Forget the Bitcoin price! I’d invest in FTSE 250 stocks to make a million

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The performance of Bitcoin in the past few years has highlighted the volatility that cryptocurrencies can experience. It surged to an all-time high of almost $20,000 in 2017 before declining by over 80% in a matter of months. Since then, it has delivered a short-lived recovery, which has been followed by another decline in the past six months.Looking ahead, the Bitcoin price could continue to experience a difficult period. Regulatory risks, its limited size and competition from other virtual currencies could weigh on its 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…As such, investing in FTSE 250 shares could be a better idea. They offer low valuations, a track record of growth and lower risk than the cryptocurrencies. They could increase your chances of making a million.Track recordThe past performance of the FTSE 250 is very impressive. In the past 20 years, for example, it has recorded annualised total returns of around 9%. While that may not turn your initial capital into a seven-figure portfolio overnight, in the long run it can deliver a surprisingly large nest egg.For example, assuming an initial investment of £5,000, additional contributions of £200 per month and an annual return of 9%, you could generate a portfolio valued at almost £1m in a 40-year time frame. Clearly, investing larger amounts in FTSE 250 shares could lead to a greater chance of obtaining a seven-figure portfolio.RisksAs mentioned, Bitcoin is a relatively risky asset to hold. But the FTSE 250 offers less risk than the cryptocurrency, with it being possible to reduce company-specific risk through diversification. This means the impact on your portfolio from one stock experiencing a disappointing level of return is minimised when you hold a variety of other companies.Since it is relatively cost-effective to buy a wide range of companies through online share-dealing, building a diverse portfolio is an achievable goal for most investors. Diversifying may also provide you with access to a more varied collection of sectors and geographies which further improves your return prospects.Buying opportunityThe risks posed by Brexit continue to cause investors to adopt a cautious stance towards the stock market, and especially when it comes to UK-focused companies. As such, now could be a good time to buy mid-cap shares, with many of them offering low valuations, growth potential and high yields.They may not offer the potential to generate stunning returns in a short space of time, as Bitcoin might do. But from a risk/reward standpoint, they are likely to be more attractive to most investors. Therefore, they could be a better means of building a seven-figure portfolio. This process may take time, but the track record of the FTSE 250 shows that it is possible for modest sums of capital to produce a £1m+ portfolio in the long run. See all posts by Peter Stephens Peter Stephens | Sunday, 26th January, 2020 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. 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. 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 Forget the Bitcoin price! I’d invest in FTSE 250 stocks to make a million Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Wales in focus: Five lessons we’ve learnt

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Speed merchant: Tom James makes the yardsTom James is frustratingTom James has had a turbo-charged start to the Rabo Direct Pro 12. Arguably, no player in Europe is making as many 15 – 25 yard breaks as the Cardiff Blues winger – the problem is no player is making as many mistakes either. James is infuriating to watch. His powerful line breaks make you question why he hasn’t had 30 caps for Wales, yet his decision making and handling make you wonder why he was ever given a professional contract in the first place. We can but hope that one day his bottom half clicks with the top. Sadly, until that happens James will always remain a regional player. during the LV= Cup match between Cardiff Blues and Harlequins at the Cardiff City Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. All change: The existing Heineken Cup format is under threatDon’t blame the English clubs for the European falloutMany in Wales will be quick to the blame the English clubs for their role in undermining the Heineken Cup. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Welsh fans like to point the finger at English rugby – sometimes two. For this reason the BT deal will be viewed as another example of English self-interest ruining the game. But this isn’t true. Quite the opposite in fact. The English and French clubs are well within their rights to demand a change to the European format. The current qualification for the Heineken Cup is grossly stacked in favour of the Pro 12 teams. It means that some teams in the Rabo Direct can saunter their way through the season without a care in the world – yet if this situation occurred in business, the Monopolies and Mergers commission would have been summoned long ago.  This inequality not only dilutes the quality of the Pro 12, but it also weakens the Heineken Cup as a premium tournament. Whatever agreement is reached, Europe’s showpiece tournament needs to evolve. France isn’t all it’s cracked up to beWelsh and French rugby are inextricably linked at the moment with Jamie Roberts the latest stellar name lined up with a move to the Top 14.  But the fortunes of some Welsh players during the opening weeks of the Top 14 may make future emigrants think twice. Perpignan’s financial problems mean that they are reportedly keen to offload James Hook and his £300,000 contract. Gethin Jenkins has only made one start for Toulon and is currently the second choice loose-head at Toulon to Andrew Sheridan.  And whilst we constantly see Mike Phillips being interviewed relaxing en soleil, his situation is anything but relaxed. Poor performances and unacceptable off field behaviour have given Phillips a popularity rating akin of Louis XVI with the Bayonne hierarchy and resulted in an internal ban. Add this to difficulties with international release, particularly in a Lions year, and France may not seem as alluring as it was. That is of course unless you’re in form, like Lee Byrne or Aled Brew, with the former rapidly becoming a marquee player in the Top 14. French leave: Mike Phillips is in trouble with his club Bayonne for misbehaving By Paul WilliamsA month is a long time in Welsh rugby, so let’s take a deep breath and look at the highs and lows of the opening weeks in the PrincipalitySamson Lee – the new Adam JonesWelsh rugby lunges from one positional wobble to another. No sooner had Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric filled Martyn Williams’ estimable boots, when thoughts turned to Adam Jones’ long-term successor. Step-forward, Samson Lee. If you typed his vital statistics into a career advisors’ laptop, it would spew out two words – Tight and Head. At 5ft 10in and 18st 2lbs and with a custom-made short back, the 19 year-old’s physique is the prototype for a No 3. His performances in last year’s Junior World Championship were exemplary and his destruction of New Zealand’s loose head in their 9-6 victory over the Baby Blacks was as biblical as his name. Lee’s scrummaging for the Scarlets has been equally impressive in the opening month of the season – and, maybe more surprisingly, so too have his ball skills. Lee’s deft wrap around pass in the opening game against Leinster will have caught Gatland’s eye. A fast-track into the Welsh set-up could be in the offing.‘Rucking’ is backThere has been no change to the ruck law – Law 10.4 (b) states that a player must not stamp or trample on an opponent. In recent years use of the boot in rugby has attracted the same level of taboo afforded to fox hunting. But something seems to have changed. There have been numerous occasions in the opening four weeks of the Pro12 season where the Welsh regions have cleared out rucks with their feet, yet have gone unpunished. This seemingly relaxed attitude to rucking presents an interesting quandary. Use of the boot may seem barbaric to people outside of the game, but sensible deployment of studs is a very effective way of speeding up the breakdown, and encouraging a faster, more attractive game.  Whistles, yellow cards and lectures from referees don’t stop players from lying on the wrong side of the ruck, boots do.last_img read more

Center for Geographic Analysis hosts COVID-19 forum

first_img Read Full Story As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves rapidly around the globe, the Center for Geographic Analysis at IQSS is hosting an online forum focusing on time-sensitive geospatial research on COVID-19-related topics.The CGA Virtual Forum: Responding to The Covid-19 Pandemic with Geospatial Research and Applications will be held on Friday (May 1), from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. ET via online conference. An international line-up of speakers will present geospatial topics such as data privacy, spread of misinformation, and planning for hospital surges, and will end with a panel discussion.Registration is free; the meeting URL will be sent to registered attendees via email.To see the full agenda of topics and speakers, as well as to register for the event, visit the CGA website.The Center for Geographic Analysis is a program at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science that administers Harvard-wide GIS infrastructure, collects and disseminates spatial datasets, and provides training and consultation in the use of geospatial technologies. last_img read more

ICC investigating approach during Windies, Zimbabwe series

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, is investigating an approach made to Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer to fix parts of the recent two-Test series against West Indies.Media reports yesterday said that Cremer had rejected the approach, allegedly from a former Zimbabwe Cricket board member prior to the first Test on October 21, and reported the incident to head coach Heath Streak.The matter was referred to Zimbabwe Cricket and then to the ICC who has since confirmed that its Anti-Corruption Unit was investigating.“The ICC can confirm that there is an ACU ongoing investigation in Zimbabwe and because there is an ongoing investigation, I cannot share any further details,” an ICC spokesperson said was quoted as saying.The Test, played at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, saw West Indies win by an innings and 17 runs inside four days.Zimbabwe, however, hung on for a draw in the second Test at the same venue, leaving the Caribbean side with a 1-0 series win.last_img read more

Andre Villas-Boas wants to win Europa League

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has challenged his side to win the Europa League this season.Villas-Boas, who won the competition with Porto in 2011, leads Spurs into their opening Group J game against Italian side Lazio on Thursday.Tottenham fielded a shadow side in the Europa League under Harry Redknapp last season and failed to go beyond the group stages.But Villas-Boas said: “We want to do something special in this competition.”Spurs last won a European trophy in 1984, when they defeated Anderlecht on penalties to win the Uefa Cup, the Europa League’s predecessor.“This competition is very important,” Villas-Boas added. “It’s a tough competition. You have to play 15 games before you reach the final, so it’s hard and strenuous and the best teams out of the Champions League are playing.“It gives access to the European Super Cup and, for me, I always thought it was a prestigious competition and it should be promoted like that because after the Cup Winners’ Cup disappeared, it is not only about the Champions League.“If we can win a trophy, that represents a lot for Tottenham Hotspur’s history as well and would be something really special.”In addition to Lazio, Tottenham will face Greek side Panathinaikos and Slovenia’s Maribor in their group.last_img read more

US boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies

first_imgUS former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, whose wrongful conviction for murder caused an international outcry, has died at the age of 76.He died on Sunday at his home in Toronto, Canada, his friend and former co-defendant John Artis, confirmed.Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders in New Jersey in 1966.The alleged racial motivations behind the incarceration became well-known in Bob Dylan’s song Hurricane, several books and a film.Artis said Carter had died in his sleep, following a battle with prostate cancer, AP news agency reported.Carter was charged with three murders in New Jersey in 1966. He was retried and convicted again in 1976, before eventually being freed for good in 1985. A high-profile campaign involving supporters including Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali had advocated for him to be freed.The judge who ordered his release in 1985 said Carter’s convictions had been “predicated on an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure”.last_img read more