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Who actually works for you?

Brokers make money, investment bankers make money, fund managers make money! So who has your - and only your - interests in mind? 5i Research® does.

  • Who else will offer three Model Portfolios (Balanced Equity, Growth and Income), with no obligations or management fees?
  • Who else will answer your investment and company questions honestly and independently, without trying to sell you something on the side? (We have 75,369+ answered questions in our archives).
  • Who else cannot trade in any stocks they cover? 5i staff are not allowed to buy any new Canadian securities - only US.  

We work ONLY for you, our members. Isn't it about time someone was on your side? On your money's side?

Peter Hodson

5i Research® is founded and majority owned by Peter Hodson, CFA, former Chairman of Sprott Asset Management L.P.

"Ten years ago I was forced from work due to illness, at the age of forty with three young children, my financial situation was very precarious. My wages were reduced by 50% and I had never invested in the stock market, it was imperative that I did something to supplement my income. With great advice from you and lots of reading and research, I was able to learn enough to almost return my earnings to their original levels."

- Robert S.

With 5i Research® you receive:

Research Reports

  • Access to over 70 easy-to-understand research reports, written for regular investors, and not institutions.
  • Ratings are handled with simple letter grades such as "A-", "C+", or "F". Most stock analysts use inoffensive terms to protect their relationships with companies.

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Answers to Your Investment Questions:

  • Learn from the 75,369+ member questions that have already been answered. 
  • Submit up to 24 investment questions* a year 
  • Many members find this feature alone to be worth the subscription price many times over.  

*General stock, ETF, fund, and investment questions only. We do not give individual portfolio advice.  

5i Research® Performance

How have some of our coverage companies performed as of April 27, 2018?

  • The Stars Group Inc. (TSGI) (formerly Amaya Inc.) up 1632% since we covered the stock on January 9, 2012 
  • Boyd Group Income Fund (BYD.UN) up 752% since we covered the stock on March 12, 2012  
  • Premium Brands (PBH) up 111% since we covered the stock on July 13, 2016  
  • Savaria (SIS) up 93% since we covered the stock on July 11, 2016  

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Mutual Funds vs. 5i Research

A typical mutual fund in Canada charges 2.50% in fees. This means you are paying $2,500 every year in fees, on a portfolio of $100,000.  

An annual 5i membership is $176.95, no matter how large your portfolio is.  

That's a 93.6% savings compared to a typical mutual fund in Canada.  

Plus, with 5i Research, you're also getting:

  • The ability to ask our team of analysts questions on the stocks and/or ETFs that you’re considering buying.
  • Access to our database of over 75,369 answered investing questions (from investors like you).  
  • Un-biased reports on the top growth and dividend stocks in Canada.
  • Access to 3 different model portfolios based on your investment strategy (growth vs. dividend/income vs. balanced)  

Let's see a mutual fund offer you that (while also being 93.6% less expensive!).  

"5i, You are the best. Prompt, clear, and concise responses during this tough period, you are worth your weight in gold ! Thank you for your continued support and excellence in service and knowledge. You are definitely the best investment service out there."

- S.B.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who owns 5i research®? 5i Research is privately owned, with the majority owned by Peter Hodson, CFA, former Chairman of Sprott Asset Management L.P. 5i Research Inc. is also the owner of Canadian MoneySaver, a fully-independent financial magazine, published since 1981. 

Does 5i research® manage money? No.

Does 5i research® trade in stocks it covers? No. Never. Staff are also not allowed to buy any new Canadian securities. Staff are allowed to trade US securities only. 

Is 5i research® affiliated in any way with any money manager, brokerage firm, bank or public company? No. 

Why is the cost so low? We don’t print out glossy, 80-page reports. We don’t take company executives out to fancy dinners. We don’t pay lawyers to structure deals. We don’t pay commission to brokers to sell products. We don’t give any investment bankers large bonuses. We don’t cover everything. In addition, our founder has made a lot of money from wise equity investments, and we don’t need to charge a lot to our members in order to survive. 

How often will I get research reports? Reports are issued frequently (about two per month). We cover individual companies, new issues, ETFs, structured products, and individual companies will be covered on an on-going basis. All reports are available to members for download from the members’ area. We also send out a member update e-mail every 2-4 weeks letting you know what's new. 

Why do you use a high-school grading system on companies? Because everyone can understand it. An “A” company is better than a “C-“ company. Most stock analysts use inoffensive terms to protect their relationships with companies. Do you know if a “Sector Perform” is better than an “Equal Weight”? Frankly, neither do we. Letter grades are simple, and we don’t care if we offend a company with an “F” grade. 


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