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Q: Happy New Year from Panama!

I will be receiving RRIF payments at the end of each month going forward.
My question to the team is could you please give me a couple of US and CDN stock ideas? looking for safety of principal, with some growth,and monthly payouts? or quarterly?

Thanking you in advance


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on January 06, 2022

Q: Hi Folks,
I have the above companies in my TFSA all at the same or so weight. I had BYD but sold it when it started to drop. I am still ahead in my sold price as compared to its current price. I am looking to add another or even BYD now that it has settled somewhat, can you give me your suggestion as to what you would add to this lineup - buy back BYD or can you provide some others that I can add. Thank you very much for your suggestions over the years.

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on December 08, 2021

Q: Hi Peter,

Can I please get your expert ranking with respect to the following list of restaurant stocks in terms of a long-term hold.


Thanks, from the hungry investor!

Read Answer Asked by George on November 05, 2021

Q: Hello 5i,
Portfolio Analytics indicates that I need to add about 1.35% to my Consumer Discretionary/Cyclical and further that I need to increase my U.S. exposure by about 3.05%, so I am looking for a U.S. name that pays a decent dividend above, say, 2.25% in this sector & geography.
Some names that came up from a link (U.S. Dividend Aristocrats) you had previously supplied, in response to another question, that I was considering are:
Genuine Parts - GPC
Leggatt & Platt - LEG
McDonald's - MCD
VF Corp - VFC
So, my questions are:
1. Out of my list are there any concerns over dividend safety?
2. Safety of business in general?
3. Given my need for dividend income in this sector, would you have any other suggestions you might prefer over these names in terms of safety of both business and dividend?
My current Cons. Discretionary/Cyclical holdings are LNF in Canada and MGA (Magna) on the U.S. side.
Retired, income-oriented investor otherwise well-balanced and diversified.
Thanks for any help you can provide - always very much appreciated!!!

Read Answer Asked by Mike on October 25, 2021

Q: Hi Guys,

I am retired and is looking for recommendations for 10 US and 10 CDN core stocks. Also an ETF or two for ex North American exposure.
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Junor on March 23, 2021

Q: I am retired and would like a recommendation for 10 US and 10 Canadian core stocks. Also one or two ETFs for ex NA exposure.


Read Answer Asked by Junor on March 23, 2021

Q: We have one 2 year old grandchild, and one on the way. I want to set up a small $1000 investment account for each of them, and add to it each year on their birthday. Because of the small initial amount, I plan to cover the trade commissions. Who knows if it will work, but the object is over 20 years, to show them how buying a good company, with a solid, growing dividend, and adding funds regularly, will reap long term benefits. They will be able to follow the first $1000, and hopefully at least cause them to have some thoughts/questions about investing.
Realizing potential risk/reward, I am looking for stock ideas for low and medium, risk.
Can you recommend 3 companies that you would recommend in each risk level, for this type of idea,

I will probably add trading companies along the way, but I do want one low risk, and one medium risk, long term hold, to start.
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Grant on March 22, 2021

Q: Hi Peter

To follow up on my earlier question, I forgot to mention that both my wife and I are planning to retire in 5 years. So, I am slowly changing my investments to be income focused and less on capital growth


Read Answer Asked by Greyhair on December 09, 2020

Q: Can you please provide your top 5 large cap US consumer cyclical stocks today that provide growth in these challenging times, with moderate risk? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Maureen on September 17, 2020

Q: We have sold out of USA Tech and have several full positions of USA $ in registered accounts. I no longer wish to devote as much attention to investments.
We know that USA is not your forte but could you recommend a couple of dividend paying "layups". Buy it and forget it ? We acknowledge that nothing is a sure thing.
Thanks for Your help

Read Answer Asked by Cacey on July 17, 2020

Q: Can I get your assessment on investing in ishares ETF US High Dividend (XHD) in my RRSP? If your opinion is unfavourable, do you have specifc stocks to recommend in its place?

thanks -John

Read Answer Asked by john on June 24, 2020

Q: I raised a fair bit of cash in my RIF as the Covid madness marched on. I think I would like to buy USDollars with probably 1/2 the cash and buy some US dividend paying stocks. I need the income and Iím very concerned that this current government is going to cripple ( if not destroy) our economy..
Iím looking at stocks like Verizon, but what would you suggest?
Thanks for the great work!

Read Answer Asked by Robert on June 15, 2020

Q: I would like your opinion on VIAC given that it aims to build on its CBS All Access platform to launch a major new streaming service. It is well priced right now. can you suggest a few other US stocks that are oversold and would be a good entry point.

Read Answer Asked by Mary on May 19, 2020

Q: I have held IVE for many years and to sell I would have capital gains taxes to consider though not what they would have been a couple of months ago. Are there 3 - 5 dividend stocks that you think are solid bets to out perform the index coming out of the downturn over the medium term? (2-3 years)
Thanks Hugh

Read Answer Asked by Hugh on April 21, 2020

Q: What would be a good company to buy shares in for a teenager for his first investment? It was mentioned before that it increases interest in investing if the teen knows about the company. I was thinking of Costco, Disney, Mcdonalds?
Would you be able to provide a top 3-4 names in Canada and 3-4 in the US as suggestions? Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Marco on November 12, 2019

Q: Hi there,
looking for an addition for my us portfolio - am a bit of a value investor. Each of these stocks seem to be struggling of late but appear to be good long term investments. All with a bit of dividend and good growth prospects. If you had to choose one ( regardless of sector) which would it be here.

Read Answer Asked by kelly on October 29, 2019