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Q: The most recent question I found on USB was August last year. What is your current opinion on USB? Can you compare it to Visa for total possible return over a 5 year period? I presently hold no US financials.
Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Harvey on June 07, 2024
Q: My current exposure to the US market is through, ZQQ, VFV, VUN, VGG, and GOOG, AMZN, CVS, and BRK CDRs. I would like to increase my US weighting and have CAD$150,000 to invest and am considering dividing this into equal amounts in V, MA, UNH, PFE, ADBE, and MSFT. Your thoughts on this approach and any other suggestions (5+ year holding period). Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Don on June 03, 2024
Q: Hi 5i Team,

I'm trying to clean up my US Portfolio so that I'm at 20-25 equities total. Please advise which 20-25 companies you would keep for a 5-10+ hold with balance/diversification but also some growth in mind.
Read Answer Asked by David on April 30, 2024
Q: I have held Visa for many years and made some good capital gains. But the rules have been changing and companies allowing customers to pay by credit card are now allowed to charge those customers an extra 2-3% fee if they want to pay by credit card, in order to offset the fees charged to them by V and MA. Increasingly I am seeing restaurants, retailers and others tell me they will add 2-3% to my bill if I want to pay by credit card. I am seeing this more and more often when I make a purchase and it is causing me to prefer cash to credit, especially when the dollar amount of the purchase is quite substantial and the extra fee, accordingly, is also substantial. Even when the businesses I am dealing with are not charging me this extra amount, I am more inclined than I used to be to pay by cash if the retailer is a small business, just to help them reduce costs.

So my question is how much should I worry that this effect will snowball gradually over the next few years, with a negative effect on V and MA? Both stocks seemed to have plateaued recently. Is it time to replace my V with another stock and if so, what would you recommend as a suitable replacement?
Read Answer Asked by Philip on April 09, 2024
Q: Hi Peter can you provide opinion on TDV etf. What are your thoughts of it price and quality?
Read Answer Asked by Frank on March 20, 2024
Q: The dividend announcement seems to be well received. Can you comment on the implications of this if one plans to hold for the next 10+ years? Are there companies that you can use to parallel the potential future returns? Is Apple, Visa or MasterCard good proxy? Meta is likely to be aggressive in dividend increases.
Read Answer Asked by Sal on February 12, 2024
Q: Hi 5i, I currently hold JPM in a registered account and I'm looking for more growth in the next 5 to 10 years. Which of the three listed has the best growth profile and is shareholder friendly. I want to stay in the financial sector and if you have a better idea, an idea listed as a CDR, please suggest. Thx.
Read Answer Asked by Christopher on February 01, 2024
Q: Could you please give me the top 10 stocks with the highest ROCE 5 year average (Return on Capital Employed) on the TSX and the S&P? So, that would be 20 stocks in total. Thank you very much.
Read Answer Asked by Toge on January 30, 2024
Q: JPM has had a decent run but I'm thinking of swapping it for Mastercard. Can I get your thoughts please?

Palo Alto has also been terrific, but I'm trying to add more AI into my portfolio. I'd like to sell it and find a new name, CDN or US. I own MSFT, AAPL, Salesforce, GOOG, Meta, NVDA, Constellation, Shopify and Kinaxis. I was thinking of Taiwan Semi, AMD or Broadcom, but can I get your thoughts please?
Read Answer Asked by Gregory on January 29, 2024
Q: Hi,

These are some names that I hold that are smaller weights in my portfolio (<2%) and I would like to add to my positions. From comments, I think all of them are solid going forward and some have run hard, such as HPS.A, TVK, CRWD...The thing I've struggled with before is adding to names at the wrong time after they've had a good run and then the market turns and your gains turn into losses. How do you approach these situations and when do you decide to add to a starter position.

Would you be comfortable adding to any of these names at the current prices and can you rank which ones you would add to first?

With the market at record levels, I'm a bit more gun shy of doing so but I think on any market pullback, I would add to any of these names. Would you agree?

I remember a question you answered recently about increasing the avg. cost base vs the % of the position when adding. So for example, I bought HPS.A at $50 and now its $93 for a nice gain, however it's only 1.5% of my portfolio now. So if you are comfortable with a 3% position, do I just add now to get to that 3% even with the run that its had? Or wait for a nice pullback, which of course is impossible to predict. I try not to anchor prices and of course the buyers today are forward looking and expect good things to continue. How do you approach this? Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Keith on January 24, 2024
Q: Hi ,
Can you please identify me with 3 US stocks and 3 canadian who have a monopoly over their business. ?
I already own CN . I hope its one of it?
Thanks. Alnoor
Read Answer Asked by Alnoor on January 22, 2024
Q: Hi 5i; I would like your assessment of Fiserv Inc. (FI). It has started to trend up off the lows of 2022 and I am back into positive territory but not certain this is still one to hold. I am interested in the outlook for this stock individually and whether you see it in the top quartile performer in a crowded and competitive space electronic payments.

Id also appreciate your comment on the Goodwill number on Sept 30th balance sheet; seems excessive?

Thanks very much.
Read Answer Asked by Dave on November 07, 2023
Q: I have a sizable capital loss for 2023 right now. I'm starting to think of selling some of my winners in my non-reg accounts to wipe that cap loss out this year. Three of the companies where I have capital gains are Hubspot, Mastercard, and The Trade Desk. What strategy would you recommend for me in selling some or all of these 3 positions to erase the capital loss. MA has been a longterm winner for me, but I worry about Fintech competitors eating into their business. I'd appreciate your insights on whether Hubspot has a rosy future or whether its best times are behind it. The Trade Desk is my most confident position, but, of course, I'd appreciate your opinion. Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Marc on August 02, 2023
Q: For a RESP rebuild with 5 years till 4 annual withdrawals start, to achieve a higher total return with lower volatility, do you think the above stocks will reach the intended goal. Thank you so much
Read Answer Asked by Richard on June 30, 2023
Q: Do you think Mastercard has the potential to outperform the market over the next three to five years? The company has had to cut the fee it charges retailers in various countries, it is facing lawsuits regarding its high fees, and it has more competition now. Do you think the cash-to-card runway opportunity outweighs the risk of a drop in revenue due to lower fees? Also, in the US, where merchants may be allowed to choose another payment network even if the customer pays via a Mastercard, do you think Mastercard has an advantage with its value-added services?
Read Answer Asked by Kim on June 16, 2023
Q: Hi Peter,

Hopefully it won't time out (if that's the problem)....I saved the question and I just did a copy and paste.

Hi Peter,
I asked if you got my question sent on May 11 and 5i responded saying you didn't get it an to re-send it....here it is:

Regarding Timour's question on CBDC's posted the 11th May, I get the impression the response seems "positive" on CBDC's. I was a bit surprised that their was no mention of how this would affect each and everyone of us with the retail CBDC's. The idea is to get rid of cash completely, which would give central banks absolute control of the money of each individual, not me saying that, here's a 57 sec. video from the top guy of the BIS (a must watch):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9IimgEyjy4&ab_channel=ForbesBreakingNews

If an individual can ONLY open an account at the central bank of his/her country, then we would be at the mercy of the rules and regulations of that central bank and no other bank to go to because there won't be any. Wouldn't that be a complete monopoly? This is a very serious matter that everyone should know about....nothing like this has ever been done.

Please check these links....they are opinions of very knowledgeable people:

https://www.cato.org/study/risks-of-cbdcs

https://off-guardian.org/2023/03/07/central-bank-digital-currency-is-the-endgame-part-1/

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/central-bank-digital-currencies-what-they-are/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/norbertmichel/2023/03/06/cbdcs-not-just-a-different-form-of-money/?sh=241c275a21b6

In this link please listen to at least the 2nd. 2:50 min. video:

https://home.solari.com/blast-from-the-past-week-of-april-17-2023-prof-richard-werner-the-case-for-abundance/

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/central-bank-digital-currencies-cbdcs-cola/

I know there's a lot of links, but please have a look at them....no rush :)

Would really appreciate your comments,

Thank you!
Read Answer Asked by Silvia on May 24, 2023