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Q: I have two smaller positions (about 1% each) in Gildan and Manulife, and I am considering consolidating them into a position in Apple (would be roughly 2.3% of total portfolio). I believe I still have room to add to my technology weighting, as I am around 12% currently, and I still have decent exposure to both consumer discretionary (roughly 10%) and financials (roughly 19%). Would such a switch be reasonable, or do you feel a more compelling argument could be made for consolidating around either GIL or MFC?

Read Answer Asked by Domenic on November 09, 2021

Q: I do not own these 8 companies from the balanced portfolio and I do have some money to invest. I already have a reasonably well balanced portfolio (except overweight in tech). Dividends are nice but not that important. Is there one you would consider a particularly interesting buy with a timeline of 5 years? Could you rank the top3?

Read Answer Asked by jacques on October 13, 2020

Q: Hi 5i team,
I havenít asked a question in a while. The reason being is that the Q&A is so comprehensive it practically covers all of my holdings, which is great. While the bulk of my funds are in the U.S. for growth, I keep a smaller chunk in Canada, so I am not fully exposed to the U.S. dollar. I recently added some beaten up stocks, such as GIL, GOOS and MX, which are quietly moving higher almost every day. A couple could be considered value. Is this a rotational trade or are some institutional investors finally coming back to Canada?
Thanks again for the insight.

Read Answer Asked by Dave on October 09, 2020

Q: I was disappointed in your answer to Andrew on June 30th regarding GIL. I too bought GIL based on your rating and recommendation (B+). I subscribe to 5i to help simplify my investment decisions, and do not expect to have to look for other subtle clues such as portfolio weight etc to assess how you actually feel about a stock. I don't expect perfection, but I do expect clarity, and timely updates of prior ratings if sentiment changes.

Read Answer Asked by Charles on June 30, 2020

Q: Greetings 5i team,
I realize that these companies are not from the same sector but am looking at a hybrid recovery/mixed industries theme for the purchase of two or three of these companies.
How would you rank them in order of priority for a min 3 yr hold?
Thank you for your work
P.S. Based on the feedback I have read on Portfolio Analytics, I have become more tempted to give it a try

Read Answer Asked by Steve on June 26, 2020

Q: Hello,

My partner and I heard about 5i from a friend whose been using you for many years. You came with the highest recommendation.

I feel like I should be copying one of your portfolios, especially due to my lack of knowledge, but it is very important for me that my investments to follow my ethics.

I would like to know which companies on your balanced and growth portfolios would be highest on positive environmental, social and corporate governance, which are low and should be switched and for which companies. I'm happy to do research, but I'm struggling to navigate the important statistics and feeling incompetent in finding good resources. I have seen your ESG scores ( and would be keen to know where to find information on how they are created. I would also appreciate other resources that you think would assist in building a portfolio, or simply which companies you would put on it.

Ellen Perkins
Ucluelet BC

Read Answer Asked by Ellen on June 02, 2020

Q: Your top 5 consumer stocks for long-term hold? US would be ok.

Read Answer Asked by Gregory on May 19, 2020