Buy-to-let vs stocks: 3 reasons why I’ll be investing money in UK shares in 2021

first_img 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 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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 Peter Stephens | Saturday, 9th January, 2021 Buy-to-let property and UK shares have been two very profitable assets for investors over recent decades. House prices have produced large returns despite experiencing challenging periods. Similarly, FTSE 100 shares have delivered high single-digit returns to catalyse investor portfolios.However, buying stocks in 2021 could prove to be a better idea than investing in buy-to-let property. Their lower valuations, the capacity to diversify in an uncertain economic environment, and tax advantages could make them a more logical move compared to buying properties.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…The low valuations of UK sharesWhile property prices have soared to record highs across much of the UK in recent months, many UK shares continue to trade at low prices. Sectors that face challenging short-term outlooks, such as the energy and travel industries, contain a number of companies that are trading at very low prices.Where those businesses have the financial means to survive further disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, they could offer long-term capital growth potential.By contrast, high UK house prices may fail to continue rising at a fast pace. After all, affordability concerns could hold back their growth trajectory, as first-time buyers struggle to get onto the property ladder.Furthermore, factors such as rising unemployment and weak wage growth could mean many people postpone a house move or delay buying their first property. This may mean house price growth is subdued compared to its performance over the last year.Diversification potentialDiversifying among UK shares is a simple process. Any investor can build a portfolio containing multiple companies that operate in different sectors. This reduces their reliance on one business for returns. This means one struggling holding is unlikely to be too detrimental to their overall financial prospects.Building a diverse portfolio of buy-to-let properties is far more difficult. An investor needs vast sums of capital to do so. Even then, they’re limited to investing in the UK, whereas it’s possible to buy companies operating in different countries. Should there be an issue with rent payment or repairs to one property in a concentrated buy-to-let portfolio, it could mean financial disaster for an investor.Tax advantages of buying stocksPurchasing UK shares through a Stocks and Shares ISA means there’s no tax levied on returns or income payments. This is a much more favourable situation to that of buy-to-let investing.Various recent tax rises mean a property investor’s tax bill is likely to be much higher now than it was even a few years ago. With the cost of coronavirus yet to be confirmed, further such tax rises could be ahead.As such, opening a low-cost ISA that’s simple to operate could be a better idea than purchasing buy-to-let properties. It could produce significantly higher net returns that have a positive impact on an investor’s financial outlook. See all posts by Peter Stephens 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. 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Shortlist for €15,000 bursary with Film Limerick

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Previous articleAthea cleans up on the double at Limerick in Bloom competitionNext article€100,000 drug seizure made at Limerick estate Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Advertisementcenter_img NewsBreaking newsShortlist for €15,000 bursary with Film LimerickBy Rose Rushe – October 31, 2014 951 Email Print By Oran TreacyManager of Film Limerick Ronan Cassidy with Mark Griffin of Behind the Scenes, at Culture House, No 2 Pery SqPhoto: Dom Moloney/ Press 22THEN there was nine. This is the case with the final selected project proposals for the next stage of Film Limerick’s competition to create two short films to be made in Limerick with funding of €15,000.The partnership between City of Culture and film networking group Behind the Scenes issued its shortlist of candidates prior to Monday November 3’s winning announcement.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Although this scheme is unique, brought into existence under Film Limerick manager Ronan Cassidy, it borrows from the Offaly film bursary scheme worth €8,000.It has attracted a significant amount of attention with a total of 131 applications narrowed down in a “fair, yet time consuming process,” explains Cassidy. He is working with a professional panel of three to sift and sort quality, ideas and plausibility.Two of these film titles below will receive a healthy €15,000 for production, the shooting to be local. Each will receive help and advice in the making.“Film Limerick has been a massive success. For a first time scheme, we have received applications from all over the country,” observes Ronan Cassidy, himself a professional in sound and film. “The quality of work received was highly competitive and the wealth of talent among established and emerging filmmakers in Ireland shows the necessity of having schemes such as this in place.”“I would like to thank all who submitted scripts and wish them the best of luck in the future. I’m looking forward to meeting the shortlisted applicants and working with the successful teams.”Culled from 131 entries:Danann Breathnach – No One Comes back from the SeaTrevor Curran – CrystalPaul Freeney – It’s Like ThisCashell Horgan – The Clock Makers DollDavid Leahy – When Badly comesJohn McKeown – The CobblerDaniel Mooney – Nobody Plans to DieHarriet O’Carroll – Jane Austin’s Limerick LoveLiam O’Neill – Lost and Foundlast_img read more


PL TV rights sale to go ahead

first_imgThe Premier League’s sale of TV rights for the 2016-19 seasons will go ahead as planned after broadcast regulator Ofcom rejected a bid from Virgin Media to halt the process. The sale is expected to deliver another bumper payday for top-flight clubs and to be completed this month – and possibly even by the end of this week – after the Premier League sent out its invitation to tender (ITT) in December. Ofcom is still investigating a complaint from Virgin Media about how the Premier League sells its TV rights but rejected the application to halt the sale until the investigation is completed. Press Associationcenter_img A statement from Ofcom said: “Ofcom has today decided to reject the application, as it does not consider that there is an urgent need to intervene to delay the auction. “There will be a significant gap, of around 17 months, between the auction and the start of the 2016/2017 season when broadcasting of the relevant matches will commence.” The regulator did say however it could enforce action if its investigation does find fault with the league. The statement added: “In the event that Ofcom’s investigation concludes that there is an infringement, Ofcom has the necessary powers to require the Premier League and Premier League clubs to make changes to arrangements for the broadcasting of matches within the time available before the start of the relevant season. “The investigation is ongoing and will consider the potential harm to competition and consumers arising from joint selling under the auction.” The Premier League has also confirmed to Ofcom it will put in place arrangements in any contracts with broadcasters to address any consequences if the investigation find it has breached competition rules. Ofcom said it expects to publish a further document in March into the complaint by Virgin Media that the Premier League’s joint selling means domestic consumers pay too much to watch matches on TV. The current three-year deal with Sky and BT Sport is worth just over £3billion to the Premier League clubs. Brigitte Trafford, Virgin Media’s chief corporate affairs officer, said: “We welcome Ofcom’s confirmation that it can, and will, intervene after the auction if it reaches the conclusion that it needs to remedy any consumer harm. The Premier League has acknowledged this and has agreed to implement any action Ofcom may take.” last_img read more


Late Barbados PM’s widow bows out of politics

first_imgThe member of parliament for the constituency of St. John in Barbados, Mara Thompson has formally announced that she will not be contesting the upcoming general election.Thompson, the widow of David Thompson, the sixth Prime Minister of Barbados, said that after eight years, she has decided to retire from public life.“I have taken a long hard look at myself and the needs of my family and I have decided to retire from public life,” said Thompson, who made the disclosure at a meeting of the ruling Democratic Labor Party (DLP), General Council late Wednesday.Thompson also thanked her constituents for supporting her over the years.“Just as I walked throughout the constituency and sought the support of the people of St. John when I wanted to become their MP, I am walking around in St. John, knocking on doors thanking the good people of St. John for their support for me over the years.  I intend to do so face to face.  They will see me.  I will continue to visit each home because I want to thank you.”She added that following her husband’s death, her family was “cradled and buoyed by the people of St. John”.“They swept me into Parliament, giving me the very distinct honor of becoming their Parliamentary representative   – I consider myself blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to serve my party and my St. John family.”Thompson, who was the first female Deputy Speaker of the House, has also endorsed the party’s General Secretary, George Pilgrim, as her successor.The constituency of St. John has been hailed as the DLP’s most secure seat since 1958.St. John was once held by the late Prime Minister Errol Barrow who died in office in 1987.Former Prime Minister David Thompson, was later elected for the seat, which he held until his death – also in office in October 2010.His widow won the seat in a by-election in January 2011 and also ran successfully during the 2013 general election.A date for a general election – that is constitutionally due by June this year, has not been set although Parliament was  automatically dissolved on March 6.last_img read more


Hearts share spoils with Aduana at home

first_imgHearts of Oak’s poor run in the 2012 Glo Premier League continued with a listless 1-1 drawn game against Aduana Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium.The game was not without incident as Hearts fans cursed at referee Ernest Baafi who they accused of biased officiating, especially in the second half and registered their displeasure by pelting him with sachet water and other foreign materials.It was Aduana’s Samuel Asiedu who put the visitors ahead in 4th minute of the game in what could be described as an early scare for the Phobians.But Hearts’ Romeo Abban rallied back to level things up ten minutes later for the Phobians.The visitors were dominant in the first half and could have wrapped things up but lacked ideas in front of goal.Back from recess, Hearts skipper Mahathma Otoo will rue the many missed chances that came his way and some of them were criminal. Ashitey Ollenu in one of his many rampaging runs on the right, set Otoo up with an immaculate cross but right in the six yard box, Mahatma fired way above the goal post much to the chagrin of the supporters.Goal Keeper Tetteh Lugard kept the Phobians in the game after he pulled some excellent saves from the many set pieces that came the way of the visitors.The Hearts keeper again parried an excellent goal bound volley but charged on referee Baafi for a foul he accused the referee of not giving.He was yellow carded for his troubles and that sent the Hearts fans angry.From the stands they cursed and chanted at the referee whilst a few threw materials on the pitch. The police together with some of the Hearts players pleaded for patience. Aduana appeared content with the results and resorted to playing a delay tactic which worked to perfection.One all it ended at the Accra Sports Stadium, a result which put the Phobians 14th on the league table and the visitors second on the league log.Results of Match 12 DayHearts 1-1 Aduana StarsTema Youth 0–1 Heart of LionsDwarfs 0–2 AmidausAll Stars 1–0 LibertyChelsea 2-0 KotokoMedeama SC 3–0 ArsenalsEdubiase 1-1 AshgoldKing Faisal 1-0 RTUlast_img read more


Ex-Angel Kendrys Morales belts pinch-hit HR in the 10th to lift Blue Jays

first_imgThe Blue Jays had a 6-3 lead before the Angels rallied in the eighth, taking advantage of two errors. Ryan Tepera (5-2) replaced Aaron Loup with two out and the bases loaded, and Martin Maldonado responded with a three-run double to left.Tepera then picked Maldonado off second to end the inning. He also worked the ninth, and Tyler Clippard got three outs for his fourth save.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler cannot reach a ball hit for a single by Toronto Blue Jays’ Yangervis Solarte during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz can’t reach a ball hit for an RBI single by Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler cannot reach a ball hit for a single by Toronto Blue Jays’ Yangervis Solarte during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 4Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler cannot reach a ball hit for a single by Toronto Blue Jays’ Yangervis Solarte during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — Kendrys Morales ditched his glasses and found his swing.Morales connected for a pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning, sending the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Angels on Sunday.Morales hit a two-out drive to right off Hansel Robles for his eighth homer. Robles (2-3) was making his Angels debut after he was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets.The 35-year-old Morales made his major league debut with the Angels in 2006 and played for them for six years.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Toronto jumped in front on Travis’ three-run homer off Felix Pena in the second. Diaz hit a tiebreaking leadoff drive in the sixth, and Granderson added his seventh of the season with two out.Justin Upton hit his 17th homer for the Angels, and Maldonado had two hits and four RBIs. Pena, a converted reliever making his second career start, allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings.“We battled back. We didn’t do enough things in the end,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We couldn’t keep it in the park. They hit four home runs off us. We do a good job getting back in games.”Free timeAngels star Mike Trout has some free time during games when he serves as the designated hitter. His sprained index finger has kept him from playing center field, which can make for some restless moments.“I’m going to tell him to go play catch in left field and roll it back left-handed so he can feel like he plays some defense. He goes crazy in the dugout,” Scioscia said. “DHing is not easy, especially when you’re used to the everyday separation of going out there and focusing on defense. The best thing to get an at-bat out of your head is to go out and play defense.”Pitching with purposeToronto right-hander Sam Gaviglio was charged with three runs and five hits in 4-2/3 innings in his first start back from paternity leave. Gaviglio’s daughter, Livia, was born on Tuesday.“It was nice. It’s like riding a bike,” Gaviglio said. “It’s just another baseball game.”AlsoAngels LHP Tyler Skaggs, who was scratched on Thursday because of hamstring tightness, came out of his bullpen session Saturday with no problems and will start Monday in Kansas City. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It always feels good, I don’t think it matters more or less that it was the team that signed me,” Morales said through an interpreter. “That was a good moment and I’ll take it and I’m happy for it.”Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thinks there’s something to Morales not using the glasses he tried.“He’s always been a good hitter. He’s always been a dangerous hitter,” Gibbons said. “I was telling somebody the other day, he got rid of his glasses. The glasses were screwing him up.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Curtis Granderson, Aledmys Diaz and Devon Travis also homered for Toronto, which split the four-game series after dropping the first two. Diaz had two hits and scored three times.Travis praised Gibbons for sending Morales to the plate in the 10th.“Two outs, putting Kendrys in in that situation. He’s a good hitter. That was awesome,” Travis said. “Kendrys has been swinging the bat so well really all year. You can look at his numbers and they don’t quite tell the story. I feel every time the guy goes to the box he puts the barrel on the ball, he puts up a good at-bat and just happy things have been going better in the luck department lately. That was a big one right there. He’s a guy in this locker room that gels everyone together.”last_img read more


CattleWomen’s Corner: Tex-Mex taco dog recipe from Nolan Ryan

first_img1/2 cup sour cream1 cup salsa roja1 Preheat the grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grill grates.2 Slit the hot dogs lengthwise, halfway through, and grill them for 6 to 8 minutes, turning … 1 recipe taco sauce1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded2 cups pico de gallo8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded1/2 cup sliced pickled jalapenos This recipe for Tex-Mex taco dogs is from The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook.8 All-beef hot dogs8 hot dog buns8 hard taco shellslast_img


Tutorial: Changing Eye Color in After Effects

first_imgIn this After Effects video tutorial you’ll discover how to swap the eye color of your on-screen talent! In this example I needed to match the eye color of two actors (each was playing the same character, one as an old version and the other as a younger version). Using a combination of relatively simple After Effects techniques you can give your talent a quick eye color change:Use ‘Track Motion’ to track the movements of the eyes in the shot. In this case, both the camera and subject’s head were moving, making it beneficial to use two trackers (one for each eye).Adjust the tracking range to best suit the motion in my footage. The bigger the trackers bounding boxes, the longer it takes to process the track. Pretty straightforward.Add a null object to each track.Use a shape layer and modify the color to match your desired color (apply a blend mode like Soft Light).Mask and feather this shape layer to mimic the shape of the eyeball.NOW, parent the color solid layer to the null layer.Add to your characters persona with an eye color tweak. Tint red to look frightening or evil or a blue/white tint can look martian or futuristic. Experiment with this visual effect in your AE projects to get your own unique looks.last_img read more


Congress to oppose peace agreement if it changes geography of Manipur: Jairam Ramesh

first_imgSlamming the Centre over alleged lack of transparency in the ongoing Naga peace talks, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that the Congress will oppose any agreement, if it changes the geography of Manipur and any other northeastern State. A six-member Congress delegation arrived here on Sunday to take stock of the situation in Manipur arising out of the Naga peace talks and gather the opinions of people and party leaders on the National Register of Citizens (NRC).“There is no transparency regarding Naga peace talks on the part of the central government. The progress in the ongoing Naga peace talks has not been disclosed,” Mr. Ramesh told reporters at the Congress Bhawan here. Any accord which would change the geography of any State of the northeast region, including Manipur, will be opposed by the Congress, he said.“During the tenure of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Centre had signed Assam, Mizoram and Tripura accords “without changing the geography of any state”, the senior Congress leader said. The former Union Minister was accompanied by AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, former union minister of state Jitendra Singh, MP Manickam Tagore, AICC secretary Ranjit Mukherjee and Mohammed Ali Khan. Last week, the Union Home Ministry had said that lot of rumours and misinformation was being spread that the final Naga settlement had been arrived at and would be announced soon.“This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country. It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration. No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information,” the MHA statement had said. Former Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh said that the Centre, according to media reports, has rejected the NSCN-IM demand for separate flag and Constitution during the Naga peace talks.“People in Manipur are confused whether the demand for greater Nagaland has been accepted or not. If it is accepted by the present government, the party will oppose it tooth and nail,” the Congress Legislature Party leader in Manipur said.last_img read more