I’m following Warren Buffett’s tips to get my portfolio in shape

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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: The Motley Fool 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.center_img As I write, there are 77 companies on the London Stock Exchange whose shares have risen by at least 100% since the start of the year. In my experience, volatile conditions like this don’t always end well. To make sure my share portfolio is in good shape to face a possible slump, I’ve been following Warren Buffett’s tips for investors.Billionaire Buffett is widely seen as one of the world’s most successful investors. His company Berkshire Hathaway has delivered an average yearly gain of about 20% over more than 50 years. My aim is to build a portfolio like Buffett’s, that delivers reliable growth and income for many years. Here’s how I’m doing it.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…Not a popularity contestBuffett is fond of quoting his mentor Ben Graham, who once said that “in the short run, the market is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine.”What he meant was that over short periods, share prices can be influenced by fashions and bubbles. But over longer periods, companies tend to achieve a fair value based on their ability to generate reliable profits.I think this tip is particularly relevant right now. In my view, we’ve seen a lot of voting in the market this year. One extreme example is loss-making US retailer GameStop, whose share price rose from $39 to $347 in one week in January. It then crashed to $50 over the next two weeks. Right now, GameStop shares have bounced back and are trading at $191. But unless this company delivers a pretty amazing turnaround, I think the stock is still seriously overvalued.On the other hand, FTSE 100 consumer goods group Unilever has seen its share price move by just 3.5% so far this year. Buffett once tried to buy Unilever, which I see as a quality business. In my view, Unilever’s flat price is an example of Graham’s weighing machine in action.Don’t be afraid to sellBuffett also famously said that his number one rule of investing is never to lose money. Of course, like all investors, he’s made some wrong calls over the years. What distinguishes him from some less successful investors is how he handles bad investments.Here’s what he has to say on this subject: “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.”What this Buffett tip means is that investors shouldn’t fall in love with shares. I try to look at the stocks in my portfolio with fresh eyes and ask myself if the investment case is working out in the way I hoped. If it isn’t, then I think about selling.The best Warren Buffett tip?I want to wrap up with a quote that I think could be the best Buffett tip of all time: “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”In a rising market, it’s fairly easy to make money and look successful. But market conditions aren’t always this good. When conditions get tougher, the market starts to punish companies that are losing money or have too much debt.That’s why I’m focusing on buying shares in quality businesses with a long record of profitability. I don’t want any sleepless nights next time the market crashes. I’m following Warren Buffett’s tips to get my portfolio in shape Roland Head owns shares of Unilever. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). The Motley Fool UK has recommended Unilever and recommends the following options: short January 2023 $200 puts on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), short June 2021 $240 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), and long January 2023 $200 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). 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. Enter Your Email Address 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. Roland Head | Saturday, 29th May, 2021 last_img read more

Boiler up: UW set for Purdue

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoFor the third consecutive season, the Badgers have exploded out of the gate, exceeding all expectations with a surprisingly good start to their football season.However, third-year starting quarterback John Stocco knows all too well that as quickly as fans jump on the bandwagon of a team headed toward apparent success, they can jump right off it with one bad loss.”In this league, you can’t make a mistake against anybody, really,” Stocco said. “The thing about winning is when you keep winning, the games keep getting bigger and bigger, so that’s something that we understand and we just have to keep pushing forward.”And evident from UW’s 2004 loss at Michigan State and the 2005 loss at Northwestern, the Badgers have shown a propensity to lose to potentially weaker opponents on the road, derailing each respective season in one way or another.”We talk a lot about finishing,” Stocco said. “A lot of times, I think it’s just how the schedule goes, if you lose your first two games and win the rest of them, people will be talking about how great of a season you had, whereas if you lose one or two at the end, people will talk about the collapse and things like that.”While Wisconsin (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) has not reached that climactic end of the season just yet — which will include games against Penn State and at Iowa — the Badgers have a chance to prove what they’re made of with a crucial road game at Purdue (5-2, 2-1) Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.Perhaps the most intriguing matchup will be the Boilermakers’ pass offense versus the Badgers’ pass defense. Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter threw for a career-high 431 yards last week against Northwestern, a lofty accomplishment for playing in Joe Tiller’s pass-happy system.With the effort, Painter moved into third place in the country with 2,218 passing yards on the season. The Boilermakers rank fourth in Division I-A football at 327.1 yards per game through the air, largely due to junior wideout Dorien Bryant (41 receptions, 545 yards, three touchdowns).”Painter is a player that can definitely throw the football,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s got more than a covey of receivers to throw to as well as the tight ends and the running backs. The thing I’ve kind of seen with Painter is he’s probably beginning to get more like [ex-Boilermaker standout Kyle] Orton was. He’s a guy that really can throw the short pass and the intermediate pass with a good amount of accuracy.”However, Painter and his wide receivers will have their hands full with a UW secondary that has improved with each week and is making a name for itself as one of the stingiest in the nation. Wisconsin ranks ninth in the NCAA in scoring defense (12.7 points per game), sixth in total defense (240 yards per) and, most importantly, third of all teams in defending the pass (a paltry 123.1 yards per contest).So, with two powers colliding, UW defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said the Boilermakers will prove to be one of Wisconsin’s biggest challenges thus far in the season, at least from an aerial-attack standpoint.”They present a lot of challenges,” Cooks said. “Obviously, they’re leading the conference in a lot of pass categories, they’ve got some great wide receivers, the quarterback’s playing well.”The Boilermakers are averaging a smidgen under 40 pass attempts a game, far and away tops in the Big Ten. Comparatively, Stocco and the Badgers have thrown less than 25 times per game.”Any time you’re going to [see that many] passes per game, you better make sure that you’re where you need to be,” Cooks said. “They do a lot of different things on offense in the passing game, and we just got to be ready for the challenge.”Cooks said the game plan won’t change, Wisconsin will continue to play defense the way it has on the way to the 6-1 start.”We’ve made plays against everybody. We’ve just got to make more plays than we lose,” Cooks said. “The guys will be patient, we’ll try to challenge them when we can and do different things to help us out back there.”On the other side of the ball, Stocco leads an upstart offense against a suspect Purdue defense (last in the Big Ten in both scoring and total defense), along with running back P.J. Hill, only one of two backs in the country to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards so far.When asked if there was something special about this year’s Badger team, Stocco simply said the players continue to take things one day at a time and not think about past letdowns or possible future events.”Our mind is just on Purdue right now and that’s all we want to think about, we just know that there’s a lot of things that we have to pick up,” said the senior quarterback. “[This season is] what we make of it, we just got to stay focused. … We’ve just got to come out with a great attitude and just keep going.”last_img read more

Farmers’ Cooperative Establishes Oil Palm Nursery for Farmers

first_imgThe oil palm nursery in LiberiaOver 4000 oil palm seedlings (young plants) are currently on nursery in Bellemu, Panta District, Bong County, to be distributed to local farmers for cultivation.The business manager of the Panta Multi-purpose Cooperative Society (PANFAMCOS), Isaac B. Yarkparwolo, made the disclosure to the Daily Observer Farmer Desk on Tuesday, January 21, at his office in Bellemu Town in an exclusive interview.Mr. Yarkparwolo stated that the oil palm seedlings are intended to empower local farmers, who have developed interest in growing oil palm in Panta District and its environs.Oil palm (Elaesis Geineensis) is a native crop of Equatorial Guinea. When planted, it gets matured within three to seven years depending on the varieties.It can be planted early April to May.  Mr. Yarkparwolo said that more than 187 farmers from nine communities in Panta district are expected to benefit from the seedling distribution.“Beginning April to June of this year, farmers should have gotten hold of their supplies of oil palm seedlings,” he disclosed.According to him farmers will be obligated to pay back the value of the seedlings in cash at a minimum rate, which he could not say.He stated that his cooperative has received supports from an international NGO, Winkrock to enhance oil palm production in his district.He disclosed that the initiative to grow oil palm started immediately after the civil crisis.“Having realized the need for self employment, we taught of organizing farmers in the district in 1997 to prioritize the production of the crop to earn income. Today many of the farmers have begun to harvest and process palm nuts for market.He mentioned that this process has helped to reduce poverty in the lives of many farmers.“Many farmers including myself, have owned properties just from growing oil palm,” he declared.On the constraints face by farmers, Mr. Yarparwolo told the Observer that they  have serious challenges with marketing the oil that is processed. “We are no longer exporting oil out of the country, so our revenue base has dropped,” he stated. He added that all the oil they process from the palm is consumed right in Liberia.“There is a need that the government thinks seriously about creating market for our produce to encourage more farmers in the business.Moreover, he added that getting improved seeds to nurse is another major challenge.“The Central Agriculture Research Institute(CARI) must now began to provide seeds for farmers in the country,” he noted.He disclosed that due to lack of improved oil palm seeds in the country, farmers buy seeds from La Côte d’Ivoire at exorbitant cost.Meanwhile, the PANFAMCOS business manager also disclosed that his cooperative is also involved into rubber crop farming as well as food crop.But he strongly noted that the monopoly in the rubber business poses a serious a problem for rubber farmers in the country.“Our persistent calls to the government are that the moratorium on the exportation of unprocessed natural rubber should be lifted to allow farmers to make more money and improve their lives. Firestone Rubber Plantation cannot be the only buyer of rubber from farmers. There must be other companies to compete with Firestone to have attractive prices for the purchase of the product,” he stressed.He went as far as criticizing the government for not ensuring that rubber produce in the country by Firestone other companies is processed to create more jobs for the citizens.“We cannot understand why Liberia being the largest producer of rubber in the world is yet to add value to the product,” he said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more