Sameer Africa Limited (FIRE.ke) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgSameer Africa Limited (SAMEER.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Sameer Africa Limited (SAMEER.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sameer Africa Limited (SAMEER.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sameer Africa Limited (SAMEER.ke)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileSameer Africa Limited manufactures and imports tyres and automotive products and sells them through distribution outlets in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Products in its range sold under the Yana brand name include passenger textile and steel-belted radials, light truck radial and bias and tyres for trucks, buses, agricultural, industrial and off-road vehicles. Sameer Africa also produce a range of tube and tubeless tyres as well as flaps which are sold under the Bridgestone brand. It services the retail sector, large fleets and government sectors through wholly-owned and branded tyre centres found in the major towns and cities of Kenya. Sameer Africa has interests in property investment and manages a property letting agency. Formerly known as Firestone East Africa (1969), the company changed its name to Sameer Africa Limited in 2005. Sameer Africa Limited is a subsidiary of Sameer Investments Limited. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Sameer Africa Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Longhorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke) 2020 Annual Report

first_imgLonghorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Longhorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Longhorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Longhorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke)  2020 annual report.Company ProfileLonghorn Publishers Plc publishes and sells educational and general books and distributes them through retail and ecommerce channels to customers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Rwanda. Formerly known as Longhorn Kenya Limited, the company changed its name to Longhorn Publishers Limited in 2014. The company publishes reading material for all levels of education under five main brands; eLearning material, educational text books, fiction and nonfiction books and material for tertiary colleges and universities. Longhorn Publishers acquired the intellectual property of Sasa Sema Publications Limited and provides reference books, creative works, biographies and general knowledge books in either print or non-print (electronic) format. Longhorn Publishers is the only publisher with full approval by the Ministry of Education in Kenya and mandated to supply text books for 12 key subjects for secondary and primary schools. Longhorn eBooks store is a digital platform created by the publishing house and the largest eBook library in the Africa sub-region. The company head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Longhorn Publishers Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Novus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu) HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgNovus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Novus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Novus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Novus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNovus Properties Limited deals in property development for rent or sale purposes. The company is based in Port Louis, Mauritius. Novus Properties Limited’s activities include tailor-made approaches to cater for unique building or office needs, the buying and rental back facilitation, management and maintenance of buildings and offices, as well as the promotion and development of properties. Novus Properties Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

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HSBC yields 6.9%! Why I’d still buy this fast-growth bank instead

first_img Tom Rodgers has no position in the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings. 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. Tom Rodgers | Friday, 31st January, 2020 | More on: HSBA STB 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. If little green men came down from Mars to take a look at the FTSE 100, they might be confused as to why HSBC (LSE:HSCA) gets far fewer investing headlines than rivals like Lloyds or Barclays.After all, the big bank has long been one of the FTSE 100’s largest dividend payers, second only to Shell for the last five years.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…And for income investors or those nearing retirement, being able to rely on regular dividend payouts is paramount. HSBC reports earnings and pays out dividends in US dollars, so the weakness of sterling has seriously boosted its numbers in recent years.All in on divisUntil the financial crisis of 2007–08 HSBC’s dividend growth topped more than 10% a year.Two bad years saw dividends plummet by 29% and 39%. From 2015 to 2018 full-year dividends have been stuck at $0.51 per share with no dividend growth at all. And yet at current count the £115bn banking giant pays out a whopping 6.9% yield.That figure has been aided by the fact that since a January 2018 peak the share price has been dropping steadily. It has lost 15% of its value in the last six months, and is trading around the 560p mark as I write. The shares are now trading for a low earnings multiple of 11.7, which is cheap by anyone’s metric.Over the last five years HSBC’s earnings per share have fallen by around 5% a year, which isn’t the end of the world by any means. However nearly 80% of profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months, up from 73% the year before. Dividend cover moved back into the black in 2018, but only just, at 1.2 times earnings, so there is little room for manoeuvre here if earnings don’t improve.Secure, trust meAn alternative option for those seeking strong dividends with better growth could be AIM-listed £295m market cap retail bank Secure Trust Bank (LSE:STB).The Solihull-based group focus on savings, loans to real estate developers, and, through its V12 and Moneyway brands, car finance for the automotive sector.A 5.3% dividend yield certainly looks attractive, especially on a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.8, and further good news is that between 2017 and 2018 pre-tax profits climbed from £25m to £34.7m. Earnings per share over the same period leapt 39% from 116.4p to 161.8p. City analysts believe EPS here has the potential to skyrocket to 241p by 2021, too.STB pays out around 51% of its earnings as dividends, which in comparison with HSBC appears more sustainable for the longer term.I also like the fact that Secure shareholders have not had their holdings diluted by large share issues, which can be a problem in the AIM market where companies need to continually raise funds to stay afloat.Chief executive Paul Lynam told investors full-year results this time around would be in line with expectations and the bank was looking forward with “cautious optimism” given its “strong new business pipelines, healthy capital and liquidity positions“.Institutions and public companies currently make up 94% of shareholders. I’d suggest becoming part of the 6% of private investors to take a stake in STB would be a sound move. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! HSBC yields 6.9%! Why I’d still buy this fast-growth bank instead “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. See all posts by Tom Rodgers Image source: Getty Images 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. 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The FTSE 100’s 14% crash may not be over. But I’d still buy cheap stocks in an ISA today

first_img 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. Image source: Getty Images. Peter Stephens | Friday, 6th March, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE See all posts by Peter Stephens “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The FTSE 100’s 14% crash may not be over. But I’d still buy cheap stocks in an ISA today Peter Stephens 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. The FTSE 100 continues to experience a decline that has seen over 14% of its value wiped since the start of the year. The end of its current downturn does not appear to be in sight, with investor sentiment weakening as the total number of coronavirus cases increases.Buying FTSE 100 shares today, therefore, could realistically lead to paper losses in the short run. However, the index’s value suggests that it is very cheap at the present time, while its track record of recovery indicates that it may produce a successful turnaround in the long run. As such, now could be an opportune moment to buy a diverse range of large-cap shares.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…Impossible forecasting?Trying to buy at the bottom of the FTSE 100’s current decline may be an impossible task. Nobody knows how severe the coronavirus outbreak will ultimately prove to be. Neither can anyone say how negative its impact will be on the world economy.Therefore, trying to anticipate when the FTSE 100 will start to recover is likely to be a guessing game that requires a large amount of luck.By contrast, focusing on the valuation of the index and comparing it to past levels is a more precise process. The FTSE 100 currently has a dividend yield of over 5%. The last time it reached such a level was during the global financial crisis, with that being the only period during which it has had such a high yield since its inception in 1984.A 5%+ yield suggests that the index is cheap at the present time relative to its historic levels. And while it may become even cheaper, buying high-quality shares while they offer good value for money has generally led to strong returns in the long run.Recovery potentialOf course, there is no guarantee that the FTSE 100 will ever recover from its recent crash. However, its track record suggests that it is very likely to record new highs over the coming years as investor sentiment and the performance of the world economy recovers.In fact, the index has experienced worse crashes than its recent fall. The 1987 crash and the global financial crisis were extremely challenging periods for the FTSE 100 and the world economy. Yet over time, it delivered a successful turnaround, and investors who bought high-quality stocks while they offered good value for money were generally rewarded.Certainly, they may have experienced a period of paper losses if they bought before the bottom of the index’s fall. But in the long run, buying FTSE 100 stocks while they are cheap has produced high returns for investors.Therefore, things could get worse before they improve for the FTSE 100. But for long-term investors, the index’s valuation and track record suggest that today could be a buying opportunity after its recent decline.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

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Stock market crash: I’d invest £5k in these cheap UK shares in an ISA to make a million

first_img Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and LoopUp Group. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Stock market crash: I’d invest £5k in these cheap UK shares in an ISA to make a million Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild | Friday, 31st July, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Royston Wildcenter_img 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Here at The Motley Fool, we writers believe stock market crashes, like the one of early 2020, provide an excellent opportunity to get rich from UK shares.It’s said form is temporary but class is permanent. So when share markets swing wildly, you shouldn’t be selling up and heading for the hills. If you’ve taken the time to build a well-researched and balanced portfolio of UK shares, you should have the courage to believe it’ll bounce back and deliver terrific returns over the long run.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 best investors even use stock market crashes as an opportunity to load up on quality stocks while paying little for the privilege.3 of the best UK sharesI’m certainly not going to throw in the towel and abandon my plan to get rich and retire early. The most successful investors (like ISA millionaires) use stock market crashes as an opportunity to maximise their long-term returns. Let me fill you in on some of the brilliantly-priced UK shares that are on my personal watchlist today:Loopup Group’s share price fails to reflect its terrific growth outlook in both the near term and beyond. Forget about the threat of a global recession. This business provides remote meeting services under the software-as-a-service (SaaS) umbrella. And so it’s well-placed to ride the rise in home- and flexible-working over the next decade. A low forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of below 13 times today is too cheap, given this sunny outlook.Trans-Siberian Gold, which trades on a P/E multiple of 7 times, also looks scandalously cheap right now. Bullion prices have literally just hit record tops, close to $2,000 per ounce. And the smart money is on gold prices continuing to rocket over the next few years at least. Trans-Siberian should find itself in the box seat to ride this train as production rates and ore grades rocket at its Russian mines.GlaxoSmithKline from the FTSE 100 is also one of the best cut-price UK shares to buy today. It offers the perfect blend of low forward P/E ratios and bulky dividend yields. These sit at 13 times and 5% respectively. It’s a brilliant selection for risk-averse investors as demand for its medicines will remain largely unaffected by any economic downturn. And, over the long term, its packed product pipeline should deliver electric profits growth.Make a fortune with bargain sharesBuying Glaxo et al’s shares at today’s current prices should pave the way for mighty shareholder returns in the years ahead. They’re just a few exceptional cut-price UK shares available for you and I to buy today however. The Motley Fool’s vast library of timely articles and special reports provides ideas for even more top stocks to buy today.My advice is to get reading and be prepared to buy quality stocks after the stock market crash. You don’t want to waste this brilliant investing opportunity. 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.last_img read more

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Investing for a pandemic-proof portfolio

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Similarly the travails of property firms and restaurants doesn’t just represent the loss of six months trading – or even the risk of bankruptcy. It also reflects that the business model of these firms may be impaired indefinitely.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…How to own the futureIf the world really is changed forever by Covid-19, then we might have only seen the start of a reordering in the value of many aspects of the economy. It should all be good for companies that can profit from the resultant reshuffling.Also consider M Winkworth, Persimmon“I’m staying in!”The UK stock market is poorly provisioned when it comes to technology firms. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Of course, if we get a vaccine in the next few months then our entertainment choices will surely undergo some mean reversion. I’m no fan of crowds and noise, but even I’m itching to go to a music concert or a sports stadium, or even just an over-populated nightclub or bar. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Investing for a pandemic-proof portfolio 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. See all posts by Owain Bennallack In short: it’s probably not too late to buy. Here are three shares to give you a piece of the post-pandemic action.“Bring me my stuff!”Online retail is nothing new. But who didn’t buy more direct to their door during lockdown? The UK has a long-established reputation for cutting-edge game development and several developers are listed on the stock market. They provide a way to profit from one of the most obvious corollaries of a fearful virus-infested world… the desire to hide away from it! Image source: Getty Images Of course, space is at a premium on this crowded and under-housed island. Not everyone will be able to afford to get the homes they want, and that could have an impact on valuations. But in turn this could result in lower prices that enable more first-time buyers to buy into the property market.Builders could start to cater for this priority reboot by building properties with more breathing room – as well as home offices or more multifunctional spaces. But similar to the shift to online shopping, I suspect our stint in lockdown and its aftermath has created more game fans for life. Game developers will always be risky individual investments. But the future of the sector looks even brighter.Also consider Codemasters, Team17, Keyword Studios And over the years I’ve noticed markets often overreact in the short term while under-reacting in the long term. Investors in the US market – especially in its technology shares – have enjoyed an even stronger recovery from the doom and gloom that gave us the fastest bear market ever in March. Enter Your Email Address Frontier Developments (LSE: FDEV) could be a big beneficiary of our escaping reality. Its games are typically incredibly deep and involved. Some studios make mobile games than you play for 10 minutes on the bus on the way to the pub. Frontier creates games you play for months, immersed in an alternate realm. As a bonus it’s headed up by one of the UK’s greatest game makers, David Braben. Owain Bennallack | Saturday, 5th September, 2020 | More on: FDEV OCDO RMV The bottom line is by turning over decades of established property trends – which had seen us move from suburbs to inner-city cores, and away from houses with unruly gardens to self-contained luxury flats – the property market has now been thrown into flux and perhaps upheaval. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The FTSE All-Share index is still languishing about 15% below where we began the year but it’s well up from the lows. 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. There’s one area, though, where we’ve seen a renaissance in opportunities and that’s video game companies. But beneath the index level, when looking at individual stocks, it’s clear the market has also done a first pass at sorting winners and losers from the pandemic and its aftermath.Shares in online retailers and Internet platforms haven’t just rallied because business boomed while we were stuck at home. Investors are also betting these firms have secured more of our attention for the future, too, as a result. One way to play the theme is Ocado (LSE: OCDO). As well as its own online grocery business, Ocado sells retail logistics and distribution know-how to third parties worldwide. If the move to online shopping has jumped forward five years in six months, then despite its strong share price rise since March, Ocado could have much further to go.Also consider Tritax Big Box and ASOS“Give me more room!”Rightmove (LSE: RMV) could win if the pundits are correct about our shifting priorities on home ownership. The theory – and early data – suggests many of us are now desperate for more outdoor space, whether gained by moving to the country or from having a garden or a balcony attached to our urban crash pads. 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. People tried new online shops as well as new categories – for example fresh food and clothing – and they also increased how much they spent. All of this bodes extremely well for online retail. Owain owns shares in Frontier Developments and Rightmove. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS, Frontier Developments, Keywords Studios, Rightmove, and Tritax Big Box. Partly this stock market bounce reflects investors coming to terms with the pandemic and its economic consequences. As rationality returns, we’re better able to reflect the balance of risks without our decisions being egged on by an overdose of fear and adrenaline.last_img read more

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Forget gold! Here’s how I’d invest £20k today to make a million

first_img Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 28th November, 2020 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The price of gold has increased substantially this year. Investors have been buying the yellow metal as uncertainty about the state of the economy has grown. In the past, gold has shown itself to be a good hedge against uncertainty. The price of the precious metal tends to increase when uncertainty rises, offsetting the decline in value of other assets. 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…However, while I do have some gold in my portfolio, I think it would be a mistake to only rely on this asset in the long run. I reckon I have a much higher chance of building a substantial financial nest egg using stocks and shares. Forget gold Gold is an interesting investment proposition. The asset does not provide any cash flow. What’s more, it usually costs money to store. This means the price of gold needs to increase by a certain percentage every year to cover costs. And as it does not produce any cash flow, it isn’t easy to place a value on the asset. It is only worth as much as other investors are willing to pay. Despite these drawbacks, the gold price has increased steadily over the past few decades. But its returns have paled in comparison to some stocks and shares. From 2000 to 2020, the price of gold increased by around 7.8% per annum. Over the same period, the FTSE 250 returned about 9%, although that has risen to 10% after the recent performance. The small difference could make a significant impact in the long run. For example, it would take roughly 50 years to turn £20k into £1m at an annual rate of 7.8%. It would take just 40 years to hit this target at a 10% annual return rate. Buying stocks and shares That’s why I’ve been buying stocks and shares for my portfolio over gold. The kind of corporations I’ve been focusing on are high-quality growth stocks, as well as blue chips and passive index funds — companies like Future and Reckitt Benckiser.I’m also avoiding businesses that may continue to struggle in the near term. This list includes IAG (although that’s not the only company I’m staying away from in the current environment). I think the stocks I’ve been buying can outperform gold in the long run, based on past trends. My calculations also suggest that by investing in these businesses, I can turn an investment of £20k into £1m in the long run. With small contributions along the way, I believe it’s possible to hit this target faster than the figures above detail. By adding an extra £200 a month, it could be possible to hit £1m in around 30 years by using stocks and shares. So, that’s why I’m relying on stocks and shares to make a million. While gold has yielded large returns in the past, I think shares are the better buy for the long term.  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. Forget gold! Here’s how I’d invest £20k today to make a millionlast_img read more

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20 Books to get you through the festive season

first_imgFancy a quiet read when The Sound of Music is on again? Get stuck into this pile of literature…(going left to right…)1. Union, The Heart of Rugby,Stunning photography and insightful interviews with five giants of the game £25 VSP2. World Rugby Records 2012,Chunky and colourful and bursting with rugby records. One for the grandchildren £19.99 Carlton3. RugbyWorld Yearbook 2012,Celebrate the winners of 2011 with the popular yearbook in aid of charity Wooden Spoon £20 G2 Entertainment4. Southern Comfort,A tribute to the rugby passion of the Scottish Borders, and men like Telfer and McLaren £16.99 Birlinn5. Jonny Wilkinson – My Autobiography,Get heavy with the planet’s most famous player. The life story of a tortured soul £20 Headline6. Michael Owen – My story,Ex-Wales captain Michael Owen comes to terms with injury after a sparkling career £17.99 John Blake7. Rugby World Cup 2011,The story of RWC 2011 as it unfolded. You can still hear the sighs of relief in New Zealand! £20 G2 Entertainment8. Alun Wyn Jones’s World Cup YearRelive Wales’ heroic World Cup campaign through the eyes of lock master Alun Wyn £16.99 Gomer Press9. More Thoughts on Chairmin Moore,The irrepressible Brian Moore shares his sporting opinions – and wages war on a stalker £18.99 Simon & Schuster10. Chris Ashton – Splashdown,From Wigan to Wonderman. Ash the Splash talks tries, dives and RWC heartache £18.99 Simon & Schuster11. The Springboks and the Holy Grail,Dan Retief relates South Africa’s journey from outcasts to double world champions £15.99 Zebra Press12. Higgy – Matches, Microphones and MS,Alastair’s Hignell’s rollicking ride in sport and broadcasting – and his battle against MS £18.99 Bloomsbury13. The Greatest Welsh XV ever,Eddie Butler takes on the impossible task – selecting the best all-time Wales XV £16.99 Gomer Press For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 14. Boots & Spikes,The first biography of Welsh legend Ken Jones – 60-odd years after he raced to glory £18.99 Sports Books15. Mad Dog – An Englishman,Regrets? I’ve had a few. England’s World Cup skipper on his rumbustious rise  £20 Hodder & Stoughton16. Engage – The Rise and Fall of Matt Hampson,Tiger burning bright – Matt Hampson’s unforgettable account of life in a wheelchair £16.99 Simon & Schuster17. A Question of Sport Quiz book,You’ve seen Matt Dawson, now put your money where your mouth is. Questions galore! £9.99 BBC Books18. The Rugby Lovers Companion,Jocular fun in a quick read designed for the Christmas stocking. Less than a tenner  £9.99 Summersdale19. Joking Apart,Test rugby is no cakewalk – Ireland star O’Callaghan lets us in on the frustrations £18.99 Transworld Ireland20. World Cup rugby Tales,Laughs and confessions from the World Cup in Dallaglio’s sequel to his 2009 best-seller £18.99 Simon & SchusterThis article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.center_img Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad.last_img read more

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Kicking the coffee habit

first_imgGetting out of the officeWhen rushed off your feet or working to a dead line it’s incredibly tempting to grab lunch at your desk but this can in fact be counterproductive. Getting away from your desk and even better out of the office gives your mind a break helping you become all the more efficient and effective to handle the task in hand upon your return. Taking a ten minute stroll around the block might not excite the mind but it can increase the heart rate and get the blood pumping  to the brain. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There are a number of caffeine replacements that claim to help us ditch the coffee habit and get us back on track to moderate rather than bucket load consumption. Derived from the native Brazilian herb Guarana it can be purchased and consumed in both tablet and liquid form and is said to replicate the caffeine kick. One tablet before breakfast or a few drops in water should have you cutting your coffee consumption without cutting your workload.Cold shower wake up callsA cold shower may be more closely associated with a boiler malfunction than a way to wake up feeling fresh and happy in the morning but there’s no denying the benefits of a cold water wake up. It may be hard to take the plunge into the ice water territory but it’s an age old trick to increasing energy levels helping you start the day refreshed and invigorated. Perhaps ironically, cold water showers have long been linked with helping strengthen immunity levels against colds and flu and may also be able to promote weight loss by increasing normal metabolism levels. What’s more to complement those sparkly whites you’ve got from drinking less coffee cold water can help keep skin and hair healthier – an all-around confidence boost!center_img FUNCTIONING WITHOUT the morning coffee hit may seem like a distant memory but is it really as difficult as it seems to feel human in the morning pre latte, cappuccino or double espresso?Whether it’s the taste or the energy boost that has us hooked there’s no denying we could all benefit from a little less coffee in our lives. It’s been reported that too much coffee can lead to a whole host of unpleasant side effects from the obvious sleeplessness to headaches and irritability not to mention the not so desirable tooth staining. However, experiment with a caffeine free, busy day at work and if you’re not snoring at your desk before noon you are likely to be caught by the claws of the post lunch lull.So if not coffee, what else can we do to give us an energy boost and help power us through the day?Caffeine replacementslast_img read more

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