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Q: Could you advise when each the above banks are expected to increase their dividends.


Read Answer Asked by Robert on May 13, 2022

Q: Seems like there is some indiscriminate selling of rate reset prefs
last few days. Not sure this makes sense.
What are your three top rate reset ideas at the moment, that are NOT in the energy/pipeline sector

Read Answer Asked by john on May 10, 2022

Q: What is your opinion of the Canadian banks at this time . I currently own XEB in the open, RRIF and TFSA- approximately 20% of my entire holdings.
I'm considering buying one the banks in my open account for income and average growth, but not sure which one. I would appreciate your recommendation.


Read Answer Asked by James Douglas on April 28, 2022

Q: I have no experience in purchasing stocks during a war & high inflation.

Could you suggest 5 Canadian company's you would buy in todays world situations?

Or would you recommend doing nothing right now?

Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Ross on April 25, 2022

Q: Hello Peter and team,
Can you expand on your answer please on Topicus and Nuvei? You had indicated these are good growth names but add when there is a sustained recovery in tech.. how does one gauge it? Do we use technical analysis and also it seems that yield curve may flatten should that not bode well for tech? With rising rates, banks are supposed to do well but i see a decline.. Is the view now that only short term rates will go up and long term may not go up much; lastly, do you think Abcellara is a good buy now?

Read Answer Asked by umedali on April 18, 2022

Q: What sectors and top stock picks for each sector would you advise to address inflation and a recession. If possible, could you provide entry points.

Read Answer Asked by sam on April 09, 2022

Q: Hi
I owned BIP.PR.D for a couple of years and liked the steady dividends. I am looking at a) another Brookfield preferred that is similar or
b) an ETF that has mostly rate reset bons with a decent dividend or
c) another preferred share from a stable company, like fortis, bce, telus, enb, trp, etc
I would like something that provides 5%, has at least 2 years shelf life. Is it possible to provide maybe 5 choices, ranked that meet the above criterion?
As always great, Len

Read Answer Asked by Leonard on April 05, 2022

Q: In which order would you rate these stocks as the best buy right now in each sector or is there something else in each of these sectors Energy, financial, utilities that you would consider a better buy.

Read Answer Asked by Barrie on April 05, 2022

Q: Hi, Banks have been decimated over past 3-4 days, perhaps, over the risk seen with an inverting yield curve. A guest on BNN explained that banks make money by borrowing through short term and lending for long term. Short and Long term interest rates spread, contracting to its lowest point, over past couple of weeks, it has caused some anxiety among investors, while, generally market has favored financials due to expectations of rising rates, resulting in higher profits. Do you subscribe to this thesis of inverting yield curve and like that Portfolio Manager, on BNN, is it time to consider reducing exposure to financials ? I would appreciate your comments on this theory and if any action is warranted. Thanks so much

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on April 04, 2022

Q: When Canadian housing prices were much lower than today several years ago there was much talk about American investors being short our banks due to being overextended on mortgages, something I have not heard recently. How much is the short position on them now vs. then and which banks have the most exposure to defaults on mortgages presently?

Read Answer Asked by Jeff on April 01, 2022

Q: Hello 5i Team

I need to trim back my holdings of TD Bank and potentially purchase shares in Bank of Montreal.

If I sell TD Bank on Thursday April 07, please confirm that I will receive the dividend as April 07 is the ex-dividend date.

As the Federal Budget is scheduled for release after close of the markets on April 07, would it be reasonable to assume if an increase in the Capital Gains exclusion rate was implemented it would be effective April 08 or at a later date?

I tried to research the previous increases in the Capital Gains exclusion rates, however it last occurred in 1987 and most government press releases are not digitized from that era.


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on April 01, 2022

Q: I have recently came across $30k unexpectedly from a former employer and was pleasantly surprised. It is currently in an mutual and it would not through my weightings out of balance. I have a well diversified and weighted portfolio with your quality names such as TD, BNS, VET, ENB, TOI, BAM, LSPD, AEM, ATZ, TRUL etc... If I was to move it from the fund to an equity only to set and forget(again) for 15 years what would you chose. At least your top 3. thx.

Read Answer Asked by Christopher on March 28, 2022

Q: Among banks, 5i seems to favour TD and BNS, though since 2019 patient investors have done well with just about any of the Big-Five-plus-NA.

But supposing interest rates are now set to rise, won't banks tend to find a trading range? In which case, wouldn't ZWB, with its covered call component, provide greater total return? Or do its MER and trading expenses claw back too much of its income?

Interestingly, since inception, ZWB's share price seems to have done as well as (for example) BNS, in spite of the potential for its positions to be called-away.

Read Answer Asked by John on March 25, 2022

Q: In your view, what impact will the Liberal/NDP cash grab on the Canadian Banks have on their stock prices. Each of them are expanding outside Canada....does this help mitigate any new tax? Is there one Bank that is better able to handle things and more favored now as a result? Would you just begin exiting the Banks? Thank you for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Curtis on March 22, 2022

Q: I own the following Canadian Stocks in my RRSP and TFSA and 20% is in cash to invest when there are opportunities in the market.

Which ones from the above list would you pick as your Top 3 choices to add to at today's prices, and the reasons why you like them.

Are there any on the list above that you would consider selling and the reasons why.

Thank You.

Read Answer Asked by ALNOOR on March 18, 2022

Q: Hello Peter and team,
I was expecting with higher rates that insurance and banks will do well. Trisura is behaving like a tech stock and the banks and insurance are not doing well despite good numbers. Is this due to uncertainty geo-politically? Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by umedali on March 03, 2022

Q: Hi, Market drop in the morning, Today and complete reversal after President Biden's briefing about Russia invasion of Ukraine was simply Extraordinary. Nasdaq, of course was the huge winner. Banks, on the other hand, were really weak at the open and did not gain much traction, during the day. Could you try to explain the disconnect, please.

RBC results were quite impressive, but it did not help the stock, Today.

CNBC, Bob Pisani commented that US Financials have been under pressure, the whole week.

We added some CM,RY,TD and BNS in the morning, for dividends and additional exposure to financials, to take advantage of market drop and due to expectations of the sector benefitting from rising rates. Do you consider it a wise move?

Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on February 25, 2022

Q: Hi 5i Team - Could you provide two or three top picks in each of the following sectors: Real Estate, Consumer Staples, Financial, Industrial. Any market cap is fine but with a focus on mid cap. Also with a focus on Canadian Equities.

Read Answer Asked by Rob on February 23, 2022