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first_img Royston Wild owns shares of Barratt Developments. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ITV. 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. Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 stocks to make a million Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! 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. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. 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You might also know the shortage of properties available to rent is particularly devastating. As a result of booming rents, the number of new buy-to-let investors has again ballooned in recent times. But would these people be better off trying to get rich with FTSE 100 stocks?I think so. Look, investing in property offers the sort of stability that all investors crave when markets are shaking wildly. Unlike Footsie investors, I’m sure buy-to-let investors weren’t pulling out their hair as the spread of Covid-19 was causing stock markets to crash in March.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…But investing in rental properties carries its own problems which, for me at least, make it an asset class to avoid.Landlord profits are divingAs I say, the number of new landlords entering the market has rocketed more recently. Data from UK Finance, for example, shows the number of buy-to-let mortgage applications for property purchase had risen 7% year-on-year in the first quarter.There are a couple of major reasons for this. Firstly, rents in many parts of the UK are shooting through the roof as supply fails to keep up with renter demand. Meanwhile, stagnating house prices have encouraged many new entrants to the buy-to-let market.I, for one, haven’t been encouraged to take the plunge though. I’ve continued to use my cash to buy cheap FTSE 100 stocks instead. Why? The costs of operating buy-to-let properties remain monumental.Big rents might be attractive. But when you factor in chunky stamp duty bills, rising maintenance costs, and increasing landlords fees, well, it’s no revelation to discover investor profits have more of less dried up.Grab better returns with the FootsieThe returns offered up by buy-to-let still, broadly speaking, lag those that Footsie investors can expect.Even the best-yielding types of property in the most lucrative parts of Britain fail to keep up with the profits you can expect to make by investing in quality stocks.One-bedroom properties in Newcastle provide landlords with the best returns on their money. Rental yields here sit at 7.9%, according to online property management platform Howsy. But now compare this with the 8% and 10% return that long-term share investors can expect to make each year. There’s no contest to my mind.And this isn’t the end of the story, of course. The rental yield takes into account property prices and rents, but not those suffocating costs I mentioned above. Drawing those into the equation reduces actual profits to a dribble.No wonder millions of people continue to shun buy-to-let and decide to invest in FTSE 100 shares instead. Following the recent share market crash, there are dozens of great Footsie companies also trading at low prices. Indeed, many top stocks are trading around bargain-basement earnings multiples of 10 times and below, from broadcasting colossus ITV and insurance play Aviva to housebuilder Barratt Developments.And this boosts the chances of buyers today making mega total returns on their investments and getting on track to making a million.I’d buy shares over rental property any day.last_img read more

first_img THANKS CHUCK ,brings back memories, while i college a friend of mine invited me in for a BITE to eat, of course as the GOOD BOOK says Eat what is put before you i ate after the meal I asked What was that I just ate, His answer– GOPHER TURTLE! The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Hey Mama Mia, you are right. The Apopka Voice uses the photos it has available thus the sea turtles. I appreciate your comments. Keep ’em coming. Charles Towne LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply December 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here InspirationBy Charles Towne A pair of gopher tortoises was performing the turtle dance in my backyard.  The mating dance of the gopher tortoise is really quite elaborate.  Head bobs and weaves, along with tender love nips, it isn’t really a dance, perhaps a clog, but not a dance.  The male tortoise bobs his head up and down quite rapidly as though nodding assent to some question only he understands, and then, almost as quickly, he shakes his head back and forth as though denying his intent.  It is obvious that he is not being completely honest because of the goofy grin on his face.  Once he has the attention of the lovely young lady tortoise she approaches him and says something like, “Hello BIG BOY.  Where have you been all my life?”    To which he thinks, “whoa boy, she likes me, oh goody, goody, goody!”  And he bobs his head even faster, pausing now and then to give her some playful little love nips on her front legs.  What is the old saying about hope springing eternal?  The only thing that I have learned about this elaborate head bobbing ritual is that persistence pays off.  Sometimes.  Maybe.   I tried the head bobbing thing with my wife and she went into the bedroom and locked the door, after which she shouted that if I didn’t go away she was going to call the police.  It was obvious that what works for gopher tortoises was not going to work for me.  Oh well, perhaps I need to perfect my head bobbing technique, and just maybe throwing in a few love nips wouldn’t hurt, you think, maybe?An Outdoorsman’s Prayer Dear God, thank you for being so very patient with me, and thanks for giving me a little more good sense than a gopher tortoise, sometimes, maybe.  Thank you for enabling me to not take life so seriously, and for being able to laugh at my own goof ups, and foibles.  In Jesus wonderful and Holy name, Amen Live fully,Love openly,And make a difference, todayCharles Towne is a longtime Apopka resident, member of Inspire Church, published author and a lifelong outdoorsman.center_img Those are sea turtles in the photo above, if those turtles above, were gophers dancing in the sea, it isn’t dancing or flirting, it is drowning! LOL…..!!! Charles Towne June 22, 2020 at 8:17 am Mama Mia EJ Reply December 4, 2016 at 8:12 am Reply 3 COMMENTS TAGSCharles TowneInspirationTurtle Previous articleApopka police arrest suspect in overnight shootingNext articleSmiling children video banned in France Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more