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Q: I'm replacing ZWU and ZWC since I would prefer to hold stocks at this point. What 5+ stocks would you recommend to replace ZWU and ZWC each. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Peter on December 08, 2021

Q: Hi, we need to increase the percentage weight of Telcos, in our portfolio, for low volatility dividend producers, in order to supplement retirement income. Presently, BCE is 3.5% and T 1.75% weights. We also have FTS and AQN. Do you have any preference between BCE and T and why ? What would be an attractive entry point for the two stocks as seem to be trading at all time highs. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on December 07, 2021

Q: I need to clean up and rebalance my RIFF approx value $150,000.00
What would be your top 20 picks for an income portfolio I am 82 yrs young

Read Answer Asked by Eric on December 06, 2021

Q: Hello,

Could you recommend 5 of your favourite stocks (US or CDN) that provide a healthy mix of dividend yield and growth outlook?

This would be for a Smith Maneuvre with interest rate at 2.95%. Ideal scenario would be to get yield to be at 3% with some growth outlook on a 5 year time horizon.

Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by TRINA on November 29, 2021

Q: Looking for a Canadian stock or two that provides both a reasonable dividend and some growth. Please rate the above-noted stocks on a scale of 1-10 for both growth and risk over the next 12 months. Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Maureen on November 26, 2021

Q: My wife and I are retired and rely on dividend income. In the event of a recession, including rising inflation and interest rates and a 20%+ decline in equity markets, how safe/sustainable does 5i view dividends from the named companies? With unrealized gains on all of these, are there any that 5i would suggest selling, accepting the taxable gain, and holding the cash for a rainy day? Thank you. Edward

Read Answer Asked by Edward on November 15, 2021

Q: What are your top 5 picks (CAD) with sustainable dividend growth for a 10 year investment horizon and why? Prefer lower risk/volatility as I am close to retirement.

Read Answer Asked by W on November 11, 2021

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

We need to increase our Telecom exposure in our non-registered account. Is Telus investable today for a long-term hold, or should we wait for a pullback? Alternatively, since we also need to increase our US exposure, would you be OK with VOX (or similar ETF) instead of T, or would tax consequences make VOX or another US-based ETF a poor choice in an unregistered account? As always, thanks for your valued advice.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on November 09, 2021

Q: What 4 dividend stocks or ETFs would you suggest for a long term hold to see the power of compounding

Read Answer Asked by Terry on November 08, 2021

Q: I have held BCE & RCI.b for 15 years as my Telecom Holdings (5% each of my equity portfolio). I just sold my RCI.b shares due to poor performance over the years plus the current squabble just pushed me over the edge.

Do you think Telus would make a suitable replacement for RCI.b in the Telecom space given its diversification in 5G, health, international etc. even though it doesn't own the Toronto Blue Jays or any other sports teams.


Read Answer Asked by John on October 26, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,
I currently use my TFSA as my primary investment vehicle. As such, I've been trying to keep it as diversified as possible which has resulted in purchase of both growth stock and dividend stocks across various sectors. Examples of the dividend stocks include: TD, FTS, and T.

I am close to maxing out my contribution for the TFSA and now find myself in a bit of a pickle as I want to move out the dividend stocks in favor of growth names.

My plan now involves:
- selling the dividend positions in the TFSA
- opening a new RRSP account and re-buy these same dividend stocks
- redeploy the 'freed-up' cash within my TFSA into growth names

1.) Are there obvious pitfalls you can see with this strategy? I can't see any issues other than being a little clunky in execution.
2.) What are your current top-5 growth names (regardless of sector)


Read Answer Asked by Kyle on October 21, 2021

Q: Top 10 CAD Dividend Growth picks for RESP? 15 year time horizon.

If you have a link to such a portfolio would be happy to see.

Read Answer Asked by Patrick on October 18, 2021

Q: As retirees with moderate risk tolerance, Telus is a 4% core holding in a mainly conservative dividend portfolio. We realize (and like) that Telus Health is a small part of the company. We are considering a 1% position in Well for diversification in Health sector, and would appreciate your thoughts on it. Is this an opportune time to buy, or does 5i expect tax loss selling to put more downward pressure as year-end approaches? Thank you. Edward

Read Answer Asked by Edward on October 07, 2021

Q: Hi 5i - what would your top income stocks recco be for US and CDN. Thx and stay safe! - Doug

Read Answer Asked by DOUG on October 07, 2021

Q: Earlier this year we created an equal weighted 'balanced' portfolio of 30 Canadian companies in a non-registered account. Most were chosen from companies either covered by a 5i research report or included in a 5i model portfolio. The remainder were chosen, based on the 5i Q&A section, from what appear to be 5i sector favourites. All purchases in the portfolio are made with the intent to be long-term holds (10+ years).

As per an earlier question we posed, we then increased our positions in 12 of the 30 companies. At this time we would like to increase our investments in 6 of the remaining 18 companies. The intent is to increase the other 12 in approximately 4 months. Which 6 would you add to today? Please rank them, include a small blurb explaining each choice and suggest an entry point. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Peter on September 29, 2021

Q: Can you give me a list of 5 Canadian and 5 US stocks that you would recommend with yields above 3%.

Read Answer Asked by Cory on September 16, 2021

Q: We are often reminded that one should not try to time the market, and that it is time in the market that counts. But would you be in favour of an investor re-weighting to more defensive positions if one is worried there is a "correction" on the horizon, for example if the Delta variant explodes Covid numbers, there is a gov't policy or interest rate change, an external shock with China, etc, ? If one was going to make that change, can you pls provide 10 names that currently would be more defensive? Thank you for your very excellent service.

Read Answer Asked by Leonard on September 10, 2021

Q: What stocks in Canada do you believe will do well with the passing of the Infrastructure Bill and Reconciliation Bill in the USA? Please list in order of preference. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Christopher on September 02, 2021