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Investment Q&A

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Q: At this time, what are your top picks (5 CDN, 5 US) for a 3-5 year hold in a registered account for an investor willing to take on an above average level of risk (but not high)? Sector does not matter. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Martin on January 19, 2022

Q: Hi Team,
I am an aggressive investor, which paid off lovely in 2020, but now am being crushed. I hold the following stocks (with weightings in brackets) in total in my brokerage accounts. Could you have a quick look and tell me how this basket looks "In general"? And if you see this basket doing well over the longer term (say 5-10yr hold), pointing out any suggested changes you would make, if any are "sells" or worth switching out. Note that if I sell any GSY it would incur tax (the weighting is large because the position has grown and have been a firm believer in the company as its valuation still looks cheap and am collecting a nice div off it as well). I am 42yrs old so retirement is a ways away and my goal is maximum returns with reasonable risk until retirement. Please deduct credits as required. Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Shane on January 19, 2022

Q: Happy new year, 5i team,
Iíve read TOI Q&A back to around Sept Ď21. It seemed a sound strategy for me to buy them as my first tech stock, when priced at $140; just 40 shares. Theyíre non-registered so as to fit my goal of future tax advantages of capital gains if I ever needed to sell some. I was thinking that periodically Iíd buy more to increase my tech weighting as well, overall in all accounts.
Reading your reply on price for Ďgood, great and table poundingí, I am wondering if I totally misunderstood this stock. Did I overpay, or is the last 3-4 months drift down simply the manifestation of a higher risk stock. Your reply to a reader on your predictions on future P.E.s , TOI at 200x made me think that how this fairly new stock is doing is just what this kind does, and why a hold for 5+ yrs is best.
Do you have guidance if what Iíve written shows a big gap in my understanding please?
Would you buy more today?

Another note (please deduct credits)- when an investor is growing their portfolio and goes from say 5 stocks to 10 stocks, then to 20 stocks, the weights could be 20% each then drop to 10% each, then eventually get to the 5% max you advise, as more stocks are added. To me this seems logical and realistic, then I paused that maybe one must buy less of more stocks so one is closer to the 5% from the start of the journey rather than seeing that as the goal (say at the end of a 4-5yr period). Which strategy is better, does it not matter so long the investor eventually gets there, or, is this related to oneís risk profile?

Much appreciated as always :)

Read Answer Asked by Hilary on January 18, 2022

Q: Please classify each of the above companies as one of the following:
Thanks for your great service - use as many questions as you wish. ram

Read Answer Asked by Ray on January 13, 2022

Q: I have these companies in my TFSA, which ones would you recommend adding to

Read Answer Asked by Mike on January 13, 2022

Q: Hi, Technology is the largest weight at about 45% ( even after the recent sell off) in our investment portfolio. Most of these holdings have been down 25-50% from the highs, over past 2-3 months, following the general market trend of indiscriminate selling in High multiple Tech stocks. LSPD and NVEI, of course, saw much steeper losses.
We do have the rest of the portfolio invested in Cdn large cap banks, industrials, utilities and telcos, generating decent dividend income.
We recently retired and as a part of portfolio planning/risk management, would like have a strategy to reduce the Technology weight to less than 35%, over next 2-3 years. The plan could be executed in phases, once the current tech rout is over and valuations have recovered.

From the perspective of risk, growth, stability and valuation, what would be the recommended/desired weighting for each company, balancing these factors. What would you suggest to be order of priority for the purpose of initiating sale of each stock. Also, it would be really helpful, if you could provide a reasonable price range for sale/trimming of these companies, based on price history and future expectation over 2-3 years.

CSU 14.5%
SHOP 9 %
TOI 5.2%
SYZ 3.5 %
LSPD 3 %
KXS 2.5%
US Large Cap Tech ( AAPL,AMZN,MSFT,MA,V,PYPL etc) 8% (we want to keep as is)

Thank You for your insight, which we value so much.

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on January 11, 2022

Q: Hi Team,
I am down over 50% on each of PINS and EGLX. I was considering giving up on them and moving the remaining funds in to TOI; something of perhaps "higher quality growth" that is also down considerable from its highs with a stronger conviction of future success. Would this be a move to be endorsed, or should I just ride out this pain for potential recovery in EGLX and PINS? Thanks for the advice.

Read Answer Asked by Shane on January 11, 2022

Q: I am considering adding LSPD or TOI to my TFSA. I know that you are favourable on both and that LSPD is higher growth, higher risk. I would appreciate that being quantified: what is the future % revenue growth and forward sales multiple for each company and at their current price, which do you consider the better risk/reward choice.
Also, when are they each scheduled to report earnings?

Read Answer Asked by Glenn on January 10, 2022

Q: I am a little overweight techs in a well diversified portfolio. Considering valuation contraction where do you see a new normal forward P.E. the S&P in 2022 and for those stocks highlighted?
Please provide forward P.E. and multiples for those that make profits and guestimate where the low end could be for the others.



Read Answer Asked by Yves on January 09, 2022

Q: I have 3 securities (TOI, GSY, WSP) in my TFSA (in approximately the same amounts), and have added $6000 cash to that brokerage account for 2022. Would it seem reasonable to add to each of the 3 positions with the newly added cash, or would you feel I should prefer one or the other security(ies) among the 3?


Read Answer Asked by Ted on January 07, 2022

Q: Hello Team,

Can I please get your opinion on the following 3 price points for BAM, TOI and CSU.

1. Good entry price
2. Great entry price
3. Table pounding buy

Read Answer Asked by James on January 07, 2022

Q: I was planning on growing my position in these companies during 2022 in my TFSA account. Is there any of these companies you wouldn't invest in or replace for an other company (please indicate witch company you would replace it by).

Also can you say in what order you would rank these companies from highest to lowest, highest being you favourite and lowest least favourite?

Read Answer Asked by Rick on January 07, 2022

Q: Hi, We have 3 TFSA accounts, where we sold some SHOP, last year and made cash withdrawals. As a result, this year, we have available contribution room between $30-40k, in each account. We like to wait for an opportunity for a Growth stock to transfer from our Non Regd accounts ( there are separate accounts for each) for an in-kind contribution. Present allocation in the TFSA accounts is as follows.
CSU 25-30%
SHOP 35%
LSPD 30%
NVEI 10%

We are not worried about concentration, as TFSA funds are less than 5% of our Total Investment Portfolio, which is fairly diversified. Objective is to optimize Growth stocks in a TFSA setting. There is sufficient quantity in Non regd accounts, for all the five stocks listed in the question.

We were planning to add SHOP, with today's 10% decline and some TOI, as we have none in TFSA's.

What would be your recommendation ?

Thank You

Read Answer Asked by rajeev on January 06, 2022

Q: Year 2 of my 19 year old daughters TFSA. Year 1 suggested she get BAM.A and she is very pleased she followed my suggestion....I am thinking year 2 of more of a growth stock. LSPD has been really beaten up, good buy for very longterm hold or is there a better " foundation" stock from your growth portfolio you would suggest?

Read Answer Asked by Tom on January 05, 2022

Q: Hello Peter, I like your article on the National Post about the five areas to invest in for 2022. I have a few questions: for the small cap space, would Aritzia , ATS Automation and Topicus fit the category? In the large cap space, would AMZN be a good stock (instead of AAPL) as it has not done much in 2021? what do you think of the renewable energy space as it did not do well in 2021 (i.e BEP, etc). Lastly is the definition of small caps in relation to market caps less than $1 billion or ? Thanks very much. Happy new year

Read Answer Asked by umedali on January 04, 2022

Q: In my TFSA, Iím holding ATZ,CSU,GSY,TOI and LSPD. Iíd like to split this year's $6000.00 allotment in January between two of these 5 stocks. At this time considering a 3-5 year hold, what would you suggest and why? Thanks and btw, itís because of 5i that Iíve been able to achieve an 85 per cent return in my TFSA. The advice and info I glean from the questions, portfolios and reports are invaluable. Keep up the great work on our behalf. Best investment Iíve ever made is joining 5i.

Read Answer Asked by Dennis on January 04, 2022