TSL Limited (TSL.zw) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgTSL Limited (TSL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about TSL Limited (TSL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the TSL Limited (TSL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: TSL Limited (TSL.zw)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileTSL Limited, listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, participates in the auctioning of tobacco, printing and packaging, supply of inputs to agriculture, storage and distribution services. The Company was founded in 1957 and through the energetic pursuit and implementation of a diversification strategy has grown to become a significant player in its chosen spheres of operation.last_img read more

Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc (MKCB.tz) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgMkombozi Commercial Bank Plc (MKCB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc (MKCB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc (MKCB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc (MKCB.tz)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMkombozi Commercial Bank Plc (MKCB) is a commercial bank serving and supporting emerging businesses in Tanzania. The financial institution targets small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, SACCOS and social enterprises such as schools, universities and public enterprises. MKCB started as an initiative of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference in 2009 to address the need to provide financial solutions to start-up businesses aswell as institutional investors and government entities. MKCB has 6 branches in the major towns and cities of Tanzania and plans to extend its footprint to increase accessibility and financial inclusion in areas which cannot be handled by mobile banking. Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

£100 a month to invest? I’d buy FTSE 100 shares in a Stocks and Shares ISA to retire early

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Peter Stephens 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. £100 a month to invest? I’d buy FTSE 100 shares in a Stocks and Shares ISA to retire early Investing £100 per month in FTSE 100 shares could help to improve your retirement prospects. The index has historically delivered a strong total return that could catalyse your retirement portfolio.In addition, the falling costs associated with buying shares could mean that regularly investing £100 per month is a worthwhile move – especially when undertaken in a tax-efficient account such as a Stocks and Shares ISA.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…Regular investingIn previous years, buying £100 of FTSE 100 shares may have seemed to be an inefficient move. After all, the commission costs of buying stocks were relatively high.Now though, regular investing services available at many online share-dealing providers mean that investors can pay as little as £1.50 per trade. This means that buying individual shares in small amounts is becoming a more realistic prospect for investors.Furthermore, regularly buying units in a FTSE 100 index tracker fund could be even more economical for smaller investors. In many cases, there are minimal charges for purchasing funds, while the ongoing charges can be as low as 0.2% per year.Tax efficiencyThe cost of opening and managing a Stocks and Shares ISA is also relatively low. This means that a wide range of investors can benefit from its tax efficiency to improve their overall returns in the long run.Although avoiding capital gains and dividend taxes may not be a priority for all investors in the short run, the return prospects of the FTSE 100 mean that it could become relevant for many individuals in the long run. For example, the dividend allowance has fallen to £2,000 per annum over recent years, which means that buying shares in a Stocks and Shares ISA could improve your passive income in retirement.FTSE 100 return potentialThe FTSE 100’s returns could prove to be more impressive than many investors expect. Certainly, the index has risen by less than 10% since its 1999 closing level. But its returns prior to that were far more impressive, with it having risen almost seven-fold in its first 16 years of existence to the end of 1999.Since the index currently has a dividend yield of around 4.4% and contains a number of companies that appear to trade on wide margins of safety, its future performance could be relatively impressive. Its global focus may mean that it can benefit from the fast-paced growth offered by major economies such as the US and China, which could result in rapidly-rising bottom lines for many of its members.Early retirementClearly, the amount of time you have available to allow your FTSE 100 shares to deliver on their potential will impact on how early you can retire. However, investing £100 per month at the index’s historic 9% annual total return could produce a nest egg of £405,000 over a 40-year timeframe. This could lead to a passive income of around £17,800, which could allow you to retire early. “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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens | Sunday, 16th February, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images 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. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

How to generate a robust monthly income in dividends from shares

first_img 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. With interest rates being relatively low at the present time, obtaining an income from dividend shares is likely to be an attractive option for many investors.One factor which may be holding you back when considering the purchase of dividend shares is their risk. The prices of dividend shares can decline. Meanwhile, their dividend payments may be erratic, and can even fall if trading conditions worsen.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With that in mind, here’s how you can reduce the risks involved when buying dividend shares. In doing so, you could obtain a robust regular income from your portfolio of stocks.Geographic diversityWhile the world has become increasingly globalised, and countries are economically interdependent, diversifying across different geographies is still a worthwhile move for all investors. It means that the impact of localised economic challenges, such as a slowdown in a specific economy, could be offset by strong growth elsewhere.The advancement of online sharedealing in recent years means that it is easier than ever to buy stocks which are listed in different countries. Many sharedealing providers, for example, charge a modest amount for buying international stocks. This could be a price worth paying for the positive impact they may have on the risk profile of your portfolio.Defensive sectorsAs well as diversifying geographically, buying shares in different industries and sectors could improve the resilience of your dividend income stream. Should companies in one industry, for example, experience challenging trading conditions, this may be compensated for by growth in another industry. This could not only improve the reliability of your overall dividends, but enable you to gain exposure to a wider range of industries which could boost the growth rate of your dividend income.Of course, it may be prudent to focus your capital on industries which have historically offered defensive characteristics. They may be better placed to deliver dividend growth during challenging periods for the world economy. With global equities having come under pressure in recent months due to the potential threat from the spread of coronavirus, defensive stocks may also become increasingly popular among investors and could, therefore, deliver capital growth alongside their robust dividends.A range of stocksHaving a relatively large number of companies within your portfolio may also create a more resilient income stream. Holding a wide range of companies means you are less dependent on a specific stock for your income, which could significantly reduce your overall risk should one or more of your holdings decide to cut their dividend payments at some point in future.Since the cost of buying shares has fallen considerably over the past decade, it is cheaper than ever to build a diverse portfolio of companies. Therefore, obtaining a robust regular income from your capital through purchasing dividend stocks is a realistic goal for almost any investor who has a long-term time horizon. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” How to generate a robust monthly income in dividends from shares Peter Stephens | Sunday, 1st March, 2020 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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 Stephenslast_img read more

Forget Bitcoin! I’d buy FTSE 250 tech stocks to get rich

first_imgForget Bitcoin! I’d buy FTSE 250 tech stocks to get rich Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves The recent FTSE 250 market crash may cause some investors to buy other assets, such as Bitcoin for its perceived defensive qualities.After all, the virtual currency has almost doubled since its March lows while the FTSE 250 has gained just over 25% in the same period.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, while Bitcoin might look like a great alternative to equities, the market has a long track record of recovery from even its most challenging periods. One sector, in particular, is charging ahead of the rest of the market.Bitcoin vs tech stocksBitcoin’s perceived defensive qualities look attractive compared to other assets in the coronavirus-ravaged economy. But the cryptocurrency appears to be a poor investment when compared to FTSE 250 tech stocks.Technology companies have been among the biggest winners of the coronavirus crisis. As economies around the world have been placed into lockdown, consumers have become increasingly reliant on technology to help with everyday tasks, such as shopping, meeting friends and completing work.The coronavirus crisis has forced many companies to change their working practices. And many businesses are now saying they will allow employees to work from home forever. This suggests that our relationship with technology has increased dramatically over the past few months and is unlikely to go back to the way it was before the virus struck.FTSE 250 opportunitiesAs such, technology companies that have been big winners over the past few weeks, are likely to see continued growing demand for their products and services over the next few years.For example, shares in FTSE 250 IT infrastructure solutions provider Softcat are up nearly 40% from their March low.Analysts are expecting the company to report high-single-digit earnings growth this year on the back of increased demand for its products and services.Other examples include security software business Avast, Computacenter and Electrocomponents.The significant advantage these FTSE 250 tech companies have over Bitcoin is the fact that they produce cash flows.Bitcoin is only worth as much as buyers and sellers are willing to pay for it. This makes it difficult to value. The price of the cryptocurrency will only increase if there are more buyers than sellers. Unless it continues to gain traction as a store of wealth, this may never happen.On the other hand, FTSE 250 companies produce cash flows. This makes them easier to value, and these cash flows should grow over the long term.Indeed, as the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology and technology solutions, it seems highly likely that earnings will continue to grow steadily for the foreseeable future.As these cash flows grow, company valuations should increase, pushing up the share price. That suggests investors should see steady returns over the long run.Bitcoin does not offer the same kind of long-term potential. Therefore, it may be best to avoid the cryptocurrency. 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. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves | Monday, 25th May, 2020 | More on: ^FTMC center_img Image source: Getty Images 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 Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Softcat. 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! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Have £2k to invest in FTSE 100 stocks? I’d buy these 2 cheap shares after the market crash

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. 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” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Have £2k to invest in FTSE 100 stocks? I’d buy these 2 cheap shares after the market crash Peter Stephens owns shares of Morrisons and SSE. 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.center_img Enter Your Email Address The FTSE 100’s recent market crash may have produced a number of buying opportunities for long-term investors. Even companies that have historically offered relatively solid financial performances are trading down on the price level at which they started 2020.As such, now could be the right time to build a diverse range of undervalued FTSE 100 shares. They may not produce high returns over the short run due to a lack of clarity on the economy’s outlook, but they may offer growth prospects over the coming years as the stock market recovers.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…SSESSE’s (LSE: SSE) recent trading update stated that the company is maintaining its dividend, despite an uncertain operating environment caused by coronavirus. Its 80p per share dividend is likely to prove popular among investors, since the stock currently yields 6.2% at a time when many of its FTSE 100 index peers are cancelling or withdrawing their dividends.Although there are no guarantees that SSE will continue to pay its dividend during the current crisis due to the lack of clarity regarding the economic outlook, its business model may prove to be more resilient than many FTSE 100 stocks. This may allow it to pursue its dividend growth timetable over the next few years, thereby making it an increasingly attractive income investing opportunity.With the SSE share price having fallen by around 13% since the start of the year, it appears to offer a margin of safety. Therefore, it may produce a relatively solid total return in the coming years that makes now the right time to buy a slice of it for the long run.FTSE 100 retailer MorrisonsAnother FTSE 100 share that could deliver improving performance after a decline so far in 2020 is Morrisons (LSE: MRW). Its shares are down by 6% since the start of the year, which is less than the wider index’s 17% drop over the same time period.Morrisons recently reported that it is expanding its online offer to capitalise on rising demand for grocery deliveries. Although this has been an established trend over recent years that has seen an increasing demand for online shopping, the lockdown could cause an increasing number of consumers to purchase their groceries online in future. Therefore, the company’s decision to broaden its click-and-collect service to 280 stores by mid-June and to double the availability of its online delivery slots could help to improve its financial prospects.Clearly, weak consumer confidence present across the UK following the lockdown could cause challenging operating conditions for retailers such as Morrisons. However, with what appears to be a sound strategy and a growing presence in the wholesale segment, its long-term profit growth potential appears to be relatively attractive. As such, now could be the right time to buy the stock after its recent decline. 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. 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. Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 | More on: MRW SSE See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

The Royal Mail share price is up 100%! Is there still time to buy?

first_imgThe Royal Mail share price is up 100%! Is there still time to buy? 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” 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! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 7th November, 2020 | More on: RMG See all posts by Rupert Hargreavescenter_img Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. The Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) share price has increased in value by more than 100% over the past few months. Following this performance, some investors might be tempted to buy the stock ahead of a potential further increase in value. But is it worth chasing the shares higher? Today, I’m going to try and answer this question. Is the Royal Mail share price worth buying? Investor sentiment towards Royal Mail has improved drastically over the past few months. In my opinion, there a couple of reasons for this performance.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…First of all, the company’s fundamentals have improved marginally since the beginning of the year. Even though the group has suffered from higher costs and a sudden sharp decline in letter volumes during the coronavirus pandemic, an increase in parcel volumes has helped offset this decline. Second, earlier in the year, the stock looked too cheap. The Royal Mail share price was trading for less than the value of the group’s assets. This implied that the business more could be worth more if it were sold and broken up than if it continued to operate as a going concern. Third, it seems to me as if the group finally has a long-term growth plan. After stumbling around for several years trying to figure out what it wants to be, I think Royal Mail’s decision to concentrate on parcels gives the organisation renewed purpose.The company has had the infrastructure to build a leading parcel distribution network, encompassing returns, deliveries and pickups, for years. However, for some reason, management hasn’t capitalised on this. Instead, the organisation has allowed other operators to take market share. The group only launched its automated parcel sorting facilities in 2017. Now Royal Mail finally seems to have woken up. In what it’s described as being the most significant change to the daily delivery service since the post box was launched in the mid-1800s, the firm will now collect parcels from homes. This will allow the business to capitalise on the booming e-commerce market.I’m excited about this change. The company is charging 72p per parcel (plus postage) for pickups. This seems cheap compared to the time it usually takes to drop off a package at a post office. Customers can now also print postage labels at home. To accompany these new services, Royal Mail is planning a significant investment programme over the next few years. Company outlookI’m optimistic the changes it’s making towards the parcels business will help the Royal Mail share price in the long term. However, with significant investment required, it could be sometime before this is reflected in the corporation’s bottom line. As such, I’m not a buyer of the stock after its recent performance. While I think the company has entered a new chapter, it could be a while before investors are rewarded for their patience. In the meantime, there are plenty of other investments I’d want to hold instead. Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves 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.last_img read more

Cheap shares: 1 tech stock I think can double my money!

first_img Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Zaven Boyrazian Zaven Boyrazian owns shares in Zoom Video Communications. The Motley Fool UK has recommended LoopUp Group. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Cheap shares: 1 tech stock I think can double my money! Zaven Boyrazian | Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 | More on: LOOP Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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 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” Cheap shares are hard to come by, but this tech stock is looking like a bargain to me. Why is that? Well, it’s all about the changing world we live in.The pandemic has created a semi-permanent shift in the average working lifestyle. Due to safety concerns, many employees are now working from home. Yes, the announcement of multiple vaccines means the pandemic may be over soon. However, an estimated 25%-30% of people will continue working from home even after Covid-19 becomes a chapter in the history books.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…That actually makes a lot of sense from a business point of view. Many employees can do their job as effectively from home. In that case, there’s no need to spend money renting costly offices.Video conferencing tech stocks in the pandemicTech stocks like Zoom Video Communications have flourished under current market conditions. The sudden need for remote working solutions resulted in a mass migration to such platforms, allowing the company to grow extra fast.Zoom’s share price has risen by over 440% since the start of the year. Needless to say, it has been an excellent year for existing shareholders. But with such rapid growth, comes an absurdly high valuation. The P/E ratio is currently over 300. To put that in perspective, the historical market average P/E ratio is around 15.But Zoom isn’t the only player in the space, and that’s where the cheap shares of LoopUp Group (LSE:LOOP) come in.Much like Zoom, LoopUp offers a video conferencing platform to businesses. Unlike Zoom though, the firm is specifically targeting the professional services (PS) market. This includes the legal, financial, and client-led business sectors. The market niche is undoubtedly smaller than the overall mass market. But, as a result, it’s facing far fewer direct competitors.What’s going on with the share price?I’ve previously discussed how I think LoopUp can succeed in this market space. Since that article, the shares haven’t done very well, falling by nearly 55%.The catalyst behind this decline is a trading update in which earnings guidance was lowered for the year. As previously mentioned, the business primarily focuses on the PS market. But it does still offer some legacy products for the mass market, despite transitioning out of that segment.Covid-19 boosted the demand for these legacy products. Unfortunately, they’re very similar to what Zoom offers at a lower price. Thus, in an attempt to retain customers, LoopUp had to lower its fees, and with it, earnings expectations declined.Are they cheap shares or a value trap?The legacy product problem is a little concerning. It demonstrates the lack of pricing power the firm has over the mass market. Furthermore, I think this also may have further contributed to the rapid decline in the share price.However, don’t forget that the core focus of LoopUp is not the mass consumer market. A closer look at the results showed some rather superb performances elsewhere. Total PS-based minute volumes were up 43%, with a 56% increase in average minutes-per-user.Overall, the tech stock is expecting 18% growth in total revenue and 134% in underlying profits for 2020. Based on these figures, the shares look incredibly cheap to me at a forecast P/E ratio of around 3. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

With house prices set to fall, I’d avoid buy-to-let in 2020 and buy UK shares

first_img House prices have been one of the big winners of 2020. They’ve increased by around 7% for the year, according to research by lender Nationwide. This has helped buy-to-let investors at a time when rents across the country are under pressure. But this bump could be short-lived. Some analysts are predicting a slump in property prices next year when the stamp duty holiday comes to an end. With that in mind, I’d avoid buy-to-let property and buy UK shares for 2021 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…Buy-to-let challenges As noted above, analysts are expecting property prices to fall in 2021. There are two reasons why.First, the end of the stamp duty holiday will depress demand. Prices have increased this year as buyers have rushed to complete sales before the end of the holiday. Secondly, buyers have been snapping up properties outside cities. This so-called ‘race for space’ has pushed home prices up rapidly in the most desirable commuter towns. Both of these tailwinds may dissipate in 2021, which may leave the property market gasping for air. Rising unemployment and high property prices will make it harder for buyers, and that could lead to a drop off in demand when the temporary tailwinds are removed. As such, I think UK shares could be a better investment for 2021. Buying UK shares A portfolio of UK stocks may provide significantly more diversification than buy-to-let property. Indeed, rental property is an exact bet on the state of the UK housing market. Meanwhile, investors can gain access to different sectors and industries by using UK shares. For example, BAE Systems is one of the world’s largest defence companies. Ethical considerations aside, this business is extremely defensive. Contracts signed with government bodies usually run for many years, which provides a steady income stream for the group.What’s more, the company also owns a portfolio of intellectual property. This gives it a competitive advantage over other businesses which may be competing for similar agreements. I’d much rather own a company with the sort of predictable income stream available to BAE over buy-to-let property with the sector’s deteriorating outlook. Another option is IT infrastructure consultant Computacenter. As the world becomes more and more reliant on technology, I reckon the demand for this company’s services will continue to increase.  It already looks as if 2020 is going to be a bumper year for the enterprise. With profits set to expand by a double-digit percentage, shares in the business have jumped nearly 30%. It would be challenging to achieve the same sort of returns with buy-to-let property. With these sorts of returns on offer, it’s clear to me why UK shares could be a better investment than buy-to-let property in 2021. The ability to diversify across several sectors and industries is also desirable, and I think this could lead to increased total returns in the long run. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 19th December, 2020 | More on: BA CCC Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” With house prices set to fall, I’d avoid buy-to-let in 2020 and buy UK shares 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. 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Stock market rally: how I’d invest £5,000 in UK shares for 2021

first_img Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 9th January, 2021 There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Image source: Getty Images Following the recent stock market rally, some investors might feel uncertain about buying stocks at current levels. However, while some stocks currently look to me to be overvalued, others appear quite cheap. I’d focus on buying these equities with £5,000 in 2021. Stock market rally holdings As mentioned above, I think some stocks have gotten ahead of themselves recently. Shares in organisations like Ocado are trading at record levels. I think buying the company at this level could expose an investor to unnecessary levels of risk. If Ocado’s growth fails to live up to expectations, for example, the stock could quickly fall in value. 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…On the other hand, I think there’s too much pessimism surrounding UK shares such as easyJet, IAG and Barclays. The pandemic has impacted these companies, but they own some of the most valuable travel and banking brands in the UK.What’s more, at current levels, it seems to me that much of the uncertainty surrounding the outlook for these businesses is already factored into their share prices. Many have missed out on the recent stock market rally. For example, shares in Barclays are currently trading at a price-to-book ratio of 0.4, compared to the global banking sector average of around 1. UK shares to play the recoveryI see these UK shares as recovery plays. As the world moves on from the pandemic in 2021, earnings and sales should begin to recover. That should help improve investor sentiment towards the companies. That said, I’m not entirely sure all these recovery plays will last for the next 12-24 months. Companies like Carnival, which were once global leaders, have taken on tremendous amounts of debt to weather the crisis. This could hold back their recovery and growth in the long term. As such, with an investment of £5,000, I’d look to build a diversified portfolio of these UK shares. Doing so would allow me to reduce risk while maximising upside potential. I think this strategy may even help me outperform the market.As noted above, many of these companies have missed out on the recent stock market rally. So they’ve got a fair bit of catching up to do to get back in line with the rest of the market. This may help them outperform when investor sentiment begins to improve. The bottom lineMany UK shares have missed out on the recent stock market rally, and these are the investments I would target for the year ahead. Acquiring a diversified basket of these stocks may produce high total returns in the long term. Even if these businesses struggle to return to growth in the short term, I’m optimistic their competitive advantages and size will help support growth in the long run.All of the businesses outlined also had a reputation for rewarding investors with large dividends. 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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.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. 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 get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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