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Forget gold, Bitcoin, and the Japanese yen! Now is the time to buy the FTSE 100

first_img 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. Enter Your Email Address 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. 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! In times of trouble, investors instinctively race off in search of safe havens, and that is exactly what happened after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani in Iraq.Run for coverCue a spike in the price of gold, the crypto-currency Bitcoin, and the Japanese yen. All are seen as financial boltholes in their different ways – gold is an ancient store of value, Bitcoin offers shelter when traditional assets are under pressure, and the Japanese yen is a rock solid currency because of the country’s solid current account surplus.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…By contrast, investors flee stock markets when geopolitical problems strike. The FTSE 100 ended Monday down 0.64%, while the FTSE 250 was off more than 1%.The US-Iran stand-off scared away short-term traders; they will wait to see how and when Iran will retaliate, and whether it does something drastic like attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz to shipping. Almost a fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait, some 17.2m barrels per day, and closing this could inflict further turmoil on markets.The uncertainty isn’t hitting every stock, though. As Brent crude shot through $70 a barrel, FTSE 100 oil giant BP climbed more than 2% on Monday, while FTSE 250 listed energy services business Wood Group jumped almost 4%.Play the long gameStock market traders are by nature a jumpy bunch, as they try to capitalise on short-term market movements, but investors must ignore short-term threats, whether economic or geopolitical, and keep their eyes on the long-term prize, which is to tap into the greater long-term growth capacity of stocks and shares to build wealth for their future.If you are investing for 20, 30, 40 years or more, events like these will one day be a mere blip. You need to keep your money exposed to the winning combination of share price growth and in particular, dividend payouts, and ignore political noise like this.It’s time in the market that matters, not timing the market, as the old investment saying puts it. Any investor who is so nervy that they sold off their holdings because of recent political events probably shouldn’t have been in the market in the first place.Home from homeThe unpredictability of stock markets was seen in 2019, when investors started the year in a gloomy mood and ended on an unexpected high. The FTSE 100 ended last year more than 10% higher, while in the US, the S&P 500 index climbed more than 25%.Markets may struggle to repeat the trick this year, so I would advise looking for buying opportunities in the shape of a market dip. Who knows, we may see one over the next few days.If further geopolitical uncertainty does knock investor sentiment and share prices, I would forget gold, Bitcoin, the Japanese yen, the Swiss franc and cash. Despite their vaunted ‘safe’ status they don’t cut it for me in the longer run.Screw up your courage, and buy shares instead. In the longer run, they should deliver a far superior total return, which makes them a far better home for your long-term wealth, whatever happens on the political stage. 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 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. Harvey Jones | Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 Forget gold, Bitcoin, and the Japanese yen! Now is the time to buy the FTSE 100 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

South Shore Line running with usual hours for Easter Weekend

first_img Google+ South Shore Line running with usual hours for Easter Weekend Twitter (953 MNC/Tommie Lee) If your weekend plans involve some back and forth between here and Chicago, you’ll be happy to hear that the South Shore Line will operate on a regular schedule this weekend.The usual hours will be in place for trains and ticket offices on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday.You can find schedules and other information at www.mysouthshoreline.com. Google+ By Tommie Lee – March 31, 2021 0 219 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleIU researchers okay with AstraZeneca COVID vaccineNext articleIs April 6th too soon to lift Indiana’s mask mandate? Tommie Leelast_img read more

Standing Rock Benefit At Brooklyn Bowl Featuring Immortal Technique And More Announced

first_imgSince early this past Spring, hundreds of different groups of indigenous Americans and countless civilian demonstrators have flocked to Standing Rock Indian Reservation to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline’s scheduled construction poses a direct threat to the safety of Standing Rock’s lone water supply, the Missouri River. Protests have escalated in size and severity over the course of the year, with tensions between law enforcement and demonstrators escalating to extreme and increasingly physical levels. The movement’s rallying cry #StandWithStandingRock has slowly but surely captured the nation’s attention, urging solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe–and, in a more general sense, indigenous people as a whole–in their fight to protect their community’s water supply.As the #NoDAPL movement pushes forward, countless artists have used their platform to urge the public to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, from Neil Young, to Dave Matthews, to Kamasi Washington, to Oteil Burbridge. Today, a very special #StandWithStandingRock Benefit has been announced for December 12th at Brooklyn Bowl, from which all proceeds will go to support the ground efforts of the Standing Rock community.The show will be headlined by Immortal Technique, with help from TV on the Radio‘s Kyp Malone, Holly Miranda & Invisible Familiars, The Skins, Constant Flow, Diane Birch, and Cole Ramstad. The event will also appropriately feature a number of indigenous performances, including the Redhawk Dancers, Pua Ali’ilima o Nuioka, Shinnecock Youth Council, Youngblood Singers, Ori Manaea, Robert Borrero, Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli Aztec, and Standing Rock International Indigenous Youth Council, with a special DJ set by St. Lucia.You can purchase tickets for the #StandWithStandingRock benefit, and find more information here.last_img read more

NFL free agency news: Panthers sign Gerald McCoy to 1-year deal

first_imgGerald McCoy has found his new home.The Panthers on Tuesday announced they have signed the veteran defensive tackle to a one-year del. So we did a thing…😀😀😀 pic.twitter.com/EfQaE9cVze— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 4, 2019Financial details weren’t disclosed but McCoy is slated to make $8.5 million in 2019, according to an ESPN report, which cited unidentified league sources.McCoy, 31, was released from the Buccaneers in April after nine seasons. Tampa Bay decided not to pay McCoy the $13 million he was due for the upcoming year.He visited multiple teams, including the Browns and Ravens, and was rumored to be considering the Benglals as well but was “wowed” by the Panthers, the report noted.McCoy will get to play his former team this season, however, it will not be in Tampa Bay as their Week 6 matchup will be in London. Gerald McCoy left Baltimore thinking he very well might sign there. But Carolina wowed him on his visit; Cam Newton helped recruit McCoy big time, per source. To cap it off, McCoy gets to play his former Bucs team that released him and gave his No. 93 to Ndamukong Suh. Personal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 3, 2019The move saddened other teams vying for the six-time Pro Bowl player. After the news broke, Cleveland sent a sad emoji via text, according to another ESPN report.Text from #Browns source on losing out on Gerald McCoy: “😩”— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 3, 2019McCoy was initially drafted by the Bucs with the third pick in the 2010 draft. He had 54.5 sacks during his time with Tampa Bay.last_img read more

OVERTIME: My wish list for Santa Claus

first_imgBILL NEALMy wish list for Santa Claus…AKA “Smitty”:10 Yes man! Halle Berry under the tree. Now come on, you knew I was leading off with that.:09 J-Lo, Angelina or Angela Bassett under the tree. C’mon man, a brother gotta have a back-up plan.:08 Peace on earth. Good will to all men …yada…yada…yada…whatever man!:07 An NBA team in Pittsburgh. Now we’ll see what kind of juice ole Saint Nick has!:06 Speaking of hoops, and I was, please give me five more years to drag my broke down ass up and down the basketball court. Just five more and I promise I’ll quit. Can you say Clarence Hopson?Halle Berrylast_img read more

Red Bank Orders a New Parking Study

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – It’s been 26 years since the borough commissioned a survey of the parking situation in town.Plenty has changed in town since then but the stubborn shortage of downtown parking spaces still persists.On May 30, the Borough Council announced it was revisiting the issue, commissioning a fresh study and hiring Walker Consultants of New York City to conduct it. The 18-week study of the borough’s commercial district parking inventory will cost $52,350. Jim Scavone, Red Bank RiverCenter’s executive director, said its board of trustees agreed to pay $25,000, and the borough will pay the remainder.Red Bank wants a plan on how to reduce the parking problem, if not to solve it, said Democratic Councilman Erik Yngstrom, who chairs the borough’s parking committee. “Solving it is going to be very difficult but we want a plan to move forward and implement,” he said.“We recognize that solving the parking problem in Red Bank ultimately is most beneficial to the downtown business district,” Scavone said. “Therefore, we very much recognize our responsibility in taking the steps we need to take.”The four-to-five-month study will primarily cover Red Bank’s Special Improvement District (SID), which RiverCenter operates through a tax on business owners. It will stretch from Red Bank’s NJ Transit train station to Riverview Medical Center, located along East Front Street. It will also incorporate roadways that feed motorists into the downtown – Wallace Street, Mechanic Street, Washington Street, Waverly Place – and other areas surrounding the Molly Pitcher Inn and the Galleria commercial building.And the man they hired is no stranger to Red Bank.Brian J. Bartholomew, a senior parking consultant for Walker Consultants, said he lives in East Brunswick and has frequented Red Bank’s downtown for years. He even met with former borough administrator Stanley Sickels in 1998 to discuss parking.“I’ve experienced some of the same pressures that everyone in the general public feels when they try to park in Red Bank,” Bartholomew told The Two River Times.Bartholomew said over the next few weeks residents will see his staff graphing Red Bank’s existing public and private parking lots with geographic information system (GIS) devices. When the maps are finalized, they’ll conduct “occupancy surveys” at different times of the day and week to see where the deficient areas, or “hot zones,” are located, he said.He’ll then compile a report for the borough as well as a list of recommendations and solutions it can implement. Looking at private-public parking lot partnerships, parking policy, valet parking, angled parking and bicycle accommodations are all on the table.Though the same can’t be said for a brand-new parking garage.“There’s not one single answer but we are looking to take advantage of what assets we have right now before we look at developing a new parking inventory, whether it be a surface lot or a structured facility,” Bartholomew said.Not everyone on the borough council supports the parking study. Republican Councilman Mark Taylor cast the single “nay” vote Wednesday evening. He told The Two River Times afterward the study doesn’t take in the whole picture.“To spend taxpayer money on a ‘comprehensive study’ only on the downtown is not addressing the rest of the town,” said Taylor. “What about the rest of Red Bank? What about the West Side? We make all these improvements on Shrewsbury Avenue, Bridge Avenue, the transit village area, but that’s not being addressed.”Red Bank’s parking discussion was revived last year when the borough council began accepting proposals for a parking garage at the municipal-owned White Street lot. The issue quickly turned partisan – Republicans were pro-garage while the Democrats feared a multi-level garage would be “Jersey City-style” development, according to a statement at the time.Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, has long said he would support a parking facility project as long as “it made sense,” stressing it should be done through a public-private development, as opposed to having borough taxpayers shoulder the financial burden. The business community, including RiverCenter, has traditionally voiced its preference for a municipal built and operated garage in the downtown, as long as it had at least 500 new spaces to address the chronic downtown parking shortfall.Taylor believes the parking study is unnecessary because a parking deficiency “is obvious at its face.”“I think we should be building instead of waiting another year to get data,” he added. “Go open your eyes, go walk downtown.”But some, like RiverCenter, say any data is good data and will help plan for the future.“Ultimately, we believe that we have a serious shortage of inventory,” said Scavone. “We are very anxious to see the results and specifically about the inventory.”This article was first published in the June 7-June 14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Horning rink claims Nelson Cashspiel prize

first_imgDeane Horning loves playing in Nelson.He’s won the Nelson Midsummer Bonspiel.The Purple Heart winner has also taken the top prize in the former Merchant’s Cashspiel.So it should not by a surprise that Horning, third Don Freshi, second Rob Nobert and lead Kevin Nesbitt won the top prize in the recent Cashspiel at the Nelson Curling Club. Horning knocked off Tom Shypitka of Cranbrook to win the A Final.Shypitka has also been to the Brier.In the B event, the winner was the Myron Nichol rink.Nichol is joined by Garry Beaudry, Jamie Tedesco and Rob Babiarz.The Cashspiel prepared the local rinks for the upcoming Kootenay Men’s Curling Playdowns this weekend at the Trail Curling Club.Eight teams from the region are competing for two spots in the upcoming provincial tournament.Also on the curling horizon is the BC Senior Men’s Championships February 11-16 in Trail.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED PERFECT PIC STRETCHES OUT AND TAKES $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY HALF LENGTH; CASSIDY TRAINEE, RIDDEN BY GONZALEZ, GETS 1 1/16 MILES ON MUDDY TRACK IN 1:46.22

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2017)–Well beaten in the opening day Grade I La Brea at seven furlongs, trainer Jim Cassidy got his wish as his recently turned 4-year-old filly, Perfect Pic, stretched out for the first time on Friday at Santa Anita, winning the track’s $56,000 allowance feature by a half length while getting a mile and a sixteenth on a muddy main track in 1:46.22.Ridden in all five of her starts by Santiago Gonzalez, she was hustled from her outside post in a field of five older fillies and mares and although she tired noticeably late, notched her second victory from five career tries.When asked about stretching out the Ontario Canadian-bred daughter of Candy Ride, Cassidy responded, “This is what I wanted to do with her right from the start. The track’s heavy today, so this was a pretty good effort.Although she was beaten some 10 lengths in the La Brea on Dec. 26, Perfect Pic was the heavy choice at even money and paid $4.20, $3.00 and $2.40.Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, she picked up $33,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $91,145.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Peter Eurton, Lady Tapit rallied strongly for the place, finishing two lengths in front of That’s a Lady. The biggest price in the field at 14-1, Lady Tapit paid $10.00 and $3.60.The second choice in the wagering under Luis Contreras, That’s a Lady couldn’t hold off Lady Tapit late and finished third by 5 ¼ lengths. Off at 5-2, she paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.66, 47.38, 1:12.40 and 1:39.12.Santa Anita will embark upon a three-day holiday weekend on Saturday, with first post time for a nine-race card at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

What we learned in the Warriors’ win over the Timberwolves

first_imgThompson isn’t someone you’d expect to put the ball on the floor too often in a game — he’s best known for his catch-and-shoot prowess. But contrary … The Warriors capped off one of their toughest road trips of the year with a 117-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday.Here are the three things we learned from the contest:Klay can channel James Harden(Jerry Holt//[email protected])Klay Thompson had a bounce-back game against the T-Wolves — emphasis on “bounce”.last_img read more

Drought SA: the gateway to managing water scarcity

first_imgThe South African Water Research Commission has launched a website that teaches people about being water wise. One of the messages is that this includes taking action to solve any water problems, as well as respecting water and all life. You can also work out your water footprint. Five provinces in South Africa have been declared drought disaster areas, prompting experts to urge people to become water wise and to use water carefully. The message is don’t waste water. (Image: Brand South Africa) Melissa Javan“Your knowledge gateway to managing water scarcity in times of drought” – this is the slogan of the Drought South Africa website, launched recently by the Water Research Commission (WRC).The WRC, which was established in terms of the Water Research Act following a serious water shortage in 1971, launched the Drought SA site in collaboration with a series of dialogues. The focus of the dialogues will be whether the country is prepared for recurring drought and what its mitigation and coping strategies are. Discussions will include the knowledge gaps in drought preparedness and what the country should do to bridge knowledge and practice.The site includes tips on how to save water. Users can discover their water footprint, learn how to fix leaks, and equip themselves to be water wise at home. Drought SA also allows users to check dam levels, rainfall data, and water restrictions in each province.Five provinces have been declared drought disaster areas, according to news agency News24. The drought has affected 2.7 million households in the country, or 18% of South Africa.Watch everything you need to know about South Africa’s water crisis:Drought SADrought SA is a unique online drought portal, explains the government. It gives users useful information about the current drought and links to various other drought-related websites. It will be an ongoing project and will be continuously populated with fresh research and knowledge that will empower users.  This graphic shows where water comes from. (Image: Water Wise)According to Water Wise, water is freely available from the natural water cycle. However, because water in South Africa is a scarce resource – and often a polluted resource– many systems need to be put into place so that we receive enough clean healthy water, i.e. dams, water transfer schemes, water purification stations, reservoirs, pipelines, et cetera.Water Wise is Rand Water’s environmental brand. It is a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the need to value water and to use it wisely. Rand Water, the largest water utility in Africa, supplies potable water to Gauteng and other areas of the country.“These systems cost large amounts of money and this is why we have to pay for water,” says Water Wise. “At the moment you pay between R4 and R16 for 1 000 litres for tap water, which is very cheap compared to your grocery items.“If we continue to waste and pollute water then that cost will drastically increase. More dams and water transfer schemes will have to be built, and further technology will have to be included in Rand Water’s purification process, or further infrastructure built, to clean polluted water.“That is why it is so important for people to change their attitude towards water, treat it with respect and use it wisely.”Learn more about fixing leaking taps, toilets or meters and mains here.Find out more about water restrictions in your province here.Learn what your water footprint is here.For more information on how to save water at your home read more here.last_img read more