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Q: Hi 5i Team,
In general I follow 5i Balance Equity Portfolio. Lately, I went through comparing my portfolio to 5i Balance portfolio I found that I have to add the following stocks BDGI,PKI and SHOP and I am under weight on AEM,ATD,ATZ,BAM.A,CCL, ENB,TFII. Can you please advise in order which stock consider a good buy at this time.
Also, Can you please advise good buying stocks from the Growth Portfolio.

Read Answer Asked by Yousef on November 29, 2021

Q: My wife and I are retired and rely on dividend income. In the event of a recession, including rising inflation and interest rates and a 20%+ decline in equity markets, how safe/sustainable does 5i view dividends from the named companies? With unrealized gains on all of these, are there any that 5i would suggest selling, accepting the taxable gain, and holding the cash for a rainy day? Thank you. Edward

Read Answer Asked by Edward on November 15, 2021

Q: Good day 5i Team, What's up with OSFI? The Canadian banks have been quite conservative during the pandemic but OSFI won't release them to give investors the dividend increase? They were heralded as the world's safest banks during the Great Financial Crisis, but somehow they will be last to increase dividends this time?. Even the banks in the EU and UK are released from holding additional funds. Do you have any good conspiracy theories? Keep up the great work and appreciate all you do for the little guys.

Read Answer Asked by Keith on October 26, 2021

Q: Hello Peter,
For additional monies for a balanced approach, i was thinking of putting new monies into Nuvei (instead of Shopify), and rest into one of the banks. I already have Topicus. Does this make sense and if so, which bank would be best at current valuation? Fobi AI has had good news releases, yet stock tumbles. Any comments.. Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by umedali on October 14, 2021

Q: Hi Peter,
With reported earnings and the potential for dividend hikes later this year, what looks better to you now; Cdn Banks or Cdn Insurance Co's ?
Is there any noticable advantage or disadvantage to holding a covered call on a Company etc if/when they raise their dividend ?
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on August 28, 2021

Q: Greetings 5i,

The company's listed are TFSA holdings. The goal of the TFSA is moderately aggressive growth. Time frame is 4-8 years. Equities are purchased in equal weights and rebalanced based on weighting.

SLF and BNS are also held in other accounts, at an overall portfolio percent of ~5-6%. Which would you recommend adding to at this time? What do you consider the weakest from this list? Would you consider removing any from the TFSA holding only in either a non reg or reg account? If so, why? And which one, two or three additional growth oriented companies, either CAD or USD would you recommend.

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Thank you for the excellent service.

Read Answer Asked by Ed on August 26, 2021

Q: I hold the Canadian banks in my dividend portfolio and they have served me well over the years as a core hold.
Should I reconsider these holdings in light of new taxation rules being suggested?

Read Answer Asked by Denis on August 26, 2021

Q: Hi Folks,
I currently own the following in my RRSP account (weightings in brackets ) - PG (4%), TD (13.5%), BNS (10%), MFC (3%), ABBV (6.5%), PFE (12%), BCE (14%), T (14.5%), AQN (6.5%), BIP.UN (6%), and ENB (6.5%).
I want to reduce my exposure to TD, BNS, BCE, T and PFE to bring them in line with the others - can you suggest some names that will complement the portfolio, keeping in mind I am looking for Income with some growth - long term hold.

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on July 14, 2021

Q: What are the 5 top Canadian value stock to buy for the next 5 years.
Thanks Larry

Read Answer Asked by Larry on May 19, 2021

Q: Taking these 7 income oriented equities and looking to rank them for risk in a correction situation moving forward it seems that if we use the March 2020 correction as a guide FTS and BCE dropped the least (28%) followed by RY (33%) then TD,BNS, AQN (35-37%) with SLF trailing the pack at 46%. The reason behind any future correction could of course be different than a virus-induced shutdown of the economy. But still your ranking of safest to least safe is appreciated and if your answer would be different depending on the cause of the correction then your comment on that would be nice to have as well. Thank you for assisting me in trying to build the most secure portion of my income strategy. Any additional equities that fit in the lowest downside category that you might suggest would also be most welcome.

Read Answer Asked by Ken on May 03, 2021

Q: What do you think of this twenty stock dividend portfolio for a taxable account? I am focusing on high quality and it yields about 3.8% . Any changes you would make?

Read Answer Asked by Stefan on April 29, 2021

Q: This is my margin portfolio, all position weightings are between 3%-5%.

The projected yield is 3.31% with a 3-5 year hold.

I realize 24 positions is a bit overkill but I can't seem to choose which to remove, which would you recommend?

What positions would you add to the portfolio?

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Read Answer Asked by Robert on April 26, 2021

Q: I get why rising rates would help good 'ol fashion bank stocks. While fintech names seem to be considered more growth oriented, wouldn't higher rates ultimately help those stocks as well?

I own the names above. Any issues with any of them?



Read Answer Asked by David on March 22, 2021

Q: I am trying to maximize income In my LIRA before I convert it to a LIF. I hold a good weighting of ZEB from several years back when I was a novice investor. Now I am looking to shed the MER by going with the individual financial stocks. Would you please rank the above financials and others you think are worthy for a hold and forget steady income stream?

Thank you


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on March 15, 2021

Q: Hi Folks,
I am looking to update my RRSP - I currently hold PG, TD, BNS, MFC, ABBV, PFE, T, BCE, AQN, BIP.UN, ENB - I am thinking of swapping PG with Verizon ( or can you suggest another with a dividend ) to add some "torque".

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on March 12, 2021

Q: Hi 5i: I am presently underweight financials ( TD - 6% ). Which of these would you add BNS, SLF or GSY? Would you add a combination of all? What is the market weight for financials and would now be a suitable time to add?

Thank you for my success!


Read Answer Asked by Tom on January 22, 2021

Q: Today ,when I turned on my computer the above stocks each had matching bid ask for millions of shares at much lower than their closing price yesterday. Any idea what is happening?

Read Answer Asked by Dave on December 18, 2020

Q: good morning,

I have been reading that RY and TD are more full valued at present than are BNS, CM and BMO. I own all five banks and am wondering if its a good idea to sell RY and TD and buy one or more of the other three banks. If this makes sense to you, which bank(s) would I buy, in order of preference.

as always, your advice is appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by alex on September 03, 2020