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Q: Ignoring company size and sector diversification, can you please rank these stocks on a best to worst risk / reward basis for long term hold. I own them all in various accounts with a half position or less so my plan would be to let some go and increase position in others with better potential. Any of them you consider good buy at the moment? Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Pierre on August 12, 2022

Q: Hello 5i team:
Without editorializing or getting too “grumpy old man”, it seems we have a productivity issue in Canada, and now a labour force participation and perhaps also a work ethic issue. Every employer where I reside is bemoaning “people problems”.
I’m wondering if you have done any work on identifying companies that generate high free cash flow with relatively fewer employees? I know you have mentioned ATA in the past as maybe a way to play the theme, but I’m thinking of companies that are already there because of the nature of their business.
Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Stephen R. on July 25, 2022

Q: Russia's gas cuts are threatening the world's largest Chemicals Hub in Europe. BASF has said it may have to shut down plants if gas supplies fall further. Assuming this raises chemical prices world-wide, are there any public Canadian or US companies that might benefit? Is Methanex one of them?

Read Answer Asked by Murray on June 27, 2022

Q: Happy Friday! Can you recommend two names in Canada you feel can benefit most from the current environment. 2 Energy and 2 Basic Materials - I have 3.6% of my portfolio exposed to energy and only 0.8% in BM. Happy to add to current positions. Long term investor (7-10 yrs) with higher risk profile.

MX 0.8%

ENB 2.44%
SU 1.15%

Thanks for the continued excellent work. I think this is my 5th year using your services and have not been disappointed. Have recommend your services to all my friends.

Read Answer Asked by Don on March 28, 2022

Q: 2 Questions related to Canadian stocks paying dividends in USD:
(1) I want more US cash and plan to have Questrade journal over the above CA stocks to the US equivalent in a TFSA. Is there any special considerations here when doing this? Best to do this on a day when the Canadian dollar is stronger?
(2) In a margin account, Questrade journaled over AQN:CA to AQN:US on February 3/22. I have held AQN:CA for more than 1 year and sold all of AQN:US today at a small loss. Will CRA see the later loss as a superficial loss, because the US listed stock was held for less than 30 days? Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Grant on February 18, 2022

Q: I would like more USD for travelling to the US. I hold all of the above stocks at Questrade, in both registered and unregistered accts. I asked Questrade to please pay the dividend directly in USD (as paid by the companies), but they said "We would have to journal your positions over to the USD equivalent in order to receive the dividends in USD." Should I journal over the CAN shares to the US equivalent; eg AQN.TO to AQN.US? It would involve a very large amount of money, could I expect a better USD exchange rate with greater volume or would they simply use the day's spot rate?

Read Answer Asked by Grant on February 10, 2022

Q: I have some extra USD money from a small US pension that is used for going to Florida in the winters. Since we have not gone in the last two years, I would like to put some of it in our TFSA. My questions are, if I buy say TD on the NY stock exchange would the dividend in US dollars be subject to 15% withholding tax. Could you please give me several companies I could buy into if this is true. Could you also give me several US companies or ETF's that would give me a dividend and hopefully growth for a long term hold. Thank you for all the help I get for being a member. Gary

Read Answer Asked by Gary on January 06, 2022

Q: Good morning, I have 32 positions spread between the two TFSA's that I manage. I'd like to get that down to 25. The above are holdings that have fallen to less than half positions and I'm wondering if you could suggest 6 or 7 for removal. Also are there any that you would add to in order to bring them up to half positions. Secondly, without knowing my weightings, do you have a suggested sector or two for this years TFSA contribution?

Read Answer Asked by Rod on January 06, 2022

Q: Hi 5i,

I'm new to the service and joined with the hope of finding an unbiased second opinion on my portfolio of stocks. I had the good fortune of purchasing in my TFSA SHOP ($1200); LSPD ($26.31); SE ($149); MELI ($769.45) and continue to hold. This year, not so good, I had purchased REAL ($18.16); ABST ($13.79); AT ($10.36) which with the exception of MX are all currently in the red.

My problem is that given my current YTD is at -13% I should probably shake up the TFSA. However, when I look at each stock individually I just can't bring myself to sell, I love the growth potential of them all.

I'm (obviously) ok with volatility in my portfolio and I do not anticipate needing the funds for 3+ years. I would appreciate your thoughts or ranking of these stocks in terms of growth potential from this point forward. Are there better stock opportunities I should consider out there for my TFSA ?

Thank you in advance.

Read Answer Asked by GREGORY on November 29, 2021

Q: What is causing the current weakness in Methanex ? I have had success with it in the past and your fairly recent comments are positive so am considering picking some up at todays price. Any benefit to buying in US$ other than retaining dividends in US$ without losing on currency exchange ?
Have been with 5I since inception and am very happy with your insight.

John.

Read Answer Asked by JOHN on October 28, 2021

Q: Hello 5iii

Just looking for your perspective on the energy sector / wti increase having further gains to year end or even Q1 22 ? I have many positions that are near back to break even or now even positive. Please advise TY

Read Answer Asked by Brant on October 07, 2021

Q: Hi 5i,
Please provide current outlook for MX. I know (painfully) the company is highly cyclical and I would like to know if there is any runway left? Given latest stock strength how does reaching 1 year high of $62 look to you in your crystal ball on the scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)? What do the methanol futures tell you?
Please deduct as many credits as you see fit.

Read Answer Asked by JR on September 09, 2021