worried about short-term declines in share price.

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on January 03, 2023

Q: hi,
I hold these in my USD account. I'm trimming PFE today as it was getting too large a holding. could you please rank all as a current buy, sell, hold. I am a long term investor. and , could you provide 2-3 other US names, with a reasonable balance of growth and downside protection in this market. cheers, chris

Read Answer Asked by chris on December 06, 2022

Q: Regardless superficial losses, RBC Wealth MGMT states "Generally, two different classes of shares of a corporation would not be considered identical if they do not have the same interests, rights and privileges. For example, if class A shares of CompanyCo have voting rights but class B shares do not, they would not be considered identical."

Does this mean I can dump my GOOG for a loss and immediately buy GOOGL? Thereby utilizing the tax-loss...

Read Answer Asked by Brett on November 04, 2022

Q: What order and at what price would you nibble at the stocks listed (already own them all at this point but no full positions other than Cost) + brief explanation why?

Is there any other screaming buys you would recommend at this time regardless of sector , Thanks for your help with my portfolio

Read Answer Asked by Terence on May 19, 2022

Q: A snapshot question
After all of the drop in prices for these stocks, please rank them for long term buy and hold, beyond 10 years, according to
A. P/E or valuations
B. Safety your pick for metric
C. business model "MOAT"


Read Answer Asked by Ernest on May 12, 2022

Q: Hello:

With some coaching my older sons (aged 15 & 17) have come to realize that money sitting in a bank account is losing value due to inflation. They have taken small positions in ZQQ which appeals to their interests and the market has declined a bit but the silver lining is that they learn patience and understand risk.

With part-time jobs they have some more cash to deploy. Of course CAD holdings are easier but what would you pick? A few I think of:

BAM.A - Canadian and should see stable growth.
SLF - Canadian, but too conservative?
COST - USD is messier with FX fees but also very stable growth.
GOOG - USD again, but is it still considered cheap?

Other options?

Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Marilou on April 26, 2022

Q: Which of goog or googl would you recommend purchasing for a cash account? Also jpm or bac. Also would you consider Microsoft as a reasonably priced stock for purchase now as well.
Ed in Montreal

Read Answer Asked by ed on April 25, 2022