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Forget the volatile Bitcoin price! I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 shares to retire wealthy

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Another day, more volatility. But I’m not referring to the choppiness in broader equity markets. Instead, I’m thinking of the wild price swings in cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. Market participants highlight that in the cryptocurrency world, prices rise fast and fortunes are created seemingly overnight. But there is always the other side of the coin (no pun intended), where crashes are sudden and severe. That’s why I think average retail investors who plan long-term for comfortable retirements will be better off investing in stable FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, rather than buying into Bitcoin for an adrenaline rush.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…Where the Bitcoin price is nowIf you are following the price of Bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, you may agree with me when I say uncertainty is the only constant.  For example, in 2017, the price soared from under $1,000 to nearly $20,000. But it then fell below $7,000. By November 2018, it was below $4,000. Then in June 2019, Bitcoin was over $10,000. But in early January 2020, Bitcoin was back around $7,000. As broader stock markets began falling in February, Bitcoin hovered around $9,000. By mid-March, it dropped to the $5,000 level. On 3 July, as I write, it is hovering at $9,100.Despite the increase in prices in recent years, there are simply not enough merchants using cryptocurrencies yet. In 2019, about $4 billion in bitcoin transactions was sent through payment processors. On the other hand, according to Nilson Report, “Purchase transactions on global general purpose card brands totaled 440.99 billion in 2019, up 19.4% over the previous year“. So wild price swings and high speculation are combined with a lack of global transaction demand. Clearly, investing hard-earned cash (that you want to grow for retirement years) in Bitcoin is not for everyone.Blockchain technology is importantBut there’s a way to have the best of both worlds through buying blockchain-relevant shares. Cryptocurrencies are based on blockchain technology, which can be described as a digital ledger, acting as a spreadsheet. In the future, blockchain applications are likely to impact agriculture, asset management, insurance, healthcare, retail, and supply chain management, to name a few areas. For retail investors, companies that work with blockchain technology may be appropriate businesses to do due diligence on. Their shares may potentially be worthy additions to long-term portfolios.Which FTSE companies would I consider? Several big pharma giants, such as AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, have collaborated to promote and cut the cost of drug discovery through increased use of blockchains.Grocery stores and food manufacturers, such as Sainsbury‘s and Unilever, are looking at how blockchain could help them keep track of food in the supply chain. Energy giants, including BP, Centrica, and Royal Dutch Shell, are exploring how blockchain technology can be used in the energy sector. Some global banks, including HSBC Holdings, Lloyds, and Santander, are researching the potential use of blockchain-based banking solutions.Investing in FTSE 100 sharesIn the coming years, I expect many FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies to embrace ‘blockchain’ technology. And I’d rather invest in these established global companies with robust businesses and stable cash flows. A good number of them also pay juicy dividends.My Motley Fool colleagues regularly cover shares and funds that you could consider adding to a diversified retirement portfolio. They point out that despite various downturns and even crashes, in the long run, stock markets in the UK return about 6% to 8% annually, on average. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Forget the volatile Bitcoin price! I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 shares to retire wealthy 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. tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. 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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Sunday, 5th July, 2020 See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhD 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

Late Ramos header denies Barcelona in Clasico

first_imgBy Richard MartinBARCELONA,(Reuters)-Sergio Ramos again proved Real Madrid’s last-gasp hero by heading a 90th-minute equaliser to force a 1-1 draw at champions Barcelona and preserve his side’s six-point lead at the top of La Liga yesterday.Zinedine Zidane’s team looked set to lose their 32-game unbeaten run in all competitions after Luis Suarez climbed highest to head in Neymar’s free kick in the 53rd minute in a ‘Clasico’ that failed to live up to its billing early on.Neymar then curled a shot just over the bar after a breathtaking run into the box while Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi narrowly missed the target for the hosts.Real captain Ramos earned a point that could prove decisive in the title race by powering in Luka Modric’s free kick, just as he had done in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.“We did everything we could to take the three points. We were the superior team but if you don’t take your chances this is what happens,” Suarez said.“We have to stay strong, keep going and hope Real drop points here and there. There’s still a long way to go.”Barca coach Luis Enrique deployed the same team that he said produced the worst display in his tenure to draw 1-1 at Real Sociedad last week and they struggled to prise open an organised Real side.Visiting winger Lucas Vazquez had a penalty appeal waved away in the third minute when he went down under a challenge from Javier Mascherano while Barca called for a spot kick at the other end when Sergi Roberto’s shot was blocked by Raphael Varane.TOO MUCH POWERSuarez’s header opened up the game and Barca went all out to try and kill off their rivals.Neymar sliced open the Real defence but put too much power into his shot while substitute Iniesta shot into the side netting after magnificent play from the Brazilian.Real took their time to offer a response but upped their pursuit of an equaliser as the game wound down. Ramos headed over the bar and Cristiano Ronaldo had an effort cleared off the line by Jordi Alba.Just as Barca thought they had got away with it, however, Ramos had the final say.“We had more chances in the first half and lacked effectiveness but hard work is always rewarded and we still have a big advantage,” said Ramos.Real are top with 34 points from 14 matches while second-placed Barca have 28. Atletico Madrid can move to within a point of the champions when they host Espanyol later on Saturday.Third-placed Sevilla missed the opportunity to take advantage of the ‘Clasico’ draw as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Granada who recorded their first league win of the season.last_img read more