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Q: Can you supply a few suggestions of dividend stocks that may be good to purchase during tax loss selling? Canadian and US if possible.
A few growth stocks would be a good balance to this question as well! Thanks, James

Read Answer Asked by JAMES on November 28, 2022

Q: It is tax loss time, I must sell some of my teck losers. Could you place in order from the ones that must be sold vs those that hold a lot of merit. Thank you for all that you do, Cheers, Geoff

Read Answer Asked by Geoff on November 24, 2022

Q: Hello 5i,
I own all the above stocks and have ridden them up and down in this market, so my risk tolerance is fairly high.
Could rank them for future growth and survivability? Also, If I were to consolidate the five into two or three what might you recommend?
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Dave on November 14, 2022

Q: Hi Team,
For this question I will reference TWLO, and Unity but really this is more of a general question. Unity used to be a past favorite. Now it seems, that 5i and the rest of the investment world is so negative on it. I am an investor in both these names and have been killed on them so far. Both were bought with a long term view in mind and both were considered at one time to be at the "heart" of future tech in their niche. Unity with the 3-D tech in gaming and other applications, twlo with its digital communication of things. Has this story really changed? Is it worth dumping these names now after 80% haircuts? In 10 years will we look back and say, Dam! Why was I selling these names and not buying? (oil stocks 2 years ago) . I note that Cathy Woods continues to buy both Unity and Twlo almost daily. Today she loaded up after Twlos big sell off. Same with Draft Kings. If she's buying them they must be considered on the forefront of future tech according to their firm. Not sure what her credibility is like these days due to the downturn, but at one time I thought her research was pretty good. Shes doing pretty much the opposite of the market right now. Who will be right in the end? It seems she will either be a hero at the end of this, or her funds will be toast one of the two. The market is a brutal place right now in the Tech sector and very frustrating. It's painful to watch the same analysts now dumping names where only a year or 2 ago they were praising the companies as innovators and pumping them for their future prospects in a growing digital world. It's not a wonder why people get to hate the stock market and trust no advisers. Some say big firms on wall street almost orchestrate this kind of thing, flushing out the little guy scooping up their shares so they can buy them on the cheap, knowing down the road they will make a killing when momentum shifts. (Conspiracy maybey, but sure seems to happen this way over time). Your thoughts on things as a whole would be appreciated. Thanks!


Read Answer Asked by Shane on November 08, 2022

Q: Do you ever look back at some of the answers you gave to member's questions, and wonder why you were so bullish? Example: Unity Software

On March 22, 2021 when Unity was $100 you said:

"Unity gets a premium valuation as it is essentially in a global duopoly in its industry. It has more than 50% market share globally, and is in a good position to capture high growth in the market. This also gives it pricing power, and it has said it could double prices and only lose 2% of customers, but it wants to further entrench customers before it makes any price changes."

And on Dec 16, 2020 when the stock was $147 you said:

"In the gaming space, U is essentially in a global duopoly with Epic Games. Epic potentially is at a disadvantage with China trade dispute, so U's positioning in the sector is even stronger because of this. We consider it the 'Amazon' of gaming. It gets a piece of the action and makes it easier for games to launch. It is planning for the long term. Mgmt has said it could double prices and only lose 2% of customers. But it wants to firmly entrench its customers first. The stock is not cheap by any means, but revenue is expected to at least double in 18 months, and it should be profitable in 2022 or shortly thereafter."

Today the stock is $26.29. If you don't look back at your reasoning for being so bullish you won't learn. In an answer to a members question today you said Unity was a sell. What happened to your bullish view not that long ago, and holding for at least 5 years? Did you get caught up in the hype despite your decades of experience?

Read Answer Asked by Paul on November 04, 2022

Q: Hello 5i!
At this point in the cycle can you please rate the following as buy, sell or hold. I know you sometimes say in a different kind of market high growth can do well. Can you please comment on whether one should decrease technology holdings in general or just wait for tech to shine again one day. Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Neil on November 03, 2022

Q: I am restructuring a non-registered account to be more defensive, and less tech heavy. All of the following US stocks are down: APPS, OKTA, PYPL, PLTR, SE, TTD, MRVL, TWLO, U, VEEV. Do you consider them a sell or hold?

Read Answer Asked by Linda on October 28, 2022

Q: Hi,
Please take as many credits as you feel fit. Our portfolio is a hot mess. We’ve basically been ignoring this downturn for the past 6 months knowing we are are in for the long term. Retirement is 7-10 years out. The above holdings have fallen below a 1% weight in our portfolio. We have limited cash to deploy. Which of these would you add to? In what order? Any you would not add to and just hope that time allows for recovery? Any if these you would sell? For the ones that could be added too. Would you just buy now or put some stink bids in given the crazy volatility in markets? Any additional input is welcome.
Thanks so much,

Read Answer Asked by KERRI on October 24, 2022

Q: In your response to Guy R. (Oct 22) about Tax Selling, you indicated the likelihood of a considerable sell-off still to come for this year's 'worst performing' stocks. Yikes !! Taxable account or not, wouldn't it be advantageous to sell the “worst” now, then repurchase in early December those stocks that you wish to own for the future? Otherwise, by holding, you are faced not only with recouping the loss already established, but on top of that, the additional loss anticipated in the coming 5 weeks.
My “worst performing” list includes: Canadian stocks: ANRG, AT, CAE, EGLX, LSPD, MG, PRN, SHOP, WELL. US stocks: APPS, U.
1) Are there any of these that you would suggest NOT selling ?
2) Of those to be sold, are there any that you would suggest NOT repurchasing in December ?
3) You mentioned some investors will want to buy “less worse” performing stocks so as not to miss out on a possible short term rally. Do you support this approach in the current situation, rather than just holding the cash proceeds temporarily ? If so, are there a handful of “less worse” performing stocks, that you would suggest and, would they be temporary or more long term replacements ?
Use whatever question credits appropriate. Thank you , as always.

Read Answer Asked by Alexandra on October 23, 2022

Q: Hi 5i Team - I hold the above stocks in three small U.S. accounts. I plan to keep NVDA, QCOM, AMZN, GOOG. My holdings in the other six are minimal due to the general sell-off over the past year: CRWD, UCTT, U, APPS, ROKU, UPST. I would like to combine these 6 into two, three at the maximum. Could you suggest which two or three should be kept. Or might it be best to sell all six and start over with a couple of different ones. My investment focus is growth with a three year timeline. Since it's the end of the week the answer can wait until sometime next week.

Read Answer Asked by Rob on October 16, 2022

Q: Back in July when Unity Software announced the acquisition of Iron Source, you felt it was the "right move". I am wondering if you had more time to digest the acquisition and information provided for the recent special meeting. If so, do you still feel that it was the "right move" and will benefit Unity for the long term and get it back on track after such a big drop. Anything in particular you really like and don't like after further consideration?

Read Answer Asked by Justin on October 14, 2022

Q: I own these stocks as part of my technology sector. Do you see any overlap in any of these names? Particularly between SHOP, LSPD and NVEI, or are they different enough to own all? Also if you were to choose to high grade 1-2 names, what would you choose if any? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Keith on October 05, 2022

Q: Hello 5i Team,

I'm wondering if you can suggest a higher risk growth stock with better short-medium term bounce potential than Unity. It seems that the shine is off of the metaverse theme for the time being, and I am down about 74% on this stock since it was in favour. Or, do you think I should consider it a hold? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Bradley on October 05, 2022

Q: Morning 5i Team,

Can you please put the following in order of share price appreciation of outperforming in the next 3 years.
Also, would you recommend selling any of the above names and if so what would you replace them with.


Read Answer Asked by Joe on September 20, 2022

Q: I am down significantly in both Lightspeed and Upstart. I am considering replacing some or all of them with something more promising.
Perhaps you could comment on the prospects of these companies in a better market and suggest which two or 3 from this list might have better performance potential :
Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Catherine on September 09, 2022

Q: I have recently redeemed some mutual funds that I have held for 20 to 30 years that will produce a significant capital gain for me in 2022. I have several stocks and an ETF that have been purchased in the past few years that are showing losses in the range of $5k to $15k. This includes TOI, U, SOXX, SQ, NVDA, MFI, MSFT, WSP and AMZN. Would you suggest selling these stocks to provide a capital loss that can be applied against my capital gain in 2022? It is my understanding that I will need to wait 30 days to repurchase shares to avoid the denial of the capital loss. If you would suggest selling these stocks and ETF, should I sell now or wait until the end of 2022? And if the stocks and ETF are sold to create a capital loss before the end of 2022, do you see some future in these investments and if so, which stocks would you suggest that I repurchase after 30 days? Thank you for your insights.

Read Answer Asked by Don on September 07, 2022

Q: Hi,
I own all these 3 and down so much on PINS and U that I was thinking of selling them and adding to my NVDA position. My thinking is that over the next 3 years NVDA has the most upside and is the most solid. Without getting personal would you think this is a smart move?

Read Answer Asked by Marco on September 07, 2022