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Forget Bitcoin! I think the FTSE 250 is the better buy right now

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Some investors have rushed to buy Bitcoin as stock markets around the world have plunged. Bitcoin investors believe that the crypto asset could provide a hedge against further market declines.So far, this hasn’t happened. The cryptocurrency has declined in value since the coronavirus crisis started to ravage the global economy.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…Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if this is going to change anytime soon.Bitcoin volatilityThe price of Bitcoin is determined by supply and demand. This means that, in theory, the value of the crypto asset should increase if investors flock to Bitcoin in times of stress.As that hasn’t happened, market trends suggest investors haven’t been rushing to buy Bitcoin in times of stress. The fact that the value of Bitcoin has fallen suggests they’ve been doing the opposite.As such, investors with a long-term investment horizon might be better off buying the FTSE 250 right now.Leading stock indexThe FTSE 250 is an index made up of some of the largest companies in the UK. But this means that, unlike Bitcoin, the price of the index is backed up by cash flows.Like Bitcoin, stock prices are also determined by supply and demand. However, over the long run, stock prices tend to move in line with the intrinsic value of a business. So if the fundamental value of a company increases, its share price generally does as well.For the 35 years to the beginning of March, the FTSE 250 produced an average annualised return of around 12%. At this rate of return, an investment would double in value every six years.While it is impossible to tell what is in store for the stock market over the next few weeks and months, it’s highly likely that in the long run, equities will move higher as the global economy grows.The same cannot be said for Bitcoin. We have no idea what the Bitcoin price will do over the next few years.Tax advantagesAnother advantage of owning the FTSE 250 over Bitcoin is income. The index offers investors a dividend yield of around 3% at present.However, most platforms will charge you to own and store Bitcoin. That’s without including transaction costs. Some platforms demand several percent in fees to buy and sell the cryptocurrency.Meanwhile, most online stockbrokers will let you trade a FTSE 250 tracker fund for free.As well as a token income stream, an FTSE 250 tracker can be owned inside a Stock and Shares ISA. That means there’s no further tax to pay on income or capital gains booked when holding the asset. For higher-rate taxpayers, this can be a significant advantage.The Bitcoin bottom lineOverall, not only does the FTSE 250 offer better long-term investment prospects than Bitcoin, but it also provides a passive income stream, which is tax-free if held inside a Stocks and Shares ISA. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares 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. 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. 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreavescenter_img Forget Bitcoin! I think the FTSE 250 is the better buy right now Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 11th April, 2020 | More on: ^FTMC Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

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Life lessons from an old worm

first_imgScientists are peeling back the ancient veneer of our understanding of aging, replacing the idea that creatures merely “wear out” over time with a rising knowledge of the genetic roots of the process and how it varies between species. Their findings raise the prospect that aging eventually might be at least partly controlled.Cynthia Kenyon, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and director of the Hillblom Center for the Biology of Aging, outlined recent advances in her decades-long career studying aging and discussed recent progress in the field before an audience Thursday at Harvard’s Northwest Laboratory Building.Kenyon delivered the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology’s (MCB) Paul Doty Lecture, named after the biochemist who died in 2011 at age 91. Matthew Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, introduced the session, talking briefly about Doty, who spent 42 years on the Harvard faculty and became prominent in both biochemistry and public policy.Doty’s scientific work with DNA laid the groundwork for many of the most advanced genetic techniques now in use, including polymerase chain reaction. He played a key role in founding Harvard’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a precursor to today’s MCB. Doty also spearheaded efforts to get U.S. and Soviet Union scientists talking as a way to bridge the Cold War divide, particularly on nuclear weapons. He founded the Harvard Center for Science and International Affairs, which became the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.Kenyon, who was introduced by Craig Hunter, professor of molecular and cellular biology, sparked renewed interest in aging in 1993, when she discovered that a mutation of a single gene, called Daf-2, doubled the life span of the roundworm C. elegans, a common laboratory animal used to model the biology of more complex organisms. The mutation, it turns out, turned down the Daf-2 gene, decreasing the output of a hormone receptor that allows tissues to respond to insulin and an insulin-like hormone, IGF-1.“Hormones speed up aging, at least in these worms,” Kenyon said.She then found a second gene, Daf-16, that plays the opposite role. Turning it up increased youthfulness in the worms. Both mutations were needed for longevity to occur in the worms.The genes trigger several actions in the worms’ bodies, turning up cell-protective genes, ratcheting up immunity genes, conferring additional resistance against disease, and conferring stress resistance, including — to some degree — against fire, Kenyon said.The genes trigger a response that seems geared to keep the worm alive in a harsh environment, such as one with little food. Kenyon likened the genes’ actions to those of a lazy building superintendant who hears that a hurricane is heading his way. He calls the roofer, the carpenter, and the painter, who all hustle over to work on the house. If the hurricane hits, the house survives. If it doesn’t, the house survives a lot longer because of the repairs.Matthew Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, introduced the session, talking briefly about Paul Doty, who spent 42 years on the Harvard faculty and became prominent in both biochemistry and public policy.Researchers are probing the many questions arising over how the body controls aging. They’ve shown that the response seen in the worms is also seen in other animals, including fruit flies and mice. It’s impossible to do controlled experiments in humans, but studies of one population of centenarians have shown they’re also more likely to have reduced function for IGF-1.The link to a hormone like insulin that helps the body take up nourishment has provided clues to researchers investigating the effects of extreme reduced-calorie diets that have also been proven to extend life span.last_img read more

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Great Opportunity to Develop Football in Bangladesh: Jamal Bhuyan

first_imgKolkata: Bangladesh skipper Jamal Bhuyan on Monday said their Group E Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup tie here against India is a ‘great opportunity’ for them to show why the stakeholders need to invest more in football as India has done in the past few years.Bhuyan said the popularity and success of cricket has overshadowed football in Bangladesh but a good performance in front of 65,000 spectators at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Tuesday can help bring to the fore why football also needs investors to promote the sport.“Success of cricket team may be overshadowed a little bit of football. But you can’t compare cricket with football. Although cricket is a big sport here, I don’t think about cricket I think about football all the time,” Bhuyan told reporters on the eve of the tie.“It is a great opportunity to develop football in Bangladesh like India has done to get big companies to invest in football. Tomorrow is a great opportunity for us to show Bangladesh that we also need to invest as India has done in their last few years,” said the 29-year-old defensive midfielder who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.Bangladesh has lost both their fixtures in the qualifying campaign so far but gave a good account of themselves against Asian champions Qatar on October 10, losing 0-2 eventually.Ranked 187 in the world to India’s 104, the Jamie Day coached side drew their last match against India and Bhuyan said the battle will be won in midfield when the two outfits clash.“Whoever wins the midfield battle has a better chance to win the match. Midfield creates chances.”India is missing defensive mainstay Sandesh Jhingan and holding midfielder Rowllin Borges due to injury and suspension respectively.Asked if that is an advantage, Bhuyan said: “Of course they are missing two important players. We have to create chances and try to score. It’s all about confidence.”Bhuyan said the pressure will be on the home team who are coming on the back of a 0-0 draw against Qatar in Doha last month.“No pressure on us, the pressure is on India as if they don’t win the fans will be after them. I am going to tell my boys to go there and give their best. But yes India is favorites.”Bangladesh coach Jamie Day, meanwhile rued the dearth of infrastructure in their country.“From what I saw we are behind in terms of the league structure. We don’t have proper academies. The equipment that the India team have we don’t have that. We are trying to change that. We have one or two clubs who are changing. It will not happen overnight, it will take some time,” said the Englishman.Bangladesh has looked an improved side under Day’s coaching as they won seven of their 13 international matches since May 2018.“If I were a player I would have looked forward to playing in front of such a crowd. I told my players you might not get a chance to play again in front of such a crowd so make the most of it. I want them to be confident and play their natural game,” said Day referring to all the tickets being sold out for the game. IANS Also Read: Pope Francis Receives Italy Football Squad in the VaticanAlso Watch:Hit-and-Run Case: One killed in Road Accident in Margheritalast_img read more

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