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Q: It seems the worldís electrical grid is going to look a lot different in the future. All the talk is around digitization and decentralization, whereby DERís (distributed energy resources) will add supply back into the grid (solar panels, generators, even EVís) and the local utility will also be able to reduce demand remotely by adjusting your a/c, hot water tank etc. all enabled by smart meters/networks driven by the technology of the internet of things and AI. My question is do you have an idea who the capital light kind of tech companies are that are going to provide the services to all the Utilities out there to make this happen? It is already happening in few places on a small scale, but the addressable market going forward is mind boggling. I guess I would much sooner invest in the tech than the guys digging lithium out of the ground! Any info appreciated, thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on May 02, 2023

Q: Hello Folks:
We are interested in purchasing Mercedes Benz (New York Stock Exchange): perhaps a 5 %% weighting.
Merc stock appears having decent upside in addition to a 7% dividend.
We are considering selling perhaps some Visa, REMX, Johnson Controls, Manual Life, or reducing some energy companies etc. to raise funds for this purpose. We could also thin down big Tech however feel these Tech stocks will have some wind in their sales.
How would you compare outlook for Mercedes Benz with industrials such as John Deere, Cat, Cummins etc. We are Merc fans, however don't wish being over enthusiastic.
Thanks again for all you contribute!!!

Read Answer Asked by Brian on April 25, 2023

Q: I own CAT anticipating a growth in sales in 2024 due to infrastructure spending in the US. I also own TIH as my industrial exposure in Canada. Does it make sense to hold both or are they too similar? If I decide to change TaiH to another industrial holding in Canada, what would be your preferred options to consider? I already own CP and TFII for my other industrial exposures.

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on April 13, 2023

Q: I am considering adding CAT to the industrial sector of my TFSA to complement WSP. I would like a relatively safe 10% annual return from CAT. I note that WSP ate CAT's lunch with 3&5 year returns. Cat is doing better over 3,6 and 12 months. The impetus for the CAT addition is the infrastructure bill $$$$ in the US. Is this a good plan for a 3-5 year hold? Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Richard on March 07, 2023

Q: Hello Folks:
Currently we own CMI and NOC however have in the past also owned DEERE and CAT.

We have owned NOC for a couple of years and it never comes close to meeting expectations; while the other three have done well.

What do you think of swapping NOC for DEERE as there is heavy demand for farm equipment this year because of high crop prices (particularly U.S.).

How would you rank these four companies and do you feel there are other better large cap U.S. company choices in this sector?

Thanks again for this wonderful service

Read Answer Asked by Brian on September 28, 2021

Q: On CNBC on Friday Tom Lee disclosed these 20 as his "Epicentre Stock Portfolio" and opined that the bottom is in. He seems to be quite revered and apparently his calls have been more correct than not. Could you list your best seven from this list that you would buy today in order. Any other comment of course welcomed as well - Ken

Read Answer Asked by Ken on May 17, 2021

Q: Hello,
I am looking at the equipment manufacturers and auto industry as possible directions for new investments. The above names are ones I have been considering but am interested in knowing what you think about heavy equipment versus automotive and within those categories, what you think might be the better choices.

Many thanks,

Read Answer Asked by V on April 21, 2021

Q: The next big move by Biden is Infrastructure . What are areas that will benefit and what Companies would you recommend. ?
Steel, cement, lumber, copper, machinery . Are there companies that rent machinery.? It is rumoured that up to $5 billion will be spent. What Construction companies will benefit. Thanks 5 I RAK.

Read Answer Asked by bob on March 15, 2021

Q: Hello Folks:
What is your opinion of these companies:
Caterpillar, cummins, cosco, walmart
I currently own caterpillar, cummins and cosco. Cummins and cosco have turned out very well. while caterpillar has struggled. Do you think industrials have much upside?
I am interested in what consumer staple businesses or others you may recommend such as cosco, walmart, touche card etc. to see us through these strange times.
Thank you very much

Read Answer Asked by Brian on October 07, 2020

Q: What are 10 best picks in USA for next 2 years. What is your view on CAT & FDX


Read Answer Asked by bob on August 17, 2020

Q: Hi. These companies are all from the industrial group of the S & P Dividend Aristocrats list. I'm looking to invest in one or two of them, to hold for the long term. Do any stand out to you? Any that you would avoid?

Read Answer Asked by William on July 29, 2020

Q: In my opinion the U.S. China trade relations will soon improve. One reason being Trump does not want to go into an election without the economy firing on all cylinders. Can you suggest a stock that will benefit from the easing of trade barriers.

Read Answer Asked by Brian on November 18, 2019