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Q: I did reorganise my portfolios in 2022 for a majority of diversified dividend ETFs and a minority of selected excellent dividend stocks.This strategy was satisfactory ,and I shall not sell this content in 2023.My strategy in 2023 will consider the possibility of a bear market,I shall only " add-on" some stocks on weakness .Could you list 10 canadian+10 us stocks ( not ETFs), among the safest in a bear market in your opinion,including 7 dividend stocks+3 growth stocks for each list,and rank them for safety if possible,many thanks,JY

Read Answer Asked by Jean-Yves on May 09, 2023

Q: I hold JNJ, PFE and CVS in the health care sector. Are JNJ and PFE sufficiently different to warrant holding both? Would you recommend an alternative (and for which one)?

Read Answer Asked by Benjamin on May 01, 2023

Q: I have held this stock for a few years and I am getting impatient. I guess I bought it at the wrong time, I am considering getting out. If I do exit do you have another health care company that you would recommend. Your overall thoughts please. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Brian on April 27, 2023

Q: What is your opinion on this US healthcare stock regarding valuation, prospects, and risk. It seems cheap but do you consider its concentration on drugs a potential pitfall if the US decides to reduce allowable charges for prescriptions. Would you buy CI or are UNH Elevance or Humana better equities to hold? Appreciate your views.

Read Answer Asked by Ken on April 13, 2023

Q: I have been watching UNH since the Bush years when it was going through rapid mergers and Buffett was buying it up. It wasn’t going up during the Obama presidency at least early on as investors were looking at the impact of public insurance.
Could you please comment on its significant success since and the business model of American health insurers now and in the future?

Read Answer Asked by Peter on March 29, 2023

Q: Hi group i presently hold CVS - 20% loss,- UNH - 11% loss Buy sell or old ? + if sell what would you replace with (these are my only holds in health sector this sector is really struggling - your comments on the sector + these 2 stocks in general

I also own NRGI - presently a 20% loss I also own ARC in this sector presently 5% loss - your thoughts on the sector in general + But sell or Hold

thanks for your help with my portfolio

Read Answer Asked by Terence on March 15, 2023

Q: Hello Peter,
Is greenlane going to be another Xebec? I am puzzled that companies in this space can't seem to turn a profit. What do you think of Costco and United Health for long term hold? thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by umedali on March 13, 2023

Q: My question is i hold these companies in my rrsp. I am up 186% on msft i have 22 shares and it is 2.8% of my portfolio. WSP i am up 195% 62 shares and it is 3.98% of my portfolio and unh i am up 135% 11 shares and is 2.69% of my portfolio. I would like to sell 5 shares of unh, 7 shares of msft and 12 shares of wsp. What companies should i pick up after selling these i have about 3 year time frame, or should i just hold on to them all. Thank you

Read Answer Asked by wilson on February 27, 2023

Q: I would like to add to my CDR holdings of either PFE, ABBV or UNH. I am leaning towards PFE since it's price has been down lately and it has a decent yield. How are CDR distributions treated for tax purposes, are they considered to be Canadian or US equities?
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on February 17, 2023

Q: I own these four healthcare companies but would like to reduce my holdings to three. How would you rate them from best to worse. I've done the best on UNH as I've held it the longest but in looking at a long-term chart it has the poorest returns of the four. They are all so different but what three would give me the best diversification? Look forward to your opinion. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Cheryl on February 09, 2023

Q: Hello,
Any idea why united health keeps going down even though the latest results were good? Do you think Shopify is getting head of itself as it keeps ticking higher.. Is this simply due to tech stocks doing well as a sector in the last month or so.. and what do you think of starting a position in GE Health? Much appreciated. .

Read Answer Asked by umedali on February 03, 2023

Q: I have no Healthcare companies in my portfolio. What names are you presently recommending; Canadian and/or US $. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Gerry on January 05, 2023

Q: Hi group assuming some sort of recession next year along with present pullback what is your top 10 picks in order of preference / Entry points $ targets. Ignore sectors and US verses Canada Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Terence on December 19, 2022

Q: Is there something to replace WELL in the Healthcare sector in Canada or US, ETF inclued?

Read Answer Asked by Yves on November 28, 2022

Q: Dear 5i
From my readings it appears that LLY,ABBV and UNH would be your favourite healthcare stocks and in that order . Would you agree ?
Between my wife and i we have 3 RRSP accounts . Would you recommend putting the number one healthcare pick LLY in all three accounts or maybe LLY in one account , ABBV in another account and UNH in the third account ?
The same applies to DOL and ATD which seem to be your favourite consumer staples stocks . Earnings forecasts look better for DOL but ATD is liked a lot as well though ATDs earnings forecast isn`t as good as DOL .Do i put DOL in all three accounts or and DOL in one account and ATD in another and a combination of both in the third account ?
Please deduct credits accordingly .
Bill C

Read Answer Asked by Bill on November 25, 2022