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Stock market crash: 3 reasons why I’ll ignore the Lloyds share price for my ISA!

first_img Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. 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. 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. 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There are a number of reasons why I myself won’t be buying the FTSE 100 company for my own personal ISA, a few of which I discuss below.The rise of the challengersLloyds’ share price has shaken lower on expectations of a painful and prolonged economic downturn in the UK. The prospect of sinking revenues and soaring bad loans at this most-cyclical of stocks has exploded. The FTSE 100 bank’s woes will be compounded by the bloody conflict it’s fighting with the rising number of challenger banks too.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 growth of e-banking over the past decade has helped the digital-only operators like Starling Bank and Monzo balloon in popularity. They have built their operations from the ground up, meaning that the services and apps they offer are at the cutting edge of what customers want. And studies show that the challengers are catching up, or even beating, the established banks in certain areas of business. And the threat is only going to grow and grow.A weak housing marketA weakening homes market poses serious problems for Lloyds too. Sure, Zoopla data last week showed that the number of new property sales rocketed 137% since lockdown restrictions were eased. It’s likely that buyer interest will cool in the months ahead, though, as unemployment rises, job security falls and pay growth grinds to a halt.This is particularly problematic for Lloyds. It is the UK’s largest lender by some distance — it lent a whopping £13.8bn to first-time buyers last year — and therefore profits from its mortgage operations are critical in driving its overall bottom line. The bank’s huge mortgage customer base leaves it at the mercy of a flood of expensive home loan defaults in the near term and beyond too.Lloyds’ ditched dividendsLow interest rates over the past decade kept a lid on Lloyds’ earnings growth. But the fruits of its self-help drive following the 2008/09 financial crisis, allied with the decision to hitch its wagon to less-risky banking activities, gave it the strength and the confidence to pay big dividends.The bank’s progressive policy is in tatters following the Covid-19 outbreak, though, with dividends being sacrificed for this year in line with Bank of England demands. But what is the likelihood of shareholder payouts being reinstated in 2021? Not high, in my book.With interest rates heading lower, revenues expected to slump and bad loans poised to surge, profits at Lloyds could remain under pressure for some time yet. The bank is already highly leveraged and this will also curtail its capacity to restart its dividend policy.So why take a chance with Lloyds? Sure, its share price may still be close to trading at multi-year lows. But there are plenty of other FTSE 100 bargains that I’d rather buy for my own ISA, stocks with much better growth and dividend prospects than The Black Horse Bank. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Stock market crash: 3 reasons why I’ll ignore the Lloyds share price for my ISA! Royston Wild | Sunday, 21st June, 2020 | More on: LLOY center_img Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Norbert Leo Butz & Kate Baldwin to Reunite for One Night Only

first_img Star Files Butz earned Tony Awards for Catch Me If You Can and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His additional Broadway credits include Rent, Wicked, Thou Shalt Not, Is He Dead?, Speed-the-Plow, Enron and Dead Accounts. Baldwin earned a Tony nomination for Finian’s Rainbow. Her additional Broadway credits include The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. The original Broadway production of The Goodbye Girl opened on March 4, 1993 at the Marquis Theatre and starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short (in his Broadway debut). Directed by Michael Kidd with choreography by Graciela Daniele, the show ran for 188 performances and garnered five 1993 Tony nominations including Best Musical. View Comments Penned by Zippel, Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch and based on the Oscar-winning film, The Goodbye Girl chronicles the unlikely romance between Paula (Baldwin), a single mother who has been jilted one too many times by one too many actors, and Elliot (Butz), another actor, who shows up at her door—out of the blue—with a lease to sublet her apartment. The April 7 benefit concert will feature musical direction by Joel Fram and choreography by Lorin Latarro. Additional casting and the complete creative team will be announced soon. Recent Big Fish co-stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin are set to reunite for a one-night-only concert of The Goodbye Girl on April 7. Directed by David Zippel, the evening will take place at The Gerald R. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College in aid of the Actor’s Fund. Kate Baldwin Norbert Leo Butzlast_img read more

Vietnam probes possible human transmission of avian flu

first_imgJan 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Authorities are investigating the possibility of human-to-human transmission of avian influenza in two newly confirmed cases in middle-aged brothers in northern Vietnam, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.Tests have confirmed avian flu in a 46-year-old man from Thai Binh province who died Jan 9 and in his 42-year-old brother, a Hanoi resident who is recovering in a hospital, the WHO said. Earlier reports had said the older man (previously listed as 45 years old) had tested negative for the virus.The agency said the younger man might have acquired the disease from his brother—or both brothers might have been infected when they shared a family meal that included a dish containing raw duck blood and raw organs. Vietnamese officials are investigating the cases, the WHO said.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today said another brother, age 36, was also in a hospital with suspected avian flu. But the WHO said media reports of illness in the third brother have not been confirmed.The AFP story mentioned a possibility that the 42-year-old man became infected when he visited his older brother in a hospital.The WHO has warned repeatedly that the H5N1 avian flu could spark a pandemic if it acquired the ability to spread easily from person to person. All but one of the confirmed cases recognized in Vietnam and Thailand since January 2004 are believed to have resulted from exposure to sick poultry.A finding that the 42-year-old caught the disease from his brother, if it emerged, would not necessarily be a cause for alarm, the WHO said.”All evidence to date suggests that isolated instances of limited, unsustained human-to-human transmission can be expected from avian influenza viruses in humans,” the agency said. “Their occurrence does not call for any change in the present level of pandemic alert. Intensified surveillance for respiratory symptoms in close contacts of the two men has been initiated in both Thai Binh Province and Hanoi and it is reassuring that no cases of respiratory illness have so far been detected among these people.”Public health officials in Vietnam have repeatedly warned against eating food made with fresh duck blood or raw or inadequately cooked poultry products, the WHO said. The agency said people in all countries dealing with outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu should avoid such foods.Proper cooking of poultry—to an internal temperature of 70°C—destroys the virus, the WHO said.The two newly confirmed cases bring the total in Vietnam since mid-December to eight, of which seven have been fatal, the WHO said. The WHO case count currently lists 52 confirmed cases, including 39 deaths, in Vietnam and Thailand since January 2004.See also:Jan 21 WHO statement read more