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Posted by: | Posted on: July 5, 2021

Dividend income: 2 FTSE shares I would consider right now

first_imgDividend income: 2 FTSE shares I would consider right now The economic uncertainty of the global pandemic has had a deep impact on FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 dividend shares. Businesses are looking for ways to conserve cash. And a large number of companies have been announcing dividend cuts. Some boards have axed even previously-declared dividends. And there may be others that could find themselves in a situation where they have to hold on to their cash until the storm passes.However, I believe a number of companies are likely to keep their dividends intact in 2020. I think these two stocks could be worth a look for including in long-term portfolios and I’d regard any further dip in their prices as a chance to buy into the shares.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…Safety in storageFTSE 250 member Safestore (LSE: SAFE) is the UK’s largest provider of self-storage. It has 163 stores nationwide as well as 38 more locations in Europe (including France, the Netherlands, and Spain).Nationwide, demand for storage space exceeds supply. And management has been successful in capitalising on the growth of self-storage for households and businesses.The group, which has been listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) since 2007, entered the FTSE 250 index in late 2015. Over the years, SAFE has grown both organically and through acquisitions. And it has consistently produced consensus-beating results. On 2 April, the storage company released a trading update which said all its stores in the UK, Paris, Barcelona and the Netherlands are “currently open or accessible… Since the Company’s AGM and update on 18 March 2020, the Group’s key trading performance indicators continue to see a relatively limited impact … Safestore is well-capitalised with a strong balance sheet”.Obviously, management’s words were quite reassuring. Year-to-date (YTD), SAFE stock is down about 9%. In comparison, the FTSE 250 has plummeted around 26%.In January, the board announced a 7.6% increase in the final dividend to 12p giving a total for the year of 17.5p. The current yield stands at 2.2%. The shares are expected to go ex-dividend next in early July.Dividends in an economic downturnDo you think we’re in a recession? If yes, then FTSE 100 member United Utilities (LSE: UU) may be a company to research further. It provides water and wastewater services to homes and businesses in the North West of England. Utilities and water may initially sound boring. But given the current volatility in broader markets, who needs more excitement? While Britons may end up cutting down on a lot of expenses, their utility bills are unlikely be at the top of that list.On 25 March, the water giant released a trading update and said”“Our revenues are fixed under the regulatory revenue control for the next five years, with shortfalls in any year being recoverable in later years”. It added that it has “a robust liquidity position extending out for 24 months. which is at the upper end of our policy range”.Despite the dynamic situation regarding the pandemic, management expects revenue to be higher than last year.YTD, the stock is down about 7.5%. In comparison, the FTSE 100 has fallen about 23%. UU stock’s 52-week price range has been 743p-1,104p and the shares are currently hovering around 873p.Finally, the current dividend yield stands at 4.8%. And the shares are expected to go ex-dividend next in the second half of June. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Tuesday, 14th April, 2020 | More on: SAFE UU Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! tezcang 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.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. 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. 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. See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhDlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: April 20, 2021

News story: CMA clears GVC / Ladbrokes merger

GVC Holdings plc (GVC) and Ladbrokes Coral Group plc (Ladbrokes) both supply online betting and gaming services.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been carrying out an investigation into the proposed merger. This has found that the merger does not give rise to competition concerns.GVC has a small presence in the UK and only offers services online. The CMA has found that GVC and Ladbrokes are not close rivals and there are many other providers of betting and gaming services online.The CMA looked closely at betting services for individual sports and individual games but found that, in all cases, there will be enough rivals to the merged entity to prevent price increases or a reduced quality of service as a result of the merger.The merger will therefore not be referred for an in-depth investigation.Information relating to this investigation can be found on the case page. read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2020

Two simple things we don’t say enough: Why appreciation matters

first_imgThere are many days we go to work because we know there is a paycheck coming every two weeks. We do our jobs because it gives a sense of purpose to our lives, and it helps us pay the bills. If we are fortunate, like those of us in the credit union industry are, we get to do a job that gives back.  However, on an average day, our staff, our teammates, and our supervisors don’t get to mentally connect what they do to the bigger picture. ALM policies and collections don’t always feel like service, and some weeks it seems there are more member complaints than compliments. Your management team probably has big goals for every aspect of operations. Numbers can quickly drive the daily work at financial institutions, and numbers are critical. But the people we interact with are the purpose behind the numbers, whether that be our colleagues or our members. If you are reading this, you probably have at least one loan officer who goes above and beyond for every member – the one that the members always ask to speak with. You probably have a few members that brighten the member service rep’s day when they show up for a transaction. Life goes quickly, and most of the time other people don’t hear how much they are appreciated. The little things we do matter to someone even when that gratitude goes unexpressed. It is better to express appreciation when we can. When you see someone on your team go above and beyond, don’t forget to thank them.  Work can become inspirational when we see how what we do matters in the big picture. Sometimes we don’t see it until someone tells us. It can be simple. Let someone else know their work matters. Here are two basic things to practice saying more often.  Thank you for your work.You did a great job. 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: https://yourcupartner.org Detailslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 6, 2020

First-home buyers successful bidders at Balmoral

first_img44 Belgrave St, Balmoral.This sleek and stylish home has sold at auction for $985,000. Inside 44 Belgrave St, Balmoral.Mr Batchelor said buyer interest was continuing to increase in the area.“At the moment, we have more buyers than stock,” he said. The home at 44 Belgrave St, Balmoral.Marketing agent Luke Batchelor of Place Real Estate, Kangaroo Point said the sale of the home at 44 Belgrave St, Balmoral had set a new price point in the area for homes of a similar nature.“It’s a quality home with an entry level price,” he said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside 44 Belgrave St, Balmoral.“You don’t often see three-bedroom homes of this calibre sell in the area for under one million.”According to the latest data from CoreLogic, the median house price in the suburb of Balmoral is $1,002,500. Inside 44 Belgrave St, Balmoral.Mr Batchelor said the new owners, a young couple, were first-home buyers and local to the area. The recently renovated three-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits on 405sq m of land and has an array of indoor and outdoor living and entertaining spaces. Inside 44 Belgrave St, Balmoral.“There’s a lot of growth, and people are attracted to the location.“It’s close to Oxford St, schools and the city, but it’s still an affordable pocket to buy a decent home in.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

Record supplies McCoy milestone

first_img The record-breaking jump jockey drove the evens favourite over the line first in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap Hurdle, but only after a tough tussle with Bangkok Pete. The 25-1 outsider pushed On the Record all the way and the race could have gone either way from the final flight. Tony McCoy equalled Martin Pipe’s career tally of 4,191 winners with a typically powerful ride to get On The Record home first at Uttoxeter. However, McCoy got the Jonjo O’Neill-trained six-year-old, owned by his boss J P McManus, home by a neck much to the delight of his supporters. “I made hard work of it. I was a bit conscious we went steady. Down the back I thought I’d better get him a bit closer because he’s not a quick horse,” McCoy told At The Races. “Then he just started to wander about and have a look and was probably going to win over the last but decided to stop and it was only when a horse came by him that I got him going again in time thankfully. It’s nice that he won. “I’ve had a few steering jobs and I was hoping one would win and this horse was appropriately named. It’s nice that it’s one of Jonjo’s and one of JP’s. “The thing with me and Mr Pipe is that it’s just a personal thing. We’ve a lot of friends and there’s been a lot of banter for a long time. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to Newmarket for a trainer’s course. I hope I’ve driven him mad!” On The Record was McCoy’s second ride of the afternoon at the Staffordshire track after Zip Wire had failed to trouble the judge in the 32Red Casino Novices’ Hurdle won by Nathans Pride. McCoy recorded his fastest-ever 50 last month at Worcester and the 19-times champion is pushing towards 300 winners this season having recorded 289 victories in 2001-2. McCoy has been targeting Pipe’s all-time tally since chalking up his 4,000th winner at Towcester in November. The record-breaking rider was formerly Pipe’s stable jockey but has been retained by owner J P McManus since 2004. Pipe was champion trainer 15 times until he handed over the reins to his son David in April 2006. The latter tweeted: “Could there be a more appropriate way for @AP_McCoy to join my father in the 4191 club than success aboard On The Record?!” McCoy could not overtake Pipe with his last ride at Uttoxeter as his mount Dashing Over faded out of contention behind Bumble Bay (12-1) in the £10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. He then left the track by helicopter for Worcester’s evening meeting where he had four chances to surpass his former boss. McCoy has to wait a little longer to beat Pipe’s total after he drew a blank at Worcester’s evening meeting. The closest he came was when finishing second on Old Pals Act for the McManus/O’Neill combination in the Tonbrie Construction Handicap Chase. He was third on My Nosy Rosy in the Green Lighting D-Lux Led Dimmable Downlights Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, unplaced on Crannaghmore Boy in the Lifeboats Saving Lifes At Sea Selling Handicap Hurdle and last of four on Think Out Loud in the Green Lighting P-Lux Led Lantern Handicap Hurdle. Press Associationlast_img read more