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Q: In watching BNN the other night, in talking about Constellation Software, Brian Madden mentioned that his fund has recently bought into what they view as a US based equivalent company. Unfortunately, much to my disappointment, he didn't mention who the company was. This did get me to wondering what (if any), US based companies you would recommend that are Constellation Software like and would he have perhaps have been referring to LMN?
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Read Answer Asked by Mike on April 15, 2024
Q: Aerospace service, repairs, parts and maintenance for existing airline fleets is a likely growth area for many years as the ability of airplane manufacturers to satisfy market needs is hampered. Can you offer 3 or 4 of the larger companies in this area likely to benefit from this growth, provide some direction as to current valuation, level of debt, insider ownership, share buyback activity and provide a single recommendation that is your pick for best of breed in this area. Finally would you buy that pick at the current share price for a 3 year hold. Love the question and looking forward to your answer!!! Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Ken on April 02, 2024
Q: Are there a few Canadian and/or US companies that are “hiding in plain sight” that have the potential to be long term compounders similar to a CSU, MKL, ROP etc?
Read Answer Asked by Peter on February 28, 2024
Q: Hi 5i,

Looking for exposure to defense industry. MAL:CA has been a consideration. Would appreciate you thoughts on the stock moving forward and what other stocks you would consider for a long term 5+ year hold.

Thank you in advance.

Greg C.
Read Answer Asked by GREGORY on February 26, 2024
Q: Hi Peter and 5iresearch team:
In your answer to Gerry's question on Feb 16, you mentioned that CSU and ATB have been the best Canadian compounders over the last ten years. You added DOL, BYD, TFII, BN, CLL.B, TRI based on historical performance and you are expecting LMN.V, TVK, HPS.A, TOI, GSY to be potential Canadian compounders in the future.

1. Would YOU still invest in CSU, ATB, DOL, BYD, TFII, BN, CLL.B, TRI with the same conviction and weighting?
2. Could you please provide a similar answer but for the US market? Please provide 10 or so best US compounders based on historical performance that YOU think investors should keep investing in and 5 or so US companies that YOU would buy as potential US compounders in the future.

Thank you for the great service.
Read Answer Asked by Ahmed on February 21, 2024
Q: I'd like to increase investments in industrial, consumer discretion and consumer staples and also increase U.S. holdings.
I'm considering Amazon and COST for consumer names - are there other U.S. names you would recommend in these sectors and please suggest a U.S. industrial as well.
Read Answer Asked by Valerie on February 16, 2024
Q: I hold ROP HEI WSP ATS TFII AXON VRT in the industrial sector. 5i has also recommended TT TDG RTX and URI. I would like to sort out which could be sold [in whole or in part] and which could be added to. For a long-term hold, which could go and which would you advise to be the core for this sector.
Read Answer Asked by sam on February 02, 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: TDG HEI -HWM I would appreciate guidance on investing in part suppliers to thr major defense contractors, with your preference to invest in this market and target entry prices. If I missed any of interest or you would orefer in the defense sector, please advise.
Read Answer Asked by sam on January 23, 2024
Q: Would these be good candidates for a TFSA ?
Read Answer Asked by Robert on January 05, 2024
Q: I was interested in your reply to Ronnie today (14th) on U.S. growth suggestions. As individual securities you suggested IBKR, LPLA, CELH, CROX, DUOL. If I was to add HEI, ADI and ULTA to that list could you rank all 8 for say 5 yr pure growth potential and then re-rank if one was seeking a balance of both growth and safety? Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on December 18, 2023
Q: hi, can I get your best CDN and US ideas in the industrials and healthcare sectors right now, for long term investment. cheers, chris
Read Answer Asked by chris on December 01, 2023
Q: Industrials 12% target allocation - what allocation do you advise? I have Full positions in WSP VRT and Partial Positions in ATS TFII HEI and AXON. Based on your advice, I would also like to have positions in URI HON TRI TIH HPS.A. Need to sort out what to own as Full and partial positions. Please rank for full and partial positions with entry prices for those not owned and what to drop from this list. I have a bias for serial acquierers along the lines of CSU.
Read Answer Asked by sam on November 27, 2023
Q: Hello 5i Team,

Could you please suggest 20 Canadian and/or U.S. stocks for a "buy and hold" portfolio in an RRSP with average-to-above-average risk and a 5+ year timeframe.

Feel free to subtract as many credits as you see fit.

Thanks in advance for your always helpful advice!

Read Answer Asked by Keith on November 20, 2023
Q: My wife took early retirement with DB plan. Her RRSP and TFSA are well diversified. She has enough money to invest in about 10 companies. This money is not needed in foreseeable future. However, a small dividend is appreciated along with capital appreciation. It will be invested in a regular account. Can you please suggest top 12 companies.

Thanks inadvance
Read Answer Asked by Atchuta on November 20, 2023
Q: Most of the above listed US stocks are in the S&P 500. And I'm wondering - would 5iR consider them "compounders"?.....Thanks for the insight as I'm keen to know whether yes or no!!!......Tom
Read Answer Asked by Tom on November 14, 2023
Q: What would be your current list of top 5 companies that you would consider your favorite, almost must own's, due to their potential, prior success, moats, or any other criteria you consider as most important, for the following investor:

- Relatively young with a long timeframe to save for retirement.
- Will not need the funds for a long time.
- Has no concerns with short term volatility.
- Irrespective of sector or geography.
- Looking to maximize chances of outperformance over time.

List can be shorter or longer if appropriate.

Thank you!
Read Answer Asked by Joel on November 13, 2023
Q: How does Roper compare to CSU? Thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Sandra on November 08, 2023
Q: I have funds to put towards an aggressive attempt at obtaining an average 20% annual return over the next 3-5 years (own CSU, NVDA, GOOG, BN and few others with such potential). Not looking for a detailed analyses or commentary, but do any of these choices seem to be unlikely candidates for the desired outcome - ADBE, INTU, WIRE/ATK combo, HEI/TDG combo, ZTS, BX, LVMUY?
Read Answer Asked by John on October 10, 2023