Stocks had a great year in 2019, but if you’re a FTSE 100 investor you may be disappointed. Here’s why

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Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Stocks had a great year in 2019, but if you’re a FTSE 100 investor you may be disappointed. Here’s why 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” After a poor 2018, global stock markets, as a whole, produced strong gains in 2019. On the back of more accommodative monetary policy from major central banks across the world, and optimism that the trade war situation may finally be resolved, stocks had one of their best years since the Global Financial Crisis.That said, if you only own FTSE 100 stocks (as I’m sure many UK investors do due to what’s known as ‘home bias’), you may be a bit disappointed by last year’s performance. You see, in 2019, the FTSE 100 produced a return of just 12% plus dividends, which compared to the returns of other major stock market indices such as the S&P 500 (29% plus dividends) and the STOXX Europe 600 (23% plus dividends), is actually quite low.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…So why did the FTSE 100 produce such underwhelming returns compared to other stock market indices last year?Underperformers One of the main reasons the FTSE 100 underperformed last year is that many of the companies that have large weightings in the index are struggling for growth right now and this is reflected in their share price performances.For example, some of the largest holdings in the Footsie are the oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and BP, and global bank HSBC. Together, these three companies make up a large chunk of the index. Now, last year, the share prices of all three of these companies ended lower than they started. That will have created a huge drag on the index.By contrast, the largest holdings in the S&P 500 index include the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. These three companies are all growing at a rapid rate and this is reflected in their share prices. Last year, Apple shares rose nearly 90% (Warren Buffett will be happy as it’s his top stock), while Microsoft and Amazon shares rose around 55% and 23% respectively. It’s these kind of strong performances that will have turbocharged the main US index.Brexit uncertaintyOf course, Brexit will have also impacted the FTSE 100’s returns throughout the year. Despite the fact that many companies in the index are multinationals that generate a significant proportion of their revenues internationally, many global investors will have steered clear of UK equities due to the high level of economic and political uncertainty here in the UK.Home bias can hurt your returns Ultimately, the FTSE 100’s poor performance last year shows how important it is to avoid home bias, and diversify your portfolio properly.If you only owned a FTSE 100 tracker fund, or a handful of FTSE 100 stocks last year, your overall returns would have been quite underwhelming. However, had you owned a diversified portfolio that included exposure to international equities last year, chances are, your returns would have been far more impressive.Having a strong home bias is one of the biggest mistakes that investors make. If you’re reviewing your portfolio as we start the new year, now’s a good time to make sure you’re fully diversified. 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€713 average spend on communion

first_imgWatch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy TAGSCommunionMusic Limerick€713 #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Facebook WhatsApp Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement News€713 average spend on communionBy Guest Writer – June 11, 2013 642 Linkedincenter_img Print Twitter Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick PARENTS spend an average of €713 on their children’s Holy Communion, according to a study from Ulster Bank. That is a drop of 4% on what they spent last year on clothes, entertainment and food for family and friends. The study also shows that while the average spend is falling, children make more money than ever. They receive an average of €521, 42% of which is spent of video games.  Just 10% of children do not spend any of their money and opt to save it instead.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Previous articleLeanne interviews Michael DouglasNext articleHorse Racing Ireland weekly news Guest Writer New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more

Ocean City Sailing Foundation Helps All Ages Become Mariners

first_imgOcean City Sailing Foundation offers classes beginning June 25, to teach kids and adults how to become sailors.(Courtesy Ocean City Sailing Foundation) By Maddy VitaleAll you need is a towel, a water bottle and a love of the water to start your journey to become a sailor.Classes begin June 25 and run through Aug. 25 at the Ocean City Sailing Foundation at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., where top instructors teach children and adults alike how to navigate the bays, the ocean and develop mariner skills that will last a lifetime.“We teach people ages eight to 80-plus,” said Director of the Ocean City Sailing Foundation Doug Mroz. “The great thing is, no experience is necessary.”Mroz, 33, of Ocean City, grew up sailing and racing, competing locally, regionally and nationally.Ocean City Sailing Foundation Director Doug Mroz gets some help with the mast from instructors and sisters Kailin Burns Cohen (left) and Reilly Burns Cohen.The foundation is a non-profit organization in existence since 2007. Mroz has been the director for three years, and at the foundation for five.Over the years, the program has grown, thanks to Mroz and his team. During a typical summer, the classes fill up to anywhere from 200 to 220 students.“The great thing is there is no experience necessary,” Mroz explained.The foundation offers a variety of boats to choose from, ranging from 6 feet to 18 feet, depending on a student’s interest and skill level.Mroz, who teaches business and special education at Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City and is the assistant crew coach there, said he loves teaching sailing classes.He also thinks he’s found the right recipe to keep sailing students interested, most likely a skill he learned as a school teacher.Children forge friendships and come back for classes year after year. (Courtesy Ocean City Sailing Foundation)“You have to make sailing fun for kids to continue with it,” he said. “We really have tried to do that. We play a lot of games. Games and swimming have to be involved to make it fun.”In a typical class week, students are introduced to the boats and the water. They have lessons on both land and the water, do warmup activities and games.“Some kids are sailing on their first day,” Mroz noted.Sometimes a student gets to go out alone in a boat, depending on his or her skill level and experience and the weather conditions.Mroz stressed that in sailing, everything is weather dependent. Conditions are studied throughout the day.“Safety is our number one priority,” he said. “We go over proper boat handling skills and safety procedures with the staff and students.”Reilly and Kailin Burns Cohen, sisters and instructors, get some help from Pat Leonardo, a former director of the sailing foundation.Mroz added that the staff is great. In addition to Mroz, there are five instructors.There is also someone he considers a true asset, Pat Leonardo, of Ocean View. He was the director before Mroz.“I called him and asked him to come back to help out,” Mroz said.John Parker, former president of the Ocean City Sailing Foundation, said Mroz is doing a “super job” as director.“He continues to do what Pat (Leonardo) started. Doug has continued to grow this program on the junior side and the adults side,” Parker said. “It is amazing how many adults come and see how their kids are doing and say, ‘I used to sail as a kid. I’d like some lessons.’”Leonardo was helping Mroz and sisters Kailin and Reilly Burns Cohen, who are instructors, get the boats ready Tuesday.Adults also enjoy classes at the Ocean City Sailing Foundation. (Courtesy Ocean City Sailing Foundation)“It’s a wonderful sport for all kinds of reasons and for all ages,” Leonardo said. “You get to be out on the water. You see all different aspects of sailing.”He said it is amazing to see how sailing continues to grow in popularity and how the classes grow.The Burns Cohen sisters are from Monmouth County but live in Ocean City in the summers. They learned how to sail at around eight years old, at the Ocean City Yacht Club.They said they enjoy teaching children how to sail and every year they see kids coming back.“We play a lot of games with the kids on the water,” Kailin said, of keeping children interested in sailing. “We play tag where we throw balls into the boats and the kids have to get them in the other boats.”Reilly Burns Cohen ,19, (left) and her sister Kailin Burns Cohen, 18, have been sailing since they were very young.Reilly said it is a lot of fun teaching kids how to sail, especially the ones who have never been on the bay before.“The first day they get here they get a swim test,” she said. “They get in the water and then we go from there.”Like Mroz and Leonardo, the sisters said some of the students are so good they get out on the bay their first day.But first, they are taught about steering, safety and many other aspects of sailing.Reilly added, “It’s always interesting to see how kids want to learn more and how they make friends.”Lessons are held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.Pricing and packages can be viewed at or call (609) 418-3356.Ocean City Sailing Foundation Director Doug Mroz surveys the waters Tuesday morning.last_img read more