Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgConsolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileConsolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC) Plc is a general insurance company in Nigeria offering products for automotive, travel, fire, marine, home, personal, bonds and special risk cover. The company has taken a leadership role in the underwriting of key transactions in the aviation, oil and gas, marine cargo, hull and motor sectors. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgLearn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng)  2019 annual report.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Company ProfileLearn Africa Plc publishes and distributes educational material for the pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors in Nigeria. The company markets reference material, professional material, and general reading material as well as provides teacher training, education development programmes, digital content and educational consultancy services. Established in 1961 and formerly known as Longman Nigeria, the company was wholly-owned by Longman Group UK Limited, now Pearson Education. Pearson and Longman Nigeria mutually agreed to become separate corporate entities in 2011. Learn Africa Plc is the largest educational publisher in Nigeria with the widest range of books and educational resources as well as an expansive distribution network. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Learn Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Should I pay off my mortgage or invest the money instead?

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Saturday, 15th February, 2020 If you’re a homeowner with a mortgage and you have a little extra money to hand, you may be wondering whether it’s better to pay off your mortgage or invest the money. This is a personal finance question that seems to pop up all the time.Ultimately, the answer to the question is that it depends on a few different factors. Here, I’ll explain what you need to consider if you’re thinking about either overpaying your mortgage or investing your money.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…Check your mortgageThe first thing to consider is whether your mortgage provider will allow you to make extra payments on your mortgage without penalty. Generally speaking, most mortgage providers allow you to pay off an extra 10% of your mortgage balance if you’re in the introductory period and then pay off whatever you want after that.Yet this is not always the case – some lenders will penalise you for making overpayments in the introductory period. So it’s important to check the terms and conditions of your mortgage first. You don’t want to be hit with large fees for overpaying.Check your interest rate Assuming you can make extra payments penalty-free, the next thing to consider is your mortgage interest rate. And more specifically, how that rate compares to the returns you could potentially earn from investing.Once upon a time, when mortgage rates were high (they were above 15% in the late 1980s), overpaying your mortgage was generally a no-brainer. It made sense to reduce your debt as quickly as possible.These days, however, it’s a very different story. Today, mortgage interest rates can be under 2%, meaning that borrowing money is very cheap. If you have a mortgage at a rate of 2% and you pay off an extra £1,000, you’re only going to save £20 in interest for the year.So the question you need to ask yourself is – could you get a better return on your money (i.e. higher than the mortgage interest rate) by investing it?Higher returns from investingPersonally, I think you can earn a better return on your money by investing it, assuming you’re willing to invest for the long term. Just look at the returns from the stock market over the last five years. For the five-year period to the end of January, the FTSE 100 index generated an annualised return of 5.8%, while the FTSE 250 delivered an annualised return of 8.3%. Looking internationally, the S&P 500 returned 12.4% per year. Meanwhile, the Lindsell Train Global Equity fund returned about 18.4% per year over the five-year period.If you took that £1,000 I mentioned above and generated a return of 10% for the year through the stock market, your return would be £100 – a better result than saving £20 by overpaying the mortgage.I’ll also point out that if you put the extra money into a pension, you’d receive tax relief (£1,000 is topped up to £1,250 for basic-rate taxpayers). Similarly, if you put the £1,000 into a Lifetime ISA, you’d receive a 25% top-up. These kinds of top-ups could boost your excess capital even further.Of course, it’s worth remembering that mortgage interest rates could rise in the future. And stock market returns could potentially disappoint. However overall, I think there’s certainly a case for investing your money instead of paying off your mortgage in today’s low-interest-rate environment. 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. Edward Sheldon has a position in the Lindsell Train Global Equity fund. Views expressed 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” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Should I pay off my mortgage or invest the money instead? 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. 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Why I think these are the 10 best shares to buy for a starter portfolio

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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! What are the best shares to buy for a starter portfolio today? As investing is a long-term pursuit, I believe high-quality businesses operating in structurally growing markets should be the first ports of call for new investors.I’d steer clear of structurally challenged industries, like oil and tobacco. I’d also avoid highly cyclical sectors, such as banking. With this in mind, together with current valuations, here are my 10 best shares to buy for a starter portfolio right now.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…Warren Buffett’s best share to buy!Unilever (share price 4,167p, discount of 21.9% to 52-week high) owns world-class brands in home and personal care, and foods and refreshment. Warren Buffett is a big admirer. He backed a 4,000p-a-share takeover attempt a few years ago. I think it’s safe to say that in the UK stock market, Unilever is Buffett’s best share to buy!World-class brands are also at the heart of alcoholic spirits giant Diageo (share price 2,686p, discount 26.1%). I expect both Diageo and Unilever to profit from rising global prosperity over the long term. Especially as they have a strong presence in emerging markets.Value fashion retailer Primark is another brand I believe has a long international growth runway. While the business is temporarily shuttered, due to Covid-19, its owner Associated British Foods (share price 1,879p, discount 31.2%) has a range of other businesses in groceries, ingredients, sugar and agriculture.Health and safetyHealthcare is another sector I’d look to for the best shares to buy for a starter portfolio. I see medical devices specialist Smith & Nephew (share price 1,553.5p, discount 23.2%) as a strong play on the rising longevity of the world’s population, and increasing health spending in developing economies.Similarly, I think there are strong structural tailwinds for the critical safety, healthcare and environmental technologies of Halma (share price 2,121p, discount 6.2%) Its recent Covid-19 update shows the strengths of the group with great clarity.Three more best shares to buyIn real estate, I favour niche operators. And my healthcare theme continues with property pick Primary Health Properties (share price 156.4p, discount 6.7%). Its properties are let on long leases, and the rent roll is largely underpinned by government.Defence giant BAE Systems (share price 513.6p, discount 23.6%) is another company that benefits from government spending and long-term contracts. The UK, US and other allied governments are key customers.The amount of information in the world is expanding exponentially. I see Relx (share price 1,803pp, discount 14.5%) as a strong play on this growth. It owns vast databases and sophisticated analytical tools that are invaluable for its customers in fields such as law, science and medicine.Further diversificationI think having some exposure to gold is sensible. The price of the metal, and the share prices of companies that mine it, typically perform strongly when investors are bearish on stocks generally. Centamin (share price 164.4p, 52-week high) owns a Tier 1 gold mine. It regularly pays generous cash dividends to its shareholders. That’s something you don’t get from owning the metal itself.Finally, and to add further diversification, I’d rank Capital Gearing Trust (share price 4,240p, discount 5.6%) among my best shares to buy for a starter portfolio. It invests in both equities and lower-risk assets, and has an excellent, multi-decade risk-adjusted performance. 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 Why I think these are the 10 best shares to buy for a starter portfoliocenter_img Image source: Getty Images. G A Chester | Friday, 24th April, 2020 See all posts by G A Chester 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 G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Associated British Foods, Diageo, Halma, Primary Health Properties, and RELX. 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.last_img read more

Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy FTSE 100 dividend stocks to make a million instead

first_img Jonathan Smith and The Motley Fool UK have 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. Jonathan Smith | Friday, 3rd July, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy FTSE 100 dividend stocks to make a million insteadcenter_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares People tend to invest for income or capital growth over time. Ideally, you want to have both, but most of the time, certain investments lend themselves to one or the other. For example, some FTSE 100 stocks pay out large dividends. This is perfect for investors looking for income. Another favoured investment in recent years for income has been buy-to-let property. With a decent upfront investment, the income from either investment over time can really add up, even reaching the million pound mark.Is making a million really possible from income investing? Yes absolutely. A large part of this stems from the size of your initial investment. The larger the initial amount, the quicker it’ll be to make the million. For example, if you invested £500,000 into FTSE 100 dividend stocks with an average yield of 7%, it would take you 29 years to make a million from the income alone. If you just wanted to get to a million including your initial investment, it would take around 14 years. So it isn’t possible overnight, but it’s definitely possible in your lifetime… although most of us don’t have £500,000 to invest upfront. 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…FTSE 100 dividend stock advantagesBut time and regular investing of smaller amounts can still reap rich rewards because of dividends. For example, with £1,000 invested every month at a 7% yield, you can grow it to a six-figure sum, including your initial investment, in less than seven years, and over a million in 30 years.The biggest tick in the box for me with dividends is that you’re in complete control of the income. For example, you can mix up your investment into several different dividend-paying firms. You know the dividend yield before you invest, so you’ve got flexibility to decide the income level you’re happy with. By contrast, your initial investment (even if it’s as big as £500,000) will probably only buy you one buy-to-let property. You can’t be certain of the yield until you actually let it out. Once you’ve committed and bought the property, you aren’t easily able to change the yield. I also prefer dividend-paying stocks for income due to the liquidity aspect of the investment. For example, if one firm stops paying a dividend (due to the pandemic) then you’re free to sell the stock and buy another one. This can be done in a very short time period. Or if you’ve received your dividend and no longer want to hold the stock, you’re free to sell it immediately.This liquidity aspect is not the same for buy-to-let properties. Houses can take months to sell, regardless of if you are receiving rental income or not. You can also incur some hefty selling fees with a property, which should be noted.Caution neededThe one caveat I will add is that nothing is a guaranteed deal. Income-paying firms can fail, meaning you could lose your full investment. Dividends may be delayed/cut after you’ve bought into the firm. So make sure you’re buying stocks you’re happy to hold for the long run and those you’ve done your research on. Two good examples I like of FTSE 100 dividend stocks are written about here. If you’ve followed the above, you can start reaping the benefits of income generation. Give it a while and you could be the one with a million in your bank account! See all posts by Jonathan Smith 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. Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

3 lessons I’ve learned about investing from 2020

first_img3 lessons I’ve learned about investing from 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “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. 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. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 9th August, 2020 The year is a long way from being over, but many lessons are likely to have already been learned from investing in 2020.Notably, the stock market crash has shown that unforeseen events can have a major and sudden impact on stock prices. Alongside this, volatility can persist over a period of many months and this can allow investors to take advantage of the stock market’s cyclicality.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…As such, through buying high-quality businesses at fair prices for the long term, you could improve your financial prospects even in the most difficult of investing conditions.An unforeseen stock market crashThe stock market crash has dominated the views of most individuals when investing in 2020. As with many previous market downturns, it was unforeseen by most investors at the start of the year. However, it caused one of the sharpest and fastest falls in the stock market’s price level in history.A key lesson that all investors can take away from the market crash is that unforeseen bear markets can occur at any time. There is often little or no warning that they will take place, since any number of potential risks can grow in size to negatively impact on stock prices.Therefore, buying high-quality businesses when investing in 2020 and in the coming years could be of great importance. They may be better able to survive a period of weak economic performance that causes their sales figures to fall. Through identifying the best businesses in a sector and holding them in your portfolio, it may be possible to reduce risks and improve your overall returns.High volatilityHigh volatility has seemingly been a constant when investing in 2020. As per previous stock market downturns, uncertainty and risks can remain elevated for many months, and even years, following the initial decline. As such, with the prospect of a second wave of coronavirus and geopolitical risks in Europe and North America, investing conditions could continue to be unpredictable for the remainder of the year.Therefore, investors may wish to take a long-term view of their holdings. This may enable them to look beyond the short-term volatility that could cause paper losses in the near term, with the stock market’s long-term track record highlighting its potential to deliver relatively high returns over a sustained period.Value investing in 2020Seeking undervalued stocks when investing in 2020 could lead to high returns in the coming years. Although growth stocks have become increasingly popular over recent years, valuations may now be more relevant in a world economy that is struggling to grow.Through buying high-quality companies when they are trading at low prices, it is possible to obtain a wide margin of safety that could boost your returns. This may improve your financial prospects and allow you to benefit from the lessons learned from the stock market crash in 2020. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Peter Stephens Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

Fund managers are worried about a second wave. These are the UK shares I’d buy now

first_img Image source: Getty Images Fund managers are worried about a second wave. These are the UK shares I’d buy now Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The number-one risk top portfolio managers are concerned about right now is a second wave of the coronavirus. In July’s Bank of America fund manager survey – a monthly survey that canvasses the views of top fund managers around the world – over 50% of respondents said a second wave of Covid-19 was the biggest risk to share portfolios. Meanwhile, in August’s survey, about 40% said the biggest threat to portfolios this year was the worsening of the Covid-19 crisis.In my view, a second wave is a valid concern. Until a vaccine is launched and available to everyone, we can’t be sure that Covid-19 won’t return. A second wave is a real possibility. This could have a drastic impact on financial markets. UK shares could take a big hit.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…Now’s the time to be thinking about risk management. So, how can you protect your share portfolio from a second wave?I’d avoid these stocksThe first thing I’d do is check your exposure to UK shares that could be hit hard by a second wave. Examples include airline stocks (easyJet, IAG), cruise ship operators (Carnival), pubs (JD Wetherspoon), cinema operators (Cineworld), and gym operators (The Gym Group).If we see a second wave, it’s likely that these kinds of stocks will underperform. You don’t want to be overexposed.UK shares I’d buy for a second waveThen I’d focus on building a portfolio that contains UK shares that should do well no matter what happens with Covid-19. Specifically, I’d focus on three main types of businesses.Firstly, I’d invest in consumer goods businesses, such as Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser. These are highly reliable, dividend-paying companies that tend to hold up well when the economy is down.Reckitt Benckiser, in particular, is a great UK share to own right now, in my opinion. It owns the largest portfolio of surface disinfectant brands including Dettol and Lysol. It’s also recently launched a new professional services division to help organisations keep their customers safe. In my view, Reckitt Benckiser is a classic hedge against a second wave.I’d also buy healthcare stocks. Like consumer goods companies, healthcare companies are quite resilient. People still need medication during a recession. Two FTSE 100 healthcare companies I like are GlaxoSmithKline and Hikma Pharmaceuticals. The former specialises in vaccines and consumer healthcare products. The latter develops branded and non-branded medicines. Both UK shares are also reliable dividend payers.I’d also buy shares in UK businesses that could see higher demand for their services in a second wave. Some examples include IT specialists Computacenter and Softcat and communications specialist Gamma Communications. These companies should all benefit from the work-from-home trend. In a second wave, they should outperform.They are the three main types of UK shares I’d be buying right now. Own a fully-diversified portfolio that contains a number of different companies and your share portfolio should hold up well if we see a second wave. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, and Softcat. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival, GlaxoSmithKline, Softcat, The Gym Group, and Unilever. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Edward Sheldon, CFA | Tuesday, 18th August, 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. Enter Your Email Address 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! See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

Stock market crash: 2 cheap UK shares I’d buy with £2k

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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address 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 Rupert Hargreaves History shows us that buying cheap shares after a stock market crash is a great way to build wealth. With that in mind, today I’m going to take a look at two cheap UK shares.Both of these companies appear to offer value after this year’s market decline. My calculations also show that these firms have the potential to yield substantial returns for investors in the years ahead.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…Stock market crash bargain The first company on my watchlist of cheap UK shares is technology group Aveva Group (LSE: AVV). This company provides specialist engineering and design software solutions for the oil and gas, marine and petrochemical industries, among others. These are all highly specialised in markets, which gives Aveva a competitive advantage.The company’s customers are likely to want to change their suppliers overnight as doing so may lead to some severe complications. Aveva has been able to build on this competitive advantage over the past decade. As a sector leader, I think it is likely to continue to do so for many years to come. That helps the company stand out as one of the top cheap UK shares to buy now.To complement its organic growth, the group recently announced it had inked an agreement to buy data management software firm OSIsoft $5bn. Management believes the deal will strengthen the company’s overall position in the industrial software sector. However, despite Aveva’s competitive advantages, the company looks cheap after the recent stock market crash.Shares in the technology group are changing hands at prices around 10% below the level at which they began the year. This suggests the company offers a margin of safety at current levels. As such, it could be worth buying the stock as part of a diversified basket of cheap UK shares today. Cheap UK shares I think it could also be worth taking a closer look at paper products manufacturer Smurfit Kappa Group (LSE: SKG) after the recent stock market crash. It looks as if Smurfit could be one of a handful of companies that will benefit from the coronavirus crisis. Recent trading updates from the group show that it has benefited from the boom in e-commerce over the past six months.Many analysts believe the retail market will never return to its pre-pandemic state, where brick-and-mortar stores ruled. Nearly half of retail sales are now completed online, and it looks as if this trend is here to stay. Therefore, it seems as if Smurfit may see rising demand for its paper and packaging products in the years ahead.On this basis, I think the stock is worth buying as part of a portfolio of cheap UK shares today. The stock is currently trading at a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of around 15, which is below its long-term average.On top of this, Smurfit has consistently returned around half of its earnings to investors via dividends. When the pandemic is finally in the rear-view mirror, I reckon it’s likely this trend will continue.  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. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Investing in oil: I wonder if a BP-Shell merger could be a possibility?

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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. Investing in oil: I wonder if a BP-Shell merger could be a possibility? With the crude oil price stagnating around $40 for the past few months and no solution to Covid-19 yet in sight, investing in oil is a risky business and oil companies are out of favour with investors.Premier Oil is merging with Chrysaor, and rumours abound that Tullow Oil might be next in line for a takeover. No less than 36 US oil and gas companies had declared bankruptcy by August. But with pressure piling on, even the majors are in trouble and as both Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSB) and BP (LSE:BP) appear to be struggling, could a merger be on the cards?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…It’s not out of the question. Back in 2004, a recognised energy analyst, Fadel Gheit, argued BP would make an ideal merger partner for Shell. Of course, it never transpired, and both continued to forge their own paths. But for BP and Shell, those paths seem to be increasingly similar.Shifting from investment in oilThere is massive pressure on oil giants to clean up their act and move into renewable energy. The pressure comes from governments, activists, shareholders and consumers. All of whom are increasingly aware of the need to ‘save the planet’. Rystad Energy reports that the oil majors will need to streamline their portfolios massively if they want to improve cash flow, cost efficiency, and maintain their competitive edge.Shell is restructuring and focusing closely on reducing costs to reach its net zero target by 2050. It confirmed this will mean changing the types of products it sells, such as low-carbon electricity and biofuels, hydrogen and more. BP is doing the same. They are now working towards very similar goals and a merger would allow for major cost-cutting initiatives to progress. It would also help them achieve their carbon-neutral targets more efficiently. No strangers to M&AIt may come as a surprise, but in the UK between 1932 and 1975, BP and Shell were merged in a joint marketing venture known as Shell-Mex and BP. It stopped making sense as the two companies were building independent paths internationally.In 1998, BP merged with Amoco, in a deal considered the largest oil industry merger ever, worth around $48bn. At which time, BP Amoco became the largest UK company, with a market cap above $140bn. It also became the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the US. Shell is no stranger to mergers either, most recently its acquisition of BG Group, a UK oil and gas production company, which completed in 2016. As BP and Shell have long been considered rivals, there may be alternative companies that shareholders would deem a better fit for an M&A process. Other supermajors I think may consider a proposition are Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Eni, ExxonMobil, or Total. BP has a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 13, earnings per share are 15p and its dividend yield is around 8%. Shell’s P/E is 6, EPS is £1.52 and the dividend yield is 5%. BP currently has a market cap of $42bn and Shell’s is around $35bn, confirming they’re no longer the giants they once were. Nevertheless, I think they still have plenty to offer and I’d buy shares in either of these companies. They have decades of experience under their belts, are restructuring to ensure survival, and they maintain a global reach. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 | More on: BP RDSB See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

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