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Q: Empire Chief Operating Officer Pierre St-Laurent Sells 100% Of Holding. This is a headline I read yesterday.
Insiders are selling because of a variety of issues. However, rarely a COO eliminates 100% of his position.
Do you see a specific company issue for this sale? Are you comfortable with holding this security?
Thank you as always for your guidance ?
Read Answer Asked by Terry on November 09, 2023
Q: Hi 5i,
Whatís your thesis on Empire? Iíve held the position for several years and it seems to be the perennial underperformer of the grocers (MRU, L). Trying to decide whether itís time to cut the position and move on to better opportunities.

Thank you!
Read Answer Asked by Greg on September 05, 2023
Q: These are my wife's holdings in her non-registered account. Held these for very long time. EMP.A I bought for her maybe 5 years ago when down a lot. Sitting on a fair bit of cash. Thinking of adding to banks at some point (recession?) or adding BCE and EIF? T is small holding at 2000 shs. Comments/suggestions please. Oh, own ETF ZUE for quite a while also. RRSP has other banks +++
Read Answer Asked by James on August 29, 2023
Q: I am debating taking a half position in MRU and EMP-A or a full position in DIR-UN. The two grocery stores are down a bit but will there not be consumer pressure to keep prices reasonable which could influence profits? I have no idea! What would the experts at 5i suggest here?
Read Answer Asked by Dan on February 09, 2023
Q: I personally feel the grocery stores are gouging Canadians like never before , this should give them great profits . Is there a ETF or specific company that one could invest in that hasn't already taken off , thanks and have a super 2023.
Read Answer Asked by jim on January 23, 2023
Q: HI,
sorry for the long list. could you just rate these as a buy, sell, or hold right now. I am a long term investor.
Read Answer Asked by chris on January 04, 2023
Q: Hi 5i,
3 questions I believe, so please deduct accordingly:
In each of the following groupings which name do you see as having the largest gain (dividends and capital gain) after a three year hold and, if you would, brief reasons for your choices. Also, if any seem to you a bad idea to buy and pay little attention to for three years, please say so,
I look forward to your thoughts. Thanks.
Read Answer Asked by Peter on December 14, 2022
Q: Please recommend, especially during this uncertain economic times, two to three Consumer Staple stocks to hold, again for longer than 5 years. My aim is 5 % yield but I do understand that yields for good quality companies are usually low. I would be happy to invest in those with really strong growth down the road. This is what I have compiled with: NWC, PBH, ATD, EMP.a, L, MRU. By all means, please include ones that you feel would serve this purpose.
Thank you again for your insight. Roger
Read Answer Asked by Roger on May 17, 2022
Q: Looking to add to staples. 1. Currently have COST and would be willing to add - at what price? 2. Please advise which Food and Beverage staples you would recommend based GARP/ total return. 3. For personal services, again on GARP/ total return how would you advise. Names listed simply for illustrative purposes, please advise with rationale for selection.
Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by sam on March 16, 2022
Q: Of the above mentioned stocks, would you please list in order of first to last which would you recommend today. Also a brief explanation as to why you chose the first and the last. Thanks Ö Cal
Read Answer Asked by cal on January 31, 2022
Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

In reviewing our combined family TFSA portfolio, Iíve determined that we hold too much XST with its 0.61% MER. How would you rank the following stocks, which are all the constituents of XST? ATD.B, L, MRU, WN, SAP, EMP.A, PBH, PRMW, MFI, NWC, JWEL, VFF, and SOY.

Should I pay attention to the TMX ratings where WN, MFI, and VFF are considered strong buys? Only NWC was ranked as hold and all the others were moderate buys.

In your opinion, in what order could two or three of these constituents be purchased and are they buyable today?

Thanks as always for your valued advice!
Read Answer Asked by Jerry on November 19, 2021
Q: If you had to pick a food staple long term hold which would you pick from the examples or other suggestions welcome.
Read Answer Asked by Kolbi on November 18, 2021
Q: Hi 5i,

I currently own DOL, ATD and PBH for Consumer Staples. I'm getting a little bored of the progress that DOL has made over the last three years and I'm looking for a little more growth.

Looking at EMP, L or MRU as a replacement. Based on today's news from I'm leaning towards EMP. Please let me know what your thoughts on this switch, or if you'd recommend another stock not mentioned.

I have a long horizon, 7+ years, and looking for some more growth.

Read Answer Asked by Christopher on March 17, 2021
Q: could you name 3 0r 4 canadian cimpanies that have increased there earnings by 20 per cent or more over the last 3 years thanks
Read Answer Asked by terrance on December 09, 2020