FTSE 100 stocks have crashed 15% this year. Here are 3 reasons why I’d buy them today

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Peter Stephens 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. Peter Stephens | Monday, 2nd March, 2020 The FTSE 100’s performance over recent weeks has been hugely disappointing. The index has fallen by up to 15% from its 2020 starting price, experiencing its third worst week since inception during that time.Although coronavirus and political risks in the US and Europe could weigh on markets over the short run, in the long term now may prove to be a buying opportunity.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…Many stocks appear to be undervalued, the index has a track record of recovery and the return prospects available elsewhere appear to be slim. As such, now could be the right time to buy a wide range of large-cap shares.ValuationsThe FTSE 100 currently yields around 5%. That’s its highest since the financial crisis, significantly higher than its average yield since inception. This suggests the index offers good value for money at the present time, and that many of its members have wide margins of safety.Certainly, the near-term prospects for many FTSE 100 shares are uncertain. A slowdown in the performance of the world economy now seems inevitable following the spread of coronavirus, and may mean the financial prospects for international companies deteriorate to some degree in the short run.However, in many cases, those risks seem to have been priced in to valuations by investors who have become increasingly nervous about the outlook for the world economy. New investors may, therefore, be able to buy FTSE 100 shares while they trade at a significant discount to their intrinsic values in many cases.Recovery potentialIt may not be possible at the present time to accurately gauge when the FTSE 100 will recover. It could, for example, experience a tough 2020 following over a decade of growth.However, its track record shows it has always recovered from corrections and bear markets to post new record highs. Sometimes this process of recovery has taken as little as a few months, while in other cases it has taken a few years. For long-term investors, though, the fact the FTSE 100 has always posted a successful turnaround should provide confidence that the index can do likewise following the outbreak of coronavirus.Relative appealInvestors have few attractive options outside of the stock market at present. The returns on cash and bonds are exceptionally low in many cases, while tax changes and high house prices mean that buy-to-let investments have become less appealing over recent years.As such, on a relative basis, shares appear to be highly attractive at the present time. They may not post a strong recovery in the short run, and there may even be more pain ahead for investors. But over the long run, a recovery seems to be highly likely. Therefore, now may be the right time to purchase a diverse range of FTSE 100 shares. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. 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Hamas urged to concentrate on negotiating with Alan Johnston’s kidnappers

first_img News News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News June 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas urged to concentrate on negotiating with Alan Johnston’s kidnappers News to go further Reporters Without Borders said it was deeply shocked by the latest video of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, which his abductors, a group calling itself the Army of Islam, yesterday posted on a website used by militants. It shows him wearing an explosives belt of the kind used by suicide bombers.“Johnston’s abductors have intensified their threats against him during the three months they have been holding him,” the press freedom organisation said. “The latest, horrible video is an additional warning. At this dramatic moment, our thoughts go out to his family, who have to face these terrible images.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Johnston is now apparently being used as a human shield by his kidnappers, who have been made nervous by Hamas’ threats of a military operation. The use of force cannot be an option. At the same time, the mutual accusations between Fatah and Hamas are playing into the kidnappers’ hands. What Johnston needs more than ever is for the Palestinian authorities to negotiate.”In the video filmed by his kidnappers and posted yesterday, Johnston warns that his life would be in danger if there were any attempt to rescue him by force. He is seen wearing an explosives belt around his waist, over the same red pullover he wore in a video circulated at the start of the month.“As you can see I have been dressed in what is an explosive belt, which the kidnappers say will be detonated if there was any attempt to storm this area,” Johnston said to the camera. “My captors tell me that very promising negotiations were ruined when Hamas and the British government decided to press for a military solution to this kidnapping. The situation is now very serious (…) It seems the answer is to return to negotiations, which I am told are very close to reaching a deal.”On 18 June, the Islamist party Hamas issued an ultimatum to Johnston’s kidnappers to free him by the end of the day. The Army of Islam reacted with an angry statement reiterating its threats to kill him. The group continues to demand the release of an Islamist militant, Abu Qatada, who has been detained in Britain since 2005. On 24 June, Hamas, which now controls the Gaza Strip, accused President Mahmoud Abbas’ party, Fatah, of blocking its attempts to free Johnston. Fatah issued an immediate denial and called on Hamas to provide evidence of his claims. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Palestine Help by sharing this information PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more The Army of Islam has posted a video on the Internet showing its hostage, Alan Johnston, wearing an explosives belt. Reporters Without Borders calls on the Palestinian authorities to concentrate on negotiating with the group. “The use of force is not an option,” the organisation says, adding: “The continuing disagreements and mutual accusations between Fatah and Hamas are playing into the kidnappers’ hands.” Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Speaker examines ethical decisions

first_imgAnn Tenbrunsel, director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, discussed the discrepancy between promises and actions in her talk titled “Ethical Blind Spots,” which took place in the Mendoza College of Business on Wednesday as part of Notre Dame’s Ethics Week.Tenbrunsel said ethical knowledge does not always translate to actions.“People that think a lot and know a lot about ethics are not necessarily immune to unethical behavior,” she said.She asked the audience to rate themselves on a scale of zero to 100 of how ethical they consider themselves to be, with zero being not ethical, 50 being average and 100 being the most ethical.“People rate themselves higher than they should,” she said. “Not only do we inflate how good we are relative to other people, we hyper inflate our own ethicality.”Tenbrunsel said the three steps of ethical decision-making are prediction, action and reflection.“Studies show a large discrepancy between prediction and action, and this is known as forecasting errors,” she said.Tenbrunsel said people often make forecasting errors when they think about charitable giving. Most people predict that when the time comes, they will donate a dollar or so to a charity, but less than half of them actually end up doing so, she said.This phenomenon has to do with the difference between desirability and feasibility, Tenbrunsel said. Visceral forces, such as hunger, tiredness and fear, even influence our ethical decisions.“The more sleep-deprived you are, the more likely that you will behave unethically,” she said.Another reason for the discrepancy between prediction and action is “ethical fading,” Tenbrunsel said.“[Ethical fading is] a process by which the moral colors of an ethical decision fade into bleached hues that are void of moral implications,” she said.Tenbrunsel said she aims to help people to recognize their ethical illusions and thus avoid ethical fading and correctly compartmentalize ethical questions.“[Then] we can work to become the people that we want to be,” she said.Tags: business, Ethics weeklast_img read more

Is your credit union an ‘a’ brand or a ‘the’ brand?

first_img 66SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details As a native Texan, there are a lot of things I get excited about. High school football, good BBQ and the oil and gas industry are among them. Also high on my list are the Dallas Cowboys and my favorite soft drink – Dr Pepper (yes, you read that right – there is no “.” after the Dr in “Dr Pepper”).I noticed this year that Dr Peppper is “An Official Soft Drink of the Cowboys,” not “The Official Soft Drink of the Cowboys.”Again, you read that correctly. “An” official soft drink of the Cowboys. Not “the” official soft drink of the Cowboys.Of course, I wasn’t privy to all the closed-door bigwig marketing meetings where this decision was made. It just seems odd and, well, self-deprecating to the Dr Pepper brand. It’s a lot like saying in high school that you are “an official date of the homecoming queen” as opposed to “the one and only date of the homecoming queen.” Sure, it’s great you’re going out with her – but wouldn’t it be a lot cooler and offer a lot more personal brand cred if you were the only guy she was going to the game and dance with?This seems to be the case with Dr Pepper. They are not the official drink of the Dallas Cowboys – only an official drink. And what’s the value in that? It doesn’t seem to promote the integrity of the Dr Pepper brand.Would you want this for your credit union’s brand?For example, would you promote your credit union as “one of the many financial institutions spending a lot of marketing dollars trying to capture consumer business?” Or would you prefer a more brand-friendly approach such as “the tri-county area’s best option for great service and competitive rates?”The very essence of branding is setting yourself apart from the competition. You want to be the singular “the” for your members – not the broad and generic “an” when it comes to financial products and services options. Your entire credit union staff, from the Board of Directors and C-Suite executives to the front line and back office must make it part of their personal daily mission to promote the brand as the best possible choice for consumers in your area.Anything less than that seems anemic and, frankly, a waste of time and money.While I’m sure plenty of people will still drink Dr Pepper (myself included) and watch the Dallas Cowboys (again, myself included), relegating yourself to one option in a sea of many (and presumably paying a great deal of money to put that message on an aluminum can) seems lame and self-defeating.In high school, I was blessed enough to be my wife’s only date to homecoming (yes, I married my high school sweatheart). I’m not sure how I might’ve felt if there had been four or five other guys in the limousine as “a group of the official guys taking this beautiful young lady to the game and dance tonight.” For my ego and brand dollar, go big and get the singular sponsorship – or stay home and play video games.last_img read more