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Q: Hi guys, thanks for the excellent service. Generally TFSA is the place for high growth but my highest growth has been in my RRSP. Is there any compelling reason I should sell anything in RRSP and rebuy in TFSA (e.g., NVDA)? I realize I will be taxed on RRSP withdrawals while TFSA withdrawals are tax-free - but - my RRSP has a lot more cash than my TFSA so there isn't room to move all my growthy stuff over. Because of the relative size of RRSP to TFSA, if I were to do equal weighting of all stocks, I'd only have 4 different stocks in my TFSA, which perhaps is fine? Are there any obvious adjustments that you would make to the following:

XQQ 13.68%
VXC 12.03%
NVDA 7.64%
AAPL 6.70%
JPM 4.73%
BNS 4.52%
GOOG 4.32%
ENB 4.13%
MSFT 3.98%
AMZN 3.86%
RTX 3.51%
COST 3.42%
PG 3.11%
DIS 2.82%
CASH 1.32%

GSY 5.28%
CRWD 3.31%
VEEV 2.50%
ROKU 2.44%
SHOP 2.26%
WELL 0.85%
XBC 1.08%

LSPD 0.79%
BYD 0.76%

SLF 0.51%
T 0.42%


Read Answer Asked by Mark on June 23, 2021

Q: Got some shares of OGN in the MRK spin off, too small an amount for me to keep as a holding. Sell and buy more MRK is an option or add to SU, SLF or BCE? Un-registed account, +5 year hold.

Read Answer Asked by Tom on June 22, 2021

Q: Good day - thank you for reading my email and all your information and prompt assistance It is very appreciated

Would you please suggest which stocks you would buy in healthcare and consumer defensive - Canadian and US if possible

Read Answer Asked by Marla on June 15, 2021

Q: As a retiree, I am looking for some solid long term investments for my non-registered account. Can you please make some recommendations. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Nancy on June 09, 2021

Q: HI 5i,
My daughter (still in school for another 3 years) has L, REAL, AQN, BAM-A, SLF, TIXT, BYD on a tfsa account and has some cash to add to one of this positions.
Also has ATD-B and MG in a cash account and wants to add another position.
Please suggest adding to current TFSA choices and a new idea for cash account. 3 year horizon.

Read Answer Asked by Vitor on June 08, 2021

Q: Hi Guys,
I am trying to reduce the number of stocks inside my portfolio. Your thoughts on a full position (5%) for the above stocks for a 5 year hold, within a balance/growth portfolio? Any revisions would be appreciated.



Read Answer Asked by jim on June 07, 2021

Q: For investment into one of these companies from none to full position would you say that MFC has a reasonable potential for growth and share price appreciation? I am aware that your preference is for SLF ,based on your comments. However the lower share price and higher dividend associated with MFC have me leaning for the MFC. Are the other metrics of the SLF versus MFC make the SLF far superior over the MFC? Some recent portfolio managers featured on BNN market call recommended MFC rather then SLF. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Miroslaw on June 04, 2021

Q: In your response to a reader's question about MFC's earnings you said "The stock remains very cheap at 8X earnings, and can benefit if interest rates rise."

While I agree with you, I have now held MFC for 15 years and am beginning to lose patience on the turnaround. MFC pays a nice dividend, for income in my RRIF, but on MarketCall today, Norm Levine is still negative on MFC. He says they may not benefit as much as you might think if interest rates rise.

I have done well on SLF, which is 1.8% of a diversified portfolio,. Should I just throw in the towel on MFC and double my position in SLF?

If not SLF, what would you recommend? Or should I be patient with MFC for a few more years?

Read Answer Asked by David on May 10, 2021

Q: Non-registered account with goal of primarily dividend income has done quite well, with all of the noted holdings nicely in positive territory. In hind sight MG and SYZ would have been in a registered account. SYZ is up 63%, MG 24%.
Overall account yield is currently 3.8%. Would prefer it closer to 5%
Need some help with this "good problem". Take capital gain now and move into yieldier positions, or let running stocks run and deal with bigger gain in future?
If I move out of some of the growthier stocks, which div payers minimum 3% yield to move into?
Overall portfolio diversification is pretty decent, and diversification within this account does not have to be perfect - dividend security within this account is more important.


Read Answer Asked by Jim on May 04, 2021

Q: Doing some spring cleaning and attempting to tilt my folio into more income and less growth/risk. I follow the BP almost exclusively and would like your opinion on which Div payers in the BP you would increase in weight, and what non Div payers you would decrease. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Kelly on May 04, 2021

Q: Taking these 7 income oriented equities and looking to rank them for risk in a correction situation moving forward it seems that if we use the March 2020 correction as a guide FTS and BCE dropped the least (28%) followed by RY (33%) then TD,BNS, AQN (35-37%) with SLF trailing the pack at 46%. The reason behind any future correction could of course be different than a virus-induced shutdown of the economy. But still your ranking of safest to least safe is appreciated and if your answer would be different depending on the cause of the correction then your comment on that would be nice to have as well. Thank you for assisting me in trying to build the most secure portion of my income strategy. Any additional equities that fit in the lowest downside category that you might suggest would also be most welcome.

Read Answer Asked by Ken on May 03, 2021

Q: What do you think of this twenty stock dividend portfolio for a taxable account? I am focusing on high quality and it yields about 3.8% . Any changes you would make?

Read Answer Asked by Stefan on April 29, 2021

Q: Retired, dividend-income investor. I am normally a buy-and-hold investor for the very long term (RBC = blue chip, hold forever; while in a higher risk and associated lower weighting category, I hold Alaris forever). I currently hold SLF but have been reviewing/comparing its performance with BMO. The 10 year, 5 year and 3 year charts favor Sunlife, but the 1 year and shorter duration charts favor BMO. There appears to be a significant inflection point starting in November 2020.

Can you explain what occurred around that time? Is it simply the reflation of the economy favoring BMO relative to SLF? Do you see this continuing for the next period of time or do you see SLF playing catch-up?

Thanks for your help...Steve

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on April 20, 2021

Q: I知 adding to a partially established portfolio (growth-oriented, long-term). I知 interested both in taking advantage of the recent tech downturn (although not too much, as I知 already somewhat tech-heavy) and in further diversifying. Two questions:

1. I own partial positions in the following securities and am looking to add more. Could you rank them in your order of preference for purchasing now? Any you壇 avoid buying now?


2. I知 considering buying positions in the following new securities (not easily comparable, I know), with a view to diversity and growth, as well as US exposure. Could you rank them in order of preference for purchasing now? Any you壇 avoid buying now?


Thanks for your great work and please feel free to dock me for two questions.


Read Answer Asked by Christopher on March 22, 2021