I’d use the Warren Buffett method to create a ‘best stocks to buy now’ list

first_img Warren Buffett has a long track record of buying stocks that deliver high returns relative to the wider stock market. However, he doesn’t necessarily buy every company that he feels optimistic about. Sometimes, they may trade at prices too high to make a strong return in the long run.Following a similar strategy in today’s market could be a sound move. Some FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares now trade at high prices following the recent stock market rally. By making a list of the best shares to buy, and waiting for them to trade at more attractive prices than they do now, it may be possible to obtain stronger returns in the long run.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…Warren Buffett’s patient approach to investing in sharesWarren Buffett has always been a long-term investor. This means he’s not only patient when holding shares, but also when seeking to buy them. Clearly, it’s not possible to know how long he has waited before buying his current holdings or past successes.However, the idea of making a list of high-quality businesses that do not trade at attractive prices, and waiting for them to do so, could prove to be a profitable move.It may mean an investor avoids paying too much for any stock. This could be relevant in today’s stock market, where some growth sectors have premium prices. Instead, they may be able to capitalise on the ups-and-downs of the stock market through purchasing high-quality companies when they offer wide margins of safety.A long-term stock market cycleOf course, there’s no guarantee Warren Buffett’s strategy will work. An investor could identify the best shares to buy when they trade at high prices right now. However, they could fail to fall to sufficiently low prices to merit investment.They may even deliver strong capital growth from a high starting price. In such a situation, an investor may miss out on a number of excellent buying opportunities during their lifetime.However, avoiding expensive shares and instead buying good value companies could be a sound move. The stock market has a long history of experiencing periods of growth and periods of decline. Although neither can be guaranteed to take place in future, the past performance of indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 suggests such a repeat occurrence is very likely.By identifying high-quality companies, as per Warren Buffett’s strategy, before they trade at attractive prices, it may also be possible to act swiftly during any future stock market crash.The 2020 market slump took place in a matter of weeks. This highlights the need of having a cash position and a list of the best shares to buy. This could allow an investor to capitalise on temporary buying opportunities. See all posts by Peter Stephens Image source: The Motley Fool Peter Stephens | Monday, 8th February, 2021 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Enter Your Email Address 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. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 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. I’d use the Warren Buffett method to create a ‘best stocks to buy now’ listlast_img read more

Against the odds: rugby loves an upset

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It may not be seen as too significant, but over the weekend two results caught the eye; one a surprising Aviva Premiership result, the other a lower-tier Test that although against the odds, will not have registered on too many radars.The first was a rare loss for reigning European Champions Cup and Premiership holders Saracens against Harlequins. A strong rearguard effort and tries sweeping in from distance resigned Sarries to a 17-10 loss and Maro Itoje’s first defeat in a top-flight match he has started for his club or England ­ an incredible run that lasted 31 games.The other result on Saturday worth noting was Poland’s 22-0 walloping of Ukraine ­ a side who were much higher than them in the world rankings. The opening win of the Rugby European Trophy meant that the Eastern European side climbed three places in the rankings to 34 in the world, while Ukraine fell from 27 to 28.Why bring both of these up in the same breath? Because rugby fans love an upset. There is something about the underdog snarling their way to victory that gets us excited. We look set for another season of ups and downs. We may not see Connacht double up in the Pro12, but maybe La Rochelle can cling on to first place in France’s Top 14? Scarlets may be the only Welsh side in this season’s Champions Cup, but can their incredibly talented back-line come alive or can the other three sides take inspiration from the Dragons’ surprising 23-21 won over Gloucester in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup last year, with maybe one of them lifting the trophy?You may be lucky enough to tell when the next upset is coming from, but guaranteed there will be one somewhere and you can bet the rest of us will find ourselves involuntarily revelling in the result as well. Against the odds: Japan’s famous victory over South Africa in 2015 Incredible journey: Connacht win the Pro12 title against the oddsWe will talk about Japan’s 2015 Rugby World Cup victory over South Africa for as long as we live. We shook our heads, chuckled and said, “They’ve done it again!” when Japan’s men’s sevens pulled off a shock win over their New Zealand counterparts in the recent Olympic games. In that same tournament an unfancied Team GB got all the way to a silver medal. And how often will we hear of Connacht’s wonderful rush to the Guinness Pro12 title last season? It was ­ a trophy success lovingly compared to Leicester City’s stunning title grab in the English Premier League soccer – and one which would have made you a fair windfall had you used the best rugby union betting tips.Of course these upsets don’t always go in your favour. Wales fans still cringe whenever their side draw a Pacific Islands nation in the World Cup, harking back in pain to 1991’s 16-13 loss to (Western) Samoa, 38-31 loss to the same side four years later or 2007’s 38-34 loss to Fiji.last_img read more

Face-to-face fundraising is “recession-proof technique”, IFC delegates told

first_imgFace-to-face fundraising is “recession-proof technique”, IFC delegates told Howard Lake | 21 October 2015 | News Recruiting regular donors through face-to-face fundraising can help charities maintain and even increase income during times of economic difficulty, delegates at the International Fundraising Congress heard today.Daryl Upsall and David Cravinho presented the first of a two-day masterclass on face-to-face fundraising at this week’s IFC in Holland, run by the Resource Alliance.David Cravinho, head of regular giving at Unicef Switzerland, said:“Face-to-face fundraising is recession free – data from across Europe and South America shows this to be true. This is because it is about one human connecting with another, and in times of economic difficulty people recognise that others suffer and so want to help them.”David Cravinho of Unicef Switzerland at the face-to-face masterclass at IFC 2015.Daryl Upsall, of Daryl Upsall Consulting International, added: Advertisement  88 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Retention challengesUpsall, who has more than 30 years experience managing fundraising, communications and advocacy operations in more than 60 countries, accepted that retention of donors recruited via face-to-face channels can be challenging. He said:“Some organisations have very high attrition rates. However, attrition is going down for those organisations that apply the best retention practices”.He and Cravinho, who oversees all of Unicef’s regular giving in over 40 countries, were joined at this point by guest speaker Rupert Tappin of Decaid Consulting. He presented his top ten tips for effective retention of donors recruited via face-to-face fundraising:1. Effective fundraising management: clean data, well-managed teams, realistic expectations, the courage to innovate and a willingness to question everything are essential.2. Don’t neglect payment reconciliation. The back-end donor processing facilities are really important. Lots of donors can be lost due to payments not being properly collected by the charity. Equally, the quicker the first payment is collected, the lower the attrition rate.3. Choose a great agency. Work closely with them as a genuine partnership and hold each other accountable for what has been promised.4. Think about your recruitment channel and payment method: understand the metrics and most effective comparisons to make. Not all campaigns are the same and will provide different results.5. Plan the donor journey: what you will send to whom and when – including those who cancel their gift. Listen to your donors – give them the opportunity to upgrade or downgrade their donation, or give them a donation holiday.6. Communicate with the donor in the way that suits them best – not what suits you best (i.e. the cheapest option). Keep their needs at the forefront of your mind.7. Consider short-term gain v long-term pain: the best long-term donor isn’t necessarily the cheapest. Consider cost per recruit with return on investment.8. Match reality with what is planned: break the obsession with a one year cycle – the success of regular giving should be determined by performance over five years and longer.9. Tell the story: Build up the donor’s knowledge of the cause and continue the story that they were recruited on to help retain the donor and strengthen their loyalty to your cause.10: Break down internal silos, particularly between the finance and database teams. Internal knowledge and understanding of F2F is critical for effective continuity of donor relationship.center_img “Contrary to popular opinion, a recession is absolutely the time to approach your board for more investment. The biggest non-profits in Spain have grown enormously since the recession, recruiting many thousands of new supporters through face-to-face.”Members of the audience shared similar experiences. A delegate from Australia said they had found the recession helpful for recruiting fundraisers as well as donors. When the national job market is difficult, it means there is a higher calibre of people willing and able to work as fundraisers, they said – adding that “the more intelligent a conversation fundraisers have with donors means the stronger the relationship the charity can have with that individual”. The International Fundraising Congress runs from 20 to 23 October 2015. Tagged with: face-to-face International Fundraising Congress recession regular giving Resource Alliance Unicef 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