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Q: I wonder if any of the big six own any US or CAN MBS or CMBS ? Thanks a lot .

Read Answer Asked by Lai Kuen on March 17, 2023

Q: Please rank the above companies for level of risk and do you think that our Canadian banks could ever be subject to the issues at SVB? Is BN risky? I read one person writing how his advisor won't let him buy it. Feeling like I don't have much trust in anything right now. How is an investor to handle this uncertainty? I definitely see the benefits of diversity as you had always pushed. I'm also somewhat confused as most advisors have been pushing financials due to the benefits associated with rising rates. Your calm advise would be appreciated.
Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Neil on March 13, 2023

Q: Hi
In looking at the big 5 Cdn banks, it is easy to think they are all being somewhat affected by the SVB shut down, or pressure on US regional banks...or is that jumping to a far fetched conclusion? I see that the Cdn banks have been marching steadily lower lately and have started to wonder whether this is sector related or a fundamental change occurring. Although this may be a bit early in the game, at what point would you feel the Cdn banks are excellent bargains, or is that too optimistic a view of the Cdn banking system, vs the US's regional banking system? As always, I greatly appreciate your thoughts on this!

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on March 13, 2023

Q: In layman's English, could you explain why SVB went under and whether it will cause any lasting damage to Cdn Banks...and are there any Cdn banks you would add to today? Thanks, great service.

Read Answer Asked by Curtis on March 13, 2023

Q: I have owned these stocks in my non-registered account for 12 years except ETF IGM, T, CTC.A (bought 2 yr ago - up a fair bit). T bought 5 years or so ago. GSY, MFC & GRT.UN a year ago - all 3 up nicely. I buy dividend growers for the most part. I have been retired for quite a while - so, more interested in dividend growth. Large portfolio with banks 40% of total. Do not worry about market downturns: add to positions when they go on sale -08/09 and 2020. Sitting on cash and looking to add to these positions . Do not own ENF.CA - typo. Suggestions?? IFC 5-6 years up 220% including dividends.

Read Answer Asked by James on March 10, 2023

Q: Hello Peter & team,

If a similar question which I missed has already been asked, please ignore this question and point me in the right direction.

The big 5 are reporting over the next few business days. Can you please share with us what we might expect? Good news bad news? Also, please rate each of the 5 in order and whether you think each of the names are a sell, hold or buy at this time and the reasoning for your logic.

Thanks for all you do


Read Answer Asked by Gord on February 28, 2023

Q: Can you rank these banks, best to worst. With a buy sell or hold and an entry price.
How much downside risk is there to the stock price if there is a worse recession than expected? Buy now or wait and see how economy plays out in the next couple of months?


Read Answer Asked by Brian on February 23, 2023

Q: Which Canadian Bank has the best current risk adjusted appeal. 3-5 year hold.

Read Answer Asked by Lawrence on February 10, 2023

Q: Good evening, 5i team

I appreciate having your thoughts on keeping 2 out of these 5 for a pretty condensed portfolio. I sided with BNS & CM among the big 5. Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Nhung on February 10, 2023

Q: I am looking to put some USD, currently held inside an RSP to work on either of these Cdn banks. Is there a preference, or should I look at buying both? Also, would it be better to buy the US listed stock, as I have USD - or convert to Cdn dollars and buy the Cdn listed stock?
Many thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on February 07, 2023

Q: I own the above Canadian Stocks.

Please rate each of the above as a BUY, HOLD or SELL and the reasons for your rating. Thank You.

Read Answer Asked by ALNOOR on January 20, 2023

Q: Good morning team, BMO, TD and Royal have all announced big acquisitions in the past year. Do you expect each of these to be positive for shareholders in the next 2-4 years. What are some of the individual risks to these deals being accretive? Which of the 3 deals do you expect will provide the best return for investors and why?

Read Answer Asked by Robert on January 20, 2023

Q: I asked this question yesterday but I don't see it in the 'My Questions' section, so I ask again. I want to add a dividend growth company or ETF to my kids RESP with a 5-10 year time horizon. I already have T, BMO, and ABBV in other accounts. What do you recommend from the 5i Research stock and ETF universe as a good buy now with plans to add over time? Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Zohreh on January 17, 2023

Q: Hi,
In general most of the Cdn banks have turned up lately, some more so than others, but it is the TD that I am most curious about. On Jan 3rd and 4th, there appeared to be very large buying volume, yet by the 5th it started to trend downwards, out of sync to the others. Was there a news item on TD that I've missed? As the Big Six tend to move in the same direction, this caught my attention. So I'm wondering if there is a reason and is it something to be concerned about?
Many thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Dawn on January 12, 2023

Q: Last year at about this time I asked you which was the worst perfomrning Canadian bank for 2021. Apparently It was RY and I bought it and it is down 3.3% to this date.

So 2 questions please

1)Which was the best performing Canadian bank stock in 2022 and what was the performance.

2) and which was the worst performing Canadian bank stock for 2022.

I picked up this strategy from your investor Suite article a few years ago and figure I can't go to far wrong following it.

Thanks and Happy New Year


Read Answer Asked by Sheldon on January 03, 2023

Q: I was surprised to see BMO announce a rather large stock issuance after market close today, at about $4 a share below today's closing stock price. They said it was due to the increase in the DSB from 2.5% to 3.0%. I thought all of the big Canadian banks were very well capitalized. Is this going to be an issue for the other big banks? Are we now going to see them all make large stock issuances? Are some more likely than others to need to do this?

Read Answer Asked by Dan on December 14, 2022