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Q: Would you be able to provide a grading for the following stocks as you currently have for CND companies in the Report section? Would appreciate your thoughts, +A through E for the selected companies.

Any chance you’ll be adding US companies to the Reports one day?



Read Answer Asked by Nick on August 27, 2021

Q: Greetings,

I am underweight consumer defensive and consumer cyclical and would need to invest about a $100k in each to get the right balance.

I also need more US and international exposure.

Can you suggest your top two individual names in each category that are listed in the US and Canadian markets?

Lastly, is there an ETF or two I should look at?

Keep up the good work… i am up substantially on TOI based on the guidance received here.

Read Answer Asked by Simon on August 27, 2021

Q: Hello 5i,
According to RBC Global Investment outlook, their top 3 U.S. sectors are: Financial (11%), Information Technology (28%), Consumer discretionary (13%) .
In Canada: Financial (31%), Industrials (13%), Energy (12%), material (12%).
Could you recommend 2-3 stocks in each of these classes ?

Thank you for your great service,

Read Answer Asked by Carlo on July 13, 2021

Q: Hi,
I assume that you will deduct question points as you see fit.
I am considering simplifying and 'conservatising' my RRIF.My wife andI are in our mid 70's.
Portfolio Analytical has again shown that my account is unbalanced with inadequate foreign content. I also need to increase my weightings in Consumer (discretional and defensive), Industrial and Technology.

Could you please suggest 5 names for conservative longterm holds in non Canadian Stocks or ETF's in the following categories?
a)consumer defensive
b)consumer discretionary
d)Technology .

With many thanks,

Read Answer Asked by david on June 16, 2021

Q: Hello 5i team,

According to portfolio analytics, I am underweight in Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary as well as US exposure. I am a growth investor with a long-term horizon. This is for a TFSA.

In Consumer Staples I hold ATD.B and PBH and was thinking of adding COST.US.

In Consumer Discretionary I have ATZ, BOYD, DOO, LULU.US and was thinking of adding MG and possibly LNF.

Could you suggest some Canadian and US names for both Staples and Discretionary that would compliment my existing holdings?

Thanks for your advice.

Read Answer Asked by Stefan on May 03, 2021

Q: HD has had quite a run since it pulled back earlier this year along with the other "COVID-19 beneficiary" stocks and recently broke US$320 a share for the first time ever. It is not clear to me that this rapid run is supported by the underlying fundamentals. Would you recommend investors hold their full position or consider taking some money off the table? (assuming an ordinary portfolio weighting in a portfolio of 30 stocks)

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on April 20, 2021

Q: Would appreciate your recommendation of 5 Canadian and 5 US dividend aristocrat equities that you would purchase that you would expect some growth in both income and price appreciation.

Read Answer Asked by David on March 31, 2021

Q: Hi, I am looking to put some US funds into companies/sectors, which will benefit from the reopening of economy. I also read that small caps generally outperform when economy rebounds. Could you recommend some USD ETf's and few large cap US stocks, still trading below their pre pandemic levels in such sectors, in order of preference. Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on March 19, 2021

Q: As of today, what are your top 10 (5 USA, 5 Canadian) dividend yielding company's that you would invest in for a 5 year horizon. Thank you once again

Read Answer Asked by Greg on February 25, 2021

Q: Hi,
I am currently significantly underweighted in consumer cyclical sector. Can you suggest 2-3 names in U.S.? FTE names in U.S. and International would be great appreciated too. thanks.


Read Answer Asked by Martin on January 12, 2021

Q: I own shares in the above companies. I realize some of these a very small. Can you please tell me which ones would be the best to add to or would you recommend other building materials on the TSX? Would you suggest I sell any of these?
Thanks, Stan

Read Answer Asked by Steinar on January 08, 2021

Q: Hello Folks:
You people have provided such great service to we investors, however I am increasingly frustrated attempting to search questions for a particular company. Each thread leads to another and another and and another and so on, with none paying attention to the company requested. As a result, the only way to check a particular company is to submit a question regarding each company which provides you more work and prevents clients from examining your answers to other's questions. This now convoluted system used to be so useful. There must be a better way than having these companies jumbled together providing no real answers.
My question is your view of Home Depot, Walmart and Costco as long term holds.
Thank You once again for your great service!

Read Answer Asked by Brian on January 07, 2021

Q: Hi team,
For one looking to beef up the consumer defensive sector of it portfolio with strong growth stocks, both Us and Cdians, what would be your best choices at the present time ? I am looking at ATD.B, PBH, NUS, HELE, PG, GIS, DG, HD, BIG, SAM, KR, etc...and just cannot make up my mind. Help, please !

Jacques IDS

Read Answer Asked by Jacques on October 29, 2020

Q: Hi, these are the companies that have not performed well since I bought them. Which of these do you think it is worth to keep in my portfolio considering that I aim to make >= 10% a year (including dividends) and it is for the long term (+20y) ? I think to replace HD by COST, INTC by NVDA or AMD, is it a good move in your opinion ? Thank you !

Read Answer Asked by Clayton on October 27, 2020

Q: Hi,
You have been rightly complemented many times for
or your wise counsel recently. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the group for their many varied questions. Both the questions and answers have helped me a lot.
For various reasons I have not visited the Asset Allocator section for some time and find that I am not as well 'balanced' as I should be. I am over invested in financials (BAM.A, TD, BNS, RY and SLF) and grossly underinvested in Consumer cyclicals. I am also overinvested in Canada. Could you please suggest 2-3 US and Canadian Consumer cyclical stocks?
Many Thanks,

Read Answer Asked by david on June 29, 2020

Q: These are the US holdings in my RSP. All have done well except for SYK down about 8% with a limited outlook for the rest of 2020 based on the Covid pandemic. Regardless of sector weighting, what are your favorite 2 or 3 US equities for growth over the next 5 years? I'm okay with a moderate risk.
Thanks in advance,

Read Answer Asked by Greg on June 11, 2020