Big numbers are arriving for unemployment. And GDP is well down. Indeed, we face possibly the worst general economic recession in a generation – perhaps in generations. We may not be out of the woods yet when it comes to crashing FTSE 100 shares.Meanwhile, the prices of Bitcoin and gold have been trending up since mid-March along with the rally we’ve seen in the general stock market. So, should I invest in Bitcoin, gold, or shares today?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…Why I’d invest in crashing FTSE 100 shares nowFor me, the answer to that question is the same every time. It’s shares all the way, and for some very good reasons. But before I consider them, let’s look at why gold and Bitcoin are so unappealing.The argument against investing in Bitcoin and instruments that track the price of gold is a simple one – both gold and Bitcoin lack any reliable fundamentals that may drive their prices higher. Of course, both do move higher, and they can crash back down again as well. But the main impetus behind movements in their prices is speculation.Shares, on the other hand, are backed by businesses. But we must be careful when investing in shares. And, happily, by the time companies have grown large enough to enter the FTSE 100 index, they’re usually quite stable. Indeed, many have financial strength with support from cash-producing businesses. Often, earnings are robust and there’s a strong tradition of paying shareholder dividends among constituents of London’s lead index. However, even the FTSE 100 can be a volatile hunting ground. Whatever their size, not all businesses are equal. And I’d firstly divide them is into two piles. The first would contain defensive businesses with cash-generating operations that remain little affected by the ups and downs of the wider economy.We can find many defensive companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, energy suppliers, utilities, fast-moving consumer goods and others. I’m thinking of names such as GlaxoSmithKline, National Grid, Severn Trent, British American Tobacco, Diageo, and Unilever.Sensitive cyclicalsMy second pile would contain stocks with cyclical underlying businesses. Earnings in those beasts will be sensitive to the ups and downs of the wider economy. We can find them in sectors such as banking, resources, retail, travel and leisure. I’m thinking of names such as BHP, HSBC, Lloyds Banking, Burberry, and Whitbread. We’ve seen recently what can happen to those type of stocks in a general economic downturn.And I’d also separate the FTSE 100 into two more piles of faster-growing businesses and fading business. 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BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Negrenses are still allowed to enter Iloilo City, according to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson. Lacson said he talked to Mayor Jerry Treñas where the latter confirmed that travelers from Negros Occidental who wish to enter Iloilo City would still be allowed sans travel clearance. He also noted that Ilonggos who are still in Negros Occidental have up to July 3 to return to their respective areas outside of Iloilo City. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Commander Jansen Benjamin, chief of Philippine Coast Guard in Negros Occidental, said they will continue to enforce necessary protocols and guidelines on all locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and essential workers traveling to Bacolod City and the province as well as those going to Iloilo.Benjamin reiterated that Defensor’s directive does not include Iloilo City.“We will only require identification cards for passengers of fast crafts,” he pointed out.For LSIs travelling via roll-on/roll-off vessels at the Dumangas port, Benjamin said they will be required to submit travel authority and medical certificates./PN He gave this assurance yesterday following the recent move of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. sealing off borders of Iloilo province from July 1 to 15.
ROSE Hall Town NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour wrapped up last weekend as double-champs, after winning both STAG Beer 40-Overs and Ivan Madray T20 first-division titles.After beating Tucber Park in Saturday’s STAG Beer 40-Over final, Rose Hall continued their winning ways as they won the toss and elected to bat first in Sunday’s game.Former national players Royston Crandon (18) and Delbert Hicks (42) added 47 for the 3rd wicket while Troy Mathieson (16), Keith Simpson (15) made useful contributions as the team made 130-9 after 20 overs.Bowling for Albion, left-arm spinner Gourav Ramesh bagged 4-36 and Mahendra Chaitnarine 2-7. Albion were then kept to 125 in their pursuit of 130 thanks mainly to spinner and opposition captain Eon Hooper with 3-26 and Keith Simpson 3-29 while pacer Sylus Tyndall and Royston Crandon supported with a wicket each.Jaguars batsman and Albion opener Kandasammy Surujnarine continued his form but failed to make a significant score as he made 22 while former U-19 player Sharaz Ramcharran (31) and Steve Latchana (27) got going but failed to carry on.The game provided much heat during the latter stages of the innings as Albion entered the last over requiring 10 runs for victory. Left-arm spinner Simpson only conceded four runs as Kevin Umroa was run-out for 06 off the second ball of the over.Simpson then dismissed Mahendra Chaitnarine and Gourav Ramesh off successive balls to wrap up a nail-biting win at the No. 69 ground last Sunday.BCB president Hilbert Foster congratulated both teams for entertaining the large crowd with great cricket. He thanked Chandradat Chintamani for sponsoring the tournament in memory of his late uncle, Ivan Samuel Madray.Chintamani, in response, expressed thanks to the BCB for organising a highly successful tournament and stated that the final was one of the best cricket matches he has ever saw. He committed to sponsoring the tournament for as long as he can afford.The Laparkan Senior vice-president further congratulated the Rose Hall Town NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour team for winning the title. Hicks was named Man-of-the-Final for his 26-ball 42. He carried home a financial reward along with a trophy. Albion received $50 000 while the champions bagged the $100 000 purse along with trophies.
A slow start, combined with penalties and mistakes, sealed Number 15 UCF’s fate for the game. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett caught a 3-yard touchdown pass during a trick play called the “Pitt Special,” with just 56 seconds left in the game, causing UCF to drop the game to the Panthers (2-2), 35-34. UCF is now 3-1 on the season. The University of Central Florida is planning to take tailgating to a new level in time for next year’s football season, with the introduction of a lazy river to be located outside the school’s stadium.Officials say they will be offering 250 memberships to what will be called McNamara Cove for $2,500 each. The all-inclusive package will cover “covegating” leading up to all regular-season home games.Guests will be able to enjoy the lazy river, in addition to a pool, sand volleyball courts, lounge chairs, a bocce ball green, and a service cabana.Outside of game days, McNamara Cove will be open to student-athletes, as part of the university’s $30 million Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village.The lazy river is named for Tom and Stacey McNamara, who made a naming gift commitment of $1 million last year.Meanwhile, the national champion UCF Knights’ winning streak came to an end on Saturday against Pittsburgh.