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Q: I am considering add more bank stocks and here's what I got based on their P/E:

NA: 10.79x

I have 150K cash available. Would you agree to add National Bank, CIBC and Bank of Novia Scotia equally since these 3 have the cheapest valuation?


Read Answer Asked by Yang on December 24, 2021

Q: Hi Team,

I only own bank of Nova Scotia and look to add more weight on financial sector. Can you please make top two of your picks in the list of names?

Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Yang on December 17, 2021

Q: Hi, is it a good time to add to CDN banks, with expectation of higher rates and trend for returning capital to shareholders. If so, which ones will you consider as winners, over next several years ? Could you rate them, in order of priority ? in the same token, do you have a particular view on CIBC as the dividend yield and P/E ratio seem to be most attractive in the group ? Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on December 07, 2021

Q: Hello, my discount broker has the following product in its inventory of fixed income products:

National Bank of Canada Announces NVCC AT1 Limited Recourse Capital Notes Offering
Montreal, 14 April 2021 -

National Bank of Canada (“National Bank”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with a group of agents led by National Bank Financial Inc. for the issuance of $500 million of Limited Recourse Capital Notes, Series 2 (Non-Viability Contingent Capital (NVCC)) (Subordinated Indebtedness) (the “Notes”).

The Notes will bear interest at a rate of 4.05% annually, payable semi-annually, for the initial period ending on but excluding August 15, 2026. Thereafter, the interest rate on the Notes will reset every five years at a rate equal to the prevailing 5-year Government of Canada Yield plus 3.045%. The Notes will mature on August 15, 2081.

Obviously, the day I need the capital (it would be in my RRIF), I need to sell the note with the associated broker commission. The interest rate today is 4.21%. Are there disadvantages in putting some money for income in this type of product (I have seen offerings from other financial institutions as well) and if so, what are these? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Martin on December 06, 2021

Q: Hello team, from the list above could you please rank in order to:
1> Keep and or add for full position or
2> Sell now & move on, and
3> what would you replace the sale positions with?

Read Answer Asked by Carlo on November 15, 2021

Q: I am trying to steer my and my husband's TFSA's more toward growth. The stocks listed are some of the stocks in our TFSA's that I am considering swapping out in favour of growth-oriented stocks on my watchlist. Can I get your opinion? Do you think that any of the listed stocks have enough growth potential to belong in a growth-oriented TFSA?
Thank you, Doris

Read Answer Asked by Doris on November 15, 2021

Q: How would you rate the following Canadian
banks for investing new money at the moment?


Thank you so much,

Read Answer Asked by Rita on November 09, 2021

Q: With all the speculation about major dividend increases once restrictions are lifted, would investment in banks be a good short term strategy (hoping for a boost upon announcements), or has the expectation already been cooked into current prices? Any guesses as to who will announce the largest increase?

Read Answer Asked by Rick on October 22, 2021

Q: I wd appreciate your ranking of the Canadian banks.
thank you

Read Answer Asked by John on October 21, 2021

Q: I know that ranking banks often is like picking shades of the same colour. At this point in time do you feel there is any "clear" division amongst any of the banks for investing purposes? Can you give your order of preference and the magnitude of the gap between each choice.

Read Answer Asked by Terry on September 07, 2021

Q: I hold the Canadian banks in my dividend portfolio and they have served me well over the years as a core hold.
Should I reconsider these holdings in light of new taxation rules being suggested?

Read Answer Asked by Denis on August 26, 2021

Q: I would like to add a few (2-4) financial companies to my non-registered investment portfolio. Would appreciate 5i's help in ranking the above names based on total return potential for a 3-5 year hold. Please add any names you feel belong to the lineup, ranked appropriately, Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Pradeep on August 18, 2021

Q: I am currently way overweight in Canadian banks and would like to gradually cut my overall exposure to about half of my present total value. Would you please rank the above stocks in light of each expected Total Return over the next 3 - 5 years?
Many thanks.

Read Answer Asked by David on June 24, 2021

Q: Good morning,
Q1. Is it reasonable to assume that ZEB ETF's total return would be the same as that of holding each of the individual bank stocks in the exact same proportion as in the ZEB ETF minus the MER (0.60%) + or - the tracking error?
Q2. Given, that the relatively high MER (0.60%) of holding ZEB, would it be better over the long run to simply own 2 or three of the best big banks and if so which two or three banks would you recommend buying and holding for ever.

Read Answer Asked by Francesco on June 07, 2021

Q: In my income portfolio, I have held a full position in BNS for some time, benefitting from nice dividends and now an 8% capital gain. I am aim to sell BNS and take a new full position in NA now that its price is weaker. What do you think of this approach? Should I buy a different bank instead?

Read Answer Asked by Jean on May 31, 2021

Q: Considering investing in these six companies equally. Is there any you would not recommend? Please list in order of preference.

Read Answer Asked by ed on April 23, 2021

Q: For growth and potential dividend increases, would you please rank the six Canadian banks (the ‘big 5’ plus National) in order of preference to buy now?

Read Answer Asked by Heather on April 07, 2021