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Q: Do you recommend purchasing any of these banks right now, especially with those with foreign investments?

Read Answer Asked by Ron on May 29, 2023

Q: Can you comment on how much exposure the Canadian banks have to commercial real estate in the US and Canada? It sounds like office towers are of particular concern. Could you also comment on residential mortgage risks. And how much impact it could have on the stock prices.

Read Answer Asked by Brian on May 12, 2023

Q: I currently hold CIBC and BNS and think it a good time to add to Canadian banks due to the low valuations and high dividends. Do you see any issue with this? Time horizon is at least 6 years. Should I add to these existing or add the other 3 large Canadian banks? I also hold the BMO Canadian banks in my wife's portfolio.

Read Answer Asked by John on May 10, 2023

Q: One source describes RBC and TD banks as having wide-moats; BNS and CM banks it describes as having narrow-moats.

Do you agree?

Is this something that someone who has a concentrated portfolio should especially heed?

All the best!


By the way, I really appreciate all 5i/Cdn $ Svr does. Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Roderick Jay on May 08, 2023

Q: Good Afternoon,
I have owned Killam for a while. There has been no appreciable growth or dividend increase. What is the likelihood of either happening. Would I be better off selling Killam and purchasing another stock? If so, what stock would you suggest that would offer some growth and a good dividend. There is no tax implications as I hold Killam in my TFSA.
Thanks in advance for your opinion.

Read Answer Asked by Jane on May 07, 2023

Q: I am about a 1.5 years away from retirement. Across all my my registered portfolios I have all 5 major banks, pretty well in equal %. An independent financial advisor suggested cutting this back to 2 banks.

My question to you is can to rank these 5 banks in order of what you would consider selling?

Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Dino on May 02, 2023

Q: I was wondering if you would indicate which US banks have been acquired by the above mentioned banks and how risky these acquisitions might be considering the differences in the banking regulations between the two countries.
Thank you very much. Any information you provide will be greatly appreciated.

Read Answer Asked by Mary Jean on April 13, 2023

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team

In your answers to other members, Ive observed that National Bank isnt one of your recommendation, and Im wondering why.

Their 5 year CAGR is 9.4%. For the 3, 5, and 10 year periods, the beat their peers (BMO, CM, RY, BNS, and TD) by 6%, 6%, and 3% respectively.

Watching the negative news involving GSY, Im considering switching it to NA. Since weve held GSY for some time, were still up quite substantially.

In our combined accounts, we also own TD, which well keep.

Id appreciate your thoughts on this proposed switch. Thanks in advance for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on April 04, 2023

Q: Hi 5i, my question is on all financials impacted new taxes.

"Dividend tax change: Ottawa is planning to raise billions of dollars from banks and insurers through a change in tax rules on dividends that financial institutions receive from Canadian companies."

Can you put a guess on how this will impact investors?


Read Answer Asked by Christopher on March 30, 2023

Q: Hello,
I already have a large position in TD and a small position in BMO, and would like to add to one or two more banks that won't keep me awake at night. Its quite clear that banks have trillion of dollars in loans . Last report that I read $4.12 trillion. And $1.5T of loans come due in Canada by January 2024. So even if 2% default, we have $30B in losses. And that's just Canada. Therefore, of the Canadian banks, which ones have the least exposure to the US. ? Today which ones are your recommendations?
Finally, in terms of deposit insurance, is it $100K per bank account or per individual taxpayer.? Brokerage account like RBC - Direct investing, the $1M is it for the total portfolio or just the cash? Again, per account or per investor?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Carlo on March 28, 2023

Q: Hi, We own above Canadian banks, which makes up the financial sector of our portfolio.

On an YTD basis, interestingly, their performance has diverged significantly, with CM +7%, RY +2.5% and TD -9%. During past 30 days (reflecting impact of recent crisis in financial sector SVB/SB), these names have declined as follows : CM -7%, RY -8% and TD -17%. Does it mean that market is assigning higher risk to TD, relative to its peers ? Does it make one name more attractive than others, and if so why, if we wish to take advantage of the sizable decline in their share prices, and add for long term investment ?

Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on March 23, 2023

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: Wondering why National Bank seems to have better momentum than the other banks like TD even though you recently added TD to one of the portfolios, I believe around $88. BNS has also been a laggard over the years. What is it that prompted you to add TD over NA and would you support selling BNS, TD, or CM to enter NA or RY? It seems like NA and RY seem to have better momentum than the other banks. What would be the risks with this move?

Read Answer Asked by Neil on March 13, 2023

Q: With whats happening in the markets currently with CM's admission of mortgage issues with SIVB debacle, rising rates, volatility etc could be the beginning of a big mess in the Financial services sector.

Although long term you are bullish on 4 of the 5 names do you think it would be prudent from a risk aversion viewpoint to step aside on these names and wait till things settle?

Can you also please comment especially on EQB and GSY and their outlook/risks in this cyclone.



Read Answer Asked by Sheldon on March 13, 2023