Why I won’t forget the 2020 market crash when buying stocks in 2021

first_img FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge See all posts by Peter Stephens Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Why I won’t forget the 2020 market crash when buying stocks in 2021 Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021 Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. 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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The 2020 market crash caused a wide range of shares to experience major price declines. For example, the S&P 500 declined by a third in a matter of weeks as investors began to price in a weaker economic outlook.Even though there’s been a stock market rally since then, the crash acts as a reminder that the stock market can be hugely unpredictable and very volatile.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…Therefore, buying financially-sound businesses and diversifying in 2021 could be a sound move that lowers risks during what remains a very uncertain economic situation.The ongoing potential for a market crashThe 2020 market crash occurred in a shorter amount of time than previous bear markets. But it wasn’t an unprecedented event in terms of share prices falling heavily in a matter of weeks. For example, there have been previous rapid declines in the stock market, notably in the dot com bubble and the global financial crisis.Predicting such events is almost impossible. Therefore, they could occur at any time without any prior warning. The economic outlook remains very uncertain at the present time. So there may even be a higher chance of a market decline in the coming months. While this may or may not take place, being ready for it at all times could be a means of reducing risk and capitalising on a possible recovery in its wake.Buying financially-sound businessesEven though most shares fell heavily in the 2020 market crash, buying financially-sound businesses could be a shrewd move. The stock market declined partly because of a weaker economic outlook caused by coronavirus. As such, it could have a larger negative impact on companies with weak balance sheets that contain large amounts of debt. They may be less able to service their debt should sales fall than a company that has lower leverage.Of course, buying even the most financially-stable business will not make any investor immune from a stock market fall. However, it can mean their holdings have a higher chance of still being in existence. And that also means they can benefit from a potential market recovery as the economic outlook improves and investor sentiment strengthens.Building a portfolio for 2021The 2020 market crash also showed that some sectors can be worse affected than others by a downturn. For example, at the present time industries such as financial services and resources are underperforming many of their index peers due to relatively weak operating conditions.As such, owning a variety of companies that operate in a broad range of industries could be a shrewd move. This strategy won’t eliminate risk entirely. However, it could reduce overall risks during the course of 2021 and in the coming years. 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Howard triumphs by six in Colombia

first_img International Paul Howard ensured the South American Amateur title stayed in English hands when he won the ninth Championship at the Barranquilla Country Club in Colombia, succeeding Callum Shinkwin, now a professional, who won the event a year ago. In a week where English players were always to the fore, Lancastrian Howard (on left, image copyright Colombian Golf Federation)  carded a closing round of 69 for 284, four under par and a six-shot winning margin from home-based Ricardo Celia with Devon’s Jimmy Mullen third on 291. Howard, from the Southport & Ainsdale club, who made his England debut in last year’s Home Internationals at Ganton, led at the halfway mark after his first 69 and he shared top spot with Mullen on 215 going into the final day. But while the Devon man slipped back with a closing 76, Howard raced away to claim his maiden overseas title and the biggest of his career. “It’s unbelievable. I cannot have asked for a better ending to this great week,” he said “It was my first time here and I loved it. We played in difficult conditions and I am delighted to have won,” added the 23 year old. Howard ‘s bid for the trophy was soon apparent. Four pars and two birdies in his first six holes saw him out in front and he added another a third successive birdie on the par-five seventh. “On the fifth I hit a good second shot to less than two feet. That was the first of three birdies I had on the front nine “he said. A bogey on nine slowed his pace and another shot went on 11, which gave compatriot Mullen hope. However, Howard struck a great second shot on the par-four 14th for another birdie while he closed with his fifth at the long 18 for his 69 and a comfortable six-shot cushion from Colombia’s Ricardo Celia, who finished with a fine 68. “I think what gave me hope was what I did in the second round when I played very solid. That gave me a good boost to finish the job, “said Howard, who will seek to add to this success in Portugal and Spain in the coming weeks. Mullen emerged as the first round leader after a sparkling 66, which included an eagle and five birdies, but was unable to consolidate his position. In the final round, the Devonian was out in 39 with just one birdie but found four in a homeward 37 along with two bogeys and a triple-bogey seven at the 12th. Yorkshire’s Nick Marsh finished equal ninth on 297 after a closing level-par 72, while Ashley Chesters from Shropshire & Herefordshire, who was hoping to add the title to his European crown, carded 303. The R&A has supported the South American Amateur since it started in 2005 and has offered subsidies to up to 30 non-South American players, including the England squad, which helps with flights and entry fees. The R&A’s Executive Director – Working for Golf, Duncan Weir commented, “Paul Howard’s tremendous win was achieved in difficult hot and windy conditions and should boost his confidence for the domestic season ahead. This was the second successive year that The R&A had supported the participation of players from each of the four home countries and with Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh finishing second in the women’s event and everyone from GB&I making a positive impression, on and off the course, the entire exercise was a huge success.” Leading final scores: 284 P Howard (Eng) 71 69 75 69 290 R Celia (Col) 75 74 73 68 291 J Mullen (Eng) 66 77 72 76 292 J A Miranda (Ecu) 75 72 72 76 293 J Garcia (Ven) 74 73 74 72 Other England scores: 297 N Marsh 76 73 76 72 303 A Chesters 76 80 72 75 26 Jan 2014 Howard triumphs by six in Colombia last_img read more

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WHAT A VIEW HEADS A FIELD OF 12 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 THUNDER ROAD STAKES; BREEDERS’ CUP WINNER TEXAS RED MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE OF 2016

first_imgTHE THUNDER ROAD STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 9 (of 12)     Approximate post time, 4:05 p.m. PDTPoshsky – Tiago Pereira – 124McHeat – Stewart Elliot – 120Si Sage – Mario Gutierrez – 122Cool Green – Abel Lezcano – 124Papacoolpapacool – Mike Smith – 120Decisive Edge – Brice Blanc – 120Twentytwentyvision – Flavien Prat – 120Texas Red – Joe Talamo – 122Finnegans Wake – Victor Espinoza – 122De Treville – Fernando Perez – 120Soul Driver – Tyler Baze – 120What a View – Kent Desormeaux – 124ALSO ELIGIBLE: Play Hard to Get – Alonso Quinonez – 120Ohio – Gary Stevens – 120First post time for a 12-race program on Sunday is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2016)–Grade I winner What a View will seek his fourth win in-a-row Saturday when he runs for $100,000 in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes at one mile on turf for older horses. Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will be make his first start of 2016 for trainer Keith Desormeaux and his first-ever on grass.WHAT A VIEW – Trained by Kenny Black and owned by Finish Line Racing, LLC, The Ellwood Johnston Trust, Berumen, P. and Berumen, S., What a View comes off an impressive 3 ¾ length score in the Grade I, one mile Frank E. Kilroe March 12. A winner of his last three outings since Opening Day of the Winter Meeting on Dec. 26, including a 1 1/8 mile turf allowance, the Cal Cup Turf Classic Jan. 30 and the Kilroe, the 5-year-old bay gelding by Vronsky will be seeking his fourth win of the meet. What a View will retain the services of Kent Desormeaux Saturday and will break from the far outside in post position 12. He is 11-5-2-0 overall with $532,148 in earnings.TEXAS RED – Trained by Keith Desormeaux, the 4-year-old colt by Afleet Alex who was once on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2015, returned to the work tab at Santa Anita in early February following time off from a bone bruise late last year. Fifth in his last out to Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah in the Grade I Travers in New York on Aug. 29, Texas Red will try turf for the first time Saturday. Owned by Brehm, Detmar, Michaels, Desormeaux and partners, Texas red will be ridden for the first time in eight starts by Joe Talamo instead of Kent Desormeaux who opted to stay with What a View. He is 9-3-3-1 overall with $1,767,300 in earnings.last_img read more

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Felix: Over 7000 Haitian nationals unaccounted for

first_imgWith 8476 Haitian nationals having arrived in the country for the year so far, only 1170 have left, leaving more than 7000 immigrants unaccounted for – but there seems to be a lack of response from the Government to address the issue under the Ministry of the Presidency for the period of January 2019 to July 2019.While the issue of foreign nationals overstaying their time in the country is not a new one, the numbers have significantly increased since 2015.In 2013, 188 Haitians arrived in Guyana with 99 departures; and in 2014, 227 arrived and 113 departed.But in 2015, there were 770 arrivals and only 136 departures; in 2016, 722 arrivals with 451 departures; in 2017, 3515 arrivals and 291 departures; and in 2018, 1237 arrivals with only 85 departures.While Government has long contended that the immigrants may be leaving Guyana illegally to head to Brazil or Suriname (to head to French Guiana), there has been no concrete moves by authorities to monitor the situation or attempt to put a stop to the illegal movement of people.These numbers of unaccounted Haitians had raised major concerns, especially for the parliamentary Opposition – which has alleged that there might be a people-smuggling racket afoot.But Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix in a statement on Monday night said there is no evidence of such.“…the Guyana Police Force has made checks and to date, has found no evidence to indicate even a single instance of people smuggling or Trafficking in Persons (TIP), relative to the Haitian travellers,” the statement outlined.Citizenship Minister Winston FelixThe Minister also contended that the records show that of all the cases regarding Trafficking in Persons, Haitians were not involved.“In effect, the Department has been working with the police on each report of trafficking in persons and this has been so since 2015. For 2019, the police encountered 18 cases of TIP, 13 persons were charged and 7 cases were brought before the courts.“The police, who have been working on TIP since 2014, has never encountered a Haitian who is [a] victim of TIP and similarly, they have not charged any Haitian with relation to TIP and that is instructive as to the nature of the Haitians’ presence in Guyana. They are not victims of trafficking nor have we encountered them smuggled into any territory or Guyana,” the Minister noted.The Citizenship Minister had reiterated that those unaccounted Haitians might be leaving through the “backtrack” (unauthorised ports) to go to other countries.“Many of the news outlets have been making heavy weather of the Haitians who cannot be accounted for. We have large and unprotected borders on the East with Suriname, on the West with Venezuela and on the South with Brazil. It is very easy to travel from certain parts of the Rupununi to Brazil because of the porous borders. For Suriname, there is the decades-old back track, which the Haitians utilise to travel across and then onward to Cayenne,” he said.Furthermore, he explained that the legislative adjustment to Schedule II of the Immigration Act, Cap 14:02, might be another reason for the influx of Haitians.The Act was amended to include Haiti as a beneficiary to the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), which facilitates free movement within the region and automatic entry and stay of six months in Caricom countries.Prior to the amendment, the Act had facilitated the six-month automatic stay to other Caricom member states including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Montserrat, Grenada, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago with the exception of Haiti, whose nationals had required a visa and were only allowed to stay for up to 90 days or three months.Since then, Haitians no longer need a visa to travel to Guyana and are afforded the same treatment and welcome that other Caricom nationals have enjoyed.last_img read more

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Steve Kerr can feel Russell Westbrook’s pain in ‘idiot fan’ incident

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — Steve Kerr understood and empathized with Russell Westbrook’s anger.Just like the Thunder guard experienced in Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz, Kerr also felt the wrath of a heckling fan that hurled personal insults. Westbrook threatened profanely to beat up Jazz fan Shane Keisel and his wife, contending that the coupled yelled “to get down on my …last_img read more

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Lambing school next month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association (OHSIA) is sponsoring a lambing school on Saturday March 19 at the Mount Hope Livestock Auction Barn located at 8076 SR 241, Mt Hope, OH 44660 .  The lambing school will focus on both lambing and early lamb management and will run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.Dr. Eric Shaver, DVM, from East Holmes Veterinary Clinic in Berlin and Doug Clevenger, OSU/OARDC Beef and Sheep Research Manager and shepherd of the OARDC flock, will be teaching the school.   Dr. Shaver will cover care of the ewe and lamb from gestation through lambing and weaning.  Topics that will be addressed include nutrition, vaccinations, lambing supplies, handling lambing difficulties, tube feeding and getting the newborn lamb off to a good start.  Early lamb care including castration and tail docking will also be covered.   Doug Clevenger will cover sheep behavior with a focus on managing ewes and lambs at lambing time from a shepherd’s perspective.  A pizza lunch will be served at noon and following the meal participants can leave or they can stick around to have an informal discussion with the presenters and other experienced shepherds regarding lambing, lamb management and general sheep care.The cost to attend the lambing school is $25 for OHSIA members and $30 for non-OHSIA members.  For each additional person from the same farm or family who wants to attend and share handout materials, the cost is $15 for OHSIA members and $20 for non-OHSIA members.  The registration fee includes handout materials and a pizza lunch.  Registration opens at 8:45 am and the program begins at 9:30 am.  For more information about the lambing school contact Don Brown at 330-897-4320.last_img read more

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I Won’t Buy Apple Products Until The Company Treats Overseas Workers Fairly

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Apple#web On Friday, employees at one of the two Chinese plants that produces iPhones walked off the factory floor – the latest in a string of protests surrounding Apple’s manufacturing operations. For Apple, stakes go beyond the smooth operation of its pipeline to the very heart of its business. I’m a lifelong Apple user, but I’m boycotting the company until it improves the way it treats the people who build its products. Here’s why you should, too.Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer that produces iPhones and iPads, has been beset by a horrifying series of scandals. Intolerable labor conditions have spurred suicides, rioting, and, last Friday, an alleged strike at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou, China. At what point will Apple say enough is enough? When will it decide that the cost saved by manufacturing in China isn’t worth the PR blowback, to say nothing of the physical and emotional harm its partnership with Foxconn supports?Reports of the strike are conflicting. New York-based China Labor Watch reported that Friday’s action included as many as 5,000 people. Foxconn spokesperson Liu Kun acknowledged a strike of 300 to 400, calling it a two-hour dispute between workers and quality inspection officers, according to the China Daily. Meanwhile Shanghai Daily reported that Foxconn denied the strike, yet said that China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency confirmed the work stoppage, although a search of Xinhuanet fails to turn up a mention. My own attempts to confirm the strike failed. In an Oct. 6 statement, the Taiwanese company denied that any work stoppage occurred and insisted that employees worked voluntarily:“Any reports that there has been an employee strike are inaccurate, there has been no workplace stoppage in that facility or any other Foxconn facility during the national holidays in China and production has continued on schedule,” the statement read. “Employees who have worked during the China national holidays at all our operations in China have done so voluntarily and this is supported by written documentation and any reports to the contrary are inaccurate.”That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. It just means the nuances of the word “strike” have become part of a he-said, she-said game. At the end of the statement, Foxconn insists that its business practices are safe and positive. “We do this because it is our policy, but we also do this because we want to continue to be the employer-of-choice in our industry.”The words “employer of choice” suggest that Foxconn may already fear Apple pulling out of China. The house that Steve Jobs built is at a crossroads (in a strange twist, Friday’s strike happened on the anniversary of Jobs’ death). Its top-dog position depends at least partly on consumer perception there’s no blood on the iDiamonds it sells. If Apple wants to remain the people’s choice for personal tech, it must rethink its manufacturing strategy. It must take its own advice and “think different.”And if it doesn’t? Count on continued strikes and protests. Not necessarily at factories – those are already happening – but at Apple Stores. I want to own Apple’s products, but I don’t want to compromise my core values in the process. If you knew that shiny new iPhone you had covet was made in a sweatshop by a young worker who was beaten and forced to toil long hours on a holiday – would you still want it? Apple has not replied to my repeated calls for comment, and the company has offered no statements following this latest chapter in the Foxconn saga. But it’s only a matter of time before the company will have to take a stand, because this problem is not going away, and the louder these workers get, the more the public will demand accountability. For my part, that starts today. adam popesculast_img read more

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