Forget gold and Bitcoin! I’d invest £2k in this crashing FTSE 100 share

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Harvey Jones | Tuesday, 14th April, 2020 | More on: PHNX See all posts by Harvey Jones Forget gold and Bitcoin! I’d invest £2k in this crashing FTSE 100 share 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. 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. 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I’d prefer to buy the Phoenix Group Holdings (LSE: PHNX) share price instead. This crashing FTSE 100 share has got caught up in the general sell-off, but remains a strong business paying a generous yield.If I had £5k to invest right now, or any other sum, I’d be looking to buy solid blue-chip businesses like Phoenix. Indeed, ratings agency Fitch recently praised the company for its “very strong capitalisation and leverage,” as well as strong debt service capabilities, earnings, and business profile. That’s exactly what you need right now.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I wouldn’t buy Bitcoin today, even though the price has crept up to almost $7,000. It fell even faster than shares during the stock market crash, as investors dumped their cryptos to cover losses elsewhere. Bitcoin isn’t a safe haven, it’s a speculative tool, and that’s that. I’m holding the one coin I have, but I’m not adding to it. There’s a crashing FTSE 100 share I’d prefer.I’d buy this crashing FTSE 100 shareGold has its place in a balanced portfolio, as a diversifier. I wouldn’t hold more than 5% or 10% in a portfolio, to spread risk. I’d also advise against loading up on the precious metal today, as the price jumps beyond $1,700 an ounce. It could fall back as the lockdown eases. Also, gold doesn’t pay any interest.I’d prefer to take advantage of a crashing FTSE 100 share like Phoenix. It’s fallen 25% in the stock market crash, broadly in line with the market, as investors dump good stocks with the bad.Phoenix is a closed life insurance and pension fund consolidator. This means it effectively buys existing ‘heritage’ funds from other pension managers, and cracks on with the job of managing them on behalf of members.The Phoenix share price temptsIt benefits from economies of scale and now has 10m policyholders and £248bn of assets under administration across the UK, Ireland and Germany. It will scale up following the recent acquisition of ReAssure Group, which should boost total assets to increase to around £329bn, making it the third-largest insurer in the UK.Its closed business, the bulk of its operations, has relatively low exposure to the Covid-19 crisis. People still need their pensions. Its sophisticated hedging programmes should limit exposure current risks, as interest rates fall and equities remain volatile, in the wake of the stock market crash.Phoenix does also have a smaller open business, which manufactures and underwrites workplace pensions and SIPPs. This operates via strategic partnership with Standard Life Aberdeen, while its brand SunLife sells a range of products to the over 50s market. These will be affected, as people lose their jobs and look for ways to cut back on spendingToday, this crashing FTSE 100 share yields a tasty 7.81%. While other insurers such as Aviva axe their dividends, Phoenix has kept quiet about its intentions. No share is without risk today. Harvey Jones 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

Serving Christ in the world

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC By Patrick AugustinePosted Sep 18, 2012 Comments (1) Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Kathleen Murff Whiting says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL The Rev. Canon Patrick Augustine[Episcopal News Service] Our hearts are saddened as we watch the violence that has erupted across the world in protest to an anti-Islam film. It has already caused human loss of lives such as Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans serving in the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.It reminds me of images of November 1979 of the burning of the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. I was then the rector of St. Thomas Church in Islamabad. I witnessed with my own eyes the rage and destruction caused by thousands of students demanding “death to America.”I also express my protest to this person who made a movie demonstrating scathing attacks on the prophet of Islam. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has made it clear to the Islamic world with her statement, “This awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.” Enemies of the United States such as al-Qaeda are using it to their advantage to target American presence abroad.America is a land of liberty and millions of immigrants have come to her soil to enjoy many freedoms. At times misguided individuals use their freedom of expression in harmful ways. In 1989, American artist and photographer Andres Serrano, in the name of art, displayed a photograph of a small plastic crucifix she titled “Piss Christ.” This cross was submerged in a glass of the artist’s own urine in a New York museum. This is not only an offensive expression of art but also a terrible abuse of free speech. It appears to be done with malicious intentions to cause hurt and disrespect to the followers of a certain faith community.Equally contemptible were the actions of one individual who made a movie to insult Muhammad. We cannot take these events lightly. As Americans we are not living in isolation from the rest of the global community. If we desire respect we need to earn it by showing respect to others.Free speech doesn’t give license to offend. People of faith must condemn the actions of those individuals who have intentionally hurt the sanctity and harmony of our faith communities. But I fear the repercussions for Christian minorities living in Muslim countries. Many of them already live under the fear of persecution with very little guarantee of basic human rights.I have often wondered what inspired Christians in the Roman Empire who were persecuted and killed for confessing the name of Jesus Christ. In our own modern days of the 21st century we learn of the persecution of Christians in Sudan, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and many more countries.For the church in Pakistan there is no other option for the faithful followers but to lift up to the hills and behold the cross of Jesus. In the valley of the shadow of death thou art with me. That is their witness as they continue in the face of persecution, discrimination and acts of terror serving that nation through their schools, hospitals, leprosy clinics, schools for the blind and literacy centers.It is on the cross of Jesus the powers of hatred and violence were defeated that meek and weak may have a life of hope and resurrection.What Jesus calls us to do is not always pleasant; it is not always easy; it should not be done without serious contemplation. He wants us to know very clearly what it may cost to follow him. Some of us wonder “Am I worthy to be a disciple of Jesus?” Do I have stamina, perseverance to carry his cross?Martin Luther was right when he said:  “God can carve the rotten wood and ride the lame horse.” Jesus chose just such people: fishermen and tax collectors, known as sinners and zealots. They were not particularly part of the religious establishment. Jesus took these ordinary earthen vessels and filled them with His grace and power to lift high the cross.One thing the Gospel makes clear: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”— The Rev. Canon Patrick Augustine is rector of Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His e-mail address is [email protected] Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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I cannot help wondering how we would feel if someone were to profit from a movie which portrayed our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a child molester – or worse. What would we think if that person also portrayed himself and his friends as members of some faith the same way the people who have encouraged and blatantly defended this awful film are doing. How close to outrage would the Christian reaction be? Would we “lose it?” And how would we present ourselves to refute such a horrendous item and those who constructed it? Would we communicate with them and pray for them? Would everyone still know we were Christians by our love? I cannot understand the violent protests, the murders, but I can understand the fury that fed them. 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A Friday Night Ride-Along in Apopka

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Observations from an Apopka Police Department patrol shift.*****“Please take care of my Dad.”  Those were the words spoken to me by Apopka Police Captain Randy Fernandez’s 9-year old son, Asa.Fernandez and I had been planning an evening ride-along for some time.  When we agreed earlier in the week to do it on Friday July 9th, neither of us had any idea that we would be patrolling Apopka less than 24 hours after the Dallas police shooting that saw five officers killed and 6 others wounded.Was I a bit apprehensive?  Absolutely.  But how often would this opportunity present itself? I was determined to not allow a terrorist act change my plans.As our “shift” began we spoke with a young women who had brought her three young children to hand-deliver cards of appreciation to the Apopka Police Department.  Officer Danielle Saslo gave them a quick tour and let the oldest turn on her patrol car’s lights.From 4:30 PM to 12:30 AM we roamed the streets of Apopka.  We responded to a few of the incidents reported by or assigned by Dispatch to one of the 8 patrol officers on duty.But our first encounter was with a driver who made an illegal left turn onto Main Street.  Within a minute of pulling the driver over we were joined by another patrol officer.  I quickly learned that was the protocol.  At least two officers responded to nearly every call for service.  Does it really take two officers to issue a traffic violation?  Well, no, as long as the driver answers the officer’s questions and complies with the officer’s requests.More about that later…Gone are the days when there are two officers in each patrol car.  It is much more efficient to have one officer per car.  But, in the interest of officer safety other officers will respond as backup. The backups leave only when it is clear that officer safety will not be compromised.The Stops:Illegal left hand turnTwo car accident without injuries in front of the VFWSpeeding violation on 441 west of SheelerMedical emergency involving a homeless man at the Main Street Walgreen’s.  Apopka paramedics took the man to Florida Hospital Apopka.  Officer Charlie White transported the man’s worldly goods to the same destination in his APD pickup.  Officer White also updated me regarding a strangely parked car reported in my neighborhood a month ago.Domestic dispute between two ex’sWe stopped by the Communications Center where Lead Communications Technician Billy Bryant briefed me on the technology and the challenges the dispatchers face during their long shifts.It was a fairly typical Friday night, according to 29-year veteran Sergeant Carlos Joseph.  Towards the end of the shift he and I spoke at length. While briefing his shift earlier he told his officers they needed to put the events in Dallas “out of their heads” and focus on their job; Protecting and serving the people of Apopka.  He emphasized the word “serving.”“We are in the service business,” said Carlos. “Yes, we protect, but every contact we make is also a service call.”The Apopka Police Department responds to over 1,000 “calls for service” every week, according to the Department’s weekly activity report.Joseph told me about two traffic stops he had made in the hours after the Dallas police shootings.  At one a 17-year old girl thanked him for his service and asked him to be safe.  At the other three young women told him they were praying for him and the other Apopka police officers.The final stop of the night involved a driver who ran a stop sign.  Rather than pull over, he proceeded to drive to his house where he then refused to provide Officer Ashley Eller with an ID.  He also refused to get out of his car when asked.  He and his female passenger insisted that he had done nothing wrong. As time went on the volume of their objections increased.I was observing this conflict from about 40 feet away, but the increasing tension was obvious.  As I looked around I realized that the street was totally dark except for the lights from the patrol cars.  Surely there were people in these houses watching.  My thoughts went to Dallas.  Because of the situation, there were several officers on the scene.  What if…?In the end the driver was extracted from the vehicle, handcuffed, and placed in the backseat of a patrol car.  He ultimately produced his ID and was released.*****When Asa asked me to take care of his Dad my reply was, “I’ll do my best.”A better response to Asa and all of the children of police officers is this; “Thank you for allowing your Moms and Dads to keep me and the rest of Apopka safe.” Previous articleSinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan EdwardsNext articleTrack Club Car Wash a Success Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! 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England-Ghana friendly: Ayew, Tagoe to start from the bench

first_imgGhana coach Goran Stevanovic has left out key players Prince Tagoe and Andre Ayew in his starting line-up for Tuesday’s friendly against England on Tuesday night.The two players have been at the forefront of the recent Black Stars revival but both of them will start from the bench.Defender David Addy who suffered a knock during Sunday’s friendly against Congo will also start from the bench.Lee Addy will start in the left-back position while John Paintsil will play in his normal position on the right-back.The central defensive pair of John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah will be maintained while the midfield will be marshalled by Agyemang Badu.Dominic Adiyiah who was the Black Stars’ best player in the Congo game will start in attack along with Asamoah Gyan while Sulley Muntari and Kwadwo Asamoah will complete the starting line-up. Serbian boss looks to have responded directly to England coach Fabio Capello’s decision to drop his key players for the match.Starting line-up: Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, Lee Addy, John Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, Anthony Annan, Agyemang Badu, Sulley Muntari, Dominic Adiyiah, Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah.Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more