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Q: I have noticed that DOLLARTREE , a US, discount store where every item was sold for a dollar each, has increased their prices by 25% to 1.25. Assuming 7% inflation that leaves an 18 % increase in gross margin; not bad. I expect consumers would not avoid purchases on a 25 cent increase so unit sales should not affected.
Does this sound reasonable?
Would the same dynamic be in play with Dollarama ( although they have an increasingly number of items above a dollar ) ?
Your thoughts are appreciated. Derek

Read Answer Asked by Derek on January 19, 2022

Q: I want to initiate positions in my unregistered investment account, but if I buy all 8 above stocks, each position would be extremely small. (But that is still an option.) Considering thoughts on inflation and interest rates, could you put these in order of priority for purchase now. These positions would primarily be for safety, with a bit of income, which is non-essential, and some growth, which is also not essential. Just looking for your confidence level of these as companies for the longish term.

Read Answer Asked by Gordon on January 03, 2022

Q: Good Morning, I am under weight in base material and Consumer defensive. My list of current holding is below. I am looking to put some money in these sectors to bring my sector allocation as suggested by your Portfolio Analytics.
The time period to hold is long term 5 year plus. Growth stocks preferred. Kindly recommend

1. Should I add to current position or if there are better opportunities kindly recommend them
2. If some of these needs to be replaced with better growth stocks , kindly suggest the same

Coca-Cola Company (The)
Dollarama Inc.
Nutrien Ltd.
Primo Water Corporation
Procter & Gamble Company (The)
Sherritt International Corporation
Sherritt International Corporation
The Kraft Heinz Company
Walmart Inc.


Read Answer Asked by Nimish on December 20, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,
Iím in the process of rebalancing my RRSP and TFSA and looking to be greedy while others are fearful.
Specifically moving TD, FTS, T, and LNF to an RRSP so that my TFSA can be growth oriented.
My remaining TFSA positions would be as follows:
- Full Positions: GSY, TOI, CRWD, ATZ

I am planning to deploy as follows:
- Complete existing positions: NVEI, LSPD, APPS, U
- New Partial Positions: AT, XYL
- New Full Positions: DOL, SHOP, VEEV, ANRG, ATD, TIXT
Would you swap out anything on this list that would better compliment my existing positions? I have a 10+ year horizon so Iím leaning towards aggressiveness.


Read Answer Asked by Kyle on December 16, 2021

Q: I'm lacking in Consumer Defensive, Industrials, and Basic Materials. Please provide some names you like in each of those sectors.

I'd prefer safe income stocks but I'm open to hear a couple growth suggestions.

Read Answer Asked by Brett on December 10, 2021

Q: Hi Peter,

In this downtrend market could you please give your three best stocks to buy for 3 to 5 years hold in each sector in canada and US as well ?
Thank you for your best advise on this platform.


Read Answer Asked by kaushikbhai on December 10, 2021

Q: I would like to add to my consumer defensive. I currently have PBH and DOL at 3% each. I could add a new 3% position or add to the two above. What do you think for a 3-5 years term? If I was to add 1 company which would it be? Please give me two names if so, Looking for a balanced growth and security. Thanks for your good work.

Read Answer Asked by Yves on December 07, 2021

Q: Hello, I own equal amounts in ATD.B. DOL, WSP, TFII, ATA and NVEI. If you were to sell 2-4 and replace them with higher growth stocks like LSPD, GSY, BAM.A, or DND, without taking into account portfolio weighting, what would you do?


Read Answer Asked by Thom on November 13, 2021

Q: What are your top 5 Canadian choices in each of Utility and Consumer Cyclical sector going into 2022, I am looking for a combination of growth and income, plan to hold long-term in registered accounts. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Best on November 10, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,

From all three of the model portfolios, which consumer cyclical defensive stocks are under valued?


Read Answer Asked by Rino on November 02, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,
As part of my continuing education could you explain something for me, and also answer a question re ETFs.?
In looking over DOL I notice that in its last 11 quarters it beat expectations 6 times and missed 5 times. Two days after all 6 of those beats the share price fell, sometimes substantially, and two days after all 5 of those misses the share price rose, sometimes substantially. I've also noticed this same dynamic at work with other companies. It seems counter-intuitive to me and I wonder if there's an explanation that's widely applicable for why the share price would move up on a miss and down on a beat. (Maybe it has to do with 2 days after a quarterly report being too short a period to draw any conclusions from, but if that's the case why would the two day movement be recorded and reported in the first place - by CIBC Investor's Edge in this case?)
And second question - could you identify what you think are the best CDN ETFs holding consumer defensive names?

Read Answer Asked by Peter on October 04, 2021

Q: Balanced Equity Portfolio (Cdn & US Stocks): If 5i were just starting business today what 20 stocks would make up the portfolio?

Read Answer Asked by Keith on September 16, 2021

Q: Hi, I need to harvest realized gain of approx. $15000. I plan to repurchase the above funds after 30 days. Are there any that you would not sell at this point?
Or after the 3rd quarter results?
Thank you for your excellent service.

Read Answer Asked by lorraine on September 13, 2021

Q: Hi team,

Two questions in one. Currently own DOL and MG for consumer cyc stocks. Although both have headwinds in the next year or so, I am more frustrated with DOL. Can you please suggest a large, medium and small cap which 5i really likes in that space to replace DOL.

Second, I hold XAW in my rsp, they also offer Would it make sense to sell XAW and buy the .U version. Adding another layer of diversification in currency?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Rino on September 10, 2021

Q: In your opinion which company in each of the 4 groupings offer. the best rate of return over the next 5 years?
Atd.b v.s. Pki
Cnr v.s tfii
Dol v.s. Do
Shop v.s. Lspd
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Terry on September 08, 2021