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Q: We have done very well with Apple in an RRSP account. So much so that it has grown to represent 15% of the portfolio. While I do believe Appl can still grow in value I think it would be prudent to sell some for diversification purposes. Can you suggest a good US company to buy? We also hold Disney in this account.

Read Answer Asked by David on August 23, 2021

Q: Looking for suggestions to add to current holdings in the following sectors:
Real Estate -
Utilities - have BEPC
Materials - have SJ
Energy - have ENB
Communication Services - have GOOG
Industrial - have TFII, SIS, XBC, KBL
Consumer Staple - have ATD.B, PBH
Health care - have WELL, GUD

Read Answer Asked by Brenda on July 21, 2021

Q: According to my portfolio analysis, I need to increase my US & international exposure. I am underweight in materials, real estate, communication services and utilities. Could you suggest 2-3 of your favourites US stocks for each of these 4 sectors? I greatly appreciate all the good advice I received from being a member of 5iResearch.

Read Answer Asked by jacques on July 16, 2021

Q: I am considering buying Telus in the Telecom sector, as I reduce my CPD holdings. Already own ENB, BAM, BRK.B, RDS.B.
With long term growth & financial stability in mind, please rank your preference in the North American telecom companies listed.
Also please advise if there are any small/medium sized companies in this sector worth considering. Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Pradeep on May 27, 2021

Q: Hello Folks:
I am considering dropping Verizon and adding T-Mobile. TMUS does not have a dividend however their future appears brighter, particularly with their google hookup. Verizon seems to have been treading water the last couple of years.
What are your views and if we were to purchase TMUS what weighting would you recommend?
Thanks for your great service

Read Answer Asked by Brian on April 02, 2021

Q: I am retired and would like a recommendation for 10 US and 10 Canadian core stocks. Also one or two ETFs for ex NA exposure.


Read Answer Asked by Junor on March 23, 2021

Q: Portfolio Analytics suggests I need to increase my U.S. holdings and communication services allocations as it current says I have no comm. services. 2 part question to help address this gap in my portfolio (feel free to take 2 credits):
1) I currently hold TTD. Do you consider TTD a communication service? Your platform labels it as technology (software) whereas BMO Investorline labels it a comm. service.
2) Can you please provide me with your favorite 3-5 U.S. names in communication services (in order) that you would start a position in today. This would be bought in either my TFSA or RRSP. I am a younger investor that has 20+ years until retirement (defined benefits pension) so would be focusing on growth. A dividend is not a requirement.

I have scanned past answers to look for names you have mentioned recently (somen noted above) but there was never a focused question on just communication services.

Thanks for the fantastic service! I cannot understate how much I have learnt since becoming a member.

Read Answer Asked by Justin on February 05, 2021

Q: My portfolio analysis is showing that I need to reduce investments in Canada and increase in United States by 9% and International Markets by 16%. Following are area where it is suggesting to invest more.

Communication Services
Consumer Defensive

Can you please suggest couple of stocks or etf in above industries?

Read Answer Asked by Anshu on January 27, 2021

Q: Recently in response to questions, 5iR provided  target sector weightings for a dividend conservative portfolio and also for a balanced portfolio.
For my income portfolio, with a target sector weight of 10% for Communications, I have a position of 3.50% in BCE and, for health care, with a target sector weight of 10%, I have no positions. What are some Cdn and US stocks and ETF, even in Cdn dollars, would you suggest I consider.

When it comes to the balance portfolio, the communication target sector weight of 5%, I have at position of 3.00% in Telus and in the case of health care, with a target sector weighting of 10% (say in US stocks), I hold no positions. Again, what are some US stocks and ETF, even in Cdn dollars, would you suggest I consider.

Yes this is two questions in please deduct two credits............Again, Thanks........Tom

Read Answer Asked by Tom on January 19, 2021

Q: I currently hold SJR.B and thinking of switching to Telus..
Would Telus be a better buy at the current price from total return perspective?
Any better recommendation in this sector - Canadian or US ?
Thank you very much for providing excellent independent views and recommendations to the investment community.
Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings
- Raj

Read Answer Asked by dhiraj on December 24, 2020

Q: Hi there,

If you were to build a US growth portfolio today of12 to 15 names, what names would you select?


Read Answer Asked by Michael on December 24, 2020

Q: Hi Guys,

If you were starting a North American balance portfolio, which communication companies (communications sector) would you pick? Please provide 2 names (3% each).



Read Answer Asked by jim on October 09, 2020

Q: Hi! I would like to build a portfolio of 20 stocks that include both Canadian and US holdings that contain a mix of growth and defensive names with a stronger weighting to growth(say 70%/30% growth to safety). What names would yo allocate to create the portfolio. Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by Ian on October 05, 2020

Q: I am trying to identify one and only one Telecom co. to invest across the US or Canada. According to Morningstar data, Verizon has the best ROE, ROIC and interest coverage metrics (and the lowest P/E apart from AT&T). Would you consider VZ the best overall for a long term investment? Thank you for your excellent service as usual.

Read Answer Asked by Christian on September 08, 2020

Q: Good morning
We currently own the above US stocks and would like to add 1 or 2 more.
What would you suggest to add to the above list

Read Answer Asked by Marcel on August 24, 2020

Q: Can you give me your opinion on mrk - it's current valuation and room to grow? Can you recommend five large cap us growth stock with room to grow?

Read Answer Asked by Mary on July 17, 2020

Q: Would like your opinion om this fund for my US account, its performance is excellent five star morningstar rating. MER at 2% is high. Is there a similar ETF with similar performance? Or should I just be contented paying this fee considering its return? Do you see this sector continuing to outperform?

Read Answer Asked by Saad on June 25, 2020