£500 to invest? I’d buy the FTSE 100 in 2020

first_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. £500 to invest? I’d buy the FTSE 100 in 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 25th January, 2020 Rupert Hargreaves owns no share 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. Image source: Getty Images center_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. 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. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The FTSE 100 chalked up a fantastic performance last year. The index ended 2019 with a total gain of 12.1%, one of its best since the financial crisis. Indeed, since its inception, the lead index has returned around 7% per annum, so last year’s performance is well above the long-term average. Following this performance, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that the index is overbought. But it doesn’t look as if that’s the case. There are still plenty of companies in the FTSE 100 that appear to offer value at current levels.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…And with this being the case, it seems as if the UK’s leading blue-chip index still looks like an attractive investment for 2020. International exposureOne of the great things about the FTSE 100 compared to other UK stock index is its international exposure. Around 70% of its profits come from outside the UK.This means the lead index has plenty of international diversification, so it’s unlikely to be significantly impacted by Brexit, whatever the outcome of the UK’s divorce negotiations.Instead, it’s more exposed to global economic growth, which could pick up in 2020. Some encouraging signs are already starting to show. The world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, seem to have reached a tentative trade deal, bringing an end to the trade war that has dominated headlines for the past two years. By settling their differences, this agreement should only benefit an already robust global economy. Unemployment has plunged over the past few years and wage growth has returned, which should lead to increased consumer spending.Countries around the world are also committing money to big infrastructure projects. That should benefit the mining sector in general, which makes up a significant percentage of the FTSE 100. Easy to buySo the fundamentals for the global economy are improving, and the main index is one of the best ways to gain exposure to the economic recovery. Furthermore, it’s relatively straightforward to invest in it. Most online stock brokers now offer regular monthly investment plans, allowing investors to contribute as little as £50 a month. Most fund managers also offer low-cost FTSE 100 tracker funds. Therefore, it’s quite easy to buy into it regularly. A lump sum investment of £500 is more than enough to get started. The index currently supports a dividend yield of 4.3%. This would give an estimated £21.50 of income on an initial investment of £500.With additional monthly contributions of £50, this could quickly become a sizeable nest egg. After 10 years, it’s possible to build a savings pot worth £10,000, giving a potential annual passive income stream of £430. That’s assuming the money is invested in an FTSE 100 tracker fund.The bottom lineSo that’s where I’d invest £500 in 2020. Even though the index produced an above-average return in 2019, it seems as if investors will be well rewarded this year as well.last_img read more

MarchFourth Celebrates 14th Anniversary With New Vinyl Album And Tour With Pimps Of Joytime [Track Download]

first_imgMarchFourth will be releasing the vinyl version of their latest record, Magic Number, this Friday, March 3rd. The album, which constitutes the massive marching ensemble’s fourth release, was completely crowd-funded and released independently at the tail end of September last year. You can check out some footage of the making of the record below, courtesy of the band.However, that’s not all that MarchFourth has cookin’ up for fans. The vinyl record release coincides with their fourteenth anniversary, which they’ll celebrate with a giant party spanning two nights on Friday and Saturday at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Following this celebration, MarchFourth will settle into their recently announced tour with Pimps of Joytime. You can download a track off of MarchFourth’s Magic Number and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below or via the band’s website.[Photo Credit: Matt Adamik] MarchFourth 2017 Tour Dates2.28 Pink Garter – Jackson Hole, WY3.1 Top Hat – Missoula, MT3.2 Showbox – Seattle, WA3.3 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR3.4 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR (Matinee & evening show)*3.7 Hi-Fi Music Hall – Eugene, OR3.8 Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA3.9 Miners Foundry Cultural Center – Nevada City, CA3.10 Crystal Bay Club and CasinoCrown Room – Crystal Bay, NV3.11 Fillmore – San Fran, CA3.12 Redding Veteran’s Memorial Hall – Redding CA*No Pimps of Joytimelast_img read more