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Q: Hello, I saw that there are seven new CDRs from CIBC: Verizon, McDonald's, Nike, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, United Health, and Cisco. Without going into the CDRs versus buying on American exchanges debate, I am curious to know if some of these stocks are worth buying today, which ones, the reason why and in what order (from most compelling to least)., presumably for a 5-year holding period. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Martin on August 10, 2022

Q: Can I please have your top 5 US and Canadian consumer non cyclical stock choices?
Are there any international choices as well?

Thanks so much.

Read Answer Asked by lorraine on July 19, 2022

Q: Good Morning, I am under weight in base material and Consumer defensive. My list of current holding is below. I am looking to put some money in these sectors to bring my sector allocation as suggested by your Portfolio Analytics.
The time period to hold is long term 5 year plus. Growth stocks preferred. Kindly recommend

1. Should I add to current position or if there are better opportunities kindly recommend them
2. If some of these needs to be replaced with better growth stocks , kindly suggest the same

Coca-Cola Company (The)
Dollarama Inc.
Nutrien Ltd.
Primo Water Corporation
Procter & Gamble Company (The)
Sherritt International Corporation
Sherritt International Corporation
The Kraft Heinz Company
Walmart Inc.


Read Answer Asked by Nimish on December 20, 2021

Q: Could you explain "goodwill" to me please.

Today on BNN Ross Healy was commenting on NTR and indicating that 60% of it's balance sheet was goodwill. I have googled it and am wondering if part of the answer is the customer base and the related contracts. If goodwill is intangible, then how to you come up with a number?

Is this 60% number something to be concerned about?


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on October 29, 2021

Q: I "discovered" today that ET dividend was reduced of 37% in my RRSP since it is a US LP (limited partnership).Is BIP " LP" In my RRSP taxed the same way ? I guess and hope not, since it is not a "US LP" .I sold ET to Buy KO+PG instead ,at least no more tax on dividends and more stability ! thanks all for points of vue .

Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on February 25, 2021

Q: Hello
I own three consumer staples in US market.
In the last year Mondelez has much out-performed Coke and Diageo by a long shot. But If I go to a five year chart they all performed equally well.

Do estimates point to Mondelez out-performing the other two in the next year or two? The reason I ask is I am wondering if I should just hold Mondelez since the Coke and Diageo are not performing well of late.

Long term investment hold, 20 years plus.

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Stephane on October 21, 2020

Q: My powder keg is dry waiting for the covid 2nd wave and in my opinion anticipated second market adjustment. The recent jitters made me realize I haven't made my buy plan for my cash...I am pleased with my portfolio and don't have any huge gaps, I am slowly switching from growth to income so am looking more toward your income portfolio for inspiration. In Canada ENB and H looked like good buy options and I already own Suncor so would top up on that as well to a full position. In the USA I am leaning towards P&G and Coke. These complement my current holdings and I feel these additions will do OK in a possible extended covid induced economic slowdown as well as be good long term income holdings.

Any names you wished you had added on the last drop or names you are watching with interest?

Read Answer Asked by Tom on September 23, 2020

Q: I just retired with no pension and living off my portfolio. Im sitting on a lot of cash right now with very little US investments. I would like to start buying slowly. What would you suggest. Preferably ETFs listed on the TSX with the odd US stock. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by HEATH on September 21, 2020

Q: Hi 5i, please comment on my international div. group for global income or your own top 5 picks, thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on March 15, 2019

Q: Hello
Can you comment on General Mills quarterly earnings, and can you give me your opinion on the company?

I have some USD fund available to invest in the USA Consumer Staples sector. I own Coke and Mondalez already and am wondering if I should start a new position in Genral Mills or should I just add to Coke and Mondalez. How would you rate General Mills company vs Coke and Mondalez ?

Thank you


Read Answer Asked by Stephane on December 21, 2018

Q: Given the weakness in consumer staples in the US, if you were looking in this sector what are some names that'd be on your watch list?

Read Answer Asked by Andrew on June 11, 2018

Q: Good morning,
Could you suggest a company that would replace P.G. in my portfolio. I have held P.G. for 7 years, bought in at 60 and watched it go to 90, now back to 72. I am starting to think there is a problem with this company.
Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Dorthy on April 30, 2018

Q: I need about $15,000 in cash. I hold larger amounts about equal in Coca Cola, General Electric, Microsoft and Sysco (which has dropped significantly in the last week) Which would you suggest I should cash in?
Thanks Jd

Read Answer Asked by John on October 26, 2016

Q: Your current opinion on these 2 companies in the US for a buy and hold investor? They have a good track record on dividends, the payout ratio's are not out of control and obviously a proven long term track record. On the more aggressive side, what is your opinion of HCP ?

Read Answer Asked by Tim on September 12, 2016