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Forget buy-to-let. I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 shares in an ISA now to get rich and retire early

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It enables an investor to capitalise on the boom/bust cycles experienced by the stock market. Neither bull or bear markets having ever lasted in perpetuity.As such, building a portfolio of FTSE 100 shares today, and holding them for the long run, could lead to above-average returns that catalyse your portfolio’s prospects.Buy-to-let valuationsFTSE 100 company valuations may now reflect an uncertain economic outlook. But a lack of transactions in the property market over recent months means that buy-to-let investors may continue to pay high prices compared to average incomes.Although property prices may decline as transaction volumes gradually increase following lockdown, they could continue to trade at high levels relative to average incomes. This may be offset to some degree by lower interest rates that help to make property more affordable.But the scope for house price growth at a time when unemployment is rising and consumer confidence is weak seems to be limited versus the FTSE 100’s international growth opportunities.ISA tax efficiencyAnother reason why FTSE 100 shares could offer superior long-term return prospects than buy-to-let is their tax efficiency when purchased in an ISA. No tax is levied on any amounts invested through a Stocks and Shares ISA. Meanwhile, withdrawals are also tax-free and can be made at any time.This is in contrast to buy-to-let investments. Many landlords have seen their net returns come under pressure. This is due to tax rises over the last few years. Indeed, mortgage interest payments are no longer allowed to be offset against rental income for tax purposes for many investors.Therefore, over the long run the net returns from buying cheap FTSE 100 shares could be significantly greater than those of buy-to-let. The index’s recovery potential could help you to retire early. Peter Stephens | Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Forget buy-to-let. I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 shares in an ISA now to get rich and retire earlylast_img read more

Canada’s ACC delegates express hope for Christian community

first_imgCanada’s ACC delegates express hope for Christian community Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Anglican Consultative Council Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest [Anglican Journal] Dean Peter Elliott of the Diocese of New Westminster has expressed the hope that the upcoming meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) will be a time for member churches of the Anglican Communion to experience “a rich experience of Christian community” and to celebrate what unites them.Elliott, along with Bishop Sue Moxley (Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), and Suzanne Lawson (Diocese of Toronto), is representing the Anglican Church of Canada at the meeting, scheduled Oct. 27 to Nov. 7 in Auckland, New Zealand.“For many years, the life of the communion has been focused on what draws us apart, said Elliott in an e-mail interview. “I hope that this council can celebrate the gospel that brings us together and the mission that draws us into God’s work.”The ACC, which meets every three or four years in different parts of the world, gathers lay and ordained representatives of 38 member churches of the 80-million strong Anglican Communion. According to its mission statement, the ACC’s role is “to facilitate the cooperative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion, to exchange information and to help coordinate common action.”The ACC is expected to discuss issues ranging from the status of the proposed Anglican Covenant, to inter-faith relations, mission and evangelism, gender-based violence, the environment and social justice.“I don’t expect there to be hugely contentious issues to address, but ones that will demand that we all listen to each other deeply and respond in Christian love to varying perspectives,” said Lawson in an e-mail interview.The Canadian members are expected to follow up on a proposal made by the Canadian church in 2007 to add peace, conflict transformation and reconciliation to the current five Marks of Mission.“We will be watching to see where that goes and speaking to it fervently,” said Lawson.Elliott has also been asked to facilitate a session on looking at Anglican-Lutheran relations. “It will be interesting to see how full communion is being lived into in other parts of the world,” he said.Moxley said she is looking forward to reuniting with members from previous gatherings, meeting new people and “finding out about life in their part of God’s kingdom.” Social gatherings will give members time to learn about churches around the world, and a members will visit local parishes of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.Lawson said she’s eager to learn more about the church in New Zealand.  “I have always thought that it is the church that we in Canada can learn the most from.”Elliott noted that it would be the ACC’s last meeting with the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who is retiring at the end of the year. “I have always found his reflections to be challenging and educational,” said Elliott, adding that he is looking forward to participating in Bible studies and liturgies.ACC members will also have opportunities to learn about the work of the global Anglican networks. Three Canadians are representing some of these networks : Ken Gray (Anglican Communion Environmental Network), Ginny Doctor (Anglican Indigenous Network), and Alice Medcof (International Anglican Women’s Network).— Marites N. Sison is staff writer for the Anglican Journal. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Anglican Communion, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA By Marites N. 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Biden rescinds abortion restrictions on US foreign aid

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has rescinded a regulation that barred U.S. foreign aid from being used to perform or promote abortions. The move also includes a restoration of funding to the U.N. Population Fund and withdraws the U.S. from an international accord that promoted anti-abortion policies. The steps come just a week after Biden was inaugurated and fulfills his campaign pledge to reverse measures that previous Republican presidents, including Donald Trump, instated immediately on taking office. The so-called Mexico City policy, or global gag rule, has been a political ping-pong ball for decades, bouncing back and forth between Republican and Democratic presidents since it was first enacted in 1985.last_img read more

Lawyers agree to help with literacy campaign

first_imgLawyers agree to help with literacy campaign September 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawyers agree to help with literacy campaign Senior Editor Reading is an unnatural act?Well, not exactly unnatural, but it’s not something that the human brain, groomed by thousands of years of evolution and genetic transition comes hard-wired to do.Notwithstanding that, reading is essential in modern society. But given human background, it’s not surprising that many people have trouble with a skill that so many others regard as basic.And because it’s so basic and important, the Jacksonville Bar Association has set out to do something about it. At the invitation of Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson and Board of Governors member Hank Coxe, JBA and legal community representatives last month asked the board and lawyers statewide to help in the battle against illiteracy, particularly dyslexia, by joining a literacy speaker’s bureau.“Not only does literacy help our citizens function in society, but we see overwhelming evidence that illiteracy endangers public health and public safety,” said JBA President Reggie Luster. “A shocking 47 percent of our population is functionally illiterate, meaning those individuals cannot read well enough to fill out a job application. Our goal in this community is to make sure that literacy is a priority.”U.S. Middle District Judge Tim Corrigan said he has a selfish reason for joining the literacy effort. He noted he regularly has to sentence 18- to 21-year-old defendants to lengthy prison sentences and a common factor is their poor reading skills.“Eighty-five percent of juvenile delinquents have reading problems and many high school juvenile delinquents read below the fourth-grade level,” Corrigan said.Several programs around the country have found success in combating delinquency by teaching those kids to read, he noted.“Improving literacy is one effective way to improve the quality of life not only for those directly affected by these problems but for the community as a whole,” Corrigan said. “The Florida Bar, local bar associations, and lawyers individually as leaders in our community have a unique opportunity. . . to take a leadership role on the literacy issue.”Laura Bailet, a Ph.D. who works on reading problems with the Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, provided information about the latest research on dyslexia.“What is dyslexia? It is a neuro developmental reading disorder. It is caused by subtle malfunctions in the brain,” Bailet said. “It is not caused by brain damage; it is not caused by low IQ. It is fundamentally a language-based disorder. It is not caused by a vision problem.”New MRI technology, which images the brain as it works, has actually shown differences in brain functions between dyslexic and nondyslexic people, with the dyslexic brains showing similar attributes, she said. What that research has shown is with specialized training, the dyslexic brains begin functioning more like regular brains as reading skills improve.“Reading is an unnatural act,” Bailey explained. “There are certain basic functions that our brains are genetically hard-wired for — learning to talk and walk. Reading is not one of those skills.”Studies have shown that about 17 to 20 percent of all children have serious reading problems, and another 20 percent have significant difficulties, she said, adding that’s about the same percentage of third-graders who had trouble with the state’s FCAT test. Most of those children are not receiving the special training or instruction that would help them. Preschoolers with dyslexia can be identified, and the earlier special training begins, the more effective it is, she said.Fourth Circuit Judge Karen Cole, who is heading up the literacy effort, said lawyers are needed because of their advocacy skills. A speakers’ bureau is being set up as part of the dyslexia campaign.“By combining the talents of lawyers, judges, physicians, and psychologists, we can ensure that all of our children know how to read,” Cole said.She said the literacy advocates hope to present their case to a meeting of voluntary bar leaders and to Florida Bar members at a statewide Bar meeting.Shortly after the meeting, Cole announced that 11th Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman and First Circuit Judge Marci Goodman have volunteered to coordinate speakers’ bureau efforts in their respective circuits.For more information contact Judge Cole at (904) 630-7154, Luster at (904) 354-0104, JBA Executive Director Diane Gill at (904) 399-4486, or Alan Pickert, chair of the JBA’s literacy project, at (904) 632-2424.last_img read more