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Q: Hello Peter,

With ATVI trading 15% below the acquisition price, what would you say to selling SQ or PYPL or both? and investing the proceeds in ATVI for an approx 15% return in the next few months.

Both PYPL and SQ have been a long term holding for me and while I do expect both PYPL and SQ to bounce back a little I am not sure of a pop greater than 15%. Eventually I will have to decide between the two for a longer term hold. I would like your suggestion here.

ACTVI seems more certain although not 100 % risk free. So does this seem to be a good trade and an arbitrage opportunity?

I own SQ and PYPL in a 2:1 proportion.


Read Answer Asked by Rajiv on January 19, 2022

Q: Hello .. I own a significant position on PayPal and am down 20%. With that said is it a good time to switch into something better? I am not really stuck in staying in fintech with this $$ but do you have a short list of great buys right now? Probably with at minimum similar growth? Do $meli or $sq fit the bill? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Tyler on January 18, 2022

Q: Question about Disruptors:

I am concerned about disruptors negatively affecting the future safety of my Canadian dividend portfolio that I have built for retirement - mainly blue chips. I have a long term view, and invest accordingly. Here are my concerns:

Banks (their high fees vs Fintech)
Utilities (eg. Tesla Energy Ventures)
Energy, Pipelines (EV's)
Insurance (Autonomous Vehicle reliability, companies increasing Human Longevity)
Telecoms (Cable-cutting)
Railroads (Autonomous Trucking)

Telecoms seem to be jacking up the cost to the customer for their internet service substantially to compensate for lost cable revenue, so maybe less to worry about there.
I know that it will take time for some of this to play out, but I read articles on disruptors daily, and some of this seems to be evolving quite quickly.

I am looking for portfolio diversifiers. Besides some disruptor ETF's I also own NTR and TECK.B which seem to be less apt to be impacted. I also own ATD, assuming that their change-over to charging stations will be successful. Other than Canadian Tech, what other solid Canadian companies would be good picks that perhaps may be "less impacted" ? FSV for instance ?

Also, if you have an alternative view on this, I certainly welcome your opinion.

Read Answer Asked by James on January 18, 2022

Q: you stated that PINS is looking very attractive right now.Why do you think this is?How is their balance sheet?
Which companies would you think could take them out?
Would you be a buyer here?
Please give me some compelling reasons.
Any companies you prefer better in the US tech sector?

Read Answer Asked by Josh on January 11, 2022

Q: Hi, Technology is the largest weight at about 45% ( even after the recent sell off) in our investment portfolio. Most of these holdings have been down 25-50% from the highs, over past 2-3 months, following the general market trend of indiscriminate selling in High multiple Tech stocks. LSPD and NVEI, of course, saw much steeper losses.
We do have the rest of the portfolio invested in Cdn large cap banks, industrials, utilities and telcos, generating decent dividend income.
We recently retired and as a part of portfolio planning/risk management, would like have a strategy to reduce the Technology weight to less than 35%, over next 2-3 years. The plan could be executed in phases, once the current tech rout is over and valuations have recovered.

From the perspective of risk, growth, stability and valuation, what would be the recommended/desired weighting for each company, balancing these factors. What would you suggest to be order of priority for the purpose of initiating sale of each stock. Also, it would be really helpful, if you could provide a reasonable price range for sale/trimming of these companies, based on price history and future expectation over 2-3 years.

CSU 14.5%
SHOP 9 %
TOI 5.2%
SYZ 3.5 %
LSPD 3 %
KXS 2.5%
US Large Cap Tech ( AAPL,AMZN,MSFT,MA,V,PYPL etc) 8% (we want to keep as is)

Thank You for your insight, which we value so much.

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on January 11, 2022

Q: I have quite a lot of financials, mostly Canadian banks and insurers with about 20% US. Would like to sell down some and buy something with some more growth in the payment section but still relatively conservative.
Would you recommend one of MA, V, Pypl or other financial as currently looks like a buying opportunity?
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Tulio on January 10, 2022

Q: Hi 5i and Happy New Year!

I hold the above noted stocks/ETF in a TFSA.
The only 2 that are above water are Nanoxplore (GRA:CA) and PayPal (PYPL:US).
Question 1). Which would you recommend keeping?
Question 2). Which would you recommend selling?
Question 3). With ESG values in mind, what would be your top 3 CAD stocks and top 3 US stocks for this year's $6000 TFSA contribution?

Thanks for all that you do!

Read Answer Asked by Brian on January 04, 2022

Q: Hi Peter and staff, Happy Holidays.

These are my holdings in TFSA account. Can you please suggest two more names, Canadian or US to add for the 2022 contribution.

Thank you.


Read Answer Asked by Joe on January 03, 2022

Q: It's time to make my annual TFSA contribution. The goal of my TFSA is long term capital appreciation utilizing a concentrated, high-conviction portfolio of US equities, with risk profile somewhere between that of the 5i Growth and Balanced portfolios.

Currently, my TFSA holds: ADBE, GOOG, FIVE, NVDA, PAC, PYPL, SLQT, TOL.

Are any of these in the 'don't need to be owned' category? I am looking at SLQT in particular, still languishing amidst ongoing legal woes. Should this be kept? If not, would you please suggest a replacement? If so, then which of these should I add to: ADBE, NVDA, SLQT, TOL? I am full/overweight the other positions. Please disregard sector and market cap considerations; I am fully diversified in my other portfolios.

Please deduct as many credits as deemed appropriate for a complete answer, thank you very much and all the best for 2022.

Read Answer Asked by Walter on January 03, 2022

Q: I am down a fair amount on Paypal in a registered account. Seeking your opinion on selling, and placing funds elsewhere. Logic being I likely will recoup my loss faster elsewhere than waiting game with Paypal? Thoughts? Please share 2 ideas as a replacement. Thanks, and all the best

Read Answer Asked by Steven on December 17, 2021

Q: I have been hearing regularly BNN market call guest select payment stocks as their top picks over the last month. What is your opinion of these stocks? are they good value right now and do you think they are facing any headwinds?

Read Answer Asked by Mary on December 10, 2021

Q: I'm interested in the payments/financial services sector...

1. Please rate/rank the following: 1 through 10 if you had new money to deploy in this sector...
- I understand not all the same...
- If any new ideas/companies, please list as well...

2. Who do you think will win the Grey Cup ? Are you doing odds and taking bets with 5i ?? - Sports-book Division in the future ??

Have a good week!

Read Answer Asked by michael on December 08, 2021

Q: I would like to build a more concentrated techy portfolio of our holdings with a 3 year time horizon by concentrating funds on stronger names and selling those you have less confidence in 3 years. Please rank names for
A. new funds to add with a short blurb about
1. growth potential and profit margins
2. risk/ debt, particularly at a time of rising rates
3. competitive advantage
4. management
B. selling with comment about reasons.
Appreciate service you provide - thanks

Read Answer Asked by sam on November 26, 2021

Q: Hello Peter,
I know both companies operate in difference space, one ecommerce, other more in payment space. However, can you compare the valuations of both as i am having hard time understanding how shopify continues to defy odds where as Nvei just dips daily even though it produced great numbers. Is it being dragged down by PayPal being in same space. I have a 5 percent position in Nvei. Do you think that is too much for this type of company. I am mostly thinking of a 3 to 5 year hold. Thanks very much

Read Answer Asked by umedali on November 22, 2021