Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgUniversal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng)  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUniversal Insurance Company Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all cases of non-life insurance for the individual, commercial and institutional sectors. The company also offers banking products and services as well as risk management services. General insurance products cover motor, property, marine, accidents, engineering and contractors, bond, HCPI, oil and gas, guarantees and indemnities and occupier’s liability insurance. Commercial and institutional products cover all risks associated with the hospitality, construction, logistics, capital markets and real estate sectors as well as financial coverage for accidents, theft, vandalism and motor vehicle collisions. Universal Insurance Company Plc receives reinsurance support from Swiss Reinsurance Company of Zurich. Established in 1961 and formerly known as the Universal Insurance Company Limited (UNISURE), the company changed its name to Universal Insurance Company following its amalgamation with United Trust Assurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited and African Safety Insurance Company Limited. Universal Insurance Plc has operations across the country in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Universal Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Capital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgCapital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Capital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Capital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Capital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileCapital Hotels Plc owns and operates the Sheraton Abuja Hotel in Nigeria which includes quality accommodation, restaurants, apartments for letting, recreational facilities, a night club and a business/conference centre. The Sheraton Abuja Hotel opened in 1990 and has gained international repute as a premier hotel operation in Abuja in Nigeria. The hotel is geared for tourists and business people offering a wide range of facilities and services. The Sheraton Abuja Hotel boasts quality air-conditioned accommodation, a selection of excellent restaurants, an outdoor pool, tennis court and fitness centre, a business lounge, conference and meeting facilities, banquet halls and a popular night club. Capital Hotels Plc operates out of the hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. Capital Hotels Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgMorison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Chemicals sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMorison Industries Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceutical and hygiene products in Nigeria as well as imports and distributes medical, surgical and hospital consumables. The company is a leader in the field of Woundcare solutions, trauma/arthroplasty and bone graft products in Nigeria. Its Advance Wound Management business offers a range of products from initial wound bed preparation to full wound closure. Antiseptics and disinfectants are marketed under the Morigad brand name. Other well known brands include Gypsona, Dynacast, Soffban, Cutisoft and Leukomed. Morison Industries Plc is involved in merchandising hip, knee and shoulder joints implants as well as ancillary products such as bone cement and biomaterials for elective orthopaedic and trauma surgery; and is a distributor of the full range of Braun medical products. Morison Agro Allied is a subsidiary of Morison Industries Plc and markets a range of agricultural preparations including herbicides and biocide disinfectants under the brand names Glutacide, Germicide and Lysol. Morison Industries Plc has an export license from the Nigerian Exportation Promotion Council to export shea nuts, cashew nuts, cocoa, ginger, bitter kola and sesame seeds. The company also has a division which manufactures and markets products made from fish oil with High Omega 3 content in addition to selling lifestyle products which improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Morison Industries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) 2018 Circular

first_imgInvestrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 circular For more information about Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm)  2018 circular Company ProfileInvestrust Bank Plc is a wholly-owned commercial and retail financial services institution in Zambia, providing products and services in two segments: retail and operations, and wholesale banking. Investrust Bank offers a wide range of transactional accounts, aswell as solutions for wealth building, sole proprietor accounts, club society accounts and farmer accounts. The company offers short- to medium-term finance for project and working capital requirements, contractual and project security through guarantees, bid and performance bonds, and advance payment bonds. Its lease financing division is focused on movable and immovable assets in agriculture, tourism, information technology, transport and mining. Other financial service offerings range from discounting of bills of exchange, invoice discounting and shipment financing to buying and selling government securities, commercial papers trading, and treasury call accounts. Investrust Bank has a national network with 27 branches and 3 agencies located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Investrust Bank Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Forget Premium Bonds. I’m aiming for returns of 7-10% per year here

first_img Edward Sheldon, CFA | Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 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. 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Forget Premium Bonds. I’m aiming for returns of 7-10% per year here Image source: Getty Images. In the current low interest rate environment, in which many savings accounts are paying less than 1%, everyone is looking for ways to boost their savings. NS&I Premium Bonds are one savings product that many people are turning to. Currently, these offer an annual prize fund interest rate of 1.4%, and all prizes are tax-free.Personally, I see very little appeal in Premium Bonds. Here, I’ll explain why I’d give them a miss, and look at where I’d park my long-term savings instead.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…Premium Bonds: not worth itFrom a wealth-building perspective, Premium Bonds have several major flaws, in my view. For starters, they pay no regular income. This means they’re not really suitable for anyone who is (a) looking for a regular return on their savings (i.e. retirees), or (b) looking to take advantage of the power of compounding (earning interest on interest).Secondly, the odds of winning big cash prizes are poor. Overall, the odds of winning a cash prize for each £1 bond number are 24,500 to one. Meanwhile, the odds of winning the jackpot are around 41bn to one. These odds are summed up well by the Money Advice Service: “Your chances of winning the top prize are very slim – most people will win smaller prizes or nothing at all.”Finally, even if you do average a return of 1.4% from Premium Bonds, that’s still a very poor return. That kind of return isn’t going to protect you from inflation. Ultimately, if you’re earning 1.4% on your money over the long run, you’re going to be going backwards financially.So, all in all, I see Premium Bonds as a lousy investment.Returns of 7-10% per yearIf you’re investing for the long term, I say forget about Premium Bonds, or any other cash-based savings products, and invest in the stock market instead. This is where I invest the bulk of my own long-term savings.Yes, stocks can be volatile in the short term. Earlier in the year, we saw just how volatile stocks can be when markets crashed due to Covid-19. However, in the long run, stocks tend to produce much higher returns than cash savings products, such as Premium Bonds.Indeed, over the long run, stocks tend to produce returns of around 7-10% per year. For example, the S&P 500 index, which is the most followed stock market index in the world, has returned about 10% per year, on average, since its inception in 1926. Earning that kind of return on your money can make a big difference to your wealth over time.It’s even possible to do better than this if you pick the right investments. For example, the very popular Fundsmith Equity fund, which I’ve invested in, has returned nearly 20% per year over the last five years. Of course, the stock market isn’t suitable for all investors. Stocks are a higher risk investment as your capital is at risk. However, if your goal is to build wealth over the long term, as mine is, stocks are a bit of a no brainer, in my opinion.last_img read more

I think share tips can help you discover the best shares to buy right now

first_img Kirsteen Mackay | Saturday, 22nd August, 2020 “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! I think share tips can help you discover the best shares to buy right now Image source: Getty Images. 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. Once you develop an interest in investing in the stock market, share tips will become a regular occurrence. Whether it is a friend from work giving you a heads-up, or a suggestion you read in a newspaper or online, these tips are usually relevant to the moment. If a stock is being spoken about, there must be some reason it is getting attention now. This is why I think share tips can be a useful way to find the best shares to buy.Share tips worth heedingThe quality of share tips can be as variable as the quantity. Some will be winners, some losers, and that comes down to the quality of the source.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…Many of the analysts providing stock tips online and in print are trained and regulated. Some of them have passed exams and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority in order to be able to give advice. They usually stick to what they know, only reporting on a specific sector or a small selection of stocks they know inside out. This provides a level of trust that you cannot get from a casual acquaintance. But even qualified tipsters do not always get it right. A share tip can give you a great starting point. However, you should always carry out your own research before investing money. There will also be an element of luck. If a passing comment had led you to buy shares in AstraZeneca 10 years ago, you would be sitting on a pretty penny now.Discovering the best shares to buy right nowWhen someone gives me a share tip, the first thing I do is look it up online. I look at its stock chart to get an idea of how long it has been listed and the direction its share price is moving. Next, I look at the company website a general overview of what exactly the company does. Checking the investor relations section for news releases is a good idea. I then find the price-to-earnings ratio, dividend yield, earnings per share, cash flow, and debt level. All this information helps me piece together a clearer picture of what the company is about and where it stands financially today. Never take share tips at face value, but do not rule them out either. They can provide the perfect launch pad for the discovery of a new and exciting addition to a long-term investor’s portfolio.  Pump and dumpShare tips are sometimes used by unscrupulous individuals in a process called ‘pump and dump’. This is when a share is promoted to the point that its share price inflates. Then, those behind the scheme sell their holdings at a profit. It is highly illegal but still occurs, especially in online forums and social media. The AIM index is rife with these antics because it is not as strictly regulated as the FTSE 350 and admission is easier. It would be wrong to say avoid all companies on AIM as it contains many honourable constituents. However, you should be mindful when evaluating share tips of this nature. When considering where to invest money to get good returns I think stock recommendations can provide an excellent stepping stone to finding the best shares to buy right now.  See all posts by Kirsteen Mackaycenter_img Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address 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. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

How should I invest £5k? The 5 UK shares I’d buy today

first_img Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 8th November, 2020 Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fresnillo. 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. Now may not seem like a good time to buy UK shares. Indeed, the combination of the coronavirus crisis and Brexit makes for a highly uncertain outlook for stocks.However, research shows that buying shares at depressed levels generates the best returns in the long run. And that’s the strategy I’m using in the current crisis.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, here are the five UK shares I’d buy today to take advantage of depressed prices. UK shares to buyThe first company on my list is B&Q owner Kingfisher. Before coronavirus, this business was struggling for direction, but since March, the stock has surged higher 0n the back of explosive sales growth.Consumers who have been confined to their homes have been spending money on home improvement, helping drive B&Q’s sales higher. The current mini housing boom has helped sustain this trend. As the country continues to battle Covid-19 with further restriction on movements, I think this trend could carry on, which suggests the outlook for Kingfisher’s stock is bright. I’d also considered buying gold and silver miner Fresnillo for a portfolio. This is one of the few UK shares that offer direct exposure to the precious metals market. Value of both gold and silver has jumped this year due to rising demand for the safe-haven assets.Analysts are expecting this performance to have a significant impact on Fresnillo’s bottom line. That’s why this company is one of the top stocks on my list to buy for an uncertain environment. Tech trend Provider of IT services Computacenter is having a blow-out 2020. Analysts are expecting the company’s bottom line to grow by around 10% this year, which could, they believe, help support a dividend payout of 45p per share. That suggests the stock’s dividend yield is going to hit 2%.I don’t think this growth is a one-off. Over the past five years, the group’s earnings per share have grown at a compound annual rate of 15%. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on the technology sector, I reckon Computacenter’s bottom line will continue to expand. 2020 has been incredibly challenging for retailers. However, footwear-focused JD Sports has been able to capitalise on its niche market position to weather the storm.Over the past few years, this business has gone from strength to strength as it has focused on doing what it does best, selling footwear. As long as the company sticks to this tried and tested growth strategy, I’m optimistic that it can continue to produce large total returns for investors.Rising profits Finally, I don’t think any list of UK shares to buy today would be complete without including financial services group CMC Markets. This trading specialist has seen revenues jump in 2020, thanks to the highly volatile market conditions.Therefore, I think this business could offer a hedge against further market turbulence. More volatility could lead to more trading, which would be great for CMC’s bottom line. I think investors may even see a special dividend from the City firm as its cash balance continues to balloon.  Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address How should I invest £5k? The 5 UK shares I’d buy today 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Can the IAG share price bounce back in 2021?

first_imgCan the IAG share price bounce back in 2021? conorcoyle owns shares of easyJet. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Conor Coyle | Friday, 12th February, 2021 | More on: IAG 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. 2020 was a turbulent year for the stock market, not least for the FTSE 100 and its constituents. While some companies profited from the panic around Covid-19, many made huge losses.In the same vein, market conditions adversely affected certain sectors more than others. Hospitality took a major hit, as did companies in the retail and leisure sectors.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, arguably the biggest impact was in travel. In particular, airline stocks have plummeted.I saw an opportunity with easyJet (LSE:EZJ) shares, despite the risks. But what about its peer, British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE:IAG)It saw a staggering drop in its share price over the last 12 months. In the last year it has lost more than 63% of its value.Such a huge drop can often represent a buying opportunity. So am I attracted by the IAG share price at 145p today?Harsh landingIAG shares have dropped as a result of the widespread restrictions on international travel over the last year or so. The share price is still pinned back by uncertainty around when we will be able to travel freely again.While the rollout of the vaccine gathers pace in the UK and other countries, the emergence of new variants of the virus are causes for pessimism in the market. Variants have been detected in the UK as well as South Africa, Brazil and California. And more could be to come.While I think this will continue to affect the price over the short term, my feeling is that most of that pessimism about the future of travel may already be priced in. I believe international travel will return to some sort of normality ‘soon’. But that doesn’t mean next month! It could be one year, three years or even further away. But I believe it will ultimately benefit the IAG share price.Flying purchaseThe other big news coming out of IAG in recent weeks is the acquisition of budget carrier Air Europa. The deal completed for €500m, half of the price initially agreed with Globalia Corporacion Empresarial.Such a bargained-down price is clearly reflective of the current market. However, it could represent a value-for-money deal for IAG in the long run and removes a smaller competitor from the European runways.What’s even better about it is that IAG doesn’t have to pay for the acquisition at all for another six years.Yet the problem with IAG (and other airline stocks) is that time and again over the years they have shown a particular weakness when economic conditions are shaky, more so than many other sectors. The Covid-19 crisis has cemented that view even further among investors.Any further setbacks in the fight against coronavirus, or any other major market movement could have really detrimental effects on the IAG share price.In answer to my question in the title. I don’t think a share price bounce-back will happen in the short term, but barring any Covid setbacks, I feel there’s value to be gained from buying these ‘cheap’ shares now. I think they could provide sustainable returns over the next five-to-10 years. With that in mind, I’m doing more research now. See all posts by Conor Coyle Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

Stock market recovery: why I’d still buy shares today

first_img Even though many stock prices have risen over recent months, a plan to buy shares could still be the best means of potentially making a million.A number of high-quality companies currently trade at low prices. This suggests they could have large scope for capital growth in the coming 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…Furthermore, the lack of reward potential available among other mainstream assets could mean that a portfolio of shares outperforms its peers.The potential to buy shares at cheap pricesThe uncertain economic outlook has caused many stocks to trade at cheap prices. The history of the stock market shows that a plan to buy shares while they offer wide margins of safety can be hugely profitable. It allows an investor to take advantage of market cycles, in terms of buying stocks at low prices and selling them at high prices.Such a strategy has largely been popular because the stock market has a long track record of recovering from even its very worst declines. For example, indexes such as the FTSE 100 halved during the global financial crisis. However, within just a handful of years they recovered to post new record highs. Although this outcome cannot be guaranteed to take place for all shares after the 2020 stock market crash, a likely economic recovery could cause stock prices to surge in the coming years.Relative appeal of sharesWhile now may be the right time to buy shares because of their low prices, other assets seem to lack investment appeal. For example, income-producing assets such as cash and bonds now offer disappointing returns because of low interest rates. Furthermore, the outlook for interest rates means that this situation may persist over the medium term, as policymakers favour an economic recovery ahead of maintaining low levels of inflation.Similarly, assets such as gold and property could lack appeal at the present time. The precious metal trades close to a record high, which suggests there is limited scope for capital gains. House prices are also relatively high, which could signal a lack of capital growth potential in comparison to a portfolio of undervalued shares.Making a millionMaking a million through a strategy that seeks to buy shares at low prices could happen in the long run, although a substantial initial investment would be a big help. If an investor matches the high single-digit annual returns posted by the stock market in recent decades, a £100,000 investment today could be worth over a million within 30 years.However, with a likely stock market rally ahead and low valuations on offer, making a million from buying shares right now could be a faster process. Such a strategy may lead to market-beating returns that allow a portfolio to grow at a fast pace – especially when compared to the performance of other mainstream assets. Enter Your Email Address Peter Stephens | Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Peter Stephens Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. 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EXCLUSIVE COLUMN: Trevor Woodman

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS On the burst: Trevor Woodman charges forward for England during the Rugby World Cup final in 2003By Trevor WoodmanI AM looking forward to this month’s World Cup reunions because I don’t see much of the squad now we’re old and grey. When I look back at the 2003 final I remember the pressure. I got penalised quite early for apparently throwing a punch, but I don’t think I did, and from that Australia had some territory and scored the first try.The big talking point was the scrums. We hadn’t had many scrum penalties against us in the tournament so to be penalised in this game was confusing. We had wanted dominance in that area but we decided not to push so we didn’t give away penalties. Then I got penalised for not engaging when we were 14-11 up with ten minutes to go. They equalised and I was thinking, “That might have cost us the World Cup.” It’s the biggest game of your life and it’s all going wrong.Johnno (Martin Johnson) was great as we prepared for extra-time. He said we were fitter, faster and better and we could get through another 20 minutes. I had the belief we could score. It’s all about listening and communicating, knowing what the call is and where you are supposed to be. Everyone had done their job to perfection and for Jonny (Wilkinson) to kick the drop-goal off his wrong foot –that’s a remarkable player.We knew there were 30 seconds left and I thought they’d take a quick restart so I stood out of position because I thought it’d stop them kicking it there. In fact, I think the vision of a prop forward enticed them to do it! Clive (Woodward) wasn’t very happy with me afterwards. I saw Phil Waugh chasing the kick and I thought, “I can out-jump him.” Dave Alred used to do catching practice with the forwards and you’d think “Why?”, but it was training for that moment. I remember looking at Catty (Mike Catt) belting it into touch and feeling massive relief and huge elation at the same time.We really took our time with the lap of honour because once you walk off into the changing room that part of your life is gone. We had a reception at the Rocks, then most of the players went to the Cargo Bar. I was with some mates from home and we didn’t know how to get there so we flagged down a police van and asked these two lovely policewomen for a lift. They said no until I undid my shirt and showed them my medal!center_img The party continued through the next day. On the Monday we had photos taken on the beach in our club shirts and no one has a clear eye in them. Gomars (Andy Gomarsall) was throwing up.Ideally you should be in and around a squad for a couple of years before a World Cup. I’d been there since 1999 but only made my first start in November 2002. Two days after that I had bust a disc in my neck and needed surgery. I thought my career was over, but fought my way back. I really wanted to be at the World Cup and all the hard work paid off.last_img read more