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The FTSE 100 has surged 30% since the 2020 stock market crash! Here’s what I’d do now

first_imgThe FTSE 100 has surged 30% since the 2020 stock market crash! Here’s what I’d do now The FTSE 100 has delivered a strong recovery following the 2020 stock market crash. Although it continues to trade 13% down on its price from a year ago, it is nevertheless around 30% up on the lowest point it reached in the March 2020 crash.Despite the recent stock market rally, a number of companies continue to trade on low valuations relative to their historic averages. Buying a wide range of them for the long term could lead to impressive returns. Meanwhile, holding some cash in case of a further market decline may be a prudent move.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…Buying cheap FTSE 100 shares todayClearly, some FTSE 100 stocks now trade at relatively high prices. Investor sentiment has improved significantly as vaccine rollouts have continued and economic forecasts have improved.However, this does not mean that further gains for the index are necessarily ahead. As the 2020 stock market crash showed, investor sentiment can very quickly change from positive to negative. As such, it may be a sound idea to only purchase companies with valuations that have not run away to levels that are difficult to justify. For example, buying stocks with margins of safety relative to their sector peers or historic averages could be a prudent move.After the FTSE 100’s recent stock market rally, such a task may be more difficult than it was just a few months ago. However, as mentioned, the index continues to trade down on its level from a year ago, and some sectors such as property, financial services and retail could offer good value for money at the present time.Holding cash in case of a stock market crashThe track record of the FTSE 100 highlights how unpredictable its performance can be. Certainly, it has produced high single-digit annual total returns since its inception in 1984. However, along the way it has experienced numerous stock market crashes, corrections and bear markets that have caused major declines in a short space of time.Such events have not suddenly become obsolete. They are very likely to occur in future, although predicting when they will take place is a very difficult task. Therefore, taking a prudent approach and holding some cash in a portfolio could be a sound move. It may provide peace of mind should the current stock market rally turn into a crash. Moreover, it could allow an investor to capitalise on low valuations caused by a sudden deterioration in investor sentiment over a short time period – as was the case in March 2020.Holding some cash instead of being fully invested in FTSE 100 shares may produce lower returns than those available in the stock market. However, over the long run such a strategy may be beneficial in terms of accessing low stock prices in a future stock market crash. 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. 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(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. 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. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

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Judge drops contempt of court proceedings against two San Francisco reporters

first_img San Francisco Chronicle journalists Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, who faced prison for refusing to reveal their source on an investigation into a sports drugs scandal, would escape jail after their informer admitted he supplied the information. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en Organisation March 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge drops contempt of court proceedings against two San Francisco reporters News June 7, 2021 Find out more “If the lawyer Troy Ellerman had not admitted to giving information to Williams and Fainaru-Wada, the prison sentence imposed in the lower court for “contempt of court” would likely have been upheld on appeal on 7 March,” the organisation said. “This is a happy outcome for the journalists but is in no way a victory for press freedom and protection of sources”.Williams and Fainaru-Wada reported in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004 on a federal grand jury investigation into drug-taking in the sports world, implicating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO). The journalists had obtained a copy of testimony by three baseball players and one athlete accused of taking steroids allegedly provided by BALCO. Ordered to reveal the source of the investigation leak, the two journalists cited the right to protect their sources, which is recognised in 33 states, but not at federal level. On 15 August, federal judge Jeffrey White sentenced them both to 18 months in prison for “contempt of court”, the maximum penalty. Their lawyers immediately appealed. Their appeal was frequently adjourned but finally set for 7 March 2007. In the interval, on 14 February, Troy Ellerman, one of the a lawyers for the accused sports figures, admitted that he had given the journalists his clients’ statements and said he would plead guilty to “contempt of court”, “obstructing justice” and “breaking an oath”, offences considered federal crimes. Ellerman faces two years in prison and a 250,000-dollar fine, if the judge accepts the deal.Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, on 19 January had pleaded the case of the two journalists in a letter to the Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, repeating her support for a federal law guaranteeing journalists the right to protect their sources.Reporters Without Borders said Nancy Pelosi’s action in taking up the case of the two journalists with the Department of Justice and voicing support for a federal “shield law” allowing protection of sources meant that the case had in one respect marked a major step forward, in the direction sought by the organisation. to go further Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today welcomed federal judge Jeffrey White’s decision on 1 March to cancel contempt of court findings and sanctions against San Francisco Chronicle reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada for refusing to reveal their sources for leaks in 2004 about an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by athletes. They had been found in contempt of court in 2005 and faced up to 18 months in prison.Their lawyers asked the judge to withdraw the proceedings against their clients after Troy Ellerman, a lawyer representing athletes accused of doping, admitted to being the source of the leak and said he would plead guilty to contempt of court, obstructing justice and filing a false statement.Reporters Without Borders does not however regard the decision as a legal victory for the press, as federal legislation still does not recognise the right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources. Californian video journalist and blogger Josh Wolf, 24 has been in prison since 18 September for refusing to surrender unpublished video footage to a federal grand jury.____________________________________________________________15.02.07 – Two journalists should avoid prison in sources case to “relief but no satisfaction”Reporters Without Borders voiced relief that Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, of the daily San Francisco Chronicle, threatened with imprisonment by a federal court for refusing to reveal their source of information in a sports drugs scandal, would not after all go to jail.But the worldwide press freedom organisation said this conclusion did not resolve the root of the problem since the source had effectively turned himself in and pleaded guilty. News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on United States NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas Newslast_img read more

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6 painpoints of current mobile banking apps

first_img continue reading » The Harris Poll conducted a survey of more than 1,600 digital banking users at the end of January. They found that 32% of respondents said they are willing to leave their current banking relationship for a better digital experience. While there has been a lot of discussion surrounding mobile banking and all the new conveniences it brings to the credit union industry, it’s time to step it up. Simply having a mobile banking app is no longer sufficient. Members want more and more out of their in-app experience but how do you raise the bar? Digital banking has opened the door for credit unions to enjoy efficiencies and cost savings by moving transactions to a self-service medium but it has to be done right.In fact, a recent study further equated the benefits from a cost savings perspective and how mobile banking apps directly impact a credit union’s bottom line. They found that when a member chooses to perform their transaction in-branch, it costs $4 on average to complete, however that same transaction will only cost $0.10 if completed digitally. There is also the obvious appeal to the Gen X and Millennial banking population, who seem to gobble up new tech advances. Despite all these benefits, recent surveys have shown that mobile banking app usage is trending down, with sources citing that members still tend to just use the app mainly for basic tasks such as checking an account balance or viewing transaction history. Data shows that many leave the more intricate transactions for a branch visit.There have been various reasons noted for this decline but many of the frustrations seem to stem from tasks becoming too complicated to complete and the overall app layout not being user-friendly. To be successful, an app’s ability to perform basic transactions is most important, bringing added value to the member and the reason for downloading it in the first place. It needs to be intuitive in accomplishing a task or performing a transaction. Aesthetics and screen simplicity (User Interface) are also important, with visible branding and a layout similar to the credit union’s website, adding to the app’s credibility and authenticity. With these ideas in mind, here are some of the more commonly reported frustrations with mobile banking apps: 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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