Why I think £5k invested in these 2 cheap FTSE 100 stocks could help you to retire in comfort

first_img The FTSE 100 may have an uncertain future, but its long-term return prospects appear to be relatively attractive. Low interest rates mean that cash and bonds lack return potential in many cases, while buy-to-let property returns could be negatively impacted by factors such as rising unemployment.As such, now could be the right time to buy a diverse range of large-cap shares while they offer good value for money. Here are two FTSE 100 stocks that appear to have wide margins of safety. They could be worth buying today with £5k, or any other amount, to improve your prospects of retiring in comfort.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…Sainsbury’sThe recent results released by FTSE 100 retailer Sainsbury’s (LSE: SBRY) showed that coronavirus continues to have a major impact on its sales performance. For example, in the seven weeks to 25 April, the company reported a 12% rise in grocery sales. However, this was partially offset by a 53% drop in clothing sales, as consumers adapted their spending to lockdown measures.Looking ahead, it would be unsurprising for similar trends to remain in place over the coming months. It may take time for consumer confidence to improve. And this could mean that demand for non-essential items is relatively sluggish.Despite this, Sainsbury’s appears to offer a relatively sound long-term outlook. It has invested large sums in its online capabilities. This could mean that it is well placed to capitalise on high demand across the grocery, clothing and general merchandise segments online.Furthermore, the FTSE 100 retailer expects the higher costs it has experienced in recent months to be partially offset by business rates relief. As such, it could offer good value for money after its 12% share price decline in 2020.FTSE 100 miner Rio TintoAnother FTSE 100 share that could offer long-term capital growth potential is Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO). The iron ore miner’s recent update highlighted that all of its assets remain operational. And it said demand for iron ore has remained robust across a number of key markets.Demand has continued to recover in China, while the company reported that the outlook in the rest of the world is more uncertain. As such, weaker commodity prices could be ahead if demand proves to be softer than previously expected.Rio Tinto also reported that industry supply costs have fallen over recent months. For example, lower energy and freight costs could help to maintain its financial performance over the short run.In the long term, the company’s sound financial position and its high-quality asset base may mean that it can produce improving returns to investors. Although its share price has bucked the wider FTSE 100 downward trend in 2020 to rise by 12%, it could continue to deliver capital growth as the world economy’s outlook improves. Therefore, now could be the right time to buy a slice of it.  Why I think £5k invested in these 2 cheap FTSE 100 stocks could help you to retire in comfort 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Peter Stephens Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Peter Stephens owns shares of Rio Tinto. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Peter Stephens | Tuesday, 9th June, 2020 | More on: RIO SBRY 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.last_img read more

This week’s European news in brief

first_img Comments are closed. By SusanGibas secretarygeneral of the European Human Resource Network, a cross-sectoral informationnetwork for European employers and HR strategists dealing with issues ofemployment and the labour market in Europe. Contact [email protected] This week’s European news in briefOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. TheEuropean Commission has published its Communication on the Future Evolution ofSocial Protection to link pension reform with active employment strategy anddefuse the pensions time-bomb.It came asthe EC presented a proposal for a directive on institutions for occupationalretirement provision. If implemented, a framework would be created to ensure ahigh level of protection for the rights of future pensioners. The aim ofthe draft directive is also to ensure that institutions benefit from theadvantages of the single market and the euro and develop an effectiveinvestment policy while exercising the freedom to invest in shares. Scope and objectiveAnothereffect of the proposal would allow an institution in one member state to managecompany pension schemes in another.Produced bythe financial services division of the Directorate for the Internal Market, thefull text of the proposal is available on the Europa web site, along withresponses to the 10 most frequently asked questions on the issue.Thequestions cover the scope and objectives of the proposal, how it will work,what protection is provided for individual pensioners and why it has taken theEC so long to come up with a solution.Furtheraction envisaged includes an initiative on taxation of supplementary pensionsand the establishment of a pensions forum to look at how barriers tocross-border labour mobility and their relation to supplementary pensions canbe addressed. This is a key issue for multinational companies operating inEurope.Future actionThe EC willundertake several studies in the year ahead to gauge public awareness andexpectation on the issue. It also proposes an exchange of information,particularly with the US and Japan.Other issuesGuidelinesfor pregnant workers’ safety, issued in an EC communication, will aim to ensurethat expectant mothers and their unborn children are protected against healthrisks in the workplace. Although it is up to employers to assess, avoid orremove risks to their pregnant and breastfeeding employees, the EC believesthat the guidelines will provide a practical and efficient tool to health andsafety officers.Employmentin Europe 2000, a statistical report produced by the Employment DirectorateGeneral which analyses employment trends, jobs in the knowledge economy,changing nature of jobs, unemployment, equal opportunities, employment trendsin eastern Europe and the impact of taxes and benefits on employment.Full textson all topics covered in this issue may be found on the Europa web site.www.europa.eu.int/ Date to note25 January,Brussels: The European Human Resources Network meets European Commission DGVand the European Trade Union Confederation to discuss  the proposed directiveThe titleof the afternoon workshop will be Euro Pensions – A Key to a Mobile Workforceand will be led by Leonardo Sforza and Neil Irons of Hewitt [email protected] Previous Article Next Article Europedefusing pensions time bomblast_img read more

Students, faculty receive Google Drive spam messages

first_imgThe Office of Information Technologies (OIT) worked to stop the spread of spam messages from Notre Dame accounts disguised as invitations to share Google Docs on Wednesday, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame community.According to the email, the spread of these spam messages is a worldwide problem that Google is working to resolve. OIT advised members of the community to be aware that they may receive these messages from people without a Notre Dame email address and is waiting to hear from Google how those who may have accessed the spam message can resolve any problems caused by the email.Tags: Office of Information Technologies, OIT, spamlast_img

The Latest: Sounders say worker tests positive for virus

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):5:11 p.m.The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.___6:45 p.m.Soccer players at Brazilian club Gremio have staged a protest of their own by wearing face masks on the field before the start of their game against São José on Sunday. The F1 US Grand Prix remains scheduled for Oct. 25 if the season resumes. Formula One has postponed all races until at least May. MotoGP has tentatively rescheduled its Texas race for Nov. 15.“The joy of creating memorable occasions has been replaced with the disappointing reality of a worldwide crisis,” track officials said in a statement. “We hope everyone stays healthy, heeds the caution advises by leaders and experts, and comes back to COTA when good times return.”__5 p.m.Major League Soccer has extended the moratorium on team training through Friday. MLS announced a 30-day suspension of match play on Thursday because of the new coronavirus.The league said Sunday that players should remain in the market of their team and exercise safe social distancing. MLS said it is working with its players’ association and other North American professional leagues on a protocol to allow players at training facilities for rehabilitation or individual training.___2:10 p.m.Professional soccer is shutting down in Mexico following Sunday’s matches, which were already being played with no fans present as a precaution due to the new coronavirus. The team says the staff member worked the club’s match against Columbus on March 7, but did not become ill until four days later. The team said the individual did not have access to the general public and “only had access to the team in controlled areas during the game.”The team said no players or coaches have reported having any symptoms related to the coronavirus.“We remain in constant communication with a number of regional and national health authorities, and based on the information we collectively have at this time, there is not felt to be a risk to any fans that attended our March 7 match at CenturyLink Field,” Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “The individual that tested positive for COVID-19 did not have access to the public on matchday, and fortunately we have no other confirmed cases within the club at this time. Alongside public health authorities, we are actively monitoring this situation, and should new details emerge, we will continue proactively communicating with our community.”___5:34 p.m. ___3:39 p.m.Texas general manager Jon Daniels says the team has “effectively” closed down its training camp in Arizona, with a bulk of players from the big league camp electing to go home. He says 15 to 20 players were headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where they either have a primary residence or a place where they live during the regular season.A charter plane was scheduled Monday for players to return to Texas, though some still elected to drive their own cars from the Arizona camp that is just more than 1,000 miles from their new ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Daniels said five or six players would be staying in Arizona, along with some staff members who have their offseason homes in the area. Other coaches were returning home to be with their families. NCAA President Mark Emmert has said postponing the tournament indefinitely was not feasible.___4:45 p.m.Brazil’s soccer confederation has suspended all competitions under its control due to the coronavirus outbreak.The tournaments affected include the men’s Brazilian Cup, the top two tiers of the women’s Brazilian championship, and junior tournaments. Valencia’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay says that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to become infected. “I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account Sunday. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.”Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. It says that all are in good health and confined at their homes.Garay, who is recovering from surgery after tearing a ligament in February, said in a message posted on Instagram that “it’s clear that 2020 is starting on the wrong foot.”On Saturday, fellow Spanish club Alavés said that two members of its coaching staff had the virus. It said they are in good health. The Latest: Sounders say worker tests positive for virus The measure applies to the men’s top flight and second division as well as the fledgling women’s league. Soccer officials said in a statement that the suspension would remain in effect until it’s determined that it’s safe to restart play in coordination with Mexico’s Health Department.Mexico previously played soccer matches without fans for several weeks during the 2009 H1N1 influenza health emergency, an outbreak with Mexico as the epicenter.Federal health officials on Saturday night raised the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 41, up from 26 the previous day and 11 the day before that. On Sunday at least two more were announced by state-level authorities.___ One of the prep races for the Kentucky Derby has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The $700,000 Sunland Derby on March 22 in New Mexico was called off Sunday, according to a report in the El Paso Times.Officials at the track across the border from El Paso, Texas, also said it would be the last day of racing to comply with the request of the governor. The meet was scheduled to end April 21.The Sunland Derby winner would have earned 50 points toward qualifying for the 20-horse field in the Kentucky Derby. Track officials had previously said the race would be run without spectators.It’s the second time the Sunland Derby has been canceled. In 2016, an outbreak of an equine herpes virus among the horse population forced it to be called off. Serie A is currently suspended until April 3, along with all other sports in Italy, the European epicenter of the virus outbreak.UEFA has a meeting planned on Tuesday to discuss the calendar. The virus outbreak has also tested the limits of soccer’s World Cup schedule.___1:15 p.m. ___4:49 p.m.The Texas racetrack that hosts the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix and other motor racing series announced it is closing indefinitely after a series of cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus.The Circuit of the Americas was supposed to host the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5 and the IndyCar Challenge on April 26. Both races have been canceled. The track is also home to the USL soccer team Austin Bold and the league season has been suspended.The facility also has a concert amphitheater and hosts large concerts and other events. Austin city officials have banned gatherings of 250 people or more at least until May 1. Associated Press March 15, 2020 4:05 p.m.NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt says brackets won’t be created for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Gavit says he made the decision and it was supported by basketball committees.“There is not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating,” Gavitt said Sunday, the day the men’s NCAA Tournament field had been scheduled to be announced. “And, that isn’t fair to the teams that would be positively or negatively impacted by manufacturing March Madness. More importantly, in light of this global health crisis, I believe we need to keep college basketball in perspective.”College basketball’s showcase was canceled on Thursday, leading to suggestions from coaches and athletic directors to release brackets for the event even though it won’t happen this year.“Players and coaches want to see their school name on the bracket,” Gavitt acknowledges. “Members of the media want to dissect matchups. Bracketologists want to compare the work of the committees versus what they’ve predicted. Fans are curious for those same reasons. All of us want something to fill the void we’re feeling. However, anything less than a credible process is inconsistent with the tradition of the NCAA basketball championships. … There will always be an asterisk next to the 2020 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships regardless if brackets are released.” Gremio players and coaching staff arrived at the Rio Grande do Sul state championship game wearing the masks. Authorities in Brazil have not ordered the cancellation or postponement of sporting events because of the corona pandemic but recommended that games are held without fans. Grêmio beat tiny São José 3-2 with no fans present.___5:15 p.m. The Italian soccer federation is planning to ask UEFA to postpone the European Championship.Federation president Gabriele Gravina tells Mediaset TV that Italian officials want Serie A to be completed by June 30.The Stadio Olimpico in Rome is slated to host the opening match of Euro 2020 on June 12, plus three other games of the tournament.Gravina says, “The hope is to finish by June 30. … And we’ll need to insert the Champions League and Europa League also. The deadline is June 30, then we’ll eventually see if we need to exceed that.”He adds, “We’ll propose to UEFA that they postpone the Euros.” The men’s top-tier Brazilian championship is scheduled to begin in April. The decision does not affect state championships currently being played. Some matches were held without any fans this weekend in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. São Paulo, Rio and other state soccer bodies are set to decide Monday on their course of action.___2:50 p.m.The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages will suspend operation at the close of business Sunday. When asked what his biggest baseball concern was, Daniels responded: “I don’t really have one to be honest with you, my head’s not even there. It might have been a few days ago, but it’s been pretty solely focused on making sure everyone’s got what they need, and everyone’s family is taken care of, and that we can get everybody home. We’re going to have plenty of time to figure out the baseball piece.”___6:24 p.m.Keeneland announced it will be closed to all non-essential guests starting Monday. Only essential employees, owners, trainers, veterinarians, blacksmiths and stable workers will be allowed into the track in Lexington, Kentucky.The track will set up screening checkpoints to monitor those seeking access and everyone will have their temperature taken. Only people with a temperature less than 100.5 degrees and showing no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus will be admitted. The screening will continue indefinitely. The Spanish league has suspended play due to the pandemic. Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more