1 FTSE 100 stock I think could soar on the retail investing boom!

first_img jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown. 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. Jonathan Smith | Friday, 19th March, 2021 | More on: HL 1 FTSE 100 stock I think could soar on the retail investing boom! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Over the past year, there’s been a definite increase in investing in the retail space. When I talk about retail investing, I’m referring to normal people like you and I buying and selling stocks. If we rewind a couple of years, there was some interest. But recently, thanks to easier access to brokerage accounts and greater news coverage, interest is up massively. Thanks to this, there’s one FTSE 100 stock that I think could be a good buy because it’s taking advantage of this boom.An investing facilitatorThe FTSE 100 stock I’m talking about is Hargreaves Lansdown (LSE:HL). It’s one of the largest UK retail investing platforms. On the website I can buy stocks, mutual funds, bonds and much more. It also offers Stocks and Shares ISAs, give me a convenient one-stop-shop for my portfolio. The share price is up 2% over the past 12 months.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…The company has been around for a long time and is entrenched to such an extent that it’s one of the first results that comes up (alongside competitors eToro and Plus500) when searching the web with search terms like “buying stocks UK“. This has allowed it to benefit from rising interest from retail investors in buying FTSE 100 and other stocks.HL makes money from charging a fee per transaction on stocks. It also runs its own mutual funds, and so makes money through commissions too. In essence, a higher active number of investors, along with higher assets under management equals higher profits.Recent results showed this. Assets under management grew by 16% versus 2019, to £120.6bn. In the second half of 2020, over 84,000 new clients were added. For H2, this enabled profit before tax to rise by 10%. I think the outlook for 2021 remains positive. H1 2021 results will include the increased trading from the rise of ‘meme stocks’ such as GameStop. Although I don’t know what the markets will throw up in H2, I doubt that volatility around FTSE 100 stocks is going to seriously subside.Potential risks of this FTSE 100 stockOne risk to my view is the cyclicality of this retail boom. It could last for another year and beyond. Or we could see investors pull their money out, especially if we get another stock market crash. As retail investors are usually less experienced and less tolerant to holding losses, people could get burnt and close their accounts.I accept it as a risk, but this is linked to the broader market, something no one can predict. As we currently stand, new retail investors will be happy with the FTSE 100 stock market performance over the past year. Their accounts with HL will likely be in profit. If anything, these clients are probably over-trading, earning higher fees for HL in the process.Another risk would be reputational damage similar to what the brand experienced with the Woodford scandal in 2019. Some argue that a lack of oversight into the operations of the funds from HL was to blame for not spotting any issues. Also, if the business was picking up fees from offering the fund, it’s a bit of a conflict of interest.Iet overall, I think the retail boom will continue, and expect HL results to continue to improve. 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Turkmenistan

first_img March 31, 2020 Find out more March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkmenistan #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more Domain name: .tm Population: 5 342 342 Internet-users: 127 000 Average charge for one hour’s connection at a cybercafé: 0,8 to 1,4 US$ Average monthly salary: around 205 US$ Number of imprisoned netizens : 0President Berdymukhamedov has partially broken the diplomatic isolation maintained by his predecessor, the tyrant Niyazov. But the relative economic openness has not translated into more Internet or social freedoms. Scarcely 1% of the population has access to the Web. Information is still oppressively controlled in this post-Stalinian dictatorship.Tentative improvementsIndividual Web connections have only been authorized since 2008. Permission for Internet access was first granted to businesses, then gradually extended to their employees, and finally to the country’s citizens. Pyramid Research, a telecommunications research organization, estimates the number of individual subscriptions as of the end of 2009 at 13,200 and the number of users at 127,000. The American Information Center, French Cultural Center, and International Turkmen Turk University, as well as some Turkmen private schools, are proposing access to the international network.Connection speed is not as slow as it used to be: it now takes only a few minutes to open an e-mail, as opposed to at least a half-hour in 2008. Sending or receiving a photo takes longer, and a video takes 30 minutes.Given this situation, very few Turkmen have acquired an Internet connection in their homes. The cost is prohibitive: a monthly subscription costs USD 5, and an additional USD 0.50 per hour. The average salary is less than USD 200 per month.The incumbent president has kept his promise to allow cyber cafes to open. However, users are required to show an ID and to pay the considerable sum of USD 1 to 2 per hour. Some 15 of them are currently operating in the capital Ashgabat, as well as in other large cities such as Dashoguz. Uniformed policemen are no longer being posted at cyber café entrances to intimidate customers, but the secret service still raids them on occasion. In one raid in 2008, an Internet user accused of consulting prohibited websites was arrested.The “Turkmenet”Apart from a few businesses and foreign embassies that can access the Worldwide Web, the few other Internet users can only access an ultra-censored version of the Internet nicknamed “the Turkmenet,” unless they know how to use censorship circumvention tools.A very strict filtering is now focused on critical publications likely to initially target local users and potential dissidents, mainly for linguistic reasons. Opposition websites such as XpoHo.tm and Gundogar, and regional news sites covering Central Asia, such as ferghana.ru or eurasianet, are blocked. YouTube and LiveJournal were rendered inaccessible at the end of 2009 to prevent Turkmen from blogging or sending videos abroad. Facebook, which is not used very extensively in the country, is not blocked – at least not for the moment.However, Turkmen can visit most generalist NGO Websites. The same scenario applies to Russian and Turkmen media sites that contain no articles critical of the country, notably because of the significant commercial ties between Turkmenistan on one hand, and Russia and Turkey on the other.The government is keeping a close watch on its netizens’ activities. Officials prefer to monitor the surfers’ e-mail accounts (mail.ru, hotmail, etc.), rather than block them, so that they can identify potential dissidents.Western businesses: Vectors of change?The Russian telecommunications company MTS holds an 80% share of the mobile telephone market, which is an increasingly lucrative sector. MTS is now also offering Internet access via GPRS, which may facilitate access for the general population. The terms of use specify that the Internet is filtered.Improving telecommunications infrastructures is not an absolute priority for authorities at the moment, when close to 25% of the population are still living below the poverty level. The international community cannot be counted upon to further the cause of freedom of expression in a country which seems to be an Eldorado for Western businesses enticed by Turkmen gas fields. However, the country’s economic openness could have a positive impact on the Internet penetration rate within the population, as long as the latter does not try to explore subjects deemed too sensitive, or develop any form of civil society. Foreign companies could become vectors of change by calling for a generalization of modern means of communication suitable for commercial and entrepreneurial activities.Links: http://www.rferl.org/featuresarchive/country/turkmenistan.html: Turkmen service of Radio Free Europe (English) http://www.eurasianet.org: news website on central Asia (English and Russian) http://turkmenistan.neweurasia.net/: collaborative website on Turkmenistan. Neweurasia is an aggregator of central Asia blogs http://www.untuk.org: UN website on Turkmenistan, launched on 8 February 2008. http://www.chrono-tm.org: website created by the human rights organisation “Turkmen initiative for human rights”. News Follow the news on Turkmenistan Newscenter_img RSF_en to go further News Receive email alerts Organisation March 13, 2020 Find out more News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistanlast_img read more

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