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Q: Hi Peter and staff,

On Sep. 13 I asked about possible new purchases, and one of the recommendations was UPST. So I'm looking at the chart and it looks like it's on a free fall for the last year, although it has stabilized recently.
I went back and checked on past Q&A and your view was not positive for UPST. You recommended AFRM over UPST and you mentioned that the fundamentals and potential have deteriorated.
I also checked and it appears that right now there are 2 Buys, 6 Holds and 1 underperform.
Just wondering what new information you have that would make this a buy.

As always thank you for your advice.


Read Answer Asked by Joe on September 15, 2022

Q: With the latest recession news I am considering some lowball offers for several companies and would appreciate your thoughts on my selections.
MSFT - $228 GOOG - $96 NVDA - $120 MS - $75 PANW $169
Would you change any of these selections or add a couple of others that you
think would be also great lowball possibilies. Ed in Montreal

Read Answer Asked by ed on September 15, 2022

Q: Hello 5i,

I have a tax loss to harvest in a non-register account with JPM after ex-div; hard to believe considering rates are rising and JPM is what I thought was the blue chip of blue chips. Financials sure are not well liked in the current environment. What would be a good substitute to buy? WFC or BAC or another US bank you might recommend?

Read Answer Asked by Dean on September 13, 2022

Q: I have a stake in one of these companies. Is it prudent to ad at this time and to what one and why. Also, I am starting to think that market timing is everything. You must time your investments and get out at times and maybe get back in at certain times. I think that not just buy and hold until you get Killed any more. I would appreciate tour thoughts and opinions. Thanks James

Read Answer Asked by JAMES on August 29, 2022

Q: Do you think the selling in US banks is overdone? They have really taken a big hit lately. I would think with rising rates, they would be going up instead of dropping. Is this because of the war in Ukraine and their interests in Russia, or are there other factors at play here?

Which one is your favourite right now? I don't own any of them, but am thinking of starting a position.

Read Answer Asked by Ed on April 07, 2022

Q: Hi 5i,
Hope you are all well.

My wife's portfolio accounts (RSP,TFSA,CASH) on a consolidated basis show the following asset allocations by % sector type:

Tech --- 38%
Telec -- 0%
Financ - 4.6%
Cons --- 6.8%
Mater -- 0.6%
Reits -- 1.8%
Energy - 3.8%
Util/Pip - 4.0%
Indus --- 2.6%
Health - - 0%
CASH --37.8%

Obviously, quite a few glaring gaps to fill ... could you please suggest some top of mind positions in the key underallocated sectors that would provide a more rational and balanced portfolio thesis.

Thank you very much,

Read Answer Asked by Dean on March 03, 2022

Q: Given the recent developments in Ukrain and financial sactions on Russia there has been a decline in US financials such as Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. Given uncertertainty around current eents do you think its good to continue to hold, divest and/or purchase more of one or both of these two financial institutions?

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on March 02, 2022

Q: Hi 5i Team,

Given the recent pull back in the markets, would you please recommend 3 or 4 US stocks with most upside in each of these sectors:

1) tech sector (excluding FAANG stocks)

2) all sectors other than tech


Read Answer Asked by Harry on February 24, 2022

Q: MS has been dropping the past few days, likely with the market in general and geopolitical reasons but perhaps also due to news that the SEC and DOJ are investigating the business on block trading. Given this disclosure, would you suggesting moving out of the position (even at this depressed price) into another such as JPM that does not have this similar SEC risk? Or, could this even be an opportunity to build on the MS position?

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on February 22, 2022