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Q: Morning TEAM 5i. After reading Ryan's piece, I find myself wondering when the next market pull-back will happen and just how deep it will be. I agree with his thesis that many of these 'bubble stocks' will pay the price of lacking real fundamental value. It reminded me that perhaps I should rebuild, for lack of a better term, the 'Core' part of my portfolio. I'm considering the companies indicated above and wondering if you also would consider them "Core Holdings'. (Core, being companies that are fundamentally sound, pay a bit of a dividend and should survive a sizeable correction in the market). Also, if you think I'm missing any companies I would appreciate it if you would suggest them. As always, I look forward to your much appreciated guidance.

Read Answer Asked by Les on January 27, 2021

Q: I am looking at putting together a portfolio of set-&-forget Canadian dividend-paying stocks, in what will be my only unregistered account, making up about 30% of our overall portfolio. The registered accounts (70% of portfolio) are now all in mixes of VGRO, VBAL and XAW.
My emphasis is on stable large cap companies, with a sprinkling of smaller cap, low beta, decent and growing dividends. I expect to draw down the capital at 6 - 7% per year (in addition to the dividends). Beyond the drawdown, capital preservation is secondary to the income.
What are your thoughts on the following mix? Additions/deletions?
Communication: BCE, T
Consumer Discretionary: CTC.A, LNF
Consumer Staples: NWC, PBH
Financials: BNS, TD, SLF
Industrials: SIS
Materials: SJ
Real Estate: CRT.UN
Energy & Utilities: ENB, AQN, FTS, ACO.X, BEP.UN (or BEPC)
My other thought is 100% CDZ but I'm not very impressed with the historical returns and the (relatively) high MER.
Thanks. Lotar.

Read Answer Asked by Lotar on January 26, 2021

Q: I have a significant holding in BCE and a smaller amount of T. I am wondering if I should continue to hold them or move on to something else. BCE has been performing poorly but has a nice dividend. I think that BCE has been hurt in its media division by the pandemic so might improve particularly with sporting events coming back. T has performed better but its dividend is not quite as good. Perhaps the most important driver will be 5G. When do you think this will become important and how significant do you think it will be?
Thanks, as always, for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Ian on January 25, 2021

Q: Have been a long time member and so gratefully appreciate the opportunity to read your Q&A amid these isolated times. One of my joys in the day.
Please rank BAM.A; BEP.UN; SIS;T; SLF;BNS long term, all balanced sectors for a TFSA.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on January 19, 2021

Q: Hi, I feel my Tech. Sector 30+% is getting too big, in case a correction is in the future.
T- 3.5 - Kxs- 5 - Lspd- 4.4 -Pho -4.3 - Real -4.1
Csu- 3.5 - Syz - 3.4 - Stc- 2.1 -Bce - 3.4%
Would you consider all these Tech. Stock? I like to keep my sector allocation to 9 or 10 sectors for simplicity ,but I do know there are sub- groups.
Would you sell any of these positions ,or trim all or some? Thinking a 18-22% sector weight, would you agree?

Read Answer Asked by Brad on January 18, 2021

Q: Hello Peter,
Constellation Software will give existing shareholders Topicus shares (based on their formula) as part of the spinoff but it does not look like Telus will be doing the same(give existing shares the international arm shares in the form of dividend).. What are the plus and minuses of what both companies are treating the spin offs? I was expecting XBC to surge slightly going to TSX as it the stock would attract more institutional buyers but looks like the stock is taking a pause.. . Well seems to be doing the same.. Any comments on this? Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by umedali on January 12, 2021

Q: Happy New Year 5i!
I recently joined and have been reading as many of these questions as I can get my hands on and appreciate your insight.
I've recently started a TFSA portfolio with a breakdown as follows:
- REI.UN (14%)
- TD (33%)
- FTS (29%)
- HR.UN (3%)
- T (12%)
- SIS (5%)
- ATZ (5%)

I have been attempting to buy into companies and reinvest via DRIP and thus my preliminary focus on dividend companies (with diversity taking a backseat). What are your thoughts on REITs for growth going forward over the next couple years? Are they worthwhile keeping or do you foresee more upside with investment into growth stocks? If so, do you have a top 2 growth stocks that could compliment the rest of the portfolio in lieu of REITs?

Thanks so much!

Read Answer Asked by Kyle on January 08, 2021

Q: I am an investor with a fairly balanced, income oriented securities portfolio with a relatively high weighting to financials. I am thinking of adding the securities noted and am interested in your thoughts on each, as well as how you would rank them on a relative basis. Thanks for your thoughts.

Read Answer Asked by Don on January 06, 2021

Q: I have listed the securities I hold in my portfolio showing % of portfolio and gain/ loss for purposes of helping answer my question.
AGN-2.46% +16.35%: ATD.B - 3.74% +0.03%
BNS-1.96% +27.14: BYD-3.63% +15.3%:
BAM.A -3.57% +11.57%: BEPC-3.52% +90.21%: CAE-5.02% +68.26%: CAR.UN-3.57% +5%: CRWD -3.44 -1.48 (new holding):
EIF-4.06% +32.05%:GSY-4.7% +11.35:
KXS-4.63% +7.2%:LSPD-10.26% +198.54%
MG-3.21% +38.14% : NFI -1.34% +40(sold part): PBH-3.38 % +4.25%:SHOP-4.92% +9.76%: SLF-2.39% +4.32%:T- 3.59% -0.91%
TFII-4.68% +105.59%: VGG-4.96% +40.2%:
VEEV-1.97% -0.55: WELL-4.24 +13.8%
By geography I own approximately 17% in US.
My Alpha-Balanced suggests 25%.
lSPD,SHOP and T , although not US , have a dual listing.
I was thinking of transferring cash from sale of NFI to my US account to increase US holdings.
Note C$ is increasing against U$.
Would you agree with this move or stay my current investment strategy. If so would you suggest adding to current U$ position or another suggested stock?

Read Answer Asked by Roy on January 05, 2021

Q: The geography of the following according to my Alpha-Balanced portfolio are US.
BEPC-3.55%: CRWD-3.42%: VFV-3.59%:VEEV-1.99%: VGG 3.95% for a total of approximately 17%. I would like to increase this to approximately 25%.
In addition to the above I own the following dual listed stocks.
LSPD-10.28%: SHOP-5%: T-3.61%
Moving cash from unregistered C$ to unregistered U$ account. Would you consider adding to any of the above or do you have an alternate suggestion,
In the portfolio Iím overweight tech & industrials.

Underweight materials and energy. Not a fan of oil or gold .

In addition I own the following that have dual listing.

Read Answer Asked by Roy on January 05, 2021

Q: No rush to answer. Retired, dividend-income investor. I am a position "light" in the Communications sector. I already have a full position in BCE....looking to add one of Telus, Shaw, Cogeco, Rogers or another name you might suggest.

When I look at the various metrics (P/E, P/BV, P/CF, P/S, ROE) I filtered out Telus, leaving SJR and CCA and RCI. Reading past questions, some quite dated, I am wondering if time has changed your opinions on these three.

Shaw has a nice (5.4%) but slow-growing dividend. ROE 10%. It's chart looks good from a value point of view, but is it a value trap? Very poor momentum.

Cogeco has a lower (2.6%) but faster growing dividend. ROE 16%. It's chart shows better momentum. I also wonder whether a new takeover offer might be in the future?

Rogers is just ok across the board.

I'm leaning towards Cogeco, but wanted your advice first. What odds would you place on a take-over happening? Please rank all three in order of your preference to buy.



Read Answer Asked by Stephen on December 30, 2020