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Investment Q&A

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Q: I am looking to shift some of my portfolio from the oil & gas sector to the renewable energy sector. Can you please recommend some possible companies/investment opportunities to consider?

Read Answer Asked by Brian on October 08, 2021

Q: Please suggest a few promising names in the battery / energy storage business ... the kind of storage needed for wind, solar, etc. generated electricity, with an eye towards supporting electric vehicles. It would be great if you could identify a company or two that is currently making money in this space. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Ed on September 28, 2021

Q: Can you please list 10-20 conservative high dividend paying companies that you would recommend. US or Cdn. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by LOIS on August 09, 2021

Q: I would like to add some companies to my portfolio that pay dividends which are relatively secure and have debt levels that you think are manageable. I'd go so far as to say low debt levels, but that might exclude some companies that you think can manage a bit more debt. If possible, it would be helpful if you could suggest 6 Canadian and 6 American companies that fit the above criteria. Thanks as always for your valued opinion.

Read Answer Asked by Les on July 30, 2021

Q: We have about $4900 US to invest in a non-registered account.
What would be your choice?
We are not limited to sector.

Read Answer Asked by Sam on July 14, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team

Caribbean Utilities (CUC) was listed in the blog article as companies paying a US$ denominated dividend.

1 Since Caribbean Utilities is a Cayman Island domiciled company, is it correct that the dividends would NOT be eligible Canadian dividends and therefore NOT eligible for the dividend tax credit (i.e. would be treated similar as US domiciled companies and dividends treated as ordinary income).

2 According to the CUC website, there is no withholding tax on the dividends, therefore would CUC be best held in a RRSP in conjunction with other US utility companies?

3- CUC is owned approximately 58.5 % by Fortis, why does this ownership percentage not appear on the company information page of the 5i Research?

4 How does CUC compare / rank with other similar US listed utilities (same market size cap and/or electrical distribution market focused)?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on July 05, 2021

Q: I am drastically under invested in utilities. I presently hold the following - each is under a 1% weighting - AQN, ACO, BIPC, BEPC, BEP.UN, CU, and Fortis. Which would you sell? Which would you add to? All are in corporate non reg acct. Also want to increase my US and International exposure. Is there a reason not to do it in this sector?
Would appreciate US and International companies you favour. 5 year hold.
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by lorraine on June 30, 2021

Q: A family member would like to build a US dollar portfolio with US stocks. My thought would be to do it along the lines of the 5iR Cdn Balance Portfolio. For example, JPMorgan would be the US stock for the BNS. With this in mind, and being able to tolerate risk and for a long-term intention, like 10 years, what would you suggest the 15+ position US portfolio would look like?....Thanks...Tom

Read Answer Asked by Tom on June 24, 2021

Q: Can you recommend 5 blue chip U.S. stocks that look attractive right now? I have capital that I'd like to put to work and I currently own AMZN, ABBV, BMY, NVDA and COST. Looking to add some other names. I'm looking at HD on the most recent pullback and JPM.

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Jason on June 21, 2021

Q: I was hoping you could go sector by sector and suggest some companies in both Canada and the USA which you think will attract investor interest partly because of their ESG-friendly tilt.

As one analyst explained, there are commodity producers whose costs will be reduced thanks to ESG-related government grants, thereby boosting profitability. Wondering what you make of that and if you can suggest any examples. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Brian on June 09, 2021

Q: What US stocks would you recommend to reduce volatility of a portfolio which is overweight on US growth stocks (mostly IT)? Looking for dividend payers, which are expected to grow at a moderate pace and are reasonable priced for that growth.

Read Answer Asked by Steve on June 02, 2021

Q: Looking to sell this US utility as the price appreciation is not there though I like the div. Can you name three possible replacement and would Dominion D be one of them.


Read Answer Asked by Mark on May 12, 2021

Q: Earth Day
Hi Team
I would like to make sure that part of my portfolio is invested in the planets future. Can you please give me a list or link to stocks that would play into this theme. Charge as many credits as needed.
Much thanks and Happy Earth Day

Read Answer Asked by El-ann on April 23, 2021

Q: Could you name 3-4 top picks in Canada or US for consumer defensive, basic materials, industrial, and utilities that would have a good outlook for the next 5-10+ years?

Read Answer Asked by Andrew on April 05, 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