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Q: hi 5i
Big drop today in 3M ...would you consider this an opportunity to initiate a small position....I read a recent 5i response about contracting valuations and share ownership driven by attractive dividends...does this do you view dividend safety. and what entry point would you consider ..
Read Answer Asked by jim on January 24, 2024
Q: hi, in my USD account I currently hold: PFE, MMM, CRWD, NVDA and GOOGL. I want to add the IJT etf. any thoughts on positions size ( half, full) right now, based on current price of IJT? if you had to sell from my list of current equites, what order would you do it in - and would you sell any completely in exchange for IJT ?
cheers and happy holidays! Chris
Read Answer Asked by chris on December 21, 2023
Q: Curious about yields. It feels like the yield on ETF XHY remains around the level it was several years ago (~6%) despite other stocks yielding much higher returns. Shouldn't those ETF holdings (high yield corporate bonds) be ticking upwards too which should drive the ETF yield higher? Maybe there is a time-delay as they have to reset?

So with various stock yields as high as they are I would like to try to benefit from the yields AND set up for capital gains on the same stocks that *should* pop as interest rates normalize and fall a bit. What are 3 CAD and 3 USD stocks that fit the bill? (High current yield AND good likelihood to strong share price increase in 1-3 years.) And where would ENS fit relative to those suggestions?
Read Answer Asked by Marilou on December 01, 2023
Q: Could you please give me your top five dividend aristocrats. Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Anne on October 11, 2023
Q: hi,
I own these 5 equities in my USD account, plus a reasonable amount of cash that could be deployed. im fairly comfortable with all of them, are you? if I was to shift to an all growth strategy within this account, what would you suggest selling ( if any ), and what would you suggest buying, either new names or current holdings ( with a reasonable target purchase price, if able )? I would be looking for growth companies with positive earnings/earnings growth ( ie nothing highly speculative right now ). cheers and enjoy the long weekend. chris
Read Answer Asked by chris on September 05, 2023
Q: Hello 5i,
What would you consider your best / safest U.S. Industrial stock yielding ~ 4.0 % + for a retired investor. This would be in a RRIF account. Any and all suggestions would be welcome!!
Many thanks as always!!! Your service is very much appreciated!!!
Read Answer Asked by Mike on August 31, 2023
Q: Hello 5i
First, thank you for your excellent service and guidance! I am retired, looking for income and growth. Following are my questions.

1) What do you think of VCNS? Could you suggest an alternative. I presently have a half position in VCNS.
2) At this time would you still recommend a 4.5% position in ATZ?
3)I am down about 30% with MMM. Is there a better place for these funds?
4) I am down 11% with CLF. What has to happen( with interest etc.) to recoup this loss?

Thank you, Bill
Read Answer Asked by William on July 21, 2023
Q: Good morning. Can you please suggest your top choices for US companies with strong dividends and some growth potential.


Read Answer Asked by alex on June 27, 2023
Q: when you look at 3M on fundamental, and valuation score high, and the dividend look very attractive at 6.36%, how do i need to be worry about lawsuits again 3M for the used of PFAS?
Read Answer Asked by OSCAR on June 05, 2023
Q: I already own Honeywell and BAE Systems but want to increase and diversify my holdings in Industrials. I know you like ROP, but I am also looking at PAYX, MMM and EMR. I am tempted by MMM, because it is so beaten up and is quite different from my existing holdings, but I worry that it is beaten up for good reason. Could you rank these four industrials in terms of quality for a long term investment, taking into account their current valuations?
Read Answer Asked by David on June 05, 2023
Q: hi, I hold the above in my USD account. I was thinking of trimming NVDA now and see if there is a pullback to repurchase, over the next few weeks/months. MMM not doing much, and you mention not much growth. dividend is nice, but I don't need it. do you think trimming or selling MMM and adding to any of above (?BABA, down again). or do you have any other ideas for the USD account ( growthy, but low-low mid risk). thx, chris
Read Answer Asked by chris on March 09, 2023
Q: hi,
I hold these in my USD account. I'm trimming PFE today as it was getting too large a holding. could you please rank all as a current buy, sell, hold. I am a long term investor. and , could you provide 2-3 other US names, with a reasonable balance of growth and downside protection in this market. cheers, chris
Read Answer Asked by chris on December 06, 2022
Q: Can you provide a 'buy' list for a person wanting to deploy $200,000 (inside RRSP) with the goal of creating 5% or more sustained cash flow - as well as growing the original capital to keep up with inflatiion? We do not have company pensions - this would serve to supplement our government pensions.
Thinking, 20 stocks across all sectors @ $10,000 each (or 5%)
Also could you include 10 growth stocks (inside TFSA) for a total of $250,000 - gotta have some fun ;)
Many Thanks
Read Answer Asked by Jan on October 07, 2022
Q: Hello 5i,
It was suggested that MMM is not going anywhere soon, but yet it hasd over 4% yield. As a value investor is it time to let it go, noting its problems or kept for yield? I f let go, would you please suggest a replacement with good yield.
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on August 30, 2022
Q: Some time ago i asked a question regarding the merits of holding a handful of us stocks along with my US etf’s, in order to get a little extra boost. You were ok with the strategy but cautioned against the kind of stocks I held i.e. Google, nvidia, msft, Costco, abbivie. While they were good stocks you said that the problem is that they are well represented in the various etf’s and that if i wanted a “kicker” to provide boost that I should go smaller in size. I wonder if you could provide a handful of stocks that would fit that criterion and would be ones that one would want to own long term. If they were also good candidates for selling options on that would be an added bonus. Thanks for your expertise and advice.
Read Answer Asked by joseph on August 12, 2022