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Q: We have well-diversified Canadian portfolio (~30 holdings) focused slightly toward growth. Across our various accounts we are overweight in the Financial Services sector. We are considering reducing our holdings in the traditional banks, which are currently roughly equal amounts of TD, BNS, BMO and RY.

Putting aside potential taxation issues, given the choice between reducing all the banks by roughly the same amount or reducing the number of banks to 2 or 3, which would you prefer and why? If it's the latter, which banks would you keep and in what order?


Read Answer Asked by Peter on February 13, 2024
Q: Hi. I have an RESP for three grandkids, ages 5, 7 and 9. Current holdings that I'm underwater on are: AEM, BCE, BN, NTR and TVE along with these: ARX, BAM, CSU, ENB, RY, TD and TOU. I'd appreciate your overall comments on account re sector allocation and any obvious sells. As well, I'd like suggestions on how to deploy $7000 cash. Thx.
Read Answer Asked by Dona on February 06, 2024
Q: The US commercial property crisis has become hot topic again and the share price of New York Community Bancorp decline a lot . Please comment on the impact on these banks. Thanks a lot.
Read Answer Asked by Lai Kuen on February 02, 2024
Q: What are your five current favorite stocks for short-term (1 year) gains? They can be either US or Canadian stocks. Thanks,
Read Answer Asked by John on January 24, 2024
Q: Expanding on my recent question about my desire to reduce exposure in the Financial Services sector, today's article in the Globe & Mail is of concern:

"Non-prime lenders warn thousands of borrowers they could be cut off because of new maximum interest rates"

Should this cause me to rethink my strategy to reduce TD to raise the cash? As you pointed out in your answer, GSY is significantly riskier than the our other holdings in this sector.

We are seniors (75 & 80) and the stocks referred to are in a RRIF.

Your thoughts? Thanks!
Read Answer Asked by Jerry on January 15, 2024
Q: Portfolio Analytics indicates that across our accounts, we are overweight in the Financial Services sector. In order to free up some cash for under=represented sectors, my thinking is to reduce TD enough to achieve the target amount. I'm a bit uneasy with some of the recent negative issues with TD, but still would like to keep some due to its wide moat and 5i's opinion that perhaps its "problems" have been overplayed. Would you concur with my strategy? Thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Jerry on January 15, 2024
Q: TD appears to be in some trouble with both its business activity and its share price. Several questions about TD have been recently asked and the answers have been a bit bland. Can you assess the stock and all that is happening and give your view for the future. I have owned TD for many years but concerned with what is going on. It's not what I expect from a top bank. Just to recap some recent events at TD at a high level - earnings were a bit disappointing, a former employee was charged with drug money laundering and bank employees knew about a probe 6 months before disclosing it. The share price has recently dropped much more than its peers. A recent response from 5i that TD went ex dividend I don't think accounted for anywhere near the drop in price that day. Do you still consider it a top bank pick?
Read Answer Asked on January 12, 2024
Q: I am overweight in financials with BNS, TD, SLF, POW, Visa and underweight in Utilities. I was thinking of letting POW go. Thoughts on this?

For Utilities, I looked at TA with its very low P/E but it is still stuck in non-renewables at the moment. Thoughts on this? What utility (ies) would you suggest?

I am just asking for thoughts/suggestions.
Your advice is greatly appreciated.
Read Answer Asked by Dan on January 11, 2024
Q: My son is getting married this year and he and his fiance are planning to purchase a home in the next 2-3 years. He has opened an FHSA acct and invested these funds in a GIC. He also has cash in his RRSP and TFSA accounts that are held at TD Waterhouse Webroker which he wants to use for a down payment on the home as well when the time comes. Could you please give me your top 3 income/savings vehicles and your top 3 dividend stocks (understanding these are riskier) you would recommend he purchase through his TD Waterhouse account in this scenerio.
Many Thanks
Read Answer Asked by Scott on January 10, 2024
Q: I'm a retired somewhat conservative investor content with slow steady growth and a dividend helps as well. I have been happy with my diversified portfolio but constantly struggle with should I or should I not make these changes;
1. Sell T (non-registered account, tax loss) buy BCE?
2. Sell AAPL (in an RRSP) and buy NVDA?
3. Sell TD (non-registered account, tax loss) and buy BNS?
4. Sell ATZ and or DOO (both in a TFSA) and buy what?
Thank you
Read Answer Asked by Lyle on January 08, 2024
Q: Have the following in a basket. Closely weighted. Looking to add a new similar weighting equity, want to buy and leave for 10 years. Can you provide top 3 suggestions please. As always, thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Chris on January 08, 2024
Q: In your opinion, is it worth holding on to AQN for the potential benefits of it's renewable business sale/split (and whatever other news follows), or sell now and invest in to companies with more proven management and stability e.g. I'd be putting the proceeds mainly in to BNS and TD.
Read Answer Asked by Jeff on January 08, 2024