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Q: I had a partial fill on a buy order for PFE and did not return to top up my holding . My position is too small to leave as is and I am unsure whether to add to the position or exit entirely. PFE is included in various dividend models, e.g. the AAII Dividend portfolio and the MS Global Dividend model. This prompted me to hang on. So did the many words by financial writers and commentators who have almost all been talking-up the health care sector for at least a year. Most comments by financial professionals and analysts are on how and why they expect the health care sector finally to catch up. Their focus on demographics does make sense. Yet, nothing happens to liven up the shares in pharma businesses, outside of a few stars like LLY and NVO. The share price of PFE itself has done nothing but decline. Do you the company has good prospects— good enough to ADD to the position? Or do you think I should just exit and be done with it ? (And give up on all the darn reading as research often gets one nowhere).
Read Answer Asked by Adam on June 20, 2024
Q: Hi 5i, I have held Medtronic for just over 3 years and am down 30%. Do you think it's worth holding another year or two (as do a number of the analysts) or should I cut bait and redeploy the funds into LLY? Other suggestions are welcome. Do you feel Intuitive Surgical is overvalued or a good long term call? Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Martha on June 20, 2024
Q: Good Morning - I need to trim Nvidia a little. Can you please suggest a few high conviction names for TFSA (US or CDN) with a similar risk profile. Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Janet on June 20, 2024
Q: hi group i am very light on financials does it make sense to invest in the smaller companies for exposure to the financial sector. (eg GSY,IFC EQB - please rate these 3 (in order of preference and why.-against CAD/US BANKS .. also I am light on Health care do you see the sectors as a buy please give me you top 3 picks in healthcare presently i own CVS and PFE should i sell them to invest in you picks?...Thanks for you help with this
Read Answer Asked by Terence on June 14, 2024
Q: Hi Team,
I had to trim some Nvda today to manage weighting size in my portfolio. What are some of your best idea “forever holds” today that are standing out as strong buys at current levels ? Either cnd or US. Or is it recommended to hold some cash for a while if it looks like the market is due for a pullback??

Read Answer Asked by Shane on June 14, 2024
Q: Time's up!
I've had enough of both Veeva Systems and Well Health. Down about 50% in both. Planning to cut my losses in TFSA account (grow for next 5 years) and move to LLY (full position), ISRG (half position).
This will also increase US holdings percentage in this account.

This is a follow up to the TFSA competition with my wife question from last month. :) I'd prefer not be trading too much, but just can't see these 2 companies recovering too soon, and I cannot get the long term price graph of LLY out of my mind....

Comments before I pull the trigger?


Read Answer Asked by Jim on June 06, 2024
Q: Can you please list in order your top 5 Canadian and top 5 US stocks in order based on conviction? Please also list a management rating, 10 being the highest.
Time frame 5+ years
Read Answer Asked by Nick on June 03, 2024
Q: Hi group can you help me sort out your top2 buys in each sector cw rating the sector(1-10) 10 being the highest. Also rate the recommended buys (1to 10 cw entry target price )

- Power infrastructure , Bio Tech, Health care, Financials, Tech, utilities, Commodities, Power infrastructure , Consumer staples, Consumer discretionary, Communication Thanks for your help.
Read Answer Asked by Terence on May 28, 2024
Q: What 5-10 core stocks would you buy today in a new portfolio, in both CAD and USD.
Read Answer Asked by Merrilyn on May 21, 2024
Q: If Trump wins this election i am considering moving most of my investments into the US market. I think that Canada amongst others will suffer thru his direction (dictatorship) and US stocks will do well. Would you have any stock recommendations should this election play out this way. Thx, James
Read Answer Asked by JAMES on May 21, 2024
Q: hi 5i! 7K US to invest in an rrsp - top 3 options? 10 year time frame.... thank u.
Read Answer Asked by Judith on May 13, 2024
Q: WELL was $3.50 in August 2020 and its $3.55 today.

Reminds me a lot of GUD. IMHO 5i tends to be overly patient on some failed investments whereby selling them and moving on could make for a much better return.

So I have been as patient as I want to be with WELL. When I sell my shares of WELL, which I intend to do, what would be a good replacement that is well managed and has good potential growth in its future outlook?

And of course, has a proven management team.



Read Answer Asked by Sheldon on May 06, 2024
Q: In any otherwise well diversified RIF portfolio I am considering exiting T and BEP.

I am looking to replace them with a couple of holdings that you feel have far greater upside in the next 3-5 years (realizing that the volatility may increase to some extent but in line with the potential for greater returns).

I have referred to several of your current favourites (which we do not currently hold) as potentials and am open to other suggestions you might have along the same lines.

If you could comment on the elimination of T and BEP and also if you believe any of the listed ones (or others ) would provide a substantially better risk/rewad profile over the next 3-5 years it would be appreciated.


Read Answer Asked by Terry on April 25, 2024
Q: Please recommend a few health care investments.
Read Answer Asked by Susan on April 19, 2024
Q: I've held JNJ for over 15 years based on my belief in the quality of their management. I'm feeling my trust may now be overly 'generous' and it may be time to move on, particularly now that the steadiness of consumer products is gone. I'm considering VRTX or another suggestion you could offer. I have full positions in TMO, SYK and UNH, highlighting my preference for quality.
Read Answer Asked by Mike on April 19, 2024
Q: I need to trim SMCI, NVDA and VRT. I have partial positions in AMZN, MSFT, AMD, LLY,GOOG, AXON, NXT, CELH, PLTR and NTNX. Could you please order the partial positions from high to low, for a potential add? What are your recommendations for 4 or 5 other growth stocks, any size/sector that I could investigate for a new position? Would any of the these growth stocks fit into the ranking of the partial positions? If so, could you place them into the ranking? Thanks very much for this service and the patience you show, in answering the many questions!
Read Answer Asked by Greg on April 08, 2024
Q: Further to Peter's column in the Financial Post [always good, plain ,common sense advice] I'm wondering what US companies in the health care sector might be considered?
Read Answer Asked by steve on April 08, 2024
Q: Hi team,

Grateful if you could provide a list of what you see as the best canadian and the best U.S. blue chips at this time for building a solid portfolio with a growing future. It would help to know what guided your choices.

Deduct as many credits as you see fit.


Jacques IDS
Read Answer Asked by Jacques on April 02, 2024