Forget gold and Bitcoin. I’d use the stock market crash to buy cheap shares to get rich

first_imgForget gold and Bitcoin. I’d use the stock market crash to buy cheap shares to get rich There are a wide range of cheap shares available to buy, even after many companies have experienced a rally following the stock market crash.Certainly, there are risks ahead that may account for lower valuations. However, over the long run, the performance of today’s undervalued shares could be relatively strong.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…As such, they may offer a superior risk/reward outlook than popular assets such as gold and Bitcoin.Buying cheap shares after the stock market crashThe idea of buying cheap shares may currently be viewed as less attractive by some investors because of the 2020 stock market crash. Certainly, a recovery has taken place over recent months. However, the potential for stock markets to fall quickly is likely to remain at the forefront of many investors’ minds over the coming months.This may be a reason why some companies have low valuations at the present time. Weak investor sentiment, coupled with uncertain near-term operating conditions, means many sectors contain cheap stocks.In some cases, their low valuations are deserved. But, in others, they have solid financial positions and the potential to expand their competitive advantages over the long term. This may mean that as well as being cheap shares, they have valuations that don’t take into account their future prospects.Long-term recovery potentialToday’s cheap shares could offer sound recovery prospects. The track record of the stock market shows  it’s always experienced cycles. At times, this has meant sharp declines in a short space of time, such as that experienced in the 2020 stock market crash.However, its overall trajectory has been an upward one in recent decades. Therefore, it seems likely stock prices will move higher over the long run. Investors who use a buy-and-hold strategy on a diverse portfolio of stocks should benefit from an upward trend over the coming years.Of course, cheap shares may offer greater scope for capital growth than the rest of the stock market. They may stand to benefit most from factors such as an improving economic outlook and stronger investor sentiment. Therefore, their prospects may be relatively positive as a recovery from the stock market crash likely continues.Avoiding gold and BitcoinCheap shares may offer higher returns than gold or Bitcoin. Both assets have risen in price during the course of 2020, while many stocks have failed to do likewise. In gold’s case, its price may now factor in an uncertain economic environment and low interest rates. As a result, there may be limited scope for further growth.Bitcoin’s value is very difficult to quantify because it lacks fundamentals. Therefore, its current price may lack a margin of safety. Over time, this could lead to relatively disappointing performance versus a portfolio of today’s undervalued stocks. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Peter Stephens 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Peter Stephens | Saturday, 12th December, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

US – Sinclair anti “fake news” campaign threatens channels’ editorial independence

first_img Receive email alerts Organisation April 6, 2018 US – Sinclair anti “fake news” campaign threatens channels’ editorial independence WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Media independence Freedom of expression RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is disturbed by the recent anti “fake news” campaign that Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest broadcast companies in the United States, has imposed on anchors of its local news affiliates. The campaign, which denounces “fake stories” in the national media, threatens the editorial independence and credibility of these local outlets. Screenshot: Deadspin News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Media independence Freedom of expression News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more In a video that went viral on March 31, dozens of news anchors from Sinclair-owned local TV stations recite an identical speech denouncing biases in national media. While the speech was aired during each local station’s news hours, it is actually a Sinclair-mandated script, one of a number of “must-run” segments that the broadcasting company has pushed on its local news affiliates in recent months. At one point, the script reads: “Some members of the national media are using their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’ … This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.” “This latest move by Sinclair to push anti-media rhetoric out through its local affiliates during news broadcasts is a threat to the editorial independence of these channels and the journalists they employ. The campaign is even more concerning given the high level of trust Americans place in their local news outlets,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “This is a harrowing sign of just how far President Trump’s use of the term ‘fake news’ is spreading to de-legitimize critical reporting in the United States.” While representatives from Sinclair have reiterated their company’s “commitment to reporting facts” as the intent of this campaign, criticism has come from members of Congress, reporters, and current and former company employees. Aaron Weiss, a former news director at a company-owned television station, told CNN: “The problem with what Sinclair does is, they co-opt the credibility that local anchors have built up in their communities over years and decades, and use that credibility to promote a political agenda.” A 2017 Morning Consult/Politico poll found that more registered voters trust their local news outlets to report the truth than national news. Sinclair owns the largest number of local television stations in the United States, and the company is currently involved in a proposed $3.9 billion deal to buy out Tribune Media. The purchase would provide the company with an additional 42 television stations, leaving Sinclair with more than 200 news television stations nationwide. In response to the campaign, some of the company’s employees have expressed their disapproval or even resigned from their positions, and at least one affiliate channel has refused to air the segment. However, current and former employees have shared with the press evidence demonstrating a work environment that makes it difficult for staff to express concerns or even to leave the company, and Sinclair often imposes editorial influence on how its local affiliates present stories and graphics, including deleting comments from affiliates’ online content before web editors address it. Some employees for company-owned TV stations are also required by a “liquidated damages” clause to pay 40 percent of their annual compensation if they choose to leave their position before the end of term, and a noncompete clause bars them from signing contracts with competitors for six months after terminating their agreement, according to contracts reviewed by Bloomberg. Other employees have shared excerpts from employee handbooks that say the company “may monitor, intercept, and review, without further notice, every employee’s activities using Company’s electronic resources and communications systems.” And while legal experts say this is standard contract language, Sinclair employees told The Huffington Post the workplace culture has made them “particularly mindful” of these policies. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. last_img read more