How I’d invest £100,000 in FTSE 100 shares today

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If I was lucky enough to have £100,000 to invest in FTSE 100 shares, I’d approach today’s market with caution. I wouldn’t throw the lot in right away, even though the index has just flown past 7,000.My first step would be to slap £5,000 in a low-cost FTSE 100 tracker. That way some of my money will benefit from stock market growth and dividends, right away. 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…I might up that to £10,000, but no more at this stage. My big concern with paying in a fat lump sum is that if the stock market crashes next day, it’s going to hurt. That’s why I favour drip-feeding money into FTSE 100 shares, rather than throwing it at them.I’d buy a spread of the best sharesI’d buy a couple of utility stocks though. For example, National Grid and United Utilities Group both offer a solid dividend income, with minimal share price volatility or capital risk. The sooner I start generating that income, the better.I’d then look to divide my windfall into smaller sums, and feed them into FTSE 100 shares over several months. I’d take time to research individual company stocks, to build a balanced portfolio.I’d examine my existing portfolio to see what I already hold. Should I increase my exposure to the fast-rising financial sector by investing in, say, Barclays or Lloyds Banking Group? Or play the resurgent oil-price, by investing in the shares of FTSE 100 giants BP and Royal Dutch Shell? What about the booming commodity sector? Is now the time to fill my boots by investing in BHP Group and Rio Tinto?The answers will partly depend on how much I already hold in these FTSE 100 shares or sectors. I might prefer to load up on household goods suppliers Reckitt Benckiser Group and Unilever instead. These are all stocks I like, even though there are company-specific or sectoral risks attached to each of them.I’d buy FTSE 100 shares despite uncertaintiesNobody can reliably second-guess markets or sectors, so I’d aim to have a balanced exposure to all of them. That said, I do like to buy shares when they’re out of fashion, and therefore cheaper. So I might take a small chunk of my money and play the Covid recovery. FTSE 100 shares such as Cineworld Group, easyJet and Rolls-Royce Holdings have been hammered by the pandemic, but could snap back quickly if we are liberated from lockdown.FTSE 100 shares may be solid blue-chips with market-caps running into the billions, but they can still be volatile. I’d therefore aim to buy and hold for the long term, which would allow me to look beyond short-term stock market swings. Today’s stock markets have been inflated by fiscal and monetary stimulus unleashed during the pandemic. That explains why share prices are rising, despite the economic damage. I suspect that share prices may drop, possibly shortly, especially if mutant Covid strains threaten the recovery.Drip-feeding money helps to ease my concerns. I would take advantage of any dips, to buy shares at reduced prices. Then I’d leave my portfolio to grow for decades. That way I should be able to sleep easily, despite the short-term volatility. 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. 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Cuba rebuilds despite U.S. blockade

first_imgVenezuela’s first Hurricane Irma aid to Cuba is mattresses, water supplies and canned food. Armed with rubber boots and gloves, 68 U.S. activists will join the Che Brigade in Cuba on Oct. 1. Their voluntary work includes hurricane clean-up.Revolutionary Cuba’s record of mobilizing to defend its population from natural disasters was put to the test when, starting on Sept. 8, Hurricane Irma ravaged more than 200 miles of its north coast for three days. Hitting with 185-mph winds, Irma devastated the provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Matanzas and Havana.With Irma originally forecast to narrowly miss the island, the socialist government and its popular organizations placed more than 2 million people, including 14,000 tourists, into shelters in government buildings, schools and even mountain caves.The Guardian newspaper reported on Sept. 13: “The week before the storm hit, the island’s pharmaceutical industry was instructed to put other medicines on hold so as to manufacture and distribute hydration salts.“Tons of extra flour were distributed to state bakeries in the days before the hurricane struck. Authorities cut gas and electricity before the storm hit, but bakers in Havana’s Vedado district worked through the night, using a petrol generator and sometimes even firewood to keep production going.”Ten people were killed by the worst storm to hit the island since 1932. In Ciego de Avila province, a storm surge of 16 to 23 feet was recorded. (cnn.com, Sept. 9) Thirty-six-foot-high waves crashed over Havana’s Malecón seawall and sent rivers of seawater through wide swaths of the city.The storm severely damaged Cuba’s electrical network, water supply system and large parts of the island’s agricultural sector. It damaged 4,000 buildings, partially or totally destroying 1,200.Because of the U.S.’s 57-year unjust blockade imposed on Cuba, the country has inadequate resources to build sufficiently sturdy homes, let alone reinforce existing buildings enough to withstand these terrible storms — storms made more powerful by imperialist-spawned global warming. It will take time and tremendous effort to rebuild.Displaying international solidarityYet in a tremendous show of international solidarity, Cuba has already dispatched 750 doctors and other medical personnel to other hard-hit island nations in the Caribbean impacted by hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria. To combat earlier disasters, Cuba sent hundreds of medical professionals to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and to Liberia to help control the 2014 Ebola outbreak.Cuba’s offer to send medical assistance to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was rejected by Washington.Hours before Hurricane Irma struck Cuba, Trump renewed part of the U.S. blockade against it for another year. U.S. imperialism has refused to offer any kind of assistance to Cuba. And several days after the hurricane, on Sept. 19, Trump slandered the Cuban government in the U.N. General Assembly, calling it “corrupt” and “destabilizing.” He said that the U.S. will not lift its sanctions until Cuba undergoes “fundamental reforms,” which means, of course, regime change and the restoration of capitalism.The Cuban Foreign Ministry posted a statement denouncing and protesting Trump’s attack as “disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling statements.” (­reuters.com, Sept. 20)Although the Cuban government has created a special bank account to accept donations for hurricane relief, the blockade makes it difficult or impossible for people to donate, even from outside the U.S. The U.S. government has fined European banks for conducting financial transactions with Cuba, which has hampered previous donation efforts.Venezuela was the first country to send humanitarian aid to Cuba. Bolivia, China, Japan, Russia, Panama, Vietnam and Colombia, among others, have also sent assistance. (periodico.cu, Sept. 19)“During a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday [Sept. 22], Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said he wanted to express ‘profound gratitude for those who have offered to assist Cuba’ and offered to help hurricane victims in neighboring Caribbean islands to ‘the extent of our modest possibilities.’“‘I want to convey the testimony of the people of Cuba, who are currently carrying out a colossal effort to recover from the severe damages caused by hurricane Irma to housing, agriculture, the power system and other services,’ Rodríguez said.” (miamiherald.com, Sept. 22)It will be a critical task for activists in the U.S. to provide the best aid to Cuba in the face of the Trump regime’s hostile attacks against its people. Now is the time to use every effort to end the U.S. blockade once and for all.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more