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Q: Hello, happy Canada to all. Currently building a moderate portfolio with the stocks above, all full positions except WSP, open to also taking on some more risk and buying into the negativity. Long runway of 5-10+ years. Am looking for 3 new options that would help achieve an overall 2.5-3% dividend yield (2 CAN and 1 US). And 3 growth options (2 CAN and 1 US). Please omit GSY, ENB, MG, TOI, and GOOG (I know, sorry) as these are also held in a separate account. Thank you for all that you do!

Read Answer Asked by Robert on July 05, 2022

Q: Your last report for SJ was in June 2021 and it received an A- rating. Do you still see this stock in the same category as SLF? I read in the GAM that SJ is getting into less profitable regular lumber and investors don't like it. Value metrics look good with F P/E 9.6, P/S 0.77, EV/EBITA 8.10, however, by comparison WFG appears to me to have a much better valuation: F P/E 3.7, P/S 0.83 and EV/EBITA 1.56. WFG seems the clear choice today. Would appreciate your comments for a long term investment in SJ and/or WFG. Thanks!!

Read Answer Asked by Grant on June 22, 2022

Q: Would like your suggestions of 7 value stocks that also have a history of increasing dividends for both a balance portfolio and an income portfolio ....primarily Canadian stocks or secondary US traded stocks.
and please take the number of credits necessary to complete this "task". ........thanks.....Tom

Read Answer Asked by Tom on June 21, 2022

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

Two questions; please deduct credits accordingly.

Question 1 - I plan to sell one ETF (HXS) and two stocks (SJ & TCN) for a tax loss and then buy them back after 30 days. Please suggest proxies for each that I could buy as a replacement for the 30 days. These are held in a margin account.

Question 2 - I own WCP in my RRIF, and find that its volatility is harder for me to handle than I had thought. (Its beta is 3.26). Now that I'm in the black with it, I was thinking of two alternatives; selling WCP and adding to an existing profitable position in TOU (beta = 1.62), or starting a new position in XOM (beta = 1.07). XOM would increase my US exposure which needs to be increased, according to Portfolio Analytics. What's your take on this strategy?

Alternative ideas for each question would be welcome, and as always, thanks for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on May 24, 2022

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,

In reading answers to questions posed by others, I get the impression that 5i isn't in favour of averaging down as an investment strategy, due to the potential for further losses. These possible losses are of course greater for individual stocks and less so for ETFs, according to what I've read.

However, if a non-registered account contains some cash, and the holdings are ones that 5i has made positive comments in the past, in what order might you consider adding to the following?
HXS (down 8.86%)
SJ (down 18.7%)
TCN (down 12.62%)

Thanks for your guidance and respected advice.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on May 11, 2022

Q: I own the following Canadian Stocks in my RRSP and TFSA and 20% is in cash to invest when there are opportunities in the market.

Which ones from the above list would you pick as your Top 3 choices to add to at today's prices, and the reasons why you like them.

Are there any on the list above that you would consider selling and the reasons why.

Thank You.

Read Answer Asked by ALNOOR on March 18, 2022

Q: 30 days ago I sold AQN, BEP.UN, and SJ for tax losses, and replaced them with CPX, BAM and ADN, respectively, thanks in large part to your advice plus some other research I did.
Which of the "replacements" would you shed in favour of a return to the original holdings (as originally planned). I'm thinking CPX out/AQN (or BEP) back in, ADN out/SJ back in, but hold BAM and skip BEP (or AQN). Does that make sense to you?
Portfolio objective is ~ 8-10-year holds (except for harvesting tax losses occasionally) with dividend growth.
What comments would you have on the timing of these transactions in light of the current market turmoil?
Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Lotar on January 24, 2022

Q: I have a 1/2 position in Stella Jones... One of the few of my holdings in the red...You have a good rating on the company but it isn't in any of the portfolios. Is it time to move on....Thinking of selling and moving to PBH, TCL or BYD all of which I currently hold full positions in an un-registered account. Thoughts on hold or move on, open to other suggestions in balanced or income portfolios for good buy opportunities.

Read Answer Asked by Tom on January 07, 2022

Q: Hi 5i Team,

I am looking to invest approx. $6k in my TFSA and approx. $28K in my RRSP for Jan/Feb of 2022. My potential stock picks for each account are:

TFSA - AT, TOI, CJT
RRSP - T, BEP.UN, BAMR, SJ

I am leaning more towards T & BEP.UN for my RRSP since I do not have much exposure to Utilities in my overall portfolio exposure (Tip my hat to your Potfolio Tracking for pointing that out!)

I am leaning towards adding to AT (I already own a significant amount of shares but I am extremely tempted by the current stock price) or CJT since I believe the potential ecommerce headwinds for the company will be significant over the next few years.

If you could rank or provide your thoughts on these companies in this current (depressing) market environment it would be of great help. If you have better candidates to look at that would also be welcome. Plan to hold for 5 to 10yrs.

I am new to this service but just wanted to say that I have been very impressed with 5i so far. I appreciate all the work you do for DIY investors and wish you and your staff a Merry Christmas and a better new year.

Thank you in advance.

Read Answer Asked by GREGORY on December 21, 2021

Q: I have losses as follows for potential tax loss selling:
AQN 18%
BEP.UN 24%
SJ 14%
What can you recommend as suitable proxies until repurchase, or which ones would you not repurchase (leaving their "proxies" in the portfolio).
Thanks, and I wish everyone on the team, and your readers, Merry Anytime and Happy Always.

Read Answer Asked by Lotar on December 20, 2021