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Q: Is this the season for owning Biotech stocks , if so, which ones do you favour ? ...
Am I just better off owning stocks, ETFs , or the spider .
I have never done well in that subsection, so I am hesitant .

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Thomas on July 21, 2021

Q: For asset allocation I follow AlphaBeta which suggest 6% for. Basic Materials I have 1.35%. Any suggestions for additions to this sector?
In Health Care it suggest 9% I have 6.44% mainly1.45 % in Well the rest must be from holdings in ETFs . Any suggestions.?

Read Answer Asked by Roy on July 13, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team.

Thank you for all the insights into investing - it has been profitable both educationally and financially.

7% of our portfolio is in geared to health care with a holding of 5 stocks , GUD - (slightly underwater but is the hopeful flyer), Medtronic - MDT, Cardinal Health - CAH, Abbvie - ABBV, Johnson & Johnson- JNJ. In an effort to reduce the overall number of stocks in our TFSA, RRSP and taxable accounts I was considering liquidating CAH and JNJ and either purchasing more ABBV or adding SYK, unless of course you can recommend another US health care stock. JNJ and and CAH have been the laggards of the US group since my initial purchases. I realize MDT and SYK might be similar but i do believe surgeries should increase in 2022.

I enjoy reading your resources and recommend it often.


Read Answer Asked by Kevin on June 30, 2021

Q: Good day - thank you for reading my email and all your information and prompt assistance It is very appreciated

Would you please suggest which stocks you would buy in healthcare and consumer defensive - Canadian and US if possible

Read Answer Asked by Marla on June 15, 2021

Q: Hi Peter and Staff
If I am correct, I believe you were high on DXCM at one point and may not feel as high on it today? It had gone up nicely until recent earnings but downward spiral since then. Is it closer to a buy or a sell in a basket of health care stocks .
Secondly, assuming it might be deemed not as good as some or all of the following,, please rank the top 4 in order from

THanks for all you do

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on May 11, 2021

Q: without any health positions....what would recommend as across the board encompassing stocks. I am open to cdn or us.
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Maureen on May 03, 2021

Q: Hi group need more exposure to real estate and health care - could you recommend a few in each sector also a few ETF would be helpful. I have some ready cash to deploy but am a bit queasy about investing into todays market feels oversold? also India , South America are struggling with COVID what's you thoughts (leaning towards waiting until Virus is better controlled. Wait or jump in Appreciate your thoughts

Read Answer Asked by Terence on April 28, 2021

Q: good morning - i want to increase my US health care exposure. At this point I could add to my ABBV which would make it more than a full position or I could trim a bit of ABBV and add the proceeds to existing cash to take a second US position. I do have WELL on the canadian side of my health investing. Is there a strong second US candidate you would suggest? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by alex on April 23, 2021

Q: I have CRM, DOCU, ISRG and VEEV in my portfolio. I have to raise some cash and I would like to ask for help in deciding which one to trim first, second, third etc.
Thanks for your help.

Read Answer Asked by Albert on March 10, 2021

Q: I am interested in investing in Health Care Robotics. I am looking at Stryker and Medtronic. I am leaning toward MDT due to lower entry point and higher dividend. Based on history and statistics which one would you favour? Could you suggest similar companies for consideration?
Thank You

Read Answer Asked by Jane on January 18, 2021

Q: Hi Peter and Staff

FInally bite the bullet on Sienna, looking to redeploy in the US topping up some or all of my US basket of health care. Please eliminate any of the above that you do not feel are a buy at this time and rank the rest within categories of strong buy, buy or hold.
Thanks for all you do

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on January 14, 2021

Q: Happy New Year to the 5i team.

I was hoping to get some feedback about how about to allocate about 11% of my total portfolio that is otherwise well-balanced and is made up of a mixture of Canadian dividend and large-cap stocks, and US and international ETF's.

These purchases will be in my TFSA and I am seeking greatest total return for the next 5-10 years. I am not afraid of risk but am also looking at sound investments rather than speculative purchases or quick trades.

I currently own GH, ISRG, LSPD and XBC and would like to add 4-5 more names. On my short list are the following: CRWD, MITK, ROKU, TTD, TT, U, VEEV and XYL.
Are there any from that list that you think match up well with my existing stocks? Alternatively, if you think there are better names that I haven't mentioned please advise.

Thanks in advance for all the great work you do,

Read Answer Asked by Rory on January 07, 2021

Q: I'm also looking for some exposure to Healthcare. Not many options in Canada. I use to own Medtronic, Abbott and United Health. Are those good places to start in the U.S? Can you rank them in order of preference? Any others that seem appealing? I'd like to stay away from the stocks surrounding the vaccine since they seem speculative at the moment.


Read Answer Asked by Jason on December 29, 2020

Q: I currently have PFE, GILD, MDT and ABBV in my Healthcare sector. I am looking to add a couple of names - I have been looking at MRK and BMY - your opinion please on these AND can you provide some other US healthcare companies that might be of interest to you at this time. Greatly appreciate your comments.

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on October 06, 2020