Why I’d buy FTSE 100 shares in this stock market rally

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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Why I’d buy FTSE 100 shares in this stock market rally Despite the recent stock market rally, many FTSE 100 shares continue to trade significantly below their levels from a year ago. The lead index currently trades around 10% down on its pre-coronavirus level. Therefore, there may be opportunities to buy high-quality businesses while they trade at low prices.Furthermore, the index has a long track record of growth. This could mean it offers further opportunities to make a worthwhile total return in the coming years. 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However, many leading economists, such as those from the World Bank, estimate that the world economy will deliver strong growth as coronavirus risks recede.This may provide opportunities for today’s undervalued shares to deliver improving financial performances that are reflected positively in their stock prices.Past performance of large-cap sharesThe past performance of FTSE 100 shares is often overlooked by investors when deciding how to apportion their capital. For example, the index currently trades at a similar price to where it was over 20 years ago.However, in that time it’s paid a generous dividend. Furthermore, its performance since inception in 1984 is relatively strong. Its capital growth and reinvested dividends equate to an annualised total return in excess of 8% at its current price level.Although such returns aren’t guaranteed in future, the past performance of the index suggests it can deliver impressive returns. Certainly compared to other popular investment destinations – including other equity indexes.Risks from buying large-cap sharesWhile FTSE 100 shares are deemed risky, they may be more stable than smaller companies. For example, they could have more robust balance sheets due to their size. What’s more, they may be less dependent on a small number of customers for their sales. Given the uncertain economic outlook, they may offer less risk that makes them more attractive on a long-term basis.As such, now could be the right time to start buying FTSE 100 stocks for the long run. Their low valuations, track record of growth and size and scale advantages could allow them to outperform other popular assets in the coming years. Certainly after what has been a very challenging period for many investors. 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. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Image source: Getty Images. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Peter Stephens | Friday, 5th February, 2021 See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

EPA to Finalize WOTUS Repeal in April

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter EPA to Finalize WOTUS Repeal in April Previous articleCruz Proposes Renewable Fuel Credit CapNext articleIndiana Pork Donates Hams to Help Feed the Hungry Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 19, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News EPA to Finalize WOTUS Repeal in April The Environmental Protection Agency plans to complete formal repeal of the Waters of the U.S. Rule in April 2018. An updated regulatory agenda from the White House also shows a replacement rule is scheduled for proposal in May. A final version of the rule is not expected until June 2019. President Donald Trump issued an executive order earlier this year repealing WOTUS. This was a move EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told the American Farm Bureau Federation, at the time, would bring certainty in water regulation for farmers and ranchers. AFBF has been calling on the EPA to “ditch the rule” since it was proposed during the Obama administration. National Corn Growers Association public policy director Ethan Matthews has previously said it was important that the new rule does not say “everything under the sun” falls under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. He noted that corn growers farm over 90 million acres in the country, meaning they have a big role to play in the nation’s water quality.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid organise shirt number for Man City midfielder Brahim Diaz

first_imgReal Madrid organise shirt number for Man City midfielder Brahim Diazby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid already have a shirt number organised for Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz.Cadena SER says Diaz will wear the number 21 shirt at Real Madrid.The 19-year-old will sign a six-year deal at the Bernabeu.Real and City have reportedly reached an agreement over a £13.6million (€15million) transfer that will see Diaz head back to Spain, having joined the Blues from Malaga in 2013.The details of the add-ons are the only hold up to the transfer now, according to Marca, and Real are hoping to present Diaz at the Bernabeu at some point next week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

2 days agoLampard warns Chelsea against complacency ahead of Burnley trip

first_imgLampard warns Chelsea against complacency ahead of Burnley tripby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has warned Chelsea not get complacent after they notched up a sixth straight victory against Ajax on Wednesday night.Michy Batshuayi’s late strike put the Blues top of Group H after three Champions League matches.Burnley are up next for Lampard’s side, but the former England international has sent a warning to his players.”I’m already thinking about Burnley,” said Lampard.”I said to the players to win five games in a row is great but it’s dangerous because you can get lax but to win six games in a row is even more dangerous.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Toronto waterfront board moving forward with plan for new hightech neighbourhood

first_imgTORONTO – An additional US$40 million has been secured for a plan to build a new high-tech neighbourhood at Toronto’s waterfront.Waterfront Toronto said on Tuesday that its board voted to move forward in creating the plan with Sidewalk Labs, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet.Sidewalk Labs said the funding comes as the two sides signed a legal agreement on the plan. The company was chosen by Waterfront Toronto last October to present its ideas for a brand new area of the city.The high-tech district will be in the Quayside development, along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.According to a press release, Sidewalk Labs initially committed US$50 million to the planning phase. Sidewalk Labs spokesman Dan Levitan said another US$40 million had been committed on Tuesday.Levitan said the next steps for the planning includes holding a series of public consultations and noted that a draft plan will be released in early 2019 for another round of approvals.A proposal for the project says the high-tech community would centre on sustainability and affordability.Waterfront Toronto said the only commitment for the project at this time is creating a plan for Quayside.last_img read more

Modi suffering from fear of losing elections Mamata

first_imgPanighata (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is suffering from ‘haratanka’, a phobia of losing elections and is trying to win in the state by dividing the people on communal lines. “He(Modi) knows that he will lose the elections and that is why his face has turned pale. He is now suffering from ‘haratanka’ and everyday is uttering nonsense thinking about losing in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, New Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha and others,” she said at a rally here in support of party candidate for Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency Mohua Moitra. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “I do not mind if BJP wins in Tripura but that will not give him 543 seats. That is the reason he is roaming around in Bengal hoping to get votes by dividing people along Hindu-Muslim lines,” she added. Reacting to BJP’s allegations that she as chief minister of the state has done nothing for West Bengal, Banerjee said that people will seek answers from her if it is so. Speaking at a rally in support of TMC’s Krishanagar candidate Mohua Moitra, Banerjee urged the people not to vote for BJP to save the country. “Do not cast your votes for the BJP if you want to save the country … Have you forgotten demonetisation, the suffering you underwent? Crores of people had suffered. Now when the elections have come will you not give him (Modi) the reply ?” she said. “Give them (BJP) a tight slap for demonetisation by casting your votes against them,” she added.last_img read more

With starting lineup set depth is still a concern for Ohio State

OSU cheerleaders lead OSU football players out of the field at Ohio Stadium prior to the annual Spring Game on April 18. Team Gray defeated Team Scarlet, 17-14. Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographer Despite playing with what coach Urban Meyer called a “makeshift offensive line” during Saturday’s Spring Game, members of the Ohio State football team had nothing but positive things to say about where the starting five blockers are at.And with four of the five starters from last season’s national championship team back in the fold, it is easy to see why.Senior Taylor Decker, redshirt-junior Pat Elflein, redshirt-sophomore Billy Price and senior Jacoby Boren all return as members of the “slobs,” the nickname given to the starting offensive line unit.Only departed tackle Darryl Baldwin’s job was up for grabs before the spring. Meyer announced after the Spring Game, however, that it now belongs to redshirt-senior Chase Farris.“Chase Farris has earned his way, he’s a starting right tackle at Ohio State,” Meyer said.Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said having a successful season under a group’s belt is the best thing for an offensive line unit.“It’s amazing how much linemen get better in the offseason, because now they have a visual picture of how it all works,” he said. “Now, when they work on things, it just seems to make sense.”One player who Meyer and Warinner both said they feel has benefited the most from the offseason is Price, whom Meyer described as “night and day” from where he was last fall.“Billy has confidence now,” Warinner said. “Confidence comes from playing well in big games down the stretch. He’s so much further along in his development and where he’s at right now.“Billy’s just so confident in what he’s supposed to do and how he’s supposed to do it and now it just shows.”Price said OSU’s three postseason games marked a turning point in his playing career.“Those final three games, something clicked. When we played Wisconsin, and the whole offensive line’s a cohesive unit, and we continued that into Alabama and continued that into Oregon, it just felt like something finally clicked,” Price said.Despite Boren being held out of the Spring Game as he recovers from offseason surgery, Warinner said he has complete faith in the senior.“Jacoby’s great,” Warinner said. “Rehab’s good, work ethic’s great, leadership’s great, so expect him to be full speed sometime this summer, ready to be his best.”Warinner said sometimes the best practice an offensive lineman can get is competing with his own teammates on the other side of the ball. That can be especially beneficial for OSU — which features some of the best practice a player can find in Associated Press first-team All-American and junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa.“(Elflein) goes against Bosa on a daily basis, and that’s helped him grow and his confidence level,” Warinner said.While the five starting linemen have the full faith of the coaching staff, Meyer expressed some concern about the players waiting in the wings.“The area (of worry) is the offensive line. That’s the problem,” Meyer said. “And once again, not the starters, because I feel good (about them) … I’m very alarmed by the second group of offensive linemen right now.”Price said he feels like a lot of the responsibility in shaping the second unit to be ready to come in on the drop of a hat falls on the starters.“Working with younger guys, it’s like playing with clay,” Price said. “You get to mold them. As older players like Taylor, Pat and Jacoby, you get to really, really show what type of leadership we have in the room, and to fully develop those guys to become part of the ‘slobs.’”The “slobs” are set to look to carry over their strong play from last season’s title run when OSU opens its season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 7. read more

Maurice Clarett shares personal experiences in push for Ohio criminaljustice reform

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett talks about his experiences in prison as a part of the United State Justice Network’s panel Wednesday at the Riffe Center in Columbus on May 3. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterMaurice Clarett’s story of college football superstar to convicted felon to inspirational advocate was told again on Wednesday night, but in a different context.At the Davidson Theater inside the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus, Clarett — along with the Director of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Gary Mohr, President of the Buckeye Institute Robert Alt and moderator Holly Harris, executive director of the U.S. Justice Action Network, which hosted the event — engaged in discourse on social justice reform in Ohio, specifically the Treatment Continuum Alternative Program (TCAP), which offers alternative sentencing to eligible offenders.Clarett is normally the sole speaker in front of hundreds of students, athletes or incarcerated individuals. His journey began at the bottom of drug and alcohol addiction and more than three years of incarceration after winning a national championship as one of football’s premier running backs at Ohio State. He then turned his life around and has shared his experiences through his speeches, as was the case Wednesday evening. But his experiences were complemented by facts Mohr and Alt referenced on the current social justice practices in Ohio compared to practices that work elsewhere.Clarett’s outpatient treatment organization, The Red Zone, supports the TCAP agenda Mohr and Ohio legislators are pushing in the state senate.“It was making me proud to know that we are doing the thing (Mohr’s) trying to promote,” Clarett said. “He doesn’t even know all what I do, but he’s talking about supporting that space because he knows that space works, which let’s me know I’m doing the right thing because this guy has 43 years of experience and the depth of his knowledge is with merit.”The event opened with members of the Inside Out choir from the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville pronouncing an uplifting message through its voice, which had a few members of the choir and the audience in tears. Republican state Sen. John Eklund and Republican state Majority Whip Robert McColley then spoke individually about efforts to pass Senate Bill 66, which addresses fourth- and fifth-degree felony sentencing and rehabilitation.Eklund is one of the bill’s primary sponsors along with Democratic senator Charleta Tavares, who was in attendance.Before Clarett, Mohr and Alt were called to the stage, a video played for the audience, showing highlights from the 2002 national championship game with Clarett’s 1,237 rushing yards flashed across the screen. Excerpts from the 2013 ESPN 30 for 30 film Youngstown Boys, which featured Clarett’s story, were shown with narration and the occasional interjection of Clarett or his coach at OSU, Jim Tressel.“I can’t cry about it,” Clarett said in one of the excerpts. “I can only move on.”The first question the moderator asked was to Clarett. It was simple: What went wrong?Maurice Clarett (center) listens to Gary Mohr (left) discuss the TCAP program during the criminal justice reform panel on May 3 in Columbus. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterHe had told this story over 200 times before in other speaking events across the country, he estimated. As each of those past 200 times, Clarett spoke without a script or notes. He told the story of taking illegal benefits while a student-athlete at OSU, then becoming dependent on drugs and alcohol for two years and struggling with his mental health before receiving help from his warden at the Toledo Correctional Institute, Khellah Konteh.Clarett said that when he first went into the correctional facility, it was an environment he wasn’t used to. As a boy growing up in Youngstown, he was used to being the toughest guy in his group, he admitted, but that wasn’t the case in prison.Konteh taught a class that Clarett was enrolled in, and instructed the members of the class to read “Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah. It’s a memoir about a man in Sierra Leone — Konteh’s native country — who became violent through the nation’s civil war, but was rehabilitated and eventually spoke out on his personal experiences and the atrocities of war.“After going through these classes every day, I was just tapping into something that I wasn’t tapping into before,” he said.Konteh told him that in Sierra Leone, when men get in trouble, their village works to rehabilitate them and send them back out to do their work. In America, Konteh said, society takes the troubled individuals and throws them out. Clarett wrote in the Columbus Dispatch earlier this week that he knows what it’s like to be forgotten about, which is why he’s taking action in criminal-justice reform.Mohr and Alt each said that many times with politicians, they look at numbers when contemplating criminal-justice reform rather than the faces of those incarcerated. Clarett is a rare case of someone who lost everything and was able to gain part of that back and give back much more to the community than he would have been able to give as an athlete. Clarett and the people of the women’s reformatory choir are the faces that Mohr, Alt and all legislators supporting Senate Bill 66 and TCAP want the public to see when considering prison reform.“Maurice has lived it in his almost four years of incarceration. He understands,” Mohr said. “He is more influential than any politician because he has lived it and he’s real. He doesn’t have some facade. He’s real. Quite frankly, I think it’s much more effective than being a politician because I think Maurice’s story is credible.”Mohr was appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the position of director in January 2011, and said Kasich told him that one of Mohr’s first tasks was to reform the Ohio prison system. Wednesday, Mohr spoke about giving communities the proper resources to monitor former nonviolent felons and develop job skills for future success.“If we’re going to correct a problem, why would we invest the highest degree of dollars at the end of the problem? Don’t we want to intervene at some place where we can be more effective?” Mohr said. Mohr added that the TCAP program would fall within a $60 million bi-annual budget that gives communities resources to find effective drug addiction treatments and develop job skills for roughly 3,400 families.“It’s a win-win,” he said. “And think about it, the public and the communities become safer because we break the addiction cycle more effectively.”Maurice Clarett continues the discussion of prison reform based on what he experienced while incarcerated for nearly four years. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterClarett said he’s not a political person — one that doesn’t take sides in an argument. He doesn’t align himself with a political party, not even as an independent. He speaks from his substantial personal experiences, which is why all of his speeches are unscripted. He said he’s able to connect with people on a more genuine level if they know he’s speaking as a human and not just someone pushing an agenda.Yet, Clarett participates in these politically-motivated events because he believes in the cause from experience, not from data. He said he believes in the people, like the women of the Inside Out choir, because he was once that person needing to believe in himself.During the Q&A session at the end of the event, a man, who was holding back tears as he identified himself as a formerly incarcerated man, felt inclined to get up from his seat to acknowledge Clarett and thank him for what he’s doing.“It rejuvenates you because that’s why you do it. You do it to connect with people,” Clarett said. “You could go anywhere around the world, but that person will always talk about that experience you had with him. It’s a humbling thing.”When formerly introduced as the “former Ohio State star football player,” Clarett is reminded of a time before things became bad, before circumstances spiraled downward with no end in sight. As much as he might want to put that time in the past, it has defined him. Not just in Columbus, but it has defined his platform and enabled his career to take off. As much as he just wants to be known as Maurice Clarett the entrepreneur, the philanthropist, his mistakes and shortcomings when he was known as a football player have allowed him to become the entrepreneur and the philanthropist. The man who thanked Clarett continued to tell the modern-day Ishmael Beah that better days were ahead for him.Indeed they are. read more

Track and field Buckeyes bring momentum back to Columbus for Jesse Owens

Ohio State freshman Andre Jeff crosses the finish line in 4×400-meter relay to seal the 2018 men’s track and field Big Ten championship in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 24. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern reporterOhio State will switch roles from guest to host at the Jesse Owens Classic this weekend in Columbus. The meet made is up of Division I, Division II and Division III programs, along with some professional athletes. It also is Ohio State’s only outdoor home meet.“I think it’s going to be a really fun meet, it’s my last time competing in front of the home crowd,” senior Chantel Ray said. “I’m just going to go out and have fun,”Ohio State is coming off its toughest meet of the season, the Tennessee Relays. The Buckeyes did make a lasting impression, especially with their younger talent. A pair of freshmen stood out in last week’s highly competitive meet: Eric Harrison Jr. and Andre Jeff.Harrison, who has the fastest 100-meter time on the team at 10.28 seconds and is currently qualified for the NCAA Regional meet, finished second in the 200-meter dash and was on the 4×100-meter relay team that placed second.Jeff, who has the fastest 400-meter time on the team and also is currently qualified for the NCAA Regional meet, placed second in the 400-meter dash and was on the winning sprint-medley team. “The future looks bright,” coach Joel Brown said. Men’s previewSaturday, in particular, looks bright for both Harrison and Jeff because they held their weight in last week’s meet that included  track-and-field stars Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. This week’s meet does not have nearly have the same strength of competition. In the 100-meter dash this weekend, Harrison will have his fastest competition coming from other Buckeyes. Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay members are all in the first heat, the fastest heat.  This week’s 4×100-meter relay team contains senior Duan Asemota, junior Nick Gray, senior Zack Bazile and Harrison. This specific lineup has set the fifth-fastest time in the country. “It will be a pretty stout team,” Brown said. Gray is set to run in the 4×100-meter relay, 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. However, that may change depending on his health. In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Dauan Seward is set to go up against an All-American, Youngstown State’s Chad Zallow. Seward also is set to compete in triple-jump, and he will enter with the best performance in the field by 0.6 meters.Women’s previewRay last week had the toughest completion out of all of the athletes. She ran against Kendra Harrison, the world-record holder in the 100-meter hurdles. This week, she will be the favorite. She will be going up against Wright State’s Cassandra Lloyd, who has a faster personal record, but hasn’t competed since June. No matter who has been on the starting blocks next to her, Ray has the mindset to stay in her lane. “I don’t worry about my time or anybody else’s time. I just run my race,” Ray said. Ray also is set to compete in the 4×100-meter relay, a challenge Brown wants Ray to face. “You have to sprint. You can’t just do hurdles,” Brown said. Throughout the season they have worked on her technical efficiency in the hurdles along with her sprint speed. This week she has been focused on minor improvements on her form in getting over the hurdles and her speed between hurdles.“Usually I back off and people start pulling away from me,” Ray said. Ohio State’s shot put will be going up against a very familiar face in junior Sade Olatoye, a Buckeye who will throw unattached. Olatoye was the Big Ten Indoor Champion for Ohio State in shot put this past indoor season. Other notesThe seniors won’t be honored at the meet, but were honored at a private banquet Thursday night.This season Ohio State has traveled more than 5,000 miles for meets. This home meet gives Ohio State a rest from travel, and it allows the Buckeyes to stay in Columbus the weekend before finals. read more

Football The story of Ohio States season hangs on the Big Ten

On Tuesday, it became official that Ohio State is ranked No. 6 in the College Football Playoff, one spot behind Oklahoma, and two spots away from the team’s ultimate goal: a chance to compete for a national championship.But after the season Ohio State has had, is this another playoff or bust season?To offensive coordinator Ryan Day, it is not.“This is all about winning this championship,” Day said. “I’m so proud of the way these guys came out and played last week, after everything that we’ve been through this year, and nothing would be better than to go win this thing here.”The championship Day is talking about is not a national one. Instead, it is the Big Ten Championship against No. 21 Northwestern on Saturday.It can be said that Ohio State is expected to come in every season, make the playoff and compete for a national title. But what about in a season as rocky for the Buckeyes as any in the Urban Meyer era?Ohio State’s head coach didn’t even start the season as head coach, with Day taking the interim duties for the first three games while Meyer sat at home following allegations of covering up the domestic abuse history of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.When Meyer returned, the Buckeyes were 3-0, but nothing became easier.After a hard-fought victory on the road against Penn State, Ohio State went through the “easy” part of its schedule and suffered a 29-point loss to Purdue.Even in the weeks following the supposed “wake-up call,” the Buckeyes defeated two teams with sub-.500 records by less than one score.It took a matchup against rival Michigan, one defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said takes 364 days of preparation, for Ohio State to look like a team ready to live up to the standards of a playoff team.“Every week you pour 100 hours into preparation for the game,” Schiano said. “We always try to go out and play our best game, so we’re gonna do that regardless [what] experts think or committees think.”After a 62-39 statement win against the then-No. 4 Wolverines, people again have their expectations at an Ohio State top-four finish.But Schiano is focused on Saturday, and so is Day. Meyer said after the win that he isn’t focused on any committee, he isn’t interested in anything other than a win, regardless of how he gets it.“It’s really hard to win a college football game,” Meyer said. “There’s never a bad win.”The Buckeyes might be a dominant win against the Wildcats away from taking another shot at the national championship, and the momentum taken from Ohio State playing its best game against the best defense in the country could play a big factor.The 23-point win against Michigan isn’t enough to call a typical Ohio State season successful, but there is something to be said about this Ohio State team.After spending the first quarter of the season without their head coach, and after showing week in and week out why they should not be in the playoff conversation, here the Buckeyes are, right in the thick of playoff conversation.Ohio State still doesn’t control its own destiny. The No. 5 Sooners are more firmly in control, and are a big win against No. 14 Texas away from cementing themself over the Buckeyes, assuming No. 1 Alabama takes care of No. 4 Georgia.On Sunday after the Big Ten Championship, the decision made by the College Football Playoff committee on Ohio State’s fate could make or break what is considered a successful season for fans of the team.But to Day, who started the season as the acting head coach, who has seen the difficulties this team has faced on this bumpy road to being one of six teams with a legitimate shot at a national title, he just wants to see Ohio State at its best once again.“Everything that’s happened this year hasn’t been easy, these games haven’t been easy, you know we’ve been kind of working through it and the kids have been kind of working through it and then we put it all together in the game last week,” Day said. “Now, if we can just play our best football at the end of the season, I think it’ll be a great story about what these kids have been through.”It remains to be seen if Ohio State fans will get the storybook ending to the story they want. But for now, maybe the fact that the Buckeyes are even in this position after a season like this is a story in its own right. read more