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Q: Could you provide me with a list of 5 or 6 companies that are buying back stock and that have good growth prospects. These could be in any sector and any exchange in Canada or the U.S. Thanks.


Read Answer Asked by Rob on February 06, 2020

Q: PWF's investment in fintec (wealthsimple) as weĺl as their dividend looks interesting for a 5 to 10 year hold. The reorganization with POW also looks to have potential to unlock value and increase dividends. Do you recommend investing a full position at this time and if so, in which company. Alternatively, is there a better investment in fintec?

Read Answer Asked by Ian on January 20, 2020

Q: I use the BTSX system in two of my portfolios. Its soon time to adjust for the new year. I have held PWF for a number of years due to its higher yield over POW.
I understand PWF will be merging with POW-any idea when?
Will that mean no more PWF? Will all shares be now be POW at the lower yield?
Will there be a premium for PWF shares?
Would you suggest a switch if there are still going to be two companies? Why?

Read Answer Asked by JEFF on December 30, 2019

Q: I have a roughly equal weighting in BNS, LB, RY, TD and POW with no single stock much over 3% of my portfolio. With POW getting swept up in some euphoria over anticipated future improvement in its management, would it be wise to exit now on the wave and reinvest the proceeds in one or two of the financial stocks that I already hold?

Read Answer Asked by Geoffrey on December 16, 2019

Q: I have POW in my TFSA and though it lacks any growth the dividend yield is ok. Wondering if I should think about a switch to IFC to get a bit more growth, though that will reduce the dividend.

(I am recently retired; no DB plan but hopefully more than sufficient assets to see me through to a ripe old age.)

Read Answer Asked by Dave on November 21, 2019

Q: Hello 5i,
I just sold POW to take a small profit as it always seemed that as soon as it stuck its head out of the sand it burped and slid back down. Now it appears that POW is on an increase due to sector advance. Is this sector advance strong enough to jump back in to POW now or wait until POW crawls back into the sand? The funds are sitting in Oaken savings at 2.3%.
Thank you for the great service,

Read Answer Asked by STANLEY on November 12, 2019

Q: My wife and I own POW and PWF respectively in our taxable accounts, both purchased earlier this year. There was an article in the Globe & Mail a couple of days ago about shareholder dissatisfaction with corporate governance, specifically referring to members of the Desmarais family.

Any thoughts on this article? I get the feeling that this is not a new issue. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Thomas on May 21, 2019

Q: I am a bit light on Financial companies; 12% of my portfolio I want to go up to 15%. I own TD, BNS, SLF and GSY in about equal amounts. Do you have any suggestions to add another financial company. I am retired and do not want to add a high risk company.

Read Answer Asked by David on April 30, 2019

Q: These companies are all now the subject of an active open Dutch Auction / share buyback offer to purchase for cash. I am interested in your thoughts on the merits of entering these auctions, and if entered at what price point (the offers are between $29 - $35 depending on the company). The shares have all risen with the release of the offer. Will they fall back after the offer closes? What is the longer term outlook for these companies?

Read Answer Asked by Ken on March 26, 2019