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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

Q: Which sector, consumer discretionary or staples do you believe will be a better bet currently.
Please name 3 stocks on the Can + US side that should work in this thesis and why.
As always, keep up the great work.

Read Answer Asked by Mark on May 06, 2020

Q: Hi 5i team,

I follow the DOW stocks a lot as they are a barometer on the market. They form the core of my portfolio and I add and trim around them. You mentioned in an earlier question that big caps are likely the quickest to recover. Earlier I lightened up on some high beta tech names and have some dry powder. On the Dow, which ones do you see as are the top 3-4 names having the potential for the strongest recovery over the next year or so. I manage my portfolio closely, so I am not concerned about sectors or weightings here. There are a lot of candidates and some have really been beaten up and others not so much. The financials have been beaten up, but I stay in Canada for those anyway, and I have no interest in the oils.

Thanks again for the insight on the DOW stocks. Thanks for your great work, as some days you are turning out answers faster than I can read them.


Read Answer Asked by Dave on March 31, 2020

Q: General market question. Jim Cramer is suggesting that while Coronavirus persists as potential disruptor that can't be quantified, more subjectively valued stocks like those in the cloud - say TTD, AYX etc - or those like Tesla will see gains as people buy on growth and momentum. His belief is that these stocks are being bought based on growth alone whereas the market would hold more traditional companies like Cisco, Caterpillar or Home Depot to account based on potential impact of the virus disrupting sales.

My question is whether you agree with his thesis that the cloud stocks will continue to do well as Corona uncertainty lingers or if they stand to fall the most if worst case fears are realized.

As a follow up, if one were to keep only one of Home Depot, TTD or Cisco in current times, which would you hold?

Read Answer Asked by Tim on February 14, 2020