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Investment Q&A

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Q: What would be your top picks for dividend stocks that are trading currently at good discounts and have a great recovery potential-across all segments US and Canada? One group making 3.5% or higher; one group 2-3% but have more growth opportunity? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Pat on November 18, 2022

Q: The financials segment of my RRIF consists of BMO, BNS, RY with a 25 % total portfolio weighting.
I am looking at selling the 3 and replacing them with HCAL. Believing in the long term growth and security of the Canadian banks , I see this move as providing both higher stock price movement with its 1.25 leverage and higher dividend yield. I see the disadvantages being a nearly 1.00 % MER and greater lose potential in a falling market.
Am I missing any other advantages/ disadvantages ? Would you recommend replacing bank stocks with this ETF and why ?

Read Answer Asked by Derek on November 14, 2022

Q: Hi Peter,

I will soon be receiving my pension funds from my ex-employer to put in my LIRA.
Can you suggest a few stocks with a decent upside....time frame 10-15 years.

Read Answer Asked by HARRY on November 11, 2022

Q: For the info of members:

Read in The Motley Fool about the dividend history of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Certainly makes it a must own for the Canadian banking sector.

"I tend to favor companies that increase their dividends annually, like Dividend Aristocrats. We already know that regulators made sure that Canadian banks couldn't claim such a streak, but that doesn't mean Scotiabank doesn't have anything to crow about on the dividend front. For starters, the dividend has been increased in 43 of the last 45 years. And, even more impressive, a dividend has been paid every year since dividend payments started being paid out on July 1, 1833. That date is not a typo. That's a dividend record that is hard to complain about."


Read Answer Asked by Ronald on September 29, 2022

Q: Want to beef up my finacials. I own SLF, TD, BAM.A and X . Trying to decide between 1. Buying BNS ( new position), 2. topping up my 4 existing more or less equally, or 3. putting it all into just 1 of the current 4 ( likely SLF as TD and BAm are already a big holding, jury is still out for me on X). Long term holds, balanced/income hybrid portfolio follower.

Read Answer Asked by Tom on September 23, 2022

Q: In a well balanced long term portfolio, with preservation of capital being the first priority, safety of dividend and some capital appreciation being secondary, would you add to BNS or SLF at this time? I have a 2.5% position in each and want to increase one to a 5% position. Would you suggest buying it all now or legging in over the next few months? Thankyou

Read Answer Asked by Allan on September 23, 2022

Q: I am shopping for a single investment offering security over 20 years combined with capital appreciation and accrued dividends (in a DRIP). ETFs do not seem to accrue fractional shares (when they have DRIPs at all); therefore I'm looking at single stocks such as BAM.A, Telus or perhaps BNS. If you had to recommend a single stock, which of these would it be, or what would you recommend instead and why?

Read Answer Asked by John on August 29, 2022

Q: Hi 5i, can I have your current view on the market with respect to inflation, interest rates (inverted yield curve) and recession chances. I realize markets are forward looking and I'm trying to guage future rate increases as I have a few quarters of dividends to spend on income stocks. Oh, and what would be your top three dividend stock picks now? Was looking at SLF, BNS and AQN, but based on your answer to first part, I may hold off.


Read Answer Asked by Christopher on July 19, 2022

Q: In my non registered account for financials I own BNS, TD, and GSY. With them all down would you top them up or buy CM instead as an additional holding? The focus of the accounts is high quality dividends as I plan to only use the dividends in retirement. I have growth stocks in my TFSA.

Read Answer Asked by Carla on June 27, 2022

Q: Earlier today you replied to a question with: "We are not big fans of averaging down, but if we were to do it BAM.A would likely be near the top of the list. When 'the market' brings down all stocks we are more comfortable buying more as opposed to when a company in isolation declines. We are not worrried about BAM getting through this market and/or upcoming recession. "

Please list 5 cad and 5 usd stocks that would be in your top list that would meet the above criteria.


Read Answer Asked by Christopher on June 20, 2022

Q: When Canadian housing prices were much lower than today several years ago there was much talk about American investors being short our banks due to being overextended on mortgages, something I have not heard recently. How much is the short position on them now vs. then and which banks have the most exposure to defaults on mortgages presently?

Read Answer Asked by Jeff on April 01, 2022

Q: Our grand-daughter, age 19, needs help with investing mid 6 figures $$, with funds not needed for 10 years or more. She is seeking guidance from her parents and grandparents with this. We would appreciate if you could provide appropriate suggestions and some direction.

Thank you for helpful service.


Read Answer Asked by Pat & Cyril on March 28, 2022

Q: In your view, what impact will the Liberal/NDP cash grab on the Canadian Banks have on their stock prices. Each of them are expanding outside Canada....does this help mitigate any new tax? Is there one Bank that is better able to handle things and more favored now as a result? Would you just begin exiting the Banks? Thank you for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Curtis on March 22, 2022

Q: Dear 5i Team,

If there was an option to totally liquidate all of the investments someone had and start with a clean slate, which 20 stocks US and Canada (10 each) would you recommend for a 10 year horizon?

Thank you for your advice as always,

Much appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by Alka on March 11, 2022

Q: If you were to sell any of the above, list in order your top 5 or 6. Or would you keep the portfolio as is for next 3 years.

Read Answer Asked by Roy on March 04, 2022

Q: Given the current volatility in the markets could you provide your top 5 Canadian and US stocks based on earnings, with some growth upside?

Read Answer Asked by Timothy on March 02, 2022

Q: My wife has $75,000 to invest in her TFSA, in which she is also holding 100 shares of TD Bank along with 100 shares of TD in an RSP. She is retiring in a month has a defined pension plan, CPP, OAS. But she is still looking for dividend income either monthly or quarterly to supplement her income.
We are looking at going with "Beating the TSX Portfolio 2022" but also looking at ZWU and ZWC which look like they could bring in more income but higher fees. What are your thoughts? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Brian on February 16, 2022

Q: I have a cash account set up that I draw from when needed. I am looking for dividends, safety and a bit of growth. I have all of the above in nearly all the same amounts but would like to add one more. Ignore diversity as I have all that covered by other accounts.

Read Answer Asked by Bryan on February 08, 2022