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Q: Any recommendations for US or international (listed on US stock exchange) stocks for RRSP and TFSA accounts to help overall diversification with non-registered accounts that are overweight Canada geographically and within that financial, energy, and utilities overweight. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on September 17, 2021

Q: Can you please list 10-20 conservative high dividend paying companies that you would recommend. US or Cdn. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by LOIS on August 09, 2021

Q: I would like to start a Growth portfolio, with 60% US and 40% Canadian stocks. I have approximately $300,000 for this account and a long term view. Would appreciate some suggestions. thanks

Read Answer Asked by Joanne on August 09, 2021

Q: I would like to add some companies to my portfolio that pay dividends which are relatively secure and have debt levels that you think are manageable. I'd go so far as to say low debt levels, but that might exclude some companies that you think can manage a bit more debt. If possible, it would be helpful if you could suggest 6 Canadian and 6 American companies that fit the above criteria. Thanks as always for your valued opinion.

Read Answer Asked by Les on July 30, 2021

Q: Portfolio analytics --> I need international exposure.

I'm 44yo with a high risk tolerance and 2 kids, 4 yrs and 7 yrs away from entering post-secondary.

Could you make some recommendations to plug this hole in my portfolio? Individual stocks and an ETF mix would be ideal.

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Ian on June 22, 2021

Q: My portfolio is currently down between 30% to 50% on the above stocks in a cash account. Which stocks would you recommend selling to harvest tax losses today and what quality names would you replace them with that have been similarly beaten down you believe will more likely recover losses because of valuation or other reasons.

Read Answer Asked by Eric on May 26, 2021

Q: I hold a lot of CGI in a tax deferred account. I sense you have grown lukewarm towards the company, but are not icy (yet) . Am I reading you right? I am OK holding (after some trimming), but if I have understood your view correctly , my question follows. If I were to sell, what would you suggest as replacement. Infosys and Accenture came to mind, but I have overdone it collecting far too many technology businesses in tech. Would you please therefore name some of your top picks amongst companies that have global operations, and (preferably) some dividend growth. I thought of PG and UL but know nothing about them. Your top picks would be very helpful.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on February 18, 2021

Q: Good Morning 5I Team, Thanks for the all your great advise.
As per the portfolio analysis I need to increase my International allocation which is currently at 10%. The Portfolio analysis classifies my following stocks/ETFs as International Brlxf, EWA, HFPC.U:CA, ATCO, BBU.UN, BPY.UN, BEP.UN, MDT.
Can you please suggest some growth stocks or ETFs to add to above holdings to increase my International allocation as well as if any of the above holdings doesn't have potential and can be reallocated? I am looking at long term over 5 to 10 years and have limits in my TFSA & RRSP account.
Please deduct Credits as deemed appropriate.

Read Answer Asked by Nimish on February 17, 2021

Q: I have a target allocation of 40-45% for total portfolio US exposure. Which ETFs would you suggest (either currency) to form the core of this allocation? Could you also please provide a handful of individual US picks to supplement. Aiming for long term growth with 20+ yr time horizon. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Matthew on February 17, 2021

Q: I need your best suggestion on "international" stocks (holdings). I'm happy to do the homework if you can make some recommendations. I have a decent sized portfolio and a pension, having only minimal international exposure at this time. This is for my RRSP. I have a 17 year investment horizon. Your portfolio tracker suggest 20% so that's 4-6 stocks?

Read Answer Asked by Don on February 10, 2021

Q: i am currently over weight in U.S. high tech companies i would like lighten up and invest in some non tech U, S, companies with good growth prospects could you kindly
suggest several companies that i could look at thanx

Read Answer Asked by terrance on February 02, 2021

Q: Hi Peter,
Thanks you very much for introducing PLTR on BNN a while ago. It seems to be a winner!
If you appear on BNN now, what would be your top picks (US only)?
Comparing US stocks with Canadian stocks which soon might be listed in US( such as, do you think these Canadian stocks have some advantage? In another word, should I just pick the top US stocks for retail investor like me?

I really appreciate your opinion!

Read Answer Asked by Jinlong on January 28, 2021

Q: Good morning Peter, Ryan and Team,

What US companies would you be putting new TSFA money into for 10 year hold? Assume a diversified portfolio and trying to get high growth for TSFAs.

Thank you,


Read Answer Asked by Wes on January 15, 2021

Q: I apologize as I should have asked for some US names in my original question about stocks for my Smith Manoeuvre. 2/3 would be in an unregistered account and 1/3 in a TFSA? Would you be able to please provide 8-9 US names as well in order of your preferred ranking of what to buy first and which ones preferred for TFSA. Thanks again

Read Answer Asked by Marco on January 08, 2021

Q: i have to be aware of the one answer begets another question syndrome but when you say
While we are not scared of high valuation stocks we prefer to do this on more-reasonably priced companies in case the entire market rolls over.

i have to ask what specific companies you might have in mind?

Read Answer Asked by joseph on December 22, 2020

Q: Hi, based on the companies that you cover and also US if possible, which companies are likely to have a stable and steady growth in the next 5 - 10 years ? I mean, I would like to invest in companies that are fairly valued today and that can grow steadily in the next years, not extreme high growth companies. I aim companies that will give me a CAGR > 10% but with a medium risk.

Read Answer Asked by Clayton on October 27, 2020

Q: I am underweight consumer discretionary stocks (also underweight US stocks). I only own AMZN and REAL in this space. Considering ATZ or GRMN. Are there any others I should consider. What would be your suggestion to add? My portfolio has a mix of about 25 US and Canadian stocks based on reading your question section daily. Thanks for all you do for the independent investor!

Read Answer Asked by Paul on October 08, 2020

Q: Going forward past the covid and the US elections, what sectors would you prioritise and what would be your picks in those sectors
Thanks for the great help

Read Answer Asked by James on September 23, 2020