Could the FTSE 100 be set for its best May ever in 2020?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Alan Oscroft | Monday, 4th May, 2020 20187,5097,678+169+2.3% Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. While that might not be sufficient data to work out long-term trends, it doesn’t support the idea that shares fall in May. There’s volatility for sure, but the overall May trend seems to be positive. The average May gain for the FTSE 100 over the past five years comes out at 0.67%.Cracking FTSE 100 returnIf you could secure a consistent monthly return on your investments of 0.67%, you’d be earning 8% per year. So, at least over the past five years, May has outperformed the FTSE 100 average. Perhaps not a month to be selling, then.If there ever was much of a drive to sell in May in the past, I suspect investors are now becoming more rational and putting the idea behind them. After all, these old stock market sayings stem from days long gone. Stockbrokers wore suits and braces, and departed their desks for the summer for the racing season. Then, when days started to get gloomier, they got back to the business of creaming fat fees off other people’s money.Today, stockbrokers are mostly made of computer chips and work on just a steady supply of electricity. And they charge far less in fees. So maybe there’s no logic to it now?Sell this year?Even if selling in May ever made sense, it surely can’t be a good move in May 2020, can it? On 1 May this year, the FTSE 100 started out at 5,901 points, its lowest since 2012. That’s already 17.6% up since the low of 4,899 set when the rush of the Covid panic was in full force in March.No, I think the odds are surely in favour of a positive May this year. If there’s any signs of let-up in the coronavirus lockdown before the end of the month, we might see some nice gains.But I say the best thing to do is forget where the the FTSE 100 might go from month to month. Instead, seek top company shares at attractive prices, with a view to holding for a decade or more. 20197,4187,162-256-3.5% FTSE 100End AprilEnd MayChange% 20177,2047,520+316+4.4% Views expressed 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. 20166,2426,231-11-0.2% “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Alan Oscroft I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Entries open for JustGiving UK Awards 2014

first_img Tagged with: Awards Justgiving Howard Lake | 1 June 2014 | News “Over 800,000 people have used JustGiving to fundraise over the past twelve months, raising close to £300 million for the causes they care about.  The JustGiving Awards are our way of celebrating the amazing things people do to show they care. Each year we are overwhelmed at the response and the inspirational stories; it’s a real honour to be able to recognise these.” JustGiving is now inviting entries for its 2014 Awards, which will celebrate the achievements of the best of the 800,000 or so fundraisers who have used the online giving site in the past year.This is the fifth year that JustGiving has run its Awards programme, and this time the public gets to vote on the finalists. JustGiving will select a shortlist of finalists, and then the public will choose the winner in each of the eight categories.There is no charge to enter the awards, and any individual, charity or company that is registered on the site and has used it in the past year is eligible to enter.CategoriesThe eight categories in the JustGiving UK Awards 2014 are:[list type=”check”]Creative fundraiser of the yearEndurance fundraiser of the yearYoung fundraiser of the yearOutstanding commitment to fundraisingGiving app of the yearCharity of the yearSpecial recognitionCelebrity fundraiser of the yearFundraiser of the year (Grand Prix)[/list]Nominations close on 6 June 2014. You can nominate yourself. The shortlist of finalists will be announced on 20 June.The winners will be announced at an event on 25 September at the BFI Southbank in London.Anne-Marie Huby, MD of JustGiving, said: Advertisement  35 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Entries open for JustGiving UK Awards 2014last_img read more