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Q: Further to Peter's column in the Financial Post [always good, plain ,common sense advice] I'm wondering what US companies in the health care sector might be considered?
Read Answer Asked by steve on April 08, 2024
Q: Hello 5i,
So, retired, dividend-oriented investor looking to add to Healthcare in Canada for a RRIF. Our primary healthcare holding is a full position in HHL, for the yield. P.A. indicates that we are overweight U.S. and need to increase our Canadian holding while healthcare is underweight.
We were considering CSH.UN, but it seems to be classed as a REIT (real estate is also overweight), so that doesn't seem to be an option. The 2 remaining choices seem to be either SIA or EXE, both seeming somewhat problematic.
Since the latest questions I could find on either SIA or EXE date back to last fall, could you update your analysis on these two equities with a view to whether either would be a suitable investment for us and whether the dividends appear safe for the foreseeable future?
And, finally, are there any other suitable Canadian healthcare options that pay a dividend?
Where there is nothing suitable in Canada, my thought was to return to ABBV and suck up the geographical imbalance. Thoughts?

As always, many thanks for your awesome service!!! It is very much appreciated!
Read Answer Asked by Mike on April 03, 2024
Q: Hello 5i,
I am up 56% to 90% on the MSFT, JPM, MRK,ABBV, AND PEP amongst a few others. It has been said to take profit if a holding is up 30%. I have held these for about 20 years and do not need the funds. Should I realize the 30% profit or let these continue to rise according to your advice of "letting the winners run" before a black swan occurs.
Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on January 16, 2024
Q: I am looking for new healthcare stocks after selling Lantheus and InMode in the last 6 months. I currently own WELL. Quite a few have had a good run up lately so not sure if they are good buys at current valuations. What are recommendations? US or CAD, doesn’t matter. Should I buy an ETF instead?
Thank you in advance
Read Answer Asked by Neil on January 15, 2024
Q: Could you list some Canadian + US stocks that you would consider "among the safest" , including in case of an economic slow down .thanks for your always excellent reports.
Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on December 20, 2023
Q: Good morning and happy thanksgiving even though it is not ours!

I am looking to invest in healthcare for a registered account(RESP). Could you please provide me with your recommendations.

I would also request two other stocks outside health/finance and energy, perhaps info tech/cons staples for the same account


Read Answer Asked by Peter on November 27, 2023
Q: Hi folks,
I am looking to replace GILD in my TFSA. I currently hold ABBV, LLY, PFE and WELL in other accounts. I am looking for a name that pays a good dividend and has some potential for growth. Can you suggest a couple of names I can take a look at or should I add one of the names I already hold.
Read Answer Asked by JOHN on November 21, 2023
Q: Long term holding and price appreciation of AAPL and NVDA has led to a U.S. portion of a registered portfolio weighting of 28% and 17% respectively. I'd like to take some profits on these positions and trim these weightings to diversify. Please provide your top suggestions for replacements to consider in Health, Consumer, IT, Communication, and Financial sectors with a timeframe of 10years+
Read Answer Asked by Chris on November 15, 2023
Q: According to portfolio tracking and analysis, I am short on basic materials, consumer cyclical, consumer defensive, health care and industrials. I’m also significantly short on international equities. With this in mind, can you provide your top 3 to 5 companies for each sector to increase my holdings in basic materials, consumer cyclical, consumer defensive, health care and industrials. To increase my exposure in international equities, I will be investing in ETFs. Please provide and rank the top 5 ETFs with international exposure. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Don on November 14, 2023
Q: What would consider as a good entry point for each of these and also a price target please.
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by John on November 01, 2023
Q: One gets weary of the seemingly endless legal battles that JNJ continues to suffer. I have held on to shares assuming all sides would surely give in to battle-fatigue. My assumption looks wrong, especially after yet another defeat by JNJ on Friday July 28. Worth holding or move on? As always, your opinion backed by your own reasoning would be much appreciated. If you think best trim or sell, what dividend payer in health care would you favor today (US only).
Read Answer Asked by Adam on August 02, 2023
Q: good morning,

I'm overweight communications services, own BCE,T,DIS and GOOG. Telecoms are for dividends disney for a recovery if and when Iger sells TV and streaming business. Not selling GOOG which is more hybrid .If I where to trim telecoms where can i find a similar dividend stream.
Also is there any way to split google in portfolio analytics between technology and comm services. What are the percentages?

Thanks (gratefully)

Plenty of credits left
Read Answer Asked by Denis on July 24, 2023
Q: My long-term interest in VZ was partially founded on it's extremely low correlation with almost every other equity and fixed income category. I am "off" VZ due its recent issues and am curious as to whether you are aware of any similarly low correlation, reliably high income alternatives?
Read Answer Asked by David on July 24, 2023
Q: For a TFSA if you could pick a few value stocks that have good balance sheets and maybe provide a “margin of safety” if we did have a recession, but also show some promising upside in the medium term if the stars align what would they be? (I’m agnostic on sector and cap size, US or Canada)
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on June 28, 2023
Q: In the US healthcare space, I am looking for a value priced name with meaningful upside total return potential (3 to 5 years) ideally with some current yield. Am thinking ABBV but not sure if I should be looking at pure play pharmaceutical, equipment mfg or..? CVS already owned
Thoughts please on above or others, and thanks
Read Answer Asked by Harry on May 23, 2023
Q: I have a 2% position (of overall portfolio) in Savaria, and up until I looked up its sector classsification, I had considered it to be in the healthcare space, given it is in the business of improving accessibility for those who are physically challenged. As per the Yahoo! Finance portal, Savaria is listed as an industrial company. This investment is held in a RRSP account, so capital gains taxes are not a concern.

My questions are as follows:

- Is it reasonable for me to continue considering this as a healthcare investment, due to its target consumer base?

- Using a long-term (at least five years or longer) time horizon, would you be able to name any other potential companies of interest in the healthcare sector in both the Canadian and US spaces which I could target as potential replacements? The availability of a dividend from a replacement investment would not be a requirement for consideration for me: I am primarily concerned with total return over a longer time horizon.

- Of these companies, would any of them serve as probabilistically (given there are no guarantees in investing) better investment vehicles given the time horizon I have provided?

As always, I appreciate your time, and I look forward to reading your response. Thanks so much!
Read Answer Asked by Domenic on April 04, 2023
Q: Hello 5i
I am up $10,000 in the above companies and with 35 others I am up $125,000 in total in a $1,000,000 portfolio. Previously before the downturn I was up $800,000. I am a 77 year old value investor with a good pension.
Question: Should I take the $125,000 off the table, put it in an Oaken savings account at 3.4% and leave the rest invested?
thank you
Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on March 20, 2023