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Q: I've read recently that digitalization has transformed MCD, and vastly improved margins in the process. I've also been reading how in general, robotics and automation is starting to get a toe-hold in some fast food restaurants.

This is asking a bit about looking into your crystal ball but do you see some similar positive transformation in either QSR and / or AW.UN in the future ?

I've also noticed that in recent responses to questions that you see value in these two names. I think QSR's P/E is about 21 which seems a bit on the high side. Is it ?

How well do companies like this do in a recession? One would think people would not have the extra cash to go eat at restaurants in that environment.

Read Answer Asked by James on December 09, 2022

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: Hi Folks,
I am in the process of tweaking my portfolios in case we have a recession or we go into a bear market. I am thinking of selling CTC.A MCD and WSP and buying COST, DOL, L and adding to ATD. Your opinion is greatly appreciated.
Thanks

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on April 25, 2022

Q: Good morning. I am looking to add a new US dividend growth stock to my RRSP. My top contenders are Costco, Home Depot and McDonald's. What would be your top choice today? Do you have any better suggestions (stocks or REIT's)? Thank you.

Kim

Read Answer Asked by Kim on March 21, 2022

Q: Hi 5i We have $65000.00 in cash in an RRESP account. The funds will not be used for 7 years. We are looking to get back into the market. May we have 5 Canadian and 5 US suggestions. Thanks



Read Answer Asked by Gordon on March 07, 2022

Q: I am buying KEG shares here is Canada and I am wondering if you have any recommendations for dine-in restaurants in the US that will benefit from re-opening. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Alex on January 28, 2022

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

Stephen

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.

CMG, DPZ, MCD, QSR, SBUX, SHAK, and YUM

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!!!
Cheers,
Mike

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.

Thanks

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.
Grant

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

Greyhair

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