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Q: According to portfolio analytics I need to increase my allocation to healthcare.
Have MRK. Please rank the following from 1. growth perspective 2. safety perspective: MDT SYK ABBV ZBH REGN

Read Answer Asked by Doug on October 13, 2021

Q: I am considering selling Veev or Abbv and buying Syk or Mdt. Could I have your thoughts on these companies today and which ones have the most long term promise? Would you have other suggestions in US healthcare?

Read Answer Asked by Allen on September 27, 2021

Q: I have some new funds to add 2 positions. I wish to do so in some USA companies. Even though the US is not your primary focus here, and you are not aware of the make up of my portfolio, can you pls provide your view on which 2 of these 4 names you would consider best and why? Looking for a long term hold, with dividends being less important. Thank you for your very excellent service.

Read Answer Asked by Leonard on September 10, 2021

Q: thanks for Thursday's Market Update...the narrative and charts put reduced tapering with interest rate increases clearly in front of me...and now is making me wonder, especially about a possible window of opportunity later in the year, if I should wait until later to top up to full positions in ISRG and SYK, both heath care US stocks in a LIRA and to be held for the long-term, or do it now....what would you suggest I do or consider?.....oh, the funds used would move health care closer to the Portfolio Analytic target for this sector........thanks for the insights....Tom

Read Answer Asked by Tom on September 03, 2021

Q: We have done very well with Apple in an RRSP account. So much so that it has grown to represent 15% of the portfolio. While I do believe Appl can still grow in value I think it would be prudent to sell some for diversification purposes. Can you suggest a good US company to buy? We also hold Disney in this account.

Read Answer Asked by David on August 23, 2021

Q: Hello Peter and Staff
So I am a slow learner and a bad order to add AND to my health care basket, Chartwell is gone.......I did not feel like adding $ for $ so have some of CSH proceeds left to top up a position or 2 in my basket....Please list 1, 2 ,3 in priority of your preferences above and if you see any you would not advise be kept, please say so and why.
Thanks for all you do

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on August 19, 2021

Q: Hi group I am light on Health care + Manufacturing stocks what are your top 3 recommendations in both stocks / ETFs and why Thanks for your guidance

Read Answer Asked by Terence on August 11, 2021

Q: Hello

I would like to have your outlook on both BDX and SYK for a long term hold.
BDX has been trading sideways for months. Do you see the stock outperforming by the end of 2021?
SYK - how do you see the company performing? Do you see surgeries picking up with covid cases decreasing ? Is it a good stock to keep ?

thank you

Read Answer Asked by Kristelle on July 29, 2021

Q: Just looking for an opinion,

In what scenario does this ever get back to it's glory days before the oil fallout years ago? I have owned this for sometime in a TFSA and wondering if I should just keep holding due to not being able to harvest tax loss or take the loss and move the proceeds into something else in a different industry where over time I could recoup the loss.

Read Answer Asked by Kolbi on July 22, 2021

Q: Hi, My respected 5i team
During the March 2020 market correction, your team provided a special report which was a big help for me to take advantage of the market correction. I bought some solid names at a discount as the report recommended. Are you guys still doing this kind of special report in the future?
Could you please recommend 5 solid names to buy in Canadian and US markets respectively if there is a market correction again? Do you think it is a good time to buy them now during the current market  drawdown?
Pls list the names in the order from your most favorite to the least. Thanks in advance!

Read Answer Asked by Zheng on July 22, 2021

Q: For asset allocation I follow AlphaBeta which suggest 6% for. Basic Materials I have 1.35%. Any suggestions for additions to this sector?
In Health Care it suggest 9% I have 6.44% mainly1.45 % in Well the rest must be from holdings in ETFs . Any suggestions.?

Read Answer Asked by Roy on July 13, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team.

Thank you for all the insights into investing - it has been profitable both educationally and financially.

7% of our portfolio is in geared to health care with a holding of 5 stocks , GUD - (slightly underwater but is the hopeful flyer), Medtronic - MDT, Cardinal Health - CAH, Abbvie - ABBV, Johnson & Johnson- JNJ. In an effort to reduce the overall number of stocks in our TFSA, RRSP and taxable accounts I was considering liquidating CAH and JNJ and either purchasing more ABBV or adding SYK, unless of course you can recommend another US health care stock. JNJ and and CAH have been the laggards of the US group since my initial purchases. I realize MDT and SYK might be similar but i do believe surgeries should increase in 2022.

I enjoy reading your resources and recommend it often.


Read Answer Asked by Kevin on June 30, 2021

Q: Each of these names are now near or above 10% of my portfolio.
Your thought above trim them down all by half, reduce risk: keep some cash, buy some medical names: MDT/SYK ,other fang names: FB/GOOG, industrials: looking at Carrier/Trane/Raytheon.

Thanks you!

Read Answer Asked by Nhung on June 29, 2021

Q: I would like to increase my health care sector weighting. It is presently 0.3% of my portfolio with one stock, CSH.UN. What quality health care stocks would 5iReseach recommend & should I also add to CSH.UN to help increase the sector’s weighting. Thanks … Cal

Read Answer Asked by cal on June 28, 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 own both ABBV and MDT and I am up nicely on both, thanks to 5i.
Thinking of selling MDT and purchasing SYK, which should have more growth in the coming months??
I would appreciate your opinion on all companies and the switch from MDT to SYK.



Read Answer Asked by David on June 17, 2021