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Q: I wish to do some tax loss selling and re-invest in the same of similar equities in a month or so. Which of the above 4 companies do you believe will stay low or go lower?

Read Answer Asked by Claus on August 05, 2022

Q: Hi folks
If not owned anymore, should one re enter the stock now or before the split on the 29th? What weighting would an investor with an appetite for growth as part of a balanced portfolio start at? Or should we wait for the dust to settle?
Should we buy in US or Canadian?
I did very very well with SHOP in the past....thanks to you.

Read Answer Asked by El-ann on June 28, 2022

Q: I sold TTD and AMZN to realize a tax loss more than 30 days ago and I know that I can buy them back today with no issues. I bought ROKU and SHOP respectively as proxies a week later with the proceeds. They are both down (I guess things don't always work out!). The first question is can I sell both of these and claim a tax loss despite my not having owned them for 30 days?

Secondly, I am assuming you would recommend buying AMZN back (not that you don't like SHOP) but would you still re-purchase TTD? Does APPS offer a potentially better return? Or might you stay the course with ROKU? It appears to me that these companies are similar businesses.

Appreciate your insight.

Paul F.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on June 17, 2022

Q: Of these four stocks, Lightspeed seems to be the most volatile. Jumps the most on good days and drops the most on days like Monday.
My son's RESP needs a quick boost - he is going into second year.
Would you buy all four or just Lightspeed and hope for the best? No diversification concerns, just an outright roll of the dice.

Read Answer Asked by Steven on June 15, 2022

Q: Could I please have your views on the best mid to large cap buys out there tor a long term hold, with a focus on USA. What do you think has the most potential upside with the least downside? Though call I know. I was looking at Amazon, Shopify, lspd, upst, Etsy, salesforce and square as candidates. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Jason on May 16, 2022

Q: Hello Peter,
I have been meaning to get your opinion even before the two-day wild ride and this question is not based on todayís aftermath. And I will speak from both sides of the fence. As usual, I want your perspective.
You typically respond to readerís questions with a 5-year outlook. However, I think that the 5 yr business plan is outdated except maybe for utilities and commodity producers. And even then, with instantaneous data enabling policy definition, the peak to trough and back for business cycles are short.
High growth companies typically do not have a moat as they rely on transformative technology as the enabler. Today Amazon finds its digital commerce saturating and looks to cloud services for growth. Shopify is looking at vertical integration with logistics and financial services while the world moves towards open-source digital commerce. Game, set, match.
Now I step to the other side of the fence. Probability of a soft landing -very small? The fed cannot control supply but can control demand. Housing, lumber, commodities consumption diminishes just as supply ramps up in an inflationary environment hoping to absorb costs. Discretionary, industrials slow down and drag commodities.
Where am I going? If my thinking is correct, my investment decision should be based on a 2yr or shorter period return. So, between now April 5 and the end of seasonal strength next Feb; is it tech- SHOP and TOI, or Energy and Commodities? What about Gold and Silver? Is it NVDA and CRWD or QCOM and MSFT? And I am not looking to hedge but make portfolio changes, swinging for the fences. Or is it too late for sell in May?
I look forward to your opinion.

Read Answer Asked by Rajiv on May 06, 2022

Q: Thank you for your great service I look at the questions almost every day. My question is about Shopify it looks to me that it has broken some support level. Could this mean the next level of support is back in the march lows of 2020? My technical analysis is not very good so please correct me if Iím wrong.

Read Answer Asked by Mark on April 22, 2022

Q: Hi Peter and Team;
Thanks for the info and advice on PKI.
I have made a good gain and sold a 5% position in my RRIF.
Could you offer 3 CDN and 3 US that you would be comfortable in starting today with a 2.5 % for long term investing in a well balanced RRIF? Would you lean towards US or CND for GROWTH?
Thanks for the excellent analysis!

Read Answer Asked by Linda on April 21, 2022

Q: Hi Peter,

Your thoughts on FB or Shop at these levels?

Any other beat down names with a strong upside ?


Read Answer Asked by HARRY on March 21, 2022

Q: Based on todays prices, which of the beaten up tech is the "best" (most likely to do well moving forward, best monopoly / moat safety, most safe earnings, best books today, best P/E) to buy for a long term hold (over ten years)?

qualifying them on the above characteristics would be appreciated or any other variable that you feel is important.

If my list missed any other tech considerations, please let me know.



Read Answer Asked by Ernest on February 23, 2022

Q: More of a comment really.

Some members of 5i are having conniptions about SHOP. Me too. Nobody likes to see their investment tank any more than I do. But I am diversified so am not getting too hurt by the action of SHOP. The only advice I can offer is that if you have an outsized position in any stock, not just SHOP, maybe you should rethink your strategy. If you are well diversified, just suck it up. This too will pass.

I am pleased with 5i but markets do go down from time. And this is just one of those times. The market gained so much in the last 6 or 8 months that us market watchers are not least bit surprised about our current downturn.

Read Answer Asked by Fred on February 22, 2022

Q: Hi Peter and Ryan,

With interest rates going up next month would like to know your thoughts on the short term effect this will have on the above tech companies, will there be a discount after the rates rise.

As always
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Anthony on February 17, 2022

Q: Hi Peter and team,

Do know where I can find institutions, such as Canadian Pension, etc, are buying LSPD or any other stock at current level? I heard some institutional buying LSPD, could you please confirm and have more information and list a few of such buying?

Thanks a lot

Read Answer Asked by Jinlong on February 11, 2022

Q: For a 5 year hold, With the 23% drop in FB, is it better to sell at a loss in a registered account and buy stocks such as Roku, afrm, upst, Netflix, Shopify? These stocks are also down lately. Would you make the same decision for a 2 year hold?

Read Answer Asked by V on February 03, 2022

Q: Following up on my last question on buying SHOP in US or CDN funds, I am not sure I was clear with my question based on your answer. I have both a CDN and a. US TFSA investment account. As a Canadian living in Canada, I can buy the stock from either account. Does it make more sense to buy this company from my US account as they do most of their business in the US. In the long run will I benefit from doing it that way ?

Read Answer Asked by Robbie on January 30, 2022