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Q: Hi - as a follow up to your reply from my earlier question today on the above, would you consider a further pullback during this possible rotation to be an opportunity to add back to them? This would be under scenario that once a recession is upon us that they would once again do well. Secondly, do you "expect" that this rotation may last a quarter or two...or is your base case for recessionary positioning sooner?
Read Answer Asked by Douglas on December 15, 2023
Q: Hi Peter and Staff
Long time holder of NTR and have whittled my materials to just this one with a 1% weighting . Selling now at this price seems like a bad idea but with the premise “it doesn’t care what you paid for it “ for a long term hold , do you favour it , SJ or TECK.B and why ?

Thanks for all you do
Read Answer Asked by Dennis on December 04, 2023
Q: What would be some investments that would benefit from the potential residential building boom that is being incented by Federal money in Canada?
Read Answer Asked by Maria on November 21, 2023
Q: Hello, I think I made a mistake in buying WFG. It has not done well and is at the mercy of lumber prices and the government (I think?). I used to own SJ and it may have more control of it's destiny. Your thoughts please. Frankly I'm starting to think I don't need materials as there is too many, copper, lumber, steel, gold..... I also own AEM in the sector. How do I choose? I prefer a safer less cyclical stock if that's possible in this sector. Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you.
Read Answer Asked by Cheryl on November 08, 2023
Q: As a dividend growth investor I'm looking for one more (non-financial) growth company to add to my group that already includes ATD and CNR. I've done a side-by-side comparison of the following three outlining concerns for each:

FSV - Reasonable debt levels. In a recession, perhaps the strongest of the three (?), but always expensive.

SJ - Arguably a bit of a moat, reasonable debt. But by already owning CNR, does it make sense to own a company whose business includes railway ties?

DOO - Great growth, nice dividend growth, and very attractive moat. But what about that debt ?...and in a recession who is going to buy those "toys" ?

Not looking for personal advice, but I would welcome any comments on the concerns I've mentioned. Thanks.
Read Answer Asked by James on October 17, 2023
Q: Hello 5i
Your analysis tells me that i am underweight in basic materials. I have been thinking about buying more of Stella Jones, which i already own. But, as you will know, it has had a pretty good run recently. So, i was then wondering about looking for a good prospect that has been more beaten down and with a good chance of a rebound. Would you go with SJ, or would there be a better choice, either in Canada or US? Dividend doesn't matter. I have a feeling that this isn't a bad time to be looking at basic materials. Would you agree with that?
Thanks as always for your help
Read Answer Asked by joseph on October 17, 2023
Q: Hi,

Are all the A-ranked companies in the September Rating Summary still a buy at their current prices?
Read Answer Asked by Larry on October 12, 2023
Q: Market seemed to like the great Q2 results for Stella Jones. The press release mentioned the 2023-2025 financial objects from the inaugural Investor Day in May and I noticed the plan included a >$500M cumulative return to shareholders. The current $0.92 dividend payout is roughly $54M/yr which is well short of the goal objective. Any insight into dividend raises or special dividends.
Read Answer Asked by David on August 10, 2023
Q: In 2015 your growth portfolio was down 4.8% and your income portfolio was down 5.5% as a result I would have expected your balanced portfolio to have declined yet it was up 9.5%
Could you explain that outperformance?
Read Answer Asked by Terry on July 17, 2023
Q: This question concerns the materials sector in a well-diversified Canadian portfolio (~30 holdings), focused slightly toward growth. Our target is for a 5% weight in this sector.

Currently the sector is underweight at a 2.5% allocation with NTR being the only holding. We are open to either doubling up on NTR or adding an equal amount of SJ. Which would be your preference and why?

For each of NTR and SJ Please rate (1-10) in terms of your conviction to buy today, along with suggested target buy range [great, okay].
Read Answer Asked by Peter on June 19, 2023
Q: Hi,
I need to sell all the stocks in my non-registered account to access the cash in the next 2-5 years. I will be selling many of the stocks listed, in the next few weeks. Can you list them in SELL order with a few comments on the rationale.
Also, please list the top 10 Canadian stocks (from this list or others) for longterm holding, since I will buy some of them back in one of my registered accounts (RRSP, TFSA), likely over the next 2 years.
Thank you,
Read Answer Asked by Camille on May 30, 2023
Q: I have room to add one materials stock to my portfolio. Which of the following or others would you prefer? Nutrien around $80; Stella Jones around $60 lately or CCL.B around $68?
Read Answer Asked by Gerry on May 12, 2023