Forget gold and Bitcoin! I reckon today’s FTSE 100 buying opportunity could help you retire early

first_img Harvey Jones | Saturday, 11th April, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The stock market crash swung into recovery mode last week, with the FTSE 100 now up 15% since its lows in late March. Despite that, investors still have a massive opportunity to buy bargain blue-chip stocks, and this is where I would invest today, rather than in precious metal gold or crypto-currency Bitcoin.I’ve been taking advantage of the share price crash to top up my FTSE 100 trackers, seeing this as a great buying opportunity. I’d much rather buy equities tax-free in a Stocks and Shares ISA than gold or Bitcoin and here’s why.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The gold price is up almost 35% over the past 12 months, but it is now struggling to climb higher. Last month should have been perfect for gold, as panicked investors ran to traditional safe havens, but in fact the price fell slightly.Trading at nearly $1,700 an ounce, gold is expensive, and could slip back if sentiment recovers.Gold and Bitcoin worry meBitcoin will have disappointed those who claimed it was a safe haven asset class that behaved in a different way to shares. In fact, it has crashed faster than the FTSE 100 during this year, halving from just over $10,000 to around $5,000 at one point. The crypto-currency remains hugely unpredictable, and I wouldn’t want to bet my financial future on it.The stock market may also have crashed, but unlike gold and Bitcoin, companies listed on the FTSE 100 actually have something to offer the real world. You could live without gold, which has few practical uses, and Bitcoin, which frankly has none. You would struggle without energy firms, utilities, supermarkets, banks and pharmaceutical companies. What a FTSE 100 buying opportunityI wouldn’t want to base my early retirement plans on gold and Bitcoin. Especially since neither pay any interest. FTSE 100 stocks are how I plan to invest for my retirement and today is a great buying opportunity.Some of you may be wary about investing given today’s volatility, but there’s a simple way to get round this. You should invest for the long term, 10 years at least. Over such a lengthy time, today’s bear market worries will soon fade.Invest now to retire early laterIn fact, the FTSE 100 often recovers from a stock market crash to hit fresh highs, as investors leap on buying opportunities, and keep buying. It’s part of the natural investment cycle. The trick is to buy at the bottom of the cycle, like today, rather than the top.It could take some years for the market to fully recover from the coronavirus shock, but if you can leave your money invested, then you should reap the rewards later. This is a great opportunity to buy top FTSE 100 stocks, and use them to fund your early retirement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Harvey Jones Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Forget gold and Bitcoin! I reckon today’s FTSE 100 buying opportunity could help you retire early I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

Phoenix’s Inaugural Lost Lake Festival Reveals Lineup With Chance The Rapper, The Killers, & More

first_imgCreators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, Superfly  recently announced their newest festival, dubbed Lost Lake Festival. Going down on October 20 – 22 at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, Arizona, the inaugural event has revealed their initial lineup. Headliners include The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, and Odesza. Following the top-tier performers are heavy hitters The Roots, Run The Jewels, Pixies, Haim, Ludacris, Huey & The News, Big Gigantic, Juanes, Lil Jon, Crystal Castles, Kongos, Lil Yachty, Danny Brown, and an unannounced “superjam.” Bonnaroo is well-known for their curated superjam experiences – so we can’t wait to see what they come up with.Also performing are Highly Suspect, Carla Morrison, Calexico, Snakehips, Noname, Broods, Real Estate, A Tribe Called Red, and so many more. Check out the full lineup below:The festival will highlight Phoenix’s local talent, from performers to food and drink offerings. Learn more about the festival here. Watch the announcement video below:last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Kendrick Perkins says Lakers have strong chance at landing Finals MVP

first_imgIt’s going to Be interesting weekend! I don’t see Kawhi leaving Oh Canada and if he I see him going to the Clippers not the Lakers! Also Brooklyn, New York and the Clippers better have a strong got damn pitch because if I’m KD it’s hard to turn that Super Max with GS!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 29, 2019I take my last tweet back! Lakers have a strong Chance of getting Kawhi! Got damn it I can wait to see what happens! My bad!!!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 29, 2019Perkins spent some time playing for the Thunder alongside the Warriors’ Kevin Durant, and the two are said to be close friends — which some believe gives Perkins valuable insight into the superstar’s impending free-agency decision. Nikola Mirotic surprisingly leaves NBA for Euroleague team Perkins doesn’t seem to have much of a connection with Leonard, he may have gotten some insight from Durant, who is reportedly discussing teaming up with Leonard on the Clippers or Knicks next season — even though Durant will likely be recovering from an Achilles injury for the entire year.Durant narrowed the list of teams he will consider signing with to four Friday, and only the Knicks, Nets, Clippers and Warriors are still in the running, according to ESPN. Leonard on the other hand is expected to meet with the Lakers and Clippers on June 30 before he lets Toronto make a final pitch.It’s unclear what made Perkins change his mind about Leonard joining the Lakers, but that could come to light after free agency begins Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. “It’s going to Be interesting weekend!” he tweeted initially. “I don’t see Kawhi leaving Oh Canada and if he I see him going to the Clippers not the Lakers! Also Brooklyn, New York and the Clippers better have a strong got d— pitch because if I’m KD it’s hard to turn that Super Max with GS!””I take my last tweet back!” he followed. “Lakers have a strong Chance of getting Kawhi! Got d— it I can wait to see what happens! My bad!!!” Related Newscenter_img Kawhi Leonard signing with the Lakers appears to be becoming increasingly likely.Former 14-year pro Kendrick Perkins was skeptical the Raptors star would leave Toronto on Friday, but changed his mind later that day and tweeted that Los Angeles has a “strong chance” of landing Leonard. NBA free agency rumors: Derrick Rose agrees to terms with Pistonslast_img read more

Inaugural Veterans Day Celebration at Saint Martin’s University Flag Pavilion

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityThe American Legion Band, the color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 318 in Olympia and a commemorative tree-planting ceremony will be among the highlights of the inaugural Veteran’s Day Celebration at Saint Martin’s University, starting at 11:30 a.m. on November 10.The University’s new Flag Pavilion, located at the base of the Grand Staircase outside Old Main and adjacent to the Jan Halliday Memorial Plaza, is the venue for the celebration, which will be hosted by the Saint Martin’s University Veterans Club. The event is free and open to the public.“The focus of this Veterans Day celebration will be on gratitude — to our service members, our citizens and our nation,” says Fiona Ebbertt, a U.S. Army veteran, veterans club president and mathematics major at Saint Martin’s.  “We want to say ‘thank you’ to our veterans and citizens for always having each other’s backs.”President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., will be present to welcome attendees and introduce guest speaker David R. Spangler, Ph.D. Spangler spent 21 of his 23 years at Saint Martin’s as president, retiring in 2005. He was called out of retirement in 2008 to serve as interim president until Heynderickx was selected to fill the president’s post in September 2009.During the ceremony, gratitude will also be formally expressed to Board of Trustees member and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Terence Monaghan ’62 and his wife, Mary Louise ’60, for the roles they played in establishing the Flag Pavilion. The Monaghans were touring the Lacey campus one day when Mrs. Monahan noticed there was no American flag present.“She remarked that we needed to do something to get a flag on campus. So, I put pencil to pad and designed a flag pavilion,” recalls Monaghan, an engineer and retired president of Veco Engineering. With funding provided by the Monaghans, the pavilion was constructed by Saint Martin’s personnel under the supervision of Alan Tyler, the University director of facilities.A formal dedication of the Flag Pavilion was held in February to recognize military veteran and active-duty students, alumni, faculty and staff, and members of the community, for their service to the country.As part of the upcoming Veterans Day Celebration, an “Honor Tree” will be planted and attendees will be invited to tie yellow ribbons on the branches as a show of gratitude to a military service member, according to Ebbertt.“The point of the tree is, we want to have a living memory that’s symbolic of the sacrifice and efforts of service members everywhere,” Ebbertt says.A luncheon hosted by the Veterans Club in the Worthington Conference Center, located on campus, will follow the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. The luncheon is open to the public. Facebook22Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Basketball development club looking for a name

first_imgOnce the development club begins running on a regular basis, those enrolled will run along the same rules and regulations developed by B.C. provincial basketball, which can be examined through their official website.Registration for the program only costs $10, and the organization is supporting the idea of fundraising in order to keep registration fees as affordable as possible to those interested.Once a board of directors is formed, more information will become available for the development program.- Advertisement -The club’s first order of business is to get itself a name.Anyone interested in volunteering, offering ideas or has any questions, please visit the club’s official Facebook page.last_img

Council asked to step up and build footpaths in Rathmullan and Ramelton

first_imgCouncillor Ian McGarvey is calling on Donegal County Council to provide footpaths in key areas of Rathmullan and Ramelton.The Letterkenny Mayor has highlighted safety issues for pedestrians in a busy part of Rathmullan – from Ballyboe Bridge to the town.A footpath had been planned for the area, but Cllr McGarvey was told by the roads department that no budget was available as it was not included in this year’s programme. These works will be considered in future programmes, the Letterkenny MD meeting was told yesterday.Cllr McGarvey also asked for footpaths to be provided around Ramelton at Rectory Road to the Cup and Saucer, Letterkenny Road to NS Medical Centre, the Nursing Home, Church of Ireland and Chapel and the Kilmacrennan Road to Drumonaghan Wood Walk. He said that footpaths were an important topic as more people go out running, walking and cycling.Fergal Doherty, Area Manager, Roads and Transportation told the council that the Ramelton paths will also be considered for future funding programmes as many routes are already on their Footpath & Public Lighting list. Construction can take place ‘if and when’ funding becomes available.Also in Ramelton, Cllr McGarvey succeeded in passing a motion to have public toilet signs erected at the Cup and Saucer to inform tourists of the nearest facilities. Council asked to step up and build footpaths in Rathmullan and Ramelton was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Ian McGarveyRameltonRathmullanlast_img read more

New slogan for Brand South Africa

first_imgBrand South Africa’s new slogan hasbeenapprived by the Cabinet. (Image: Brand South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Hiles  Brand South Africa  Digital content manager  +27 11 483-0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Building a thriving African brand • Brand South Africa hosts global media • SA is Africa’s top nation brand • South Africa: open for businessSource: Southafrica.info“South Africa: Inspiring New Ways”, the new slogan for championing the country locally and internationally, has been approved by the country’s Cabinet following extensive development and consultation by Brand South Africa.Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane made the announcement on Thursday following the Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday.Brand South Africa, the organisation charged with marketing South Africa at home and abroad, will drive the popularisation of the new slogan, Chabane told reporters in Pretoria.The new slogan replaces the previous “Alive with Possibility”.“It’s a description of the best of our national character, our values and the fabric of our people,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola in a statement.“It is a challenge to all South Africans, from business, government and civil society, to build on our reputation for inspiration and innovation.”As part of the development process, Brand South Africa consulted broadly and held discussions with all interested parties, including the government, business, civil society and the general public, said a statement released by the organisation.Research and surveys helped to ensure that the process was going in the right direction.The final slogan was chosen from a shortlist of five, each of which was thoroughly tested locally and internationally.Championing SA at home and abroadBrand South Africa is best known locally for its Play Your Part active citizenship campaign, and its precursor, the hugely successful Football Fridays campaign that inspired the nation in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Internationally, Brand South Africa lobbies and networks extensively among global opinion leaders to shift perceptions about the country and the continent.Most recently, the organisation teamed up with London’s Financial Times to host a roundtable discussion on the future of mining in Africa at last month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town.The month before that, Brand South Africa partnered with Time magazine in bringing global business and political leader together to discuss the role of Africa in the global transformation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The organisation also regularly brings groups of international journalists to the country to give them the chance to contact South African government and business, experience local life and culture, and learn about the country’s latest technological developments.SA climbs in the brand rankingsIts efforts have not gone unrewarded. In the latest release of the prestigious Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brand Index, made in October, South Africa moved up one spot to 36th out of 50 countries measured, confirming the steady improvement in the country’s brand reputation.The index is based on an annual online survey conducted among respondents from 20 “panel” countries in which the 50 competing nations are ranked along six dimensions: tourism, culture, people, exports, governance, and investment/immigration.While expressing satisfaction with South Africa’s ranking, Matola pointed out that different branding indices tended to come to different conclusions. What mattered most for a nation brand was its “key differentiators”.For Brand South Africa, this meant continuing to focus on positioning the country more as a business destination and an attractive emerging market on the African continent, Matola said.last_img read more

Famous Brands steps up in Nigeria

first_img16 September 2013 South African food service group Famous Brands has acquired a 49% stake in Nigerian company UAC Restaurants (UACR), whose flagship Mr Bigg’s brand is Africa’s largest food franchise outside of South Africa. Famous Brands announced the deal with UACR parent company UAC of Nigeria on Monday, without disclosing the amount involved. UACR owns 165 franchised restaurants across Nigeria, 57 of which are in Lagos and 14 in Abuja. The company also has a small logistics and manufacturing component. Mr Bigg’s quick-service restaurants boast an extensive product offering ranging from pastries and other snacks to burgers and hot meals, and a huge loyal customer base – around 100 000 customers visit the brand’s restaurants daily. “Whilst we have traded in Nigeria for the past 11 years through a combination of master license and franchise agreements, this transaction catapults us to a completely different level, enabling us to meaningfully expand our presence in this burgeoning, currently low consumption per capita organised food service market,” Famous Brands chief executive Kevin Hedderwick said in a statement. “It also underlines our ambitious and deliberate plans to grow our business outside of South Africa.” The joint venture delivers compelling benefits for both parties, Hedderwick said, with UACR bringing to it a formidable brand, local expertise and existing franchisees, as well as a nationwide distribution network and Lagos-based manufacturing infrastructure. “In exchange, Famous Brands will add value to the business through our expertise in managing intellectual property, growing brands and optimising supply chain operations and efficiencies.” UAC Group CEO Larry Ettah said Nigeria was an attractive destination for quick-service restaurants, with robust economic growth pushing up income levels and a youthful middle class expected to increase to 35% of the population in 2015 compared to 30% in 2009. Continued political and macro-economic stability, coupled with growth-friendly policies, had resulted in an increasingly supportive business environment, Ettah said. “In addition, the country continues to experience an improvement in efficiency, particularly in the distribution and manufacturing sectors. This is attracting positive interest from foreign investors with a long-term view of the opportunities.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

PLC Gains Popularity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Katie DehlingerDTN Farm Business EditorMOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (DTN) — A vast majority of corn and soybean farmers elected the Agriculture Risk Coverage program under the 2014 Farm Bill, but University of Illinois economists say growers are more likely to choose the Price Loss Coverage program for 2019 and 2020 crops.“The higher the prices, the more you look at ARC-County. The lower the prices, the more it’s going to favor PLC,” University of Illinois agriculture economist Gary Schnitkey said in a Farmdoc webinar.Schnitkey and University of Illinois professor Jonathan Coppess explained a number of changes the 2018 farm bill made to the PLC and ARC-County programs and how they could affect farmers’ decision, but added that low commodity prices make the PLC program the most likely choice. A separate webinar exploring under what circumstances a farmer would consider using the ARC-Individual farm program will be held at a later date.One of the most important changes is farmers will be able to make more frequent elections of which farm safety net program they’d like to participate in, instead of making one decision to cover five crop years. Farmers need to make a choice between PLC, ARC-County and ARC-Individual by March 15, 2020, for crops grown in 2019 and 2020. They’ll make an annual election in 2021, 2022 and 2023.Schnitkey said there are advantages to waiting until closer to the deadline before making a decision.“March 15, 2020, is halfway through the marketing year for 2019, and we should have a good idea of what county yields are at that point in time, so at least the 2019 choices will be in pretty clear focus,” he said.The 2018 Farm Bill also allows farmers to update their yield history for the PLC program, and that’s something farmers can begin doing at any time. Schnitkey recommends using crop insurance history to do so, if it’s advantageous.“Decisions will be on a crop and a farm basis. So you could update corn yields on one FSA farm and not update soybean yields,” he said. “The decision is simple: Pick the higher number.”While the most recent farm bill includes a mechanism that allows PLC reference prices to rise, Coppess said it won’t come into play for the 2019 or 2020 crop years, leaving the statutory reference prices at $3.70 per bushel for corn and $8.40 per bushel for soybeans.The PLC program makes payments when the marketing year average price falls below the reference price.The ARC program incorporates yields as well as price, which makes its calculations more complicated. It uses a rolling Olympic average, which means it excludes the highest and lowest number, of prices and yields to create benchmark revenue. It then pays when county revenue falls below 86% of the benchmark.ARC tends to pay better in low-yield scenarios, while PLC tends to pay better in low-price scenarios.Congress made a number of tweaks and changes to the ARC program that could play a bigger role long term, but Coppess said those changes are unlikely to sway this round of decision making.Among those changes, ARC will now use Risk Management Agency data instead National Agricultural Statistics Service data to determine county yields and will make payments based on the actual county the farm in located in, instead of the county where the farm’s main administration takes place. Yields in the calculations are also one year in arrears, meaning 2019’s benchmarks will be based on figures from 2013 to 2017.More substantially, the program uses trend-adjusted yields in its benchmark revenue calculations, which Coppess said acknowledges that yields are expected to improve over time.“Prices move up and down, and Olympic averages are meant to smooth out volatility,” he said. “Yields operate differently. We don’t expect them to move up and down in the same sort of volatile nature. And so when you’re designing a revenue program, you want yields that reflect what the expectation is for that farm and that county.”Coppess and Schnitkey gave examples of how those yields will be calculated, even though farmers won’t have to do them. The Farm Service Agency calculates the benchmarks.For 2019’s ARC calculations, the benchmark price for corn will be $3.70, and Coppess said that’s a stark reminder of how different ARC looks than the last time farmers signed up in 2014.“We went into 2014’s decision at a $5.29 benchmark price for corn, so we were at a much higher level. When we talk about why PLC looks like the more favorable decision, this is a big part of it. This ARC program adjusts over time, and it has adjusted down to this lower price level,” he said.Schnitkey said there are two other factors that make PLC more favorable this year.“These payments will often get capped. So just remember that there is a cap on ARC-County payments and it’s 10% of our benchmark revenue,” Schnitkey said. Farmers that choose PLC can also elect the Supplemental Coverage Option on their crop insurance, which allows then to buy an additional 11% coverage.SCO insurance also has some protection advantages with the federal government covering 65% of the premium cost.Coppess and Schnitkey also demonstrated a new calculator designed to help farmers make decisions. It shows the probability that ARC or PLC will make a payment under a variety of different scenarios. Coppess said the model that powers the calculator will become more accurate over time.“We will know a whole lot more about the price scenario for this as we go into the new year,” he said. “So the timing for this decision, you really want to wait this out and see what things look like.”The full version of the calculator is expected to be live in early October. You can find an early release here: https://fd-tools.ncsa.illinois.edu/….If you’re interested in more details about the changes to ARC and PLC, you can watch a rebroadcast of the “Updates on Farm Bill ARC and PLC Programs” webinar here: https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/….Katie Dehlinger can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @KatieD_DTN(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – August 24, 2011

first_imgWhat’s that in the geocache?One of the original geocaching guidelines is “take something, leave something.” This means that when you find a geocache containing swag, you are welcome to take a piece of swag as long as you replace it with something of equal or greater value. Trackables are the exception to this rule.Trackables are geocaching gamepieces owned by geocachers. Each individual Trackable is etched with a unique tracking code and given a goal by its owner. The goal may be to travel to another country or to visit as many beaches as possible. Trackables are placed in caches to be picked up by other geocachers, who help move them to their goals. If you find a Trackable in a cache – identifiable by the tracking number and often the text “Trackable at Geocaching.com,” please remember that this is someone’s property. They placed it in a geocache because they want to see it travel! You are welcome to take the item from the cache as long as you are willing to help it on its journey by placing it in another cache. You do not need to put anything into the cache when taking a Trackable, since you will not be keeping the item.To find out what a Trackable’s goal is, you can look up the tracking number here or on one of Groundspeak’s mobile Geocaching Applications. If you are interested in owning your own Trackable, check out the selection at Shop Geocaching. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFive reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News”SWAG to leave in geocachesDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”The difference between SWAG and trackablesMay 12, 2018In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more