I think these are the 10 best FTSE 100 defensive shares to buy today


first_img Image source: Getty Images. 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’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! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by G A Chester G A Chester | Friday, 22nd May, 2020 Some companies’ earnings and dividends are less affected by the state of the economy than others. These ‘defensive’ stocks tend to be more resilient than their ‘cyclical’ counterparts through economic ups and downs. You might say they’re shares to buy for all seasons.The FTSE 100 contains a decent range of defensive stocks. If you’re in the market for owning a slice of such businesses, here are what I think are the Footsie’s 10 best defensive shares to buy 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…Playing monopolyUtilities is a classic defensive sector. As regulated entities, companies in the sector have good visibility on the long-term investment they must make, and the cash flows they’ll receive.Right now, I like Ofwat-regulated United Utilities (recent share price 893p, forward P/E 19x, prospective dividend yield 4.8%), and Ofgem-regulated National Grid (890p, 15.3x, 5.4%). The former is the owner and operator of water and wastewater assets and services in the northwest of England. The latter has a near monopoly on domestic gas and electricity infrastructure, as well as owning regulated assets in the northeast of the US.Food, glorious foodAt a fundamental level, food comes next to water as essential for human survival. This makes supermarkets good defensive stocks. Tesco (223p, 14.1x, 3.7%) is by far the biggest. Its competitive advantages of scale make it my favoured choice in the sector.Of course, you’ll find many of the much-loved and trusted brands of Unilever (4,056p, 18.4x, 3.7%) on supermarket shelves. Not only its food and drink brands, but also personal and home care products. Reckitt Benckiser (6,992p, 23.2x, 2.5%) is another owner of brilliant brands. Shoppers pick its trusted health, hygiene and home products off the shelves time and time again. I think both stocks are terrific defensive picks.Healthy shares to buyBig healthcare companies also have attractive defensive qualities. GlaxoSmithKline (1,664p, 14.2x, 4.8%) is diversified across pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer health. This diversification makes it the pick of the Footsie’s drug-makers for me.I also have a strong liking for medical devices group Smith & Nephew (1,662p, 26.7x, 1.6%). Its relatively high P/E is expected to drop into the teens next year. This is because of delayed sales of some of its flagship products this year, due to the Covid-19-induced temporary cancellation of non-urgent surgery in some key markets.Sin stocksMy final three defensive shares to buy today are all so-called ‘sin stocks’: British American Tobacco (3,121p 9.3x 7%), distiller Diageo (2,827p 24x 2.5%), and defence group BAE Systems (494p 11x 4.7%).British American Tobacco holds a leading position in its sector. It’s the world’s most international tobacco group, operating in more countries than any of its peers. Diageo owns an unrivalled portfolio of world-class spirits brands, many of them number one in their categories. BAE Systems is a giant of the defence industry, and a longstanding and trusted partner of the UK, the US and other ‘friendly’ governments.A final word on my defensive shares to buyThe coronavirus pandemic has produced a human healthcare emergency and economic crisis on a scale never before seen in my lifetime. However, I still expect defensive stocks to be relatively resilient during this most testing of times. Even if the current crisis triggers a more prolonged economic slump, I think my 10 FTSE 100 defensive shares to buy will survive and prosper in the long term.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Tesco. 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. I think these are the 10 best FTSE 100 defensive shares to buy today Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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.last_img read more

First Steps in Planned Giving


first_img Tagged with: legacies Howard Lake | 30 June 2008 | News First Steps in Planned Giving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett spends $1,975,000 on Brisbane home


first_imgWayne Bennett has bought in Brisbane. Picture: Darren EnglandThe Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has spent $1,975,000 on a Brisbane home bought in partnership with his partner Dale Cage.It was announced late last year than Bennett had split with wife of 42 years Trish and had moved out of their family home.Bennett and Cage have bought the lavish new home just one street back from the Brisbane River.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Chris Hemsworth’s Byron Bay mega-mansion00:29 Related videos 00:29Chris Hemsworth’s Byron Bay mega-mansion00:33Salim Mehajer: From glamour to jail00:35Gina Rinehart’s property portfolio00:38Socceroos star sells Lower Plenty dream home00:40Celebrity homes in Noosa00:31Historic home for saleMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThe publicly shy super coach was spotted with Cage leaving up-market Brisbane restaurant Montrachet last week.Bennett met Cage during his two-year stint as head coach at Newcastle Knights.Cage had been was working as a secretary at a performance physiotherapy clinic.Dale co-owns a Newcastle district home which was listed for sale at $449,000 last month.Bennett is the most successful coach in rugby league history and was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame in 2012.last_img read more

New Era as DCMS passes new Horserace Betting Levy into law


first_imgShare Scottish racing to resume from 22 June June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020center_img Updating the market and media, the UK government has confirmed that 2017’s ‘Horserace Betting Levy Regulations’ has come into law as of the 25 April.The reformed levy marks a new era for the sports’ funding which will see all operators pay a 10% tax on profits generated from customers on UK racing bets regardless of wager vertical (online or land-based). The UK government has added a £500,000 threshold on the levy charge for licensed operators.Last week the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) detailed that its reformed levy system had gained European Commission approval seeming levy provisions as a fair industry taxation process.Having gained EC approval, yesterday UK DCMS’ Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage Tracey Crouch signed the Levy into law. UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit Moving forward UK racing stakeholders expect the new ‘Levy 2017’ to generate approximately an extra £30-40 million per year for the sports funding.Updating industry stakeholders, Nick Rust CEO of the BHA was pleased to have finally replaced the outdated 1961 levy, a key mandate of his organisation as UK racing’s leading regulatory body.Rust stated While there remains much more to do in this regard, the levy replacement in itself is a huge achievement and one that could not have been achieved without the determination and leadership demonstrated by Tracey Crouch MP and her team of dedicated officials at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.“Everyone in British racing owes thanks to her, and to the many supporters of our sport across and outside Westminster. We will be issuing further thanks to a number of key individuals over coming days.“The new Levy is the clearest sign yet of the success which British racing can achieve when we work together.”last_img read more

NFL Week 15 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks


first_imgWeek 15 is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing betting slates of the NFL season. There are seven spreads between one and four points and five of nine and higher, which makes finding edges necessary. Fortunately, BetQL can help in that area. Our subscribers can view BetQL’s NFL best bets and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. Let’s get into some of the Sunday slate’s top options. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAll data presented is as of Wednesday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 15 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekRams (-1) at Cowboys As seen on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard, the Cowboys opened as 3.5-point home favorites, but the action on one side of the line has swung it so that the visiting Rams are now one-point favorites. As identified on BetQL’s Sharp Picks Dashboard, an incredible 72 percent of public bets have gone on the Rams ATS while 95 percent of the money also has. Following an impressive 28-12 victory over the Seahawks in Week 14, the Rams are 8-5 and on the outside looking in of the current NFC playoff picture, which naturally creates some urgency and a must-win mantra. Although the Cowboys are 6-7 and own the tiebreaker over the Eagles in the NFC East, they’re in bad form, having lost three-consecutive games straight-up (and four out of five). Dallas has gone 2-3 ATS in their past five games and is seemingly in the midst of a freefall. Meanwhile, the Rams have won and covered three of their past four games and are getting hot at the right time. It’s really tough to trust the Cowboys right now. MORE WEEK 15: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emSeahawks (-260) at Panthers The Panthers have lost five straight games and just gave up 40 points in a loss to the Falcons. Oh, and they’re 2-4 at home. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have gone 6-1 on the road (one of six teams to have just one road loss) and have exceeded expectations, going 10-3 overall. While losing Rashaad Penny (knee) for the year hurts their offense slightly, it’s difficult to imagine Russell Wilson and company not taking care of business in this contest, which makes the Seahawks our moneyline pick of the week. MORE WEEK 15: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emNFL Week 15 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekOVER 47.5 Buccaneers at Lions Jameis Winston is going to lead the league in passing yards and interceptions, isn’t he? Due to his recklessness and the Tampa Bay coaching staff’s puzzling gameplanning this season, the OVER has gone 10-3 in Buccaneers games this season, including in 10 of their past 11. Further, the OVER has gone 8-5 in Lions games. The public and sharp bettors are hammering the OVER. Per BetQL’s Public Betting Dashboard, 62 percent of the total bets and 87 percent of the total money has been wagered on the OVER!You can find all of BetQL’s NFL over/under picks on their Totals spread dashboard.last_img read more