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Q: I am currently conducting research on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and I am particularly interested in those that include Google (Alphabet Inc.), Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon.

Based on my initial research, I have identified the following ETFs:

1. **Vanguard Mega Cap Growth (MGK)**
2. **iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor (MTUM)**
3. **BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF**
4. **S&P North American Technology Sector Index Fund (IGM)**, **Technology Select Sector SPDR**, **PowerShares QQQ**, and **iShares Dow Jones US Technology (IYW)**
5. **Evolve FANGMA Index ETF, TECH ETF**

I would appreciate if you could provide me with more detailed information if you prefer these ETFs which one 5i would recommend, or for that matter an alternative suggestion if you have another choice.
Thanks in advance
Read Answer Asked by Rick on November 17, 2023
Q: Am looking at adding some QQQ (or similar) in my TFSA but am wondering if now is the best time. Also, I am not as familiar with Invesco and usually go with iShares. They have XQQ but it is in Canadian dollars and hedged. Would IYW be similar to QQQ? Are you quite comfortable with QQQ? Would you be able to suggest an entry price for whichever one you recommend? Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Kim on September 11, 2023
Q: Is there an ETF that has all these 7 companies pls?
Read Answer Asked by Ron on June 08, 2023
Q: Hi

We still have 500 shares of GSY in our RRSP accounts

Thinking of selling and buying BAC. Both are beaten up. However I am thinking BAC
has a better chance of recovering in a shorter time frame with less government interference.

Your comments or other suggestions in the US are most welcome.


Thank you


Read Answer Asked by Mike on April 03, 2023
Q: Hi

Hoping to reduce the number of etfs in our RRSP accounts.

Is there a need to have both EQL and EQRR?
Is there a need to have both IYW and METV?
Is there a need to have ZDI and XEH?

Thank you and any other suggestions are most well.

Thank you


Read Answer Asked by Mike on August 22, 2022
Q: Good Morning. In your response to Mike this morning you stated: "NVEI is slightly cheaper than a large-cap tech name such as GOOG (one of IYW's top holdings), but NVEI has a much stronger growth profile, but at the cost of longevity uncertainty." Did you mean that NVEI has a much stronger growth profile than GOOG or IYW ?
Thank you,
Read Answer Asked by Dennis on July 06, 2022
Q: Hello

I am underweight in tech, overweight in Financials and have a few stocks under 1% in the portfolio. I am low on my US holdings

Thinking of future 5 years.

Sell NVEI, MU and TSU and buy IYW.

Your comments or suggestions most welcome.

Thank you


Read Answer Asked by Mike on July 05, 2022
Q: Hello 5i Team,

A similar question has likely been asked before.

For tax-loss selling purposes in a non-registered account, are QQQ and any other ETF that tracks the NASDAQ 100 index (eg. QQQM) considered different ETFs?

Read Answer Asked by Simon on March 04, 2022
Q: Do Canadian ETFs that track US tech firms underperform? I was looking at these and a few others on the G&W and the Canadian ETFs with the exception of HTA and HTA.B (up 35%ytd) seem to have significantly lower returns. And I think HTA uses covered calls.

XLK is up 32% ytd, IYW 35%, IGN 31%. The most popular Canadian ETFS seem to be ZQQ(ZQN) 26%, XQQ and HQQ 26% and TEC 25%. Some of this is due to currency moves, but the hedging costs of the hedged ETFs surely aren't that large. Is it better to just buy XLK or are HTA/HTA.B a better alternative?
Read Answer Asked by John on December 08, 2021
Q: Thank you for the reply to my recent question. Unfortunately the question pertained to the 5i balanced etf portfolio not the balanced equity portfolio. May I please have to top five etf positions to add new money at this time.
Read Answer Asked by Richard on June 02, 2021
Q: Hi 5i, Of these ETFs will you please help me pick 3 you think had a better outlook, for a 3 years hold, I would think, now that the vaccine is ready, cloud etfs would slow down
Read Answer Asked by Fernando on November 25, 2020
Q: I work in tech and for that reason I had told myself no need to add further exposure to tech by holding tech stocks. Now I kind of regret that strategy. I wonder what percentage of exposure to tech In my portfolio is sensible? Is it too late to enter? Do you think tech stocks are in a bubble? Can you suggest some names (ETFs/stocks) in canada and US that would be good choices if we decided to add some exposure to tech?
Read Answer Asked by Mahdi on October 15, 2020
Q: I have just $10,000 U.S. to purchase something with. I heard Brookshire Hathaway is sitting on a whack of money and that the valuation was pretty good. This will be my only US holding currently and wondered if an ETF would be better? Not worried about risk and could get 100 Roku, if you think that might be rewarding? Thank you so much for making the stock market fun and interesting for an amateur.
Read Answer Asked by Jill on June 03, 2020
Q: In your portfolio analytics, you used to have A list of suggested etfs for each sector. I cannot find this list anymore. Has it been removed? Could you please provide a list of recommended etfs for each sector. Thank you
Read Answer Asked by satish on May 15, 2020
Q: I have $9500 to invest in Technology or Communications ETF.
I have been following IYW & RYT in Tech & VOX in communications as per your PA list, but all are presently at their high so is it okay to buy now or wait till there is a correction and which sector &/or ETF would be best to consider for a RRIF?
Look forward to your response. Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Terry on November 26, 2019