My 3 favourite dividend shares right now

first_img 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. In my own portfolio, I have a fairly healthy mix of investments for income and for growth. Naturally there is crossover – I want my dividend shares to have growth potential, and I usually like my growth shares to pay a dividend. Adhering to my own set of criteria for choosing income shares, here are my personal top three choices right now.BAE SystemsBAE Systems (LSE: BA) has been a key component of my portfolio for many years. It has been a solid performer, in a sector that is less prone to rapid fluctuations. That makes it defensive, in both senses of the term.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…Its current yield of about 4.5% is by no means the largest out there, but it has been consistent. I also feel that in times of risk, like we are in now, BAE’s prospects seem fairly secure. The UK government, for example, announced its intentions last year to increase defence spending.Of course no share is without its risks. My main concern across most sectors right now is the potential for a global recession on the back of Covid-19. BAE makes much of its money from exports to other nations. This could be at risk for its profits and share price.BPAnother share that has been in my portfolio for a while, BP (LSE: BP), has growth as well as income potential, I believe. However the growth side is probably the riskiest aspect. Oil prices have bounced back somewhat from last year’s lows, but any global recession could put a halt to this.In terms of dividend shares, however, I think BP is a strong play. Despite cutting its dividend last year, and seeing its share price recover a lot of ground, it is still yielding about 5%. It also has a pretty solid record of dividend payments. If its income stream remains stable, I am sure its dividend payout will as well.GlaxoSmithKlineWith Covid-19 vaccines dominating news headlines for months now, it is no surprise a pharmaceutical firm makes it onto my list. In terms of dividend shares in the sector, GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) comes out ahead in the majors, offering a yield of about 5.5%.Though I don’t expect GSK to benefit directly from the vaccines, I suspect the sector, as a whole, should do going forward. It looks almost certain that Covid-19 will be with us for some time. Treatments, vaccines, and government support should help bolster the sector.Again, no investment is without its risks. As with the others, I think global recession is the biggest one for GSK at the moment. Big Pharma suffers from the purchase of non-branded versions of their drugs in countries like China.In times of recession, this becomes an even bigger problem, and one that governments may be less inclined to stop. Making medicine more expensive for the poor does not play well politically. 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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. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Enter Your Email Address Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today…last_img read more

Bom successo! Fine & Country grows in Portugal

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Bom successo! Fine & Country grows in Portugal previous nextAgencies & PeopleBom successo! Fine & Country grows in PortugalUK agent operation continues to make inroads into country’s luxury market.The Negotiator17th August 20170595 Views Fine & Country has opened its 12th Portuguese office, Fine & Country Lapa joins the offices in Comporta, Porto, Estoril, Chiado Lisbon, Marques do Pombal Lisbon and six locations along the Algarve.The new office has been established by Charles Roberts and Nuno Durão, Managing Partners of the company’s Portuguese operation.The Lapa office will be run by Manager Pico Durão who will work alongside four members of staff. The office will be branded as Fine & Country with the same décor as the existing Portugal offices.Lapa is one of the most sought after residential areas of Lisbon with many of the properties having river views.Charles says: “Every day the Fine & Country brand is becoming more established in Portugal. The growing worldwide strength of the brand is an essential for our business along with the tremendous back up support that we get from the Head Office in London in marketing, IT and Public Relations.“[The brand] is synonymous with quality and credibility, core elements of our corporate philosophy.”Fine & Country Portugal Fine & Country Portuguese office August 17, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Festivals Of 2017

first_imgAs the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the wild ride and whirlwind that was 2017. For this series of Live For Live Music staff picks, we’ll be reliving many of the glorious musical moments from the past year. We’ve already taken a look at a select few of the awesome jams, bust outs, and live covers that went down this year, and today, we’re revisiting our staff’s favorite music festivals of 2017. Enjoy!L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Jams Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Bust Outs Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Live Covers Of 2017Suwannee Hulaween | Spirit of Suwannee Music Park | Live Oak, Florida | 10/27-29, 2017Over Halloween weekend, musicians, artists, and costumed revelers descended on The Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, for the 5th annual Suwanee Hulaween. Building off host-band String Cheese Incident‘s long-running cover-centric Halloween tradition, promoters Silver Wrapper Presents, Paul Levine, and the amazing dedicated staff at Suwannee have transformed Hulaween into one of the best festivals on the calendar. A combination of factors—the right venue (the incomparable Suwannee), time of year (fall hoodie season), holiday (Halloween), and hosts (SCI)—have allowed this festival to grow organically, and as a result, this year’s event marks the first ever sell-out at the music park, with Suwannee hosting 20,000 fans for the weekend this year.This year’s event had several exciting moments, including Phish bassist Mike Gordon‘s surprise sit-in with The Benevento/Russo Duo, Umphrey’s McGee’s jaw-dropping cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd, a sit-in from The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner with Spafford, and a stand-out set from Portugal. The Man. The festival also hosted the String Cheese Incident’s “Night of the Loving Dead”-themed spectacle set, where the band covered Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, and so many more. Check out our full list of “Best Things We Saw At Suwannee Hulaween” here.You can also watch Greensky Bluegrass dedicate a 20-Minute “Bring Out Your Dead” to a random EDM fan; The String Cheese Incident debut a Beats Antique collab; Ween’s festival-closing set at the Amphitheater Stage; Tank And The Bangas’s heart-warming performance; Mike Gordon’s entire jam-packed set; The Benevento/Russo Duo’s entire reunion; The Nth Power’s tribute to Bob Marley; and Run The Jewels’ set. Ain’t no place like Hulaween! Brooklyn Comes Alive |Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Schimanski | 9/23-24, 2017In September, the third-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three beloved venues in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski), bringing with it a stacked lineup featuring once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, tribute sets, and all-star supergroups. Over one hundred artists were brought together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers, with more than thirty-five sets taking place across the festival’s two full days of music.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive pushed the boundaries of a traditional music festival. By taking some of the most talented artists from our favorite bands and grouping them into dream collaborations–almost like a fantasy sports league–Brooklyn Comes Alive succeeded in creating a highly unique and memorable weekend of musical community and camaraderie that proved to be far greater than the sum of its (already fantastic) parts.Some of our favorite moments included when Scott Sharrard, Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico from moe., Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy, Joey Porter from The Motet, Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier, Dave Harrington, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and more played tribute to the Allman Brothers Band; members of moe. & Aqueous performed as “moe.queous”; James Casey, Natalie Cressman, Felix Pastorius, & more covered SBTRKT; members of The Motet, Trey Anastasio Band, & more played the music of Jamiroquai; George Porter Jr., Skerik, and Mike Dillon explored the far reaches of funk; Hayley Jane’s epic tribute to 90’s female rockers; the debut performance of Matador! Soul Sounds featuring members of The New Mastersounds and Soulive; and Roosevelt Collier and members of Snarky Puppy’s Get Down Set.For a set-by-set breakdown of all the happenings at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, click here. The Peach Music Festival | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 8/10-13, 2017Since its inception, The Peach Music Festival has quickly become one of the most beloved music festivals of the summer. The festival has become known as an Allman Brothers Band extended family gathering, with each rendition boasting an enviable lineup that frequently taps members of the band and their various side projects. This year, during what has undoubtedly been a difficult year following the tragic losses of Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman, the festival put together a special tribute set featuring friends and family from the ABB lineage.The master and former ABB keyboardist Chuck Leavell (currently with The Rolling Stones) led the tribute as musical director, alongside ABB members Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quiñones. The tribute also saw performances by Butch’s nephew and Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks; Gregg’s son, guitarist Devon Allman; former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson; rising guitarist and vocalist Marcus King; WSP guitarist Jimmy Herring (who once toured with ABB in 2000); keyboardist Bruce Katz (who has toured with both Butch and Gregg’s bands and Les Brers); Lamar Williams Jr., son of former bassist Lamar Williams and vocalist of Les Brers; guitarist Pat Bergeson of Les Brers; musical director of the Gregg Allman Band and guitarist Scott Sharrard; GAB keyboardist Pete Levin; Berry Oakley Jr., son of original ABB bassist Berry Oakley; and Butch Trucks’s son and guitarist Vaylor Trucks. To say the least, it was magical.  Enjoy the audio from the set here.This year’s festival also included two nights from heavy-hitters Widespread Panic (highlighted by sit-ins from Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and Marcus King), My Morning Jacket (who played “Sweet Melissa” by the Allman Brothers Band), two sets from Umphrey’s McGees (who welcomed The Turkuaz Horns), two sets from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce with Chaka Khan, as well as a set from Gov’t Mule & Friends, featuring John Scofield, Marcus King, Jack Pearson, Chuck Leavell, Marc Quiñones, Jimmy Herring, John Bell, and more. Butch’s final project, Les Brers, also performed a similar set of ABB homage on Sunday afternoon, closing an epic weekend of ongoing respect. Videos of Les Brers’ set can be found here. All in all, Peach Music Festival provided a fantastic spread of jam band favorites. We can’t wait for next year! Dominican Holidaze | Breathless & Now Onyx | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | 12/1-5, 2017One of the best parts of going to a music festival is the element of escape. Cloud 9 Adventures brings that part of the experience to a whole new level with their season of destination music festivals. Dominican Holidaze places itself at the top of our list, as its relaxing nature mixed with its intimate setting welcomes the best of times. The all-inclusive resort(s) allow for comfort, luxury, and full-on rage, with beach and pool-side stages only steps away from your room, and restaurants galore.We danced in the sand and relaxed in paradise as Umphrey’s McGee (x3), STS9 (x3), The Disco Biscuits (x3), GRiZ , Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lotus , The Motet, TAUK, Spafford, Sunsquabi, Wolf + Lamb, Brendan Bayliss (Poolside Set), and a free-form jazz improv set with Alana Rocklin of STS9, Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee, and members of The Motet provided the ultimate soundtrack to our vacation.Especially in December, there’s nothing quite like Dominican Holidaze. Some of our favorite memories were when The Motet‘s horn section (Gabe Mervine and Drew Sayers) joined The Disco Biscuits for a cover of David Bowie‘s party classic “Let’s Dance”, and then again when the Motet’s horns, guitarist (Ryan Jalbert), and vocalist (Lyle Divinsky) joined TAUK later in the evening on Saturday night. Plus, on Sunday, Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss joined the Disco Biscuits on a cover of Prince’s “Controversy”. While the unique collaborations are certainly highlights, Dominican Holidaze is really about the vibe. We have a feeling that visiting the Dominican Republic in December will become a tradition for years to come!center_img See you in 2018! LOCKN’ Music Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/24-27, 2017LOCKN’, a 4-day music festival with an emphasis on world class music, locally sourced food, and sustainability, is held annually at the Infinity Downs Farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Central Virginia. For its fifth year, the festival unveiled massive improvements to the site that made for the best event yet, and all those who attended the 2017 event agree that they are for the better. Event organizers changed the layout of the venue to just the Downs area, drastically improving sight lines and helping to create a more centralized environment for attendees to get around. The Blue Ridge Bowl was re-equipped to hold both the Main Stage and Relix Stage, allowing for easier foot traffic between the two.With the horrific events that took place in Charlottesville, only a short 45 minutes away, earlier in the week before the festival, positive vibes and celebration of music could not have happened at a better and more needed time. Many attendees wore purple, as well as purple ribbons, in remembrance of Heather Heyer, who lost her life during the Charlottesville attack. The vibe around the venue felt like a giant hug of love and acceptance, no matter what your background, making for a truly interlocking musical event for the entire music community.There were so many magical moments that filled our heart, including when The String Cheese Incident welcomed members of Umphrey’s McGee for an Allman Brothers Band cover; My Morning Jacket’s Jim James joined Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for a Jane’s Addiction cover; Bob Weir joined Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for five whole songs; DJ Logic and Bob Weir jammed together in a special VIP set; Phil.moe. welcomed Bob Weir, Grahame Lesh, members of The Revivalists, and more for a heart-warming set; Bob Weir and Phil Lesh welcomed Joe Russo, Grahame Lesh, & Elliott Peck at the VIP Set; Gov’t Mule’s Led Zeppelin collaborations with Ann Wilson; Bob Weir and The Avett Brothers’ full set together; Phil Lesh & Warren Haynes’ masterful “New Minglewood Blues”; and, of course, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, & Nicki Bluhm’s Triumphant “Terrapin Suite”. It doesn’t get much better than LOCKN’. We can’t wait to find out what’s in store for 2018!last_img read more

Could Lakers land Phoenix’s Goran Dragic in free agent market?

first_img“I’m really happy here in Phoenix and they have given me everything I have ever dreamed,” Dragic said in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group. “I feel like I’m at home here. But I’ll explore my options.”Would one of those options include the Lakers? “It’s not just L.A. I think it’s everybody,” Dragic said. “Back in Europe, there are bad teams financially and teams that aren’t organized. But every team in the NBA is a good organization.”But not every team has Kobe Bryant, who currently plans to play the final year of his contract for the 2015-16 season. “Any player that is one of the best players in the league would be cool to play with. Kobe is a legend,” Dragic said “I know how awesome it is to be around those superstars. If you’re patient enough and you listen, you learn a lot.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Although Lakers coach Byron Scott views Dragic out of the top-five in NBA point guards, he still gushed about Dragic’s lethal outside shooting and driving abilities. Dragic has ranked seventh among shooting guards in scoring (16.9 points per game), second in field-goal shooting (50.9 percent) and ninth in assists (4.1). Dragic has fulfilled that job description despite mixing between playing off-the-ball and sharing ball-handling duties with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas.“I’ve been more patient and I feel more comfortable,” Dragic said. “You never know who’s going to get the ball and who’s going to push and who’s going to run. That messes up the opponent because you have three ball handlers. Sometimes it’s tough to stay in front of them.”Meanwhile, the Lakers are on pace to finish with their worst record in L.A. franchise history. Among the many reasons involves the team’s poor point guard play. Contracts will expire for Ronnie Price and Jeremy Lin, a tandem that ranks 27th out of 30 NBA teams in point guard production in points (16.3), 22nd in field-goal shooting (40.8 percent) and 20th in assists (8.1). Steve Nash will presumably retire, a storied 19-year career with two NBA MVP awards and a third-place standing on the league’s assist mark slightly soiled because of a season-ending back injury. The Lakers will owe Phoenix their first-round pick this season if they finish above the bottom five stemming from the Nash trade in 2012. That deal paved the way for Dragic to return to the Suns as their starting point guard after spending the previous two seasons in Houston. “When he went to L.A., I think everyone expected he would be the real Steve Nash. Unfortunately with all the injuries he had, he couldn’t show the people in L.A. that,” Dragic said. “That’s the hardest part for any athlete, including Steve. You want to play. But you can’t because your body doesn’t allow you to anymore.”Dragic reported Nash sounded in positive spirits after talking to him about a month-and-half ago. “He’s relaxing,” Dragic said. “He’s finding different things than basketball. That’s a good thing to do. After your career, you need to know what you’re going to do.”Yet, Nash has sparked criticism for his prolonged absence from the Lakers with one year left on his contract. “Steve was always here with the team,” Dragic said. “It’s really tough to say something, though, because I don’t know the situation.”Instead, Dragic reflected on how Nash helped him, including how to shorten his dribbles, running pick-and-rolls and eating healthy. “I kept wondering, ‘How does this guy eat?’” said Dragic, who noticed Nash’s diet often involved salad, chicken and rice. “When I started talking to Steve, he told me if I wanted to play as long that I would have to start eating healthy.”Dragic soaked in enough of Nash’s feedback to become a key reserve in the Suns’ run to the 2010 Western Conference Finals against the Lakers. That featured a contentious matchup with former Lakers guard and Slovenian rival Sasha Vujacic, something Dragic said “the media hyped.” Instead, Dragic reflected on why the Suns lost to the Lakers in six games.“Kobe,” Dragic said. “I remember we were all watching tape and we said, ‘Grant Hill plays such amazing defense on Kobe and he still scores over him.’ He’s that kind of player that can always make tough shots. Unfortunately, he made every shot against us.”Bryant and Dragic will try to provide that threat tonight for their respective teams. Nearly six months await before finding out whether they can provide that job description wearing the same purple and gold uniform. Staff writer Chris Trevino contributed to this reportcenter_img PHOENIX — The moment seems far away, leaving Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic preferring to focus on the challenges that immediately face him.Dragic has spent the 2014-15 season both adapting and thriving in the Suns’ unconventional and lethal three-guard offense. The Suns (24-18) host the Lakers (12-29) Monday at U.S. Airways Center in what represents a three-month fight to secure a Western Conference playoff spot. Yet, Dragic will soon experience something perhaps more challenging than when the native Slovenian arrived to the NBA after the San Antonio Spurs selected him 45th overall in 2008 before trading his draft rights to the Suns. Then, Dragic struggled both with speaking English and adapting to a physically intimidating league he never experienced in Europe. Shortly before July 1, Dragic will opt out of his $7.5 million player option with the Suns to become an unrestricted free agent. Then, Dragic will learn how much his third-team All-NBA honor, 2014 Most Improved Player award and crafty playmaking will attract on the open market, something he said will force him to make “the toughest decision in my life.” last_img read more