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Q: Sir. In the spirit of weeding the garden, I find myself well down in these stocks…with a time frame of 1 year , please comment on which to keep or toss how…. 5i had good things to say about many of these in the past, but we all know that times change quickly in this business…
Read Answer Asked by James on February 05, 2024
Q: Hi Guys
I would like some Emerging Markets exposure, After listening to Jeffery Gundlach and Felix Zulauf ( both very smart guys) they agree China is now totally uninvestable.
My problem is i own ZEM for my emerging markets exposure which has about 30% China.
There is EMXC which i could buy instead which excludes China, but holds about 20% exposure to Taiwan.
What would be your strategy?
Thanks Gord
Read Answer Asked by Gordon on December 23, 2022
Q: I hold Japan and South Korea ETFs for diversification. EWY’s holdings include Samsung and other large well-run large industrials in South Korea but EWY has nothing for several years (continues instead to go glug-glug). Likewise, my various Japan ETFs hold good businesses yet seem to have only downward trajectories. Do you think these ETFs have sunk so much now that one may as well ride it out? OR:

Is it better to sell any ? Which to sell and which to keep? (In theory I could sell now and revisit later, but I have never done that well. My several questions today show my various psych biases. Yes, one can be self-aware AND continue to make the same behavioral mistakes).
Read Answer Asked by Adam on October 18, 2022
Q: I am looking to diversify to more reasonably valued markets. I already own North American and European stocks / ETF's. So I want to increase my Emerging markets portfolio weighting. I own VWO (heavy Chinese component) and also ZID, so I would like even more diversification in S.E. Asia.

You've recently answered a question about EWY and mentioned how reasonably priced it was. Would EWS also be good value right now (i.e. P/E, P/S) ? Is 6% the correct dividend yield for that ETF, and are there any taxes withheld if it is part of one's RRSP ?
Read Answer Asked by James on February 08, 2022
Q: You answered my question on EWY:us on August 13, 2021. I believe your answer needs to be revised as your observations on South Korea do not reflect economic reality. I recently returned from a business trip to South Korea and found the economy vibrant and its people remarkably hardworking. I still own EWY:us and since your response to my question, EWY has only been going down. Korean industry, especially semis, medical equipment, heavy industries are all humming. Yet EWY including flagships like Samsung, Hyundai &c. are all down. I am reluctant to sell after what I saw there, but ask you : (Diversification is not a sufficient enough reason for me to hold).
Would *YOU* continue to hold? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on February 04, 2022
Q: EWY iShares MSCI South Korea ETF seems to be losing much ground in the last month. I am wondering if I missed something significant on her economy or the related geopolitics. Would you care to comment on what is going on that affects EWY much more adversely than SPY:US. It does not appear that exchange rate was part of the reason, but I may have miscalculated Forex.

EWY has a heavy concentration in Samsung and Samsung-related entities, companies that one would likely be happy to own— or would you disagree? Would this be a good time to add? If yes , would you add to EWY or buy FLKR instead (and why please). Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Adam on August 13, 2021
Q: Hi team,
Being overweight in the tech sector, which ETFs of my present portfolio (above) would you suggest to drop either because they are too similar or not representing strong growth ?
Which of these ETF you would consider « Buy and forget » type ?
In addition, I hold the following tech stocks: TOI-T, CRWD-Q, NVDA-Q, TTD-Q, LSPD-T, ENPH-Q, QCOM-Q, SHOP-T, APPS-Q, SEDG-Q. As I need to raise cash, is it better to sell ETFs or individual stocks and which ones ?
Please use credits as you see fit.
Grateful for your attention,

Jacques IDS
Read Answer Asked by Jacques on February 24, 2021
Q: Hi again,
Just wondering what you would think of using a few country specific ETFs for emerging markets exposure since China, South Korea, and Taiwan make up over 50% of XEC holdings. Too much risk vs diversity? Or just stick with something like XEC or EMGF for a 10+ year hold in a risk managed growth ETF portfolio. Thanks
Read Answer Asked by Daryl on December 19, 2019