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Q: Hi 5i
I bought POW at $24 about a year ago so have made over 70% with divs. I am tempted to sell it near all time high to buy MFC about 15% off 52 week high. Yields are the same, MFC has lower PE (9 vs 11) and lower PEGY. (Also own SLF which I will continue to hold long term). Thoughts?

Read Answer Asked by Greg on July 19, 2021

Q: After selling some growth stocks, I'm looking to add 3 income stocks to my Rif. Can you rate your preference on the 1st 4 and then the last 2. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Henry on June 04, 2021

Q: Good morning 5i
I am planning to add one stock to a fairly conservative portfolio with the aim of reasonable growth on a three year time frame at a fair valuation. I have narrowed my thoughts down to four names; Leons (LNF), Power (POW), ATS Automation (ATA) and Magna International (MG).
Please comment and could you give a ranking for growth (10 highest) and risk (10 greatest).
Thank you, David

Read Answer Asked by David on April 29, 2021

Q: Comments on the recent quarter and year end numbers please.

Also: For income, would you recommend to continue holding POW or would you recommend switching to something else? Their more recent history of dividend increases, since 2015, has been pretty good:

May 2020: 10.49%
Jun 2019: 6.02%
Jun 2018: 6.56%
Jun 2017: 7.01%
Jun 2016: 7.63%
Jun 2015: 7.33% (breaking 6 years without an increase)
Jun 2008: 20.21%
Jun 2007: 22.15%
Jun 2006: 17.04%


Read Answer Asked by Robert on March 19, 2021

Q: Ignoring risk, please rank these companies based on 5 year hold -potential for returns.

Read Answer Asked by Pradeep on March 16, 2021

Q: I am considering adding Power Corp to the income portion of my portfolio as a partial replacement for my overweight position in BCE.  The primary reason for considering POW is that I feel that there may be significant value through their ownership of Wealthsimple.  Are you able to quantify the Wealthsimple value within POW given their rapid growth rate and more than $9 billion in AUM?   Do you think that they are sitting on other spinoff possibilities, similar to the Lion Electric IPO? (that I understand added close to $3.00 per share value to POW).  And perhaps most importantly, do you feel that management is motivated to act to surface value for shareholders?  (they don't appear to have been in the past).
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Glenn on February 23, 2021

Q: Hello 5i team,

What do you guys think are the "worst" companies currently in the TSX60 index that you think will under-perform in the coming years? Why?

Are there any fundamental/financial metrics that you think are the most predictive of poor future performance that investors should look out for?


Read Answer Asked by Alex on January 21, 2021

Q: I'm aware of your opinion ("agnostic") on Power Corp. Over the last 5 years POW has raised the dividend at a CAGR of 11-12%. Assuming the dividend continues to rise AND assuming no significant increase in fixed income rates for a few years, would not POW stock price rise similarly as investors look to safe, stable equities for income? Result could be combination of rising income and appreciating stock value.

Thanks - IslandJohn

Read Answer Asked by John on January 13, 2021

Q: Could you please provide information how this would effect the above stocks in regard to investment in LION Electric, regarding the investment possibility of Amazon a portion of the company15.8 % they could purchase and when would they have to close the deal and was it mentioned. I own some POW for dividend income and very slow growth. What is 5i
's opinion.Should I buy more POW or buy NGA or just stay neutral for now

Read Answer Asked by Guy on January 12, 2021

Q: Could you tell me if because of these two mergers, were the original shares, ie, AD and POW sold to purchase units/shares in the new trust/company and thereby realizing a capital gain or loss? I cant seem to find this information from the DIY broker.
Merry Xmas

Read Answer Asked by JEFF on December 30, 2020

Q: Do you ever see activists coming in to deconglomerate power corporation? After they rolled power financial into Power Corp I would have thought the stock would have done better.
Or is it too tightly controlled by the Desmarais family?
I think spinning off their companies would see a massive pop in the stock.
Any thoughts on the above?

Read Answer Asked by Helen on December 09, 2020

Q: Good day,
I hold BEP.UN;BEPC;BBU;CCL.B;ENB;EMA;H;FTS;CTC; and BAM in a non registered account and thanks to you I have done very well following your Q & A and portfolios. I am down 43% in SU; down 23% in CPD; down 16% in IPL and 6% in POW. Would you add to the winners? Add to the temporary losers or ADD new ones. After today, am tempted to add to SU for sure. Have RRIF and TFSA with pretty balanced sectors. Overall, Overweight in Utilities, Financials and okay with that. Many thanks, Paul

Read Answer Asked by Paul on November 16, 2020

Q: Hello Peter, I understand that Power Corp has made nothing for investors for the past decade (apart from decent dividends). And Great-West Lifeco not much better. Recognizing that Power owns a good share of GWO, which would you prefer as an income investor going forward: POW, with an extra bit of yield and some interests other than GWO, or just GWO as a pure play on the lifeco? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by James on August 28, 2020

Q: Hello Peter, I am intrigued after reading that a Canadian can earn about $50,000 per year of dividend income without paying any income tax. I know about your income portfolio of course, but with a view to maximizing just Canadian eligible dividend income, what would you think of the following portfolio of 14 stocks. Equal weighted, the stocks would yield 5.3%. (Disregard lack of market diversification; this can be achieved in one’s registered accounts.) Also, if one wanted to pare down the list to 10, which 4 would you delete?

Read Answer Asked by James on August 27, 2020