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Q: I noted that Warren Buffett recently bought more oxy on the dip. I also noted that some time ago he sold his stake in Suncor. I need to raise my energy sector holdings and was planning on buying Suncor. Because it is a good company and because of the tax credit, versus a US counterpart. But I hesitate when I see Buffet continuing to buy. Does he know something that we donít know? Or, does he have a special deal that we donít have access to? I am thinking that if they are more or less equal that I would be better to get the one with the tax credit? But the question is whether they are equal? Or does oxy have an advantage that outstrips the tax credit?
Thanks for the great service

Read Answer Asked by joseph on September 30, 2022

Q: Hi Peter,

Could you please rank your favourite few Cdn listed oil equities as of today?

If you were to hold two names, would you go with the top two or would you do something else (eg one blue chip and one smaller growth player)?

Charge questions as required. Many thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Chris on September 26, 2022

Q: I am on the sidelines right now. If the market drops significantly I will buy back in. If it does drop enough for me, which 6 oil and gas stocks would you buy? Majors, micro, US, Canadian. It does not matter to me.

Read Answer Asked by Dale on September 14, 2022

Q: Hi 5i

I have too many stocks and am starting to pare back. I have these five stocks in Energy. Which two would you sell? To which stock(s )would you add the cash from the sale.

Thanks for the excellent advice. It is so comforting to have 5i to ask questions of. It is hard to be objective sometimes when it is your own portfolio.


Read Answer Asked by Cathy on August 24, 2022

Q: Hi, we have energy sector exposure through, CNQ,SU,TOU and ENB. There are several reasons for owning the sector through CDN companies, primarily for Dividend Tax credit in the Non Regd accounts and also their relatively lower risk profile and size. We have not invested in US Oil, and Gas/Pipeline companies, except a small holding in XLE.

CNBC guests/traders, frequently recommend the US companies listed in the question and it appears that all these stocks are doing well. ( OXY - with 20% ownership with Warren Buffet }. My question is that, in Canada, do we have Energy companies with similar product/business profiles to these US names. And, if so, for a Balanced 5i Portfolio risk profile investor, is the sector well represented with these four CDN companies ? Current Portfolio Weight: CNQ/SU/TOU: 9% ENB:6% Total-15%.

Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on August 20, 2022

Q: this is my mix of companies. which would you cull and what do you recommend to replace?

Read Answer Asked by Mark on August 19, 2022

Q: Without concern for sector or diversification what would be your top 2 choices of the above names for long term (10+ yrs) growth potential for TFSA? Of those 2 choices what is a good entry point??

Read Answer Asked by Theron on August 17, 2022

Q: Good afternoon,

I'd like to add a position (or 2) in each of the following sectors: REIT (TCN or GRT.UN or CAR.UN or a better idea), energy (CNQ or SU or a better idea) and industrial (already own WSP, TFII, XYL, TT and could add to one of these or consider a better idea). I could also use a utility suggestion (either add to FTS or AQN or add BEP.UN). And, I'm always looking for an opportunity to add BAM.A to my portfolio. In what order would you add or take new positions given the current environment being favourable to a given sector and/or a good entry point for a particular stock.

Your service is always greatly appreciated, thank you,


Read Answer Asked by Lisa on August 09, 2022

Q: Saw your response to the question about Suncor's results, where you said everything looked fine. Yet today, a day many of the big oil and gas companies appear to be up, Suncor continues to go down after an 8-9% drop the previous two trading days. After last night's quarterly report I would have expected some recovery in the share price. Is there anything then that would halt the apparent downward spiral in the share price? Or should I take my lumps and sell the shares.

Read Answer Asked by John on August 08, 2022

Q: Hi. I own these oil stocks and have to get rid of two or three. Which three would you sell first and in what order? Thanks Paul

Read Answer Asked by Paul on July 29, 2022

Q: Thanks to your wonderful Portfolio Tracking and Analysis, I know that Energy makes up 11.07 % of my portfolio. Your statistical recommendation is that energy should be 5 % of my personalized portfolio. In order of rate of return, I have Tourmaline Oil, Enbridge, Whitecap, Suncor, Athabasca and Tamarack Valley. I am more heavily weighted in Tourmaline and Enbridge but my question is twofold. Am I really overweight in energy at this time and if so other than trimming from my two big winners, which two or three companies would you eliminate to pare back closer to 5%? The proceeds would go to buying ATD.b and Loblaws. Thanks for this wonderful service.

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on July 26, 2022

Q: Hello,
In reading submitted questions and your answers about SU, TOU and even CNQ over the past little while, and seeing recent activities, I was wondering if you can provide the reasoning for having SU in the balanced portfolio as opposed to the other two. TOU in particular seems to be one of your favourite energy companies, albeit with a lower dividend. Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by jeff on July 25, 2022

Q: I own each of these companies in my RSP and have done very well on all three over the past year. A couple of months ago, I trimmed my positions in CNQ and SU as they had more than doubled. With the recent sector pull back, I'm now considering selling some Parex and redirecting the proceeds to Suncor.
It seems Suncor currently has a number of positive catalysts which may result in it outperforming Parex over the next couple of years. Both companies have a similar beta and yield, with SU having much more diversified operations.
Exclusive of position weightings, your thoughts on this strategy please.
Thanks, Rick

Read Answer Asked by Richard on July 21, 2022