Forget gold and Bitcoin. I’d buy these 2 bargain FTSE 100 shares in an ISA today

first_imgForget gold and Bitcoin. I’d buy these 2 bargain FTSE 100 shares in an ISA today Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 | More on: AUTO BT-A “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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 See all posts by Peter Stephens 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. Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Auto Trader. 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 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! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address The FTSE 100’s crash may tempt some investors to buy assets such as gold and Bitcoin. After all, they have delivered strong returns over the past few months. For example, gold has traded close to a record high and Bitcoin has doubled since reaching its March lows.However, the FTSE 100 has a strong track record of recovering from its downturns to post new record highs. Therefore, buying companies with margins of safety included in their share prices could lead to high returns in 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…With that in mind, here are two large-cap shares that could be worth buying in an ISA today. They could deliver strong capital growth over the coming years.Auto TraderFTSE 100 digital automotive market place Auto Trader (LSE: AUTO) has experienced significant disruption from coronavirus. Vehicle retailers across the UK have been closed during the lockdown period, which is set to have a negative impact on the company’s financial performance in the short run.Auto Trader has sought to aid its customers through reducing its charges to zero while vehicle retailers have been required to close. It has also offered a 25% discount to its customers for June, when many of them are expected to reopen.Looking ahead, the company faces an uncertain period in the short run. Weak consumer demand and social distancing requirements may lower sales for new and used vehicles. However, its dominant market position could allow it to benefit from a gradual return to positive economic growth in the coming years.Therefore, after its 8% share price decline since the start of the year, it may offer good value for money and recovery prospects over the long-term.FTSE 100 telecoms company BTAnother FTSE 100 share that is still in negative territory since the start of the year is BT (LSE: BT.A). Its shares are down by 36% in 2020 as investors have priced-in potential risks facing the business.The company is not providing guidance for the 2021 financial year. It has also cancelled dividends for the 2020 and 2021 financial years, which is likely to weigh on investor sentiment over the near term.In the long run, BT’s strategy could catalyse its financial performance and share price. For example, it is investing in its network infrastructure across the UK as it seeks to strengthen its competitive position in 4G and 5G. It is also seeking to become more efficient through a simplification process, while its premium ‘Halo’ products now account for around 30% of its consumer broadband customer base.Although the FTSE 100 stock’s near-term prospects are likely to remain uncertain over the coming months, it appears to have numerous catalysts that could lead to a turnaround. Therefore, now could be an opportune moment to buy it while it appears to offer a wide margin of safety. last_img read more

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Torres and Bent start in derby clash

first_imgFernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea in the derby at Craven Cottage, where Darren Bent returns for Fulham.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Kasami, Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Burn, Kvist, Holtby, Karagounis, Rodallega. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, D Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Willian, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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What to Consider When Choosing an Influencer Marketing Agency

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Tags:#agency#influencer#influencer marketing#influencer marketing agency#marketing#vetting an agency Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry If you’ve ever tried to get a group of marketers to agree on anything, you know what a mercurial bunch they can be. You’d be stunned, then, to know a supermajority of them see influencer marketing as a top tactic. According to influencer marketing agency Mediakix’s latest influencer marketing survey, 89 percent of surveyed marketers say the return on investment is as good as — or better than — other channels. A similar eight in 10 said they see influencer marketing as “effective” or “very effective.”With that said, influencer marketing isn’t a sure bet. It requires the right relationships, tight brand-influencer alignment, and a sense of the social media landscape. Even in marketing, that mix is hard to come by.Your Influencer Marketing Agency MattersTo choose your perfect influencer marketing agency partner, look for one with:1. A thumb on platform trendsThe second most interesting tidbit in Mediakix’s survey is where marketers expect to spend their influencer marketing money this year. Sixty-nine percent plan to spend the most on Instagram, with YouTube coming in second at just 11 percent. Unsurprisingly, Mediakix found marketers consider those two influencer marketing channels the most effective.Although there’s certainly room in the influencer marketing agency space for niche services, too many firms are stuck on yesterday’s channels. Instead of considering which social media platforms are today’s top performers, they look at measures of historic performance, like user totals. Some influencer marketing agencies avoid venturing beyond their preferred platform because doing so would force them to forge new relationships. Find a firm focused on the here and now, not what worked in the past. 2. Cross-channel competencyNo influencer marketing agency is good at everything, but a solid partner should be able to execute a strategy across multiple social media channels. Rarely are a company’s users on only one platform. In 2018, Pew Research Center found that 73 percent of U.S. adults use YouTube, 68 percent use Facebook, and 35 percent are on Instagram. Other social media sites claim between 22 and 29 percent of Americans as users. Look for this signal in potential partners’ portfolios. Do they only display top influencers’ tweets, or do they have work to show on other platforms, too? To check their channel selection and trend-consciousness at the same time, ask potential influencer marketing agency partners about smaller sites. Can they share a TikTok campaign? What about Anchor or Vero?3. Enterprise-level client experienceAnother insight you’ll get by checking an influencer marketing agency’s portfolio? Its other client relationships. Although influencer marketing is still a young space, 90 percent of brands represented by the Association of National Advertisers report their influencer marketing workload has grown over the past year. That’s led 73 percent to hire an in-house team to handle at least some of it. What should that tell you? If an influencer marketing agency can show a roster of enterprise customers, that implies big brands see skills in the partner that they don’t have internally. If the influencer marketing agency in question says its brand clients aren’t comfortable with the agency sharing their names, ask to see anonymized campaign assets. Are the content, influencer communication, and campaign analysis segments up to enterprise standards?4. Robust contentInfluencer marketing agencies may rely primarily on influencers themselves for branded content, but they should still have a strong sense of content strategy. Take a look at potential partners’ blogs: Are they updated regularly? Do they demonstrate industry expertise? Are they entertaining and actionable in the advice they give?Then, go check their social media channels. Don’t expect every influencer marketing agency to be present on every channel, but do look for engagement and consistency. Do they have an established following? Do they post at least once per week? Are their posts professional and helpful, or are they stodgy and self-serving? 5. A broad bench of influencersAlthough some influencer marketing agencies serve specific verticals, they should still have a wide selection of influencers. Take fashion and beauty, which is dominated by influencer marketing. Influencers in the sector range from 19-year-old beauty vlogger James Charles to pop superstar Rihanna.Most importantly, ask about influencers aligned with your brand. Consider not just their areas of interest, but also their personality and values. Even if she likes to travel, a highly opinionated influencer isn’t the right choice for a carefree travel company. Just beware of fake influencers, which you can spot by looking for a spike in followers and a lopsided following-follower ratio. The marketing industry may be changing, but checking out an influencer marketing agency isn’t so different from doing due diligence on any other potential partner. Is the agency clued into current trends and capable of what it says it can do? Is it committed to its own tactics and rich in industry connections? If so, you might have just found the marketers behind your next campaign.   The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sectorlast_img read more

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Madhavi A twist to Indian mythology

first_imgA dance festival exploring two dynamic female characters Shoorpanakha and Draupadi will be held at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on April 3, 7 pm onward. Titled ‘Madhavi’, the performance talks about how these female characters are often misunderstood in our culture.The first act Shoorpanakha (The Story Only She Nose) will see Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel bringing an extremely fresh approach and a twist to the story we all know. The demon princess who was Ravana’s sister was a normal loving sister and wife, before tragedy struck her life. This changed her into a scheming woman who became the prime reason for a war. Draupadi ( Still I Rise), a 60 minute show will be presented by Vidhya Subramanian – an internationally known dancer and choreographer who has made a mark as a thinking dancer. In ‘Still I Rise’, she has intelligently fused the mediums of Bharatanatyam and theatre to create an extremely innovative work exploring the trials and strengths of Draupadi. Entry to the event is free for all.last_img read more

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China denies CPEC intensified Pakistans economic risks

first_imgBeijing: China on Monday refuted the criticism that the USD 60 billion CPEC has intensified Pakistan’s economic risks, saying that less than 20 per cent of the current projects under the initiative are using Chinese loans. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). As China pressed ahead with the BRI, it drew strong criticism that Chinese projects are being built with heavy interest rates and without due diligence studies about their viability, leaving the smaller countries in heavy debt. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US India has also protested to China over the CPEC as it traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media here on Monday that the CPEC is a symbol of China-Pakistan cooperation in the new era and also an important pilot programme of the BRI. Defending the massive infusion of Chinese money into Pakistan, which is a close ally of Beijing, Lu said carrying out major projects with international financing is a global practice. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls It is also an effective approach for developing countries to handle the financial bottlenecks and foster growth, he said. “Only less than 20 per cent of the current CPEC projects are using Chinese loans and more than 80 per cent of them are directly invested by China or using Chinese grants,” he said. “So, these CPEC projects didn’t further increase Pakistan’s burden. On the contrary, it is strengthening Pakistan’s economy,” he said. “It has greatly improved Pakistan’s infrastructure and power supply and of course it is welcomed by Pakistan government and its people,” he said.last_img read more

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BCCI must solve issue Tendulkar tells Ombudsman

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) calling Sachin Tendulkars alleged conflict of interest issue as one which falls under the “tractable” category has irked the maestro. Just like V.V.S. Laxman, Tendulkar too has written through his lawyer about how he wasn’t provided clarity on his position as member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) when he was already an icon for Mumbai Indians. “Without prejudice to the aforesaid, the Noticee submits that it is surprising that the BCCI, being the very authority responsible for the Noticee’s empanelment to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), is presently taking a position that the Noticee is exposed to an alleged conflict of interest. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “It is reiterated that the Noticee was declared as the Mumbai Indians’ ‘ICON’ post his retirement in 2013, which was much prior to his appointment to the CAC in 2015,” Tendulkar’s lawyer wrote in the letter to BCCI Ombudsman D.K. Jain, which was accessed by IANS. “The Noticee has time and again sought clarification from the BCCI on the scope of his role in the CAC – but has not received a response from BCCI till date. BCCI is aware that the CAC merely performs an advisory/recommendatory role — and therefore, the Noticee’s role as a Mumbai Indians Icon (which in fact has always been in the public domain) cannot, in any practical way, conflict with his involvement in the CAC,” the letter said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters It also mentioned how Tendulkar had recused himself when his son Arjun was a contender for a place in the India U-19 team. “It is critical to note that the Noticee had specifically written to the BCCI in respect of the potential conflict of interest that could have arisen in the aforesaid scenario,” the letter read. The former India skipper’s surprise at the whole turn of events was further visible when the letter mentioned how the BCCI, after appointing him in the CAC, was now saying that he was in a position of “tractable” conflict. “The Noticee fails to understand how the BCCI (after having appointed him to the CAC) can now maintain its current stand that he is in a position of “tractable” conflict of interest. The BCCI response does not clarify this variance in its stance and the Noticee requests the Hon’ble Ethics Officer to call upon BCCI officials Rahul Johri and Vinod Rai to clarify this position,” the letter read. Just like Laxman, Tendulkar’s letter too speaks about how his only effort has been to serve Indian cricket. “The Noticee has served the Indian cricket team for more than 2 decades and accepted empanelment with the CAC to help and contribute towards the growth of Indian cricket. It is unfortunate that the Noticee has to clarify the questions raised in the complaint and the BCCI response. The Noticee repeats that BCCI is responsible for the situation created in terms of the Noticee’s honorary empanelment to the CAC even though he was a Mumbai Indians Icon at the relevant time. The BCCI shall be called upon to clarify the issue,” the response said.last_img read more

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Texas AM Pulled Off A 1in3000 Comeback

When the dust cleared on those 35 seconds, the Aggies had scored six times — for 14 points — in the span of six possessions; they’d also forced four Northern Iowa turnovers in five possessions. They’d tied the game, forcing overtime, and would eventually win in double OT to complete the most bewildering comeback in the history of March Madness.In a certain sense, if each possession is a coin flip to score or not, the Aggies basically flipped heads 10 times in 11 tries — the likelihood of which is about 1 in 171.1That’s maybe even a little generous. According to data from Synergy Sports Tech, the Aggies scored on just 43.5 percent of their possessions this season. But even that vastly understates Texas A&M’s comeback probability, because some of its field goals needed to be 3-pointers, and the pressure exerted by the clock cannot be understated. Even as the Aggies had the ball, trailing by just 2 points with five seconds to play, Northern Iowa was still very likely to win because they only had to avoid giving up the tying bucket.In our database of 15,139 men’s college basketball games since the 2012-13 season,2That’s as much play-by-play data as we have access to in the ESPN database. nine games (including Sunday’s) saw a team come back to win from down 10 or more points with less than two minutes remaining. None of the other eight comebacks was executed in fewer than 62 seconds — nearly twice as much time as Texas A&M had to work with. And in terms of deficits overcome with exactly 35 seconds remaining, 12 points is by far the largest in our database; the previous high had been 8 points, when Canisius fought back against Louisiana-Monroe in December. In more than 570 tries apiece, no team had come back from down 9, 10, 11 or 12 points in 35 seconds over the past four years of Division I men’s basketball. And yet, in those final 35 seconds of regulation, as the turnovers started mounting for Northern Iowa and the points began adding up for Texas A&M, the tide began to turn: Fresh off a miraculous buzzer-beating win over Texas on Friday, the Northern Iowa men’s basketball team had pretty much capped off another upset over a Lone Star State school Sunday night when it led Texas A&M by 12 points with 35 seconds to play in the teams’ second-round NCAA matchup.Sure, the Aggies figured to play out the string hard, gambling for steals and committing fouls, but the game was essentially over — teams simply don’t come back from deficits so large with so little time remaining. In fact, you could have spotted the Panthers half that lead, and victory still would have been practically assured.That’s why our win probability chart considered the Panthers’ victory about as certain as it gets, well above 99.9 percent likely: It was enough to make other historic college basketball comebacks, such as Illinois over Arizona and Duke over Maryland, look downright pedestrian by comparison.In cases like this, it’s difficult to estimate the exact probability of a comeback, just because the model is verging on the realm of hypothetical possibilities instead of observed realities. (It also can’t account for specific, meaningful factors such as the Panthers’ top inbounder, Matt Bohannon, leaving the game with an injury right before his team’s meltdown began.) But based on all of the things our model does take into account, we assigned Texas A&M a 1-in-3,333 chance of winning when its deficit was 12 with 35 seconds left.In other words, you could play out Sunday night’s end-game scenario thousands more times and never once see the Aggies move on to the Sweet 16.For the sake of context, it’s important to remember that a few points are enough to make a very big difference, and that difference is much of what makes Sunday’s comeback so impressive. (For instance, Tracy McGrady’s 13 points in 33 seconds began with the Rockets down 8.) At the season level, the biggest collapses in baseball history have happened over glacial time scales compared with an NCAA Tournament game, and only one might be on the same level as Northern Iowa’s loss: when the 1995 California Angels missed the playoffs despite what FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver estimated to be 8,332-to-1 odds against it. Likewise, in his book “Mathletics,” statistician Wayne Winston estimated the odds against the Buffalo Bills beating the Houston Oilers when they trailed 35-3 with 28 minutes to play in their infamous 1993 playoff game and arrived at 1-in-3,825.Texas A&M’s performance Sunday has joined those games on the outer edge of the probability spectrum, and it’s difficult to imagine any comeback being much more improbable. Then again, in a crazy NCAA Tournament such as this, maybe the Aggies have simply given the next few rounds something to shoot for.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. read more

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Mourinho wants to keep Shaw Mata Herrera and Young

first_imgThe Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made his intention known that he wishes for Shaw to remain in the club along with other stars of the team like Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, and Ashley Young.Until recently, Shaw has had mostly a troubled time at Manchester United. However, it is obvious he has picked up from his low form judging from his current performances in the games under Mourinho.Shaw was called back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad following the improvement in his game and Mourinho does not wish to let him go when his contract expires in the coming summer. The Manchester United coach wishes to keep him at the club for more years.Mourinho also had good words to speak of Mata, Herrera, and Young and wishes to keep them as well.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“I hope they will stay,” Mourinho told Sky Sports when asked about the futures of Shaw, Mata, Herrera and Young, according to Mail Online.“We had a similar conversation last season about Marouane Fellaini and I was always saying, ‘I hope he stays, I believe he will stay,’ and I say the same thing – ‘I hope they stay’.”last_img read more

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