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Q: Hello 5i Team.

Thank you for all the insights into investing - it has been profitable both educationally and financially.

7% of our portfolio is in geared to health care with a holding of 5 stocks , GUD - (slightly underwater but is the hopeful flyer), Medtronic - MDT, Cardinal Health - CAH, Abbvie - ABBV, Johnson & Johnson- JNJ. In an effort to reduce the overall number of stocks in our TFSA, RRSP and taxable accounts I was considering liquidating CAH and JNJ and either purchasing more ABBV or adding SYK, unless of course you can recommend another US health care stock. JNJ and and CAH have been the laggards of the US group since my initial purchases. I realize MDT and SYK might be similar but i do believe surgeries should increase in 2022.

I enjoy reading your resources and recommend it often.


Read Answer Asked by Kevin on June 30, 2021

Q: Is Merk unjustifiably cheap or is it a value trap? Which of MRK, JNJ, MDT (or other suggestion) would you recommend as a buy and forget cornerstone healthcare holding for someone looking for long term capital appreciation and dividend growth. My only other healthcare position is ABBV. Please also explain the rationale. Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Matthew on May 27, 2021

Q: Am I missing any major sectors with these stock investments?
Where should I focus if I would like to ensure a diverse portfolio?
Are there any stocks that I should dump?

Read Answer Asked by grace on April 27, 2021

Q: i have held this for about 5 years and it has basically done nothing despite all the promises from management for change/consolidation etc. Would you support continuing to hold or am i better switching to a better growth name. i am retired so i like a bit of income in addition to share price appreciation. i already own ABBV and MDT and do not want to add to these positions. i am better off in Merck or PFE?

Read Answer Asked by kelly on April 07, 2021

Q: dear team:
i have BPY and bpy.un roughly 15% in my no-registered account which bought at last May. i think it is too risky to keep them and plan to replace them .
pls give me some idea.



Read Answer Asked by liang on January 20, 2021

Q: Hi Peter and Staff

FInally bite the bullet on Sienna, looking to redeploy in the US topping up some or all of my US basket of health care. Please eliminate any of the above that you do not feel are a buy at this time and rank the rest within categories of strong buy, buy or hold.
Thanks for all you do

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on January 14, 2021

Q: Would you start a position at these levels?
I know they recalled the Lotus Aortic valve but it doesnít represent a significant earnings miss at all.
I know you like MDT over BSX and JNJ &SYK are also great companyís that you may want to think about in this equation if we wanted to buy 2 of them in the Medical device space.
Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Nick on November 26, 2020

Q: Hi there. I hold positions in ABBV, PFE, MRNA, and AMGEN. I am looking for some supplemental help in the healthcare space and considering MDT, WBA, JNJ(on pull back and aware of legal risks).

What would your opinion and/or recommendations be on these companies JNJ/WBA/MDT Do you have one or two alternatives for a dividend conscious investor?

Thank you so much.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on October 19, 2020

Q: I have been considering investing in JNJ but am concerned about its legal issues. These are highlighted in the most recent annual financial statements but are not mentioned in the subsequent quarterly releases other than to say that the company does not give guidance because it cannot predict the outcomes of legal matters. This indicates that they believe the issues are material.
Can you provide your thoughts about the company and the risks that the legal issues present.
Thanks for your advice.

Read Answer Asked by Ian on September 16, 2020

Q: Hello 5i Team,
Could you please tell me the names of the companies that are developing a vaccine against Covid 19. Is there an ETF that tracks them?

Read Answer Asked by Antoine on June 30, 2020

Q: Hey guys. Looking to put some money to work in the health care and cyber security worlds. Im a buy and hold, long term investor so looking for long term compounders with really strong innovative business models and a good runway to grow. What would be your top two or 3 picks in each space for a 5-10 year time frame?

Read Answer Asked by Ryan on June 22, 2020

Q: Sold long term income position JNJ due to concerns with law suits, Looking for a replacement in the same sector, already own GUD and MRK.

Considering ABBV, PFE or MDT, please provide your preference on these and if there is other recommendation for long term income hold.

Please provide a bit of rationale in your choice.


Read Answer Asked by Steve on June 17, 2020