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Q: I have recently learned that the Kyndrel spinoff has been finalized. I have a position in IBM, so I expect I will be receiving some Kyndrel shares. Should I hold or sell these and buy more shares of IBM? I am a patient investor and understand the turnaround at IBM may take some time still.

My stake in IBM is in a dividend-focused portfolio with a risk profile similar to that of the 5i Income Portfolio (though holdings differ). Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Walter on November 06, 2021

Q: Hi team,
I bought Verizon two years ago in expectation of a stable price and a good dividend. Two years later it is down 11% eating up the dividend and leaving me essentially where I started. Would it make sense to sell VZ and use the funds to buy IBM which has a similar dividend and perhaps some growth potential? I can also claim the tax loss on Verizon.

Read Answer Asked by Ken on October 06, 2021

Q: Hi, as a retired couple looking for US div. Co.s for income and safety, please list from best to worst and those not to buy or your own preferred picks, thankyou

Read Answer Asked by Peter on September 15, 2021

Q: Hello,
I am looking to purchase a stock for my RRIF. I would like to have something fairly safe.
With Amazon/Google being so expensive I would only be able to purchase a small number of shares but with Amazon having recently pulled back is now a good time to start a position? Where it is a RRIF would the dividend of IBM be a better choice or TOI for growth?
Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by Leah on August 06, 2021

Q: "Quantum computers would provide the computing power required to solve problems that are currently intractable for classical computers—at least in a timeframe that’s practical." Analytic Insights Magazine.
It lists top 10 quantum computing co in 2020 by alphabetical orders: Accenturre-ACN, Alibaba-BABA, AMZN, GOOG,, MSFT, INTC, IBM, BAIDU, AT&T, Atos Quantum. Your thought on 2021 on my preferences: IBM, GOOG and ACN

Read Answer Asked by Nhung on February 17, 2021

Q: Hello,
I have been reading about FaaS (function as a service) and from my readings it is predicted this will grow in the next 5-10 years. Which current companies would be ones to invest in now in hopes for growth in the future?

Read Answer Asked by Sarah on December 22, 2020

Q: Are there any companies i should look into that are in the machine learning and A.I. space. I believe there has been and will be great opurtunity here

Read Answer Asked by Tim on October 19, 2020

Q: In a recent response to a portfolio question you said you couldn't comment on over 40 stocks in the portfolio but could comment on a few of them. Of IBM you said: "IBM we consider 'meh' and there are better ideas."

My question is this: Couldn't IBM have a place in a diversified RRIF portfolio from the perspective that it provides a reliable income stream to help meet mandatory minimum withdrawals? If you have to withdraw say a minimum of 4% a year, then IBM's 5% dividend certainly helps. If you still don't like IBM in this context, what else would you suggest for a 20 year hold?

Read Answer Asked by David on June 10, 2020

Q: I have the following sector stocks and would like your expert opinion on which stocks I should keep, sell, buy more OR please suggest new stocks I should buy. Please take into account the survivability of the company if economy takes a 1-2 yrs to get back to "normal".
Consumer Discretionary - BOS,BPF,CCL,CGX,DIS,GC,MG,NFI,PDYPY,TCL

Read Answer Asked by Sandy on June 10, 2020

Q: Hello everyone at 5i! I presently hold IBM, and have done so for several years. Other than a decent dividend, it has not done much. I was wondering, should I continue to hold it, or swap it up for Microsoft or Apple, for a little more growth? From a value perspective, would now be a time to do so? And if so, what would you suggest? Cheers, Tamara

Read Answer Asked by Tamara on January 15, 2020

Q: Good morning,
I am interested in blockchain.
Not, the currency, but the technology behind the concept.
Do you have ideas on small/mid cap companies that are involved in blockchain as a business model?

Read Answer Asked by Richard on October 22, 2019

Q: With the world feeling a little uneasy about a pending recession, I want to keep only holdings that will weather a downturn. I'm not trying to time the market, and want to hold stocks, that while they may dip, have good balance sheets, good management, and will likely see a recovery. Others I will sell and hold the cash. Above are my current holdings. Do you see any that may be susceptible to excessive weakness in a recession and would therefore meet my sell criterion? Thanks,

Read Answer Asked by Kim on August 27, 2019

Q: I am a recent subscriber to your service, and I find it to be excellent. Thank you.

I am in the process of looking for a low risk US stock. Dividends are not necessary. I was considering IBM given its leadership in analytics. What is your view? Do you recommend other US stocks, with a 2-5 year time horizon?

Read Answer Asked by Dale on October 23, 2018