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Posted by: | Posted on: July 5, 2021

Bitcoin ‘halving’ is here! Time to buy into crypto or stick with stocks?

first_img 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 Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild | Monday, 11th May, 2020 Royston Wild 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img 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 Royston Wild The Bitcoin market has, like stock markets, behaved extremely wildly in recent weeks. The virtual currency collapsed to one-year lows around $4,600 in mid-March as the Covid-19 crisis shook investor confidence. But its recovery since has been remarkable, the asset charging back to within a whisker of $10,000 on Friday.There’s some who believe that Bitcoin could be about to embark on a fresh surge towards the stars too. The ‘halving’ is a process that cuts the number of tokens awarded to currency miners by half. This third instalment, scheduled for this evening, clearly threatens to have a serious supply side-effect for the cryptocurrency.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…Sink or swimPrevious price patterns certainly suggest that Bitcoin could accelerate away following this upcoming episode. One crypto expert, Jaan Lainurm, notes that Bitcoin’s came within spitting distance of $20,000 the last time halving occurred in 2016.But don‘t break out your chequebook just yet. Lainurm, the chief investment officer of venture capital firm Vereeni Investments, isn’t totally convinced that the digital asset will spring higher. He notes that Bitcoin has struggled to gain traction alongside other more established assets due to coronavirus-related uncertainty, commenting that the asset was “at one point losing half of its value in the space of a few hours.”That said, Lairnum doesn’t rule out the possibility of a renewed appetite for Bitcoin, particularly as “investors will be buoyed to have seen it recover most of those losses over the past few weeks.” He notes that investors “may find Bitcoin’s fixed supply appealing” during a period when central banks across the globe ramp up quantitative easing programmes to support the global economy.Don’t bother with BitcoinThe upcoming halving procedure doesn’t impact my personal view of Bitcoin. I’d much rather put my money to work on share markets. Why? Well I don’t consider an asset class that remains as volatile as this to be an attractive investment target. The long-term future of cryptocurrencies remains up in the air and the Securities and Exchange Commission continues to rebut proposals for a Bitcoin-backed Exchange Traded Fund.I’d much rather continue to use my money to invest in share markets. For one, study after study shows long-term investors can expect to make returns of up to 10% per year. This is even when periods of extreme volatility (like recent coronavirus-related turbulence) are taken into account.Finally, I believe that the recent sell-off leaves plenty of brilliant bargains that are too good to ignore. Of course, further bouts of selling could be just around the corner. The Covid-19 crisis continues to evolve and the economic implications remain broadly unknown. Remember though, stocks should be bought and sold on their profits outlooks for 10, 20, maybe 30 years ahead. Not on the basis of what their share prices might do in the short- to medium-term. And there are plenty of great buys just on the FTSE 100 alone. 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. Bitcoin ‘halving’ is here! Time to buy into crypto or stick with stocks? 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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Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

Offensive line still has some work left to do

first_imgAfter two weeks of spring practice, USC’s offensive-line still looks more like five strangers at a Big & Tall than a cohesive, synchronized unit. While the big men pushed around the scout team with relative ease at Tuesday’s practice, first team drills made it clear that the starting five still have some getting acquainted to do.Catching up · The USC offensive line, in white here, is not yet up to speed in practice this spring. The Trojans practiced with only six available linemen Tuesday because of a variety of injuries that have sidelined members of the line. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan “We’re just starting to mesh as a unit,” redshirt junior tackle Matt Kalil said. “We’re still getting all of our plays down, but I think we’re a lot better than we were on day one.”Kalil and company’s coordination problems became most evident in zone running drills. Zone blocking requires the line to move up the field at an angle as a unit.  The synchronized push forward and to the side should stretch the defense and create seams between defenders. If the line moves together, you should see tailbacks C.J. Gable or Allen Bradford sauntering across Howard Jones Field. If the line breaks, you will likely see junior defensive end Armond Armstead in the backfield chewing on ball carriers like Pac-Man.Fortunately for the line, coach Lane Kiffin runs a familiar offensive system. The Trojans’ new head coach worked with the USC offense for six seasons (2001-2006) under Pete Carroll, including a stint as offensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006. Trojan fans can expect more of the same pro-style attack in 2010.“The plays are mostly the same,” junior tackle Tyron Smith said. “It’s just the names that are different. We have to switch those up in our heads, but otherwise it’s not too bad.”—Despite some setbacks in the running game, coach Kiffin was excited about the line’s progress Tuesday. The unit has continued to improve, and even impress, considering its dwindling numbers.“It was a pretty decent practice,” said Kiffin. “I was really impressed with the offensive line.  We only had six offensive linemen today and they did well.”Persistent injuries have limited the offensive and tested the Trojans depth in the trenches all spring.  Senior center Kris O’Dowd sat out with a two-week-old knee injury, and tight ends David Ausberry, Jordan Cameron and Rhett Ellison are still questionable.“We don’t have a lot of guys,” Kalil admitted.  “There’s not a lot of depth right now, but the guys who are out here are all getting better.”—If injuries or inexperience aren’t the offensive line’s biggest problem, the defensive line might be.  Barkley was tagged by Armstead and senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou four times in a first team offense vs. first team defense two-minute drill, and forced senior quarterback Mitch Mustain to throw an interception with seconds left.“The defensive line looks really good,” said Kalil. “[Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron] got them straightened out; they’re going to be the best defensive line in the nation. They’re just making us better as an o-line.” Orgeron was USC’s defensive line coach from 1998 to 2004, before taking over as head coach at Mississippi for three years (2005-2007), where he went 10-25.—The Trojans took a page out of Oregon’s playbook during the two-minute drill and mixed in some Wildcat formation, as well.  Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter, took a few snaps at quarterback.“It’s something I’ve done at the last two places I coached (Oakland Raiders and the University of Tennessee), and so I wanted to try it here,” said Kiffin.  “It’s just an experiment. Maybe we’ll bring it out again some time.”  Kiffin may have to save his experiment for a passing situation.  Baxter managed only a few yards on the ground but did toss a 40-yard bomb out of the formation that left Barkley shaking his head.last_img read more