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Investing your first £1k? I’d buy the FTSE 100 index during the stock market crash

first_img Matthew Dumigan | Saturday, 4th April, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images You’d have to be living under a rock to be oblivious to the mayhem in financial markets at the moment. Global stocks have plummeted as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19. So far, the FTSE 100 index has shed around 27% of its value.It may seem like the wrong time to be new to the world of investing. But rest assured, I think now could be one of the best times to invest for the next 5 to 10 years!5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…If you’re about to take the plunge and make your first investment, you couldn’t have picked a better time. This is because many stocks within the UK’s premiership stock market index are trading on cheap valuations. For savvy investors, it’s the perfect time to grab a bargain.However, with an overwhelming selection of stocks, funds, and ETFs out there, you may be wondering where to start.Tracker fundsThe debate over whether tracker funds are better investments than individual stocks is heated. Let’s take a brief look at both sides:Index tracker funds have surged in popularity over recent years. They’re loved for their simplicity and accuracy.When you invest in an index fund (e.g., a FTSE 100 tracker fund), you essentially buy the entire index. This provides instant diversification across a range of sectors and industries.Individual sharesOwning a portfolio of individual stocks is often seen as the conventional approach to investing. It allows for greater freedom of choice over investments, adding a bit more excitement.It’s perfectly possible to be as diversified when owning individual shares as you would be owning a tracker fund, but it requires more money, as well as more time and effort.The verdictPersonally, I’d always recommend experienced investors to construct a portfolio of 10 to 20 good quality, diversified individual stocks. That way, you can have a good shot at outperforming the index and receiving greater returns.However, for inexperienced investors or those with little time on their hands, a FTSE 100 tracker fund is a solid choice. What’s more, it’s not necessarily an inferior strategy to investing in individual stocks.Juicy dividendsRegardless of where you invest that first £1,000, it’s important to hold investments for the long term. Bumper returns rarely come overnight.The FTSE 100 is renowned for its juicy dividend yield, averaging just under 5%. This means that for a £1,000 investment, you’d receive £50 in dividends each year. Re-investing those dividends back into the tracker fund speeds up the compounding process.On top of this, investing over the long term allows you to ride out the highs and lows of the market without taking a huge hit to your portfolio. Short-term losses shouldn’t affect you if you’re in it for the long term.The FTSE 100 is on offerThe FTSE 100 hasn’t been valued this low since 2012. There are vast amounts of quality stocks trading on dirt-cheap valuations at the moment. Think Aviva, Unilever, Lloyds, and Tesco just to name a few.A tracker fund eliminates the need to accumulate broker fees, make tough decisions, and saves time over choosing individual stocks.Ultimately, the FTSE 100 is usually an indicator of the health of the UK economy. So, if like me you’re bullish about long-term economic growth, a FTSE 100 tracker fund should be a strong buy.So don’t waste the stock market crash. Invest that first £1,000 for the long term and look forward to attractive returns in the future. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Investing your first £1k? I’d buy the FTSE 100 index during the stock market crash Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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See all posts by Matthew Dumigan 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. Matthew Dumigan 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 Lloyds Banking Group and Tesco. 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

USA: NSE Celebrates Native American Heritage

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: NSE Celebrates Native American Heritage Sailors, DoD personnel, and civilians celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a ceremony in the Grand Vista Ballroom on Naval Station Everett (NSE), Nov. 28.The ceremony featured speakers, a slide show and static display on Native American culture, music and native dance performances.After an opening slide presentation commemorating the Native Americans who received the Medal of Honor, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 2nd Class (AW) Lawrence Solomon took the podium to speak, clothed in traditional native attire. Solomon, a member of the Lummi Indian Nation, described his pride in being able to display his culture to his fellow Sailors. “I am very proud of who I am and where I come from,” he said. “I want to share the culture that I am so proud of with everyone around me.” Swil Kanin, a noted Native American violinist, actor, poet and community advocate, spoke next at the event. “As we gather together to celebrate our unique heritage, it is important to remember that we are all connected. As Sailors you are part of a brotherhood of service members. That makes you all family,” said Kanin, a former U.S. Army Drill Sergeant.Kanin, president of the non-profit fine arts foundation “HonorWorks,” played a self-composed piece of music on his violin after speaking.After Kanin finished playing, performers from the Seawolf Group took the stage to perform traditional “Coast Salish” songs and dances. Coast Salish is the Native American term for the Puget Sound, the area surrounding Naval Station Everett.Solomon, his wife Denise and daughter Cassandra are all part of the Seawolf Group, a group of Lummi and other Native Americans who express their love of their culture through song and dance. Solomon and his wife sang in the Lummi language while their daughter and other performers danced during the ceremony.The performers used traditional drums and the dancers used painted canoe paddles as part of their dance, a Lummi tradition.“In the Navy, diversity and making an effort to embrace other cultures is very essential to our core values,” said Cmdr. Jeffrey Cualk, executive officer of Naval Station Everett. “The more we learn about the rich cultures of others, the more we learn about ourselves and the great country that we live in as a whole.”After the ceremony concluded, traditional Native American cuisine was served at Everett’s All-American Grill.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 30, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: American November 30, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Native Training & Educationcenter_img USA: NSE Celebrates Native American Heritage View post tag: Naval View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Heritage Share this article View post tag: NSElast_img read more

Colombians Already Miss Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo July 23, 2011 The 5th Military World Games have yet to be finished, yet the Colombian athletes are already feeling nostalgia for Brazil and want to come back soon. At least that’s the opinion of the track team in the which didn’t win any medals, but garnered sympathy wherever they went. “We’re here to open borders. The country is beautiful and people are very friendly. We trained very hard to get here, but if we didin’t win any medals, at least we want to win friends. As they say in Brazil I’m dying of nostalgia,” said Lt. Sinis Tera, who represented Colombia in the 400 meters at the Joao Havelange Stadium, known as the” Engenhão. “ Tera noted that although he played sports at school as a student, it was in the army where he really developed her skills. He became two-time world champion of cadets in Ankara, Turkey. “I tried to do the same here, but the level of competition is much higher. It was a great surprise to me. I know I have to return to Colombia and train harder. The good thing is that I got a lot of experience and great memories,” he said. Meanwhile, Corporal Jorge Luis Moreno, who competed in the triple jump, says he’ll miss the good food, the beautiful scenery and the staging of the Games. “I really didn’t expect much. Everything was well organized and it shows that Brazil is not where they are just by chance. It also shows that military forces don’t exist just for war but for peace and sports as well,” Moreno said. For Moreno, the nostalgia will be replaced by memories of a country that, according to his point of view, is very much like Colombia in the kindness of people. “I do not think anyone who has participated in these games can forget them, and I hope that other Latin American countries, especially Colombia, follow the example of Brazil and celebrate the World Military Games,” Moreno said.last_img read more

Uganda draws Ghana, Egypt again in AFCON finals

first_imgGabon take on CameroonAlthough Gabon are the second lowest ranked team among the 16 contenders, they look set to make the last eight, probably with four-time champions Cameroon.The hosts rely heavily on 2015 African Footballer of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a prolific goalscorer with German giants Borussia Dortmund.During the draw ceremony, Gabonese officials emphasised that the country was ready to host a tournament they co-staged with neighbours Equatorial Guinea in 2012.A disputed presidential election victory by incumbent Ali Bongo two months ago triggered riots with opposition parties claiming vote fraud.New prime minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet said: “We will not back away from the tournament. We are ready and will organise an exceptional tournament.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Ivory Coast were not impressive in qualifying, drawing three of four matches against Sierra Leone and Sudan, and Morocco are probably a team they wanted to dodge.Herve RenardThe Moroccans are coached by Herve Renard, the charismatic Frenchman who masterminded the Ivorians’ triumph in Equatorial Guinea last year.He then left for a brief, unsuccessful spell in the French Ligue 1 before being hired by Morocco, and they became the first qualifiers for the 2017 tournament.Renard has won the Cup of Nations twice, taking no-hopers Zambia to the title in Gabon four years ago.“If I had to name teams I wanted to avoid before the draw, I would have said some of the teams in our group,” admitted Renard.“To face Ivory Coast is difficult, especially as we have had the chance to know their players, it’s practically the same squad.“But we have to be competitive. The match against Claude Le Roy (coach of Togo) will be something that again will be difficult for me.“But over 90 minutes I have to forget everything this man did for me and do everything in order to beat him.”Veteran Le Roy has won the Cup of Nations once, with Cameroon in 1988, and Gabon will mark his ninth appearance at the Cup of Nations finals.He has failed to reach the knockout stage only once. AFCON2017 DRAWGroup A – Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, Burkina FasoGroup B -Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, TunisiaGroup C – Ivory Coast, Togo, Morocco, DRCGroup D – Ghana, Uganda, Egypt, MaliJanuary 17  – Uganda vs GhanaJanuary 21– Uganda vs EgyptJanuary 25  – Uganda vs MaliUganda Cranes will come up against two opponents they are already lined up to face in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.The Africa Cup of Nations draw placed Egypt and Ghana in Uganda’s Group D.Ghana, according to FIFA rankings, are the team to beat in Group D. Apart from Uganda, they will take on Egypt, making their return to the contest after missing three finals, and Mali.Being grouped with Ghana offers Egypt yet another chance to avenge one of their most humiliating results, a 6-1 thrashing by the Black Stars in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.No team will be more excited about going to Gabon in January than Uganda — the last time they qualified was in 1978 when the notorious Idi Amin ruled the east African state.Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said: “This is a tough and competitive group, but I believe in the players and the team.“We have a realistic chance to get good results and reach the knockout stage.”The draw produced three groups containing three of the top 10 ranked football nations in Africa, according to FIFA.Algeria (2), Senegal (3) and Tunisia (4) are in one mini-league, Ivory Coast (1), DR Congo (6) and Morocco (10) in another and Ghana (5), Egypt (7) and Mali (9) in a third.A lot of teams will get to know each other extremely well, too, as Ivory Coast and Morocco also share a 2018 World Cup qualifying group, as do Ghana, Egypt and Uganda.Champs Ivory Coast start against TogoIvory Coast will start their defence of the Africa Cup of Nations against Togo in January, according to the draw made Wednesday.Ivory Coast, who beat Ghana on penalties in the 2015 final, are in Group C against Togo, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Hosts Gabon, who saw political turmoil after a disputed election in August, will stage the opening match in Libreville on January 14 against Guinea-Bissau, who make their first appearance in the 16-nation tournament.Cameroon and Burkina Faso are also in Group A.Algeria have the toughest first round in Group B where they also take on Tunisia and Senegal for one of the two qualifying places for the quarter-finals.The final is in Libreville on February 5.last_img read more