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Q: I currently hold Starbucks in our dividend portfolio. Given the rise in wages and new union issues would you continue to hold? If not Starbucks, is there another stock in Consumer Discretionary that you prefer for dividend growth?

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on January 09, 2022

Q: Hello 5i,
Portfolio Analytics indicates that I need to add about 1.35% to my Consumer Discretionary/Cyclical and further that I need to increase my U.S. exposure by about 3.05%, so I am looking for a U.S. name that pays a decent dividend above, say, 2.25% in this sector & geography.
Some names that came up from a link (U.S. Dividend Aristocrats) you had previously supplied, in response to another question, that I was considering are:
Genuine Parts - GPC
Leggatt & Platt - LEG
McDonald's - MCD
VF Corp - VFC
So, my questions are:
1. Out of my list are there any concerns over dividend safety?
2. Safety of business in general?
3. Given my need for dividend income in this sector, would you have any other suggestions you might prefer over these names in terms of safety of both business and dividend?
My current Cons. Discretionary/Cyclical holdings are LNF in Canada and MGA (Magna) on the U.S. side.
Retired, income-oriented investor otherwise well-balanced and diversified.
Thanks for any help you can provide - always very much appreciated!!!

Read Answer Asked by Mike on October 25, 2021

Q: Hi Team,
I am currently reviewing my TFSA and the current holdings within that account. I am looking for your thoughts if any of my holdings should be adjusted or removed/trimmed, or if you had any suggestions for new buys. My focus in this account is growth for a 10yr+ period. I hold the following stocks, listed as a % of my tfsa: LSPD (32.3%), CELH (9%), Docu (5.6%), Fb (19.3%), Pltr (4.9%), SQ (12.2%), TTD (8.9%), U (7.9%). Thanks


Read Answer Asked by Shane on September 22, 2021

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