A near-8% stock yield (and some ETFs) I’d rather buy for March than this 9% yield

first_img 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 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I recently explained why Sylvania Platinum could be a terrific stock to buy for March. With coronavirus fears spreading and Brexit-related tension also returning, having exposure to safe-haven assets is a great way of protecting your wealth.Buying up producers of precious metals is a great way to do this, though I understand why some investors might be minded to stay away from Sylvania, given its recent production problems.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…These investors might be happy to wave goodbye to the mining giant’s bulky dividend (close to 8%) and just benefit from rising platinum group metal (PGM) prices instead. And a great way to do this is by buying exchange-traded products (ETFs) that are backed by the physical metal.Buying Sprott Physical Platinum & Palladium Trust, or the Xtrackers Physical Rhodium ETC are a couple of ways to do this.Motoring aheadIt’d be a mistake to think PGM-backed investment vehicles are the only great ways to protect yourself in tough times like these. These metals have risen between 100% and 500% in value during the past year, not only on a range of geopolitical and macroeconomic concerns (Brexit, US-Chinese trade wars, flagging eurozone economies). They’ve also boomed because of soaring demand from industrial clients.More specifically, demand from the automotive sector is ballooning owing to their critical role in catalyst converters. PGMs are built in to reduce emissions and, thanks to growing green legislation (laws that demand more and more loadings of the metals in such components), consumption from the carmakers is growing.Those aforementioned ETFs (like Sylvania) aren’t just great buys on strong investment and industrial demand though. Supply shortages in the production heartland of South Africa — issues that have certainly bashed Sylvania Platinum of late — threaten to keep PGM prices well supported too. According to Johnson Matthey, platinum supply could fall below 6m ounces for the first time since 2014 this year. It also expects deficits in the rhodium and palladium markets to worsen.PGMs vs the iron giantI’d certainly rather buy shares in Sylvania Platinum, or indeed one of those ETFs, than buy into Ferrexpo (LSE: FXPO).Like the aforementioned PGM producer, this FTSE 250 commodities giant carries a forward yield of around 8%. In fact its 8.3% yield beats Sylvania’s by around half a percentage point. I wouldn’t buy it today though, on long-running fears concerning growing supply in the iron ore market.The Ukranian miner’s share price has tracked values of the steelmaking ingredient lower in recent sessions. Iron ore has dropped on concerns over how the coronavirus outbreak will smack demand in the immediate term. But I’m also worried about the swathes of new supply scheduled to hit the market in the new decade. A number of new mega-mines are set to start up, and project expansions due for completion all over the globe.Reflecting these pressures, City analysts expect Ferrexpo’s earnings to drop 44% in 2020 and 25% next year. So forget about that big yield and the company’s low forward P/E multiple of 4.2 times, I think this is a share to avoid at all costs. 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 A near-8% stock yield (and some ETFs) I’d rather buy for March than this 9% yield 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.center_img 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. 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. Royston Wild | Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 | More on: FXPO Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

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We Rank the Dads of Broadway From Best to Worst!

first_imgIt’s almost Father’s Day, and you know what that means—it’s time to pull out all the stops to show your dad you’re his biggest fan. But Father’s Day isn’t just an opportunity to make a giant replica of your dad out of beef jerky. It’s also time to pay homage to our honorary fathers: The dads of Broadway! From the loyal and protective Jean Valjean in Les Miz to the uh, totally preoccupied Mr. Wormwood, some of Broadway’s current dads deserve Father of the Year trophies, while others should be tarred and feathered. We’re ranking them all below! How does your favorite Broadway dad measure up? 10. Charles from Pippin He might be good at riding a unicycle, but King Charles is constantly dismissive of his son Pippin. If there’s one thing we know about kids, it’s that they need constant attention! Get it together, Charles. View Comments 9. Walter from A Raisin in the Sun Walter has big dreams for his family, but he’s not the most rational guy when it comes to spending his money. Good thing you’ve got your mom around to bail you out, Walter. 2. Mufasa from The Lion King This kind and majestic ruler is a model father for Simba. It’s a shame that pesky stampede had to go and ruin everything. 7. Sultan from Aladdin The Sultan seems like a nice enough guy, but he’s got some seriously outdated opinions about a woman’s place in the kingdom. Don’t worry—his daughter Jasmine is more than happy to set him straight. 1. Jean Valjean from Les Miserables Even though JVJ isn’t Cosette’s biological dad, he’ll go to the ends of the earth for her. He confines her to her house and she’s not allowed to talk to anyone or go outside, but at least she’s safe, right? 4. Josh from If/Then Without giving away too many spoilers, Josh is a great guy and seems like a great father, but he just isn’t around that much. Give us more evidence and we’ll move you higher up on the list, Josh. 8. Hertz from Rock of Ages Sure, he’s planning to tear down the Sunset Strip and his mustache is pretty annoying, but as far as his parenting is concerned, he’s not the worst dad on the list. 11. Mr. Wormwood from Matilda This telly-watching, swindling used-car salesman is the worst father on Broadway, hands down. If you were Matilda, you’d dye his hair green, too. 5. The Three Dads from Mamma Mia! Just like the guys in Full House, potential dads Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin and Harry Bright are a package deal. Sure, they weren’t around for Sophie’s formative years, but that wasn’t their fault, now was it? 3. Father from Violet Violet’s dad tries his best to be a good father, and hey, that axe thing was an accident. But we’re subtracting a few points, because the whole ordeal does make his daughter’s life pretty complicated. 6. Mr. Price from Kinky Boots He’s done everything he possibly can to provide for Charlie, but he shouldn’t have automatically assumed his son would want to take over the family business. What if he’d wanted to become a softball player, or a drag queen?last_img read more

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The Museum of Illusion conquers America, and soon the whole world, through a franchise model

first_imgLast year, after Zagreb and Zadar, the Museum of Illusion expanded to Ljubljana and Vienna through a franchise model. Thus “modestly” began the story of the expansion of the Museum of Illusion through a franchise model outside the borders of our beautiful country.After the last conversation with Rok Zivkovic from the Museum of Illusion, which took place a little over a year ago, pointed out that there are already concrete interests from other European countries, and he dreamed that the long-term goal would be to offer this attractive and successful model worldwide. Brave, ingenious and phenomenal, I was dizzy, a real entrepreneur who believes in his product and vision, and most importantly has a proven and attractive successful business model, which he developed in Croatia and confirmed through the expansion to Slovenia and Austria.”We saw that there was room for expansion, and we chose the franchise model as the most acceptable to us. Through the franchise in cooperation with the partner, we offer him help through all phases, from the first contact, the book of standards, employee education, all the way to the opening and later through the entire development process. It’s been a process for a year. Also, the Museum has additional income through souvenirs and didactic toys for which we are also distributors.. “Said Zivkovic a year ago.Today, after only a year, the Museum of Illusion through its franchise model has opened its first Museum in New York, and will soon open in Kansas City as well! In what words to describe this phenomenal news. Undescribable!On the news that the Museum of Illusions has opened in New York, I immediately go to the official website of the Museum of Illusions, where an even bigger positive shock follows. The one when you fall off the chair!In the meantime, in the space of a year, the Museum of Illusion, in addition to Zagreb, Zadar, Ljubljana and Vienna, has spread all over the world! Today, the Museum of Illusions is present in Muscat / Oman, Belgrade / Serbia, Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia, Dubai / UAE, Athens / Greece and in Berlin / Germany.But there is no end to the enthusiasm because soon the Museum of Illusions will literally conquer the whole world! Thus, the opening of this successful Croatian story was announced soon in Kansas City in America, Hamburg and Stuttgart in Germany, Toronto in Canada, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Doha in Qatar, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Tbilisi in Georgia.This is news for all headlines in all media! The news of a brave vision and success on the global scene, through the franchise model that started in Croatia. Something similar was achieved through the franchise model by Andrija Čolak with his Surf’n’Fries, which is expanding all over the world from month to month.”If you can dream it, you can do it. ” said Walt Disney, and Živković and Čolak are real proof that one should dream awake and that everything is possible, of course with a lot of effort, sacrifice and self-belief. A floor-length hat and my deep bow. Wake up to dream.See more about the conditions of the Museum of Illusion franchise in the attachment:WANT TO START YOUR OWN MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS? CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY! RELATED NEWS:INTERVIEW / ROKO ŽIVKOVIĆ, MUSEUM OF ILLUSION: MUSEUM OF ILLUSION EXPANDS TO LJUBLJANA AND VIENNA THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODELINTERVIEW / ANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYSlast_img read more

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Black people lead in paid-off homes

first_img25 January 2011More black South Africans live in homes which are fully paid for than any other race group in the country, according to a study by the SA Institute of Race Relations.“The relatively high home ownership figures for Africans, particularly in urban areas, are a triumph over laws such as the Natives (Urban Areas) Act of 1923, which sought to limit home ownership of this population group,” Kerwin Lebone of the institute’s research department said in a statement on Monday.The study conducted by the SAIRR found that some 60 percent of black households in the country had fully paid-up the homes in which they lived in 2009, compared to 46 percent for other race groups.The institute said the higher home ownership figures for black people could in part be explained by state-subsidised housing programmes.In South Africa’s two most affluent provinces, Gauteng and the Western Cape, 34 and 42 percent of households respectively had fully paid off their homes.The less wealthy Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces had higher home ownership figures, with 71 percent of households in both provinces having paid off their homes.“The total number of households that owned and had fully paid off their homes, out of a total of 13.8-million South African households, was just over 56 percent. Out of the total fully paid homes, male-headed households made up 56 percent and female 44 percent.”Seventy percent of all households headed by women had fully paid off their homes, while only half the households headed by men had fully paid up theirs.Sapalast_img read more

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Invitation: Media tours to showcase South Africa’s competitiveness

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 12 November 2015 – Brand South Africa, in collaboration with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and other partners, will profile various areas of South Africa’s competitiveness to both Chinese and African media ahead of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation. FOCAC will be hosted by South Africa from 3-5 December 2015.As part of the build up to FOCAC 2015, Brand South Africa, DIRCO and other partners have selected three days to profile and position South Africa’s competitiveness in the areas of science, technology and archeology; business and investment; as well as arts, culture and heritage.Media are invited to participate in any of the programmes listed hereunder. Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.All logistical arrangements will be taken care of by the hosts including Brand South Africa and DIRCO. A more detailed programme will be made available closer to the time.Day 1: Friday 27 NovemberProfiling South Africa’s competitive business environment• Chinese companies based in South Africa• JSEHosted by the Department of Trade and IndustryDay 2: Monday 30 NovemberProfiling South Africa’s science, technology and archaeology• Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory• Interaction with the Square Kilometre Array• Maropeng at the Cradle of HumankindHosted by the National Research FoundationDay 3: Tuesday 1 DecemberProfiling South Africa’s arts, culture and heritage• Soweto• Constitution Hill• and moreHosted by Gauteng TourismPlease RSVP to:Tsabeng [email protected] 371 6810Kelly D[email protected] 928 4285last_img read more

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Messi donates money won in court case against newspaper

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between Olympiakos and Barcelona at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium at Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)MADRID — The company that manages Lionel Messi’s image rights says the player has donated more than 70,000 euros ($81,000) to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders after winning a court case against a Spanish newspaper.The money was awarded to Messi for an article the La Razon newspaper published implying that the player was doping.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The company says Messi will continue to defend himself from accusations and insinuations against his honor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policy

first_imgWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists they’re committed to providing the right investment for the first team.United announced a record revenue of £627.1million on Tuesday, with the release of their annual financial figures.“We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager,” said Woodward.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our Academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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BoC rate hike means higher costs for variablerate loans but better returns

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Canada’s latest interest rate hike means higher borrowing costs for consumers with variable-rate mortgages, loans or lines of credit, but it is also good news for savers and future homeowners.The decision to increase its benchmark interest rate to 1.5 per cent on Wednesday prompted all of Canada’s Big Six banks to raise their prime rates, thereby passing the rate increase along to their customers.Those with variable-rate mortgages will now face higher interest payments, a concern for many Canadian households that are already saddled with hefty debt loads, said Samantha Brookes, chief executive officer of brokerage Mortgages of Canada.“Increasing rates just really limit how much they have available to them on a monthly basis,” she said.The prime lending rate is the rate that banks use to set interest rates for variable-rate mortgages and other loans. Wednesday’s rate hike was the central bank’s first interest rate move in six months and lifted the trend-setting rate to 1.5 per cent, up from 1.25 per cent. It also marked the bank’s fourth increase over the last 12 months and the first time the rate has been this high since December 2008.The central bank’s move was driven by the strength of Canada’s economy, which it expects will remain resilient despite headwinds from trade tensions with the U.S.After the central bank’s announcement, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank all said they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase raises the cost of borrowing for customers with variable-rate loans, but people with money socked away in savings accounts and guaranteed investment certificates will benefit, said Scott Hannah, the president and chief executive of the Credit Counselling Society.“It helps seniors who depend on interest income to help fund their retirement expenses,” he said. “And the rate hikes are keeping Canadians focused on the need to curb their appetite for debt and pay down the debt they have.”Higher interest rates, along with stricter mortgage rules, have also helped to cool down the country’s real estate markets, helping future homeowners, Hannah said. It’s unwelcome news, however, for those looking to renew their mortgages this year, he added.Overall, the impact of the latest rate hike will be modest for consumers, said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities Inc. The rate hike is in reaction to a healthy Canadian economy, which is beneficial, he added.Rates are slowly on the way up, but remain relatively low historically, Grauman added.“On balance, it’s still probably a positive for the average household, for the average business.”last_img read more

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Purchase of three icebreakers turns Canadas August trade surplus into a deficit

first_imgOTTAWA – The summertime purchase of three ships from Sweden has wiped out Canada’s healthy trade surplus for August and replaced it with a deficit, Statistics Canada said Friday.The agency made the revision to the August trade figures as it accounted for a $600-million acquisition of three icebreakers late in the month.The $526-million trade surplus initially reported for August now shows a $551-million deficit. The change represents a swing in the trade balance of more than $1 billion.Behind the August revision was a $981-million increase in Canada’s imports.“Most of this revision was due to the import of three high value ships, which were reported after the publication of August data,” the agency said of the transaction, which on its own added $598 million to the monthly import number.“Three icebreakers were imported from Sweden at the end of August.”Statistics Canada says smaller revisions to the monthly numbers are common because purchases sometimes come in after the publication of the data. The agency also made upward revisions in August in other categories, including about $100 million for crude oil imports and $100 million for imports of aircraft-related goods.Last month, the Canadian Coast Guard said three interim icebreakers had been purchased for use over the next 15 to 20 years. The government agreed to buy three used icebreakers from Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding for $610 million.On average, the existing coast guard ships are more than 35 years old and have lost hundreds of operational days over the past few years due to mechanical breakdowns.Statistics Canada also released its latest merchandise trade numbers that showed the country’s trade deficit with the world narrowed to $416 million in September as imports fell 0.4 per cent and exports dipped 0.2 per cent.The report said Canadian trade with countries other than the United States declined as imports dropped 3.3 per cent and exports slid 1.8 per cent. Its trade deficit with these countries decreased to $5.2 billion to from $5.6 billion in August.Canada’s trade surplus with the U.S., by far its biggest trading partner, narrowed in September to $4.8 billion, from $5 billion. Imports into Canada from the U.S. increased 1.2 per cent, while exports south of the border rose 0.4 per cent.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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