The Standard Life share price has jumped: is there still time for me to buy?

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Image source: Getty Images 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. The Standard Life share price has jumped: is there still time for me to buy? The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar The Standard Life (LSE: SLA) share price has charged ahead of the market over the past 12 months. Since the beginning of March last year, the stock has added 33%, excluding dividends. Over the same period, the FTSE 100 has added just 13%. That suggests an outperformance, excluding dividends, of 20%. However, these figures only tell part of the story. Shares in the pension and wealth manager may have outperformed over the past 12 months, but the stock has lost 24% of its value over the past five years. The FTSE 100 has added 10% over the same time frame. Both of these figures exclude dividends paid to investors. 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…Nevertheless, despite this long-term underperformance, the outlook for the Standard Life share price seems to be looking up. And with that in mind, I’ve been taking a closer look at the stock to see if it could be worth adding to my portfolio. Standard Life share price outlook The financial services group has struggled over the past few years. In a world of low-interest rates, Standard Life has been fighting its competitors for market share. Against deep-pocketed competitors like Legal & General, the organisation has struggled. Still, the group has made some progress. Under the stewardship of its new CEO Stephen Bird, the company has set out in a new direction. It agreed to sell its Standard Life brand to insurer Phoenix Group in February. This follows the sale of its European and UK insurance businesses to Phoenix in 2018.Following these deals, the group’s operations will be focused on asset management. I think this is a sensible move. Standard has previously offered the kind of life insurance products that can be incredibly capital-intensive, which restricts the company’s ability to grow. In my opinion, by focusing on asset management, the group should have more flexibility.According to its latest trading update, assets under management and administration fell by £10bn to £534.6bn for the year to the end of 2020. Fee-based revenue fell 13% to £1.4bn, largely from clients switching to lower-fee assets and a scheduled withdrawal of assets by Lloyds Banking Group. Overall, profit for the year fell 17%, and the company slashed its dividend as a result. Company challenges Standard plans to double down on its asset management business going forward. But the company’s 2020 results show the challenges the group faces. It faces an uphill struggle to attract customers from lower-fee competitors. In the most optimistic scenario, if the firm can attract customers from competitors, profits could increase steadily over the next two years. This may lead to continued outperformance for the Standard Life share price. On the other hand, if outflows continue, the group’s stock may underperform. Considering all of the above, I think this is a turnaround opportunity. As such, I wouldn’t buy the stock today. The way I see it, while Standard’s decision to streamline its business will help the company focus on growth, there are plenty of other competitors out there chasing the same market.Therefore, I think the business may continue to face challenges, and its returns may lag the broader market. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. 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. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 | More on: SLA last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s adds two administrators

first_imgWith the new year underway, Saint Mary’s College welcomed administrative change at the start of the spring 2015 semester. The single office once dedicated to “Student Involvement and Multicultural Services” is now split and led by two new directors, Brittany House and Gloria Jenkins.“They provide different services and opportunities for students,” sophomore Lydia Heller said. “Now that the offices are separate, they will be able to cater to more people on a more detailed level.”Heller said she believes the combination of offices will have a positive impact on the College.Saint Mary’s newest administrators said they expect the positive impact of their offices to extend to the students and themselves.“I enjoy working at smaller, private liberal arts colleges, and I wanted to work for a women’s institution,” House, the new director of Student Involvement, said. “When I interviewed here, everyone was friendly and genuine. I was impressed — and still am — by the students I met during my interview. Their maturity, dedication, and intelligence are inspiring.”Both Jenkins and House were introduced to the College just last week, but both said they found Saint Mary’s appealing because of its identity as a liberal arts college and the character of its faculty, staff and students.“[The campus] made a very good impression,” Jenkins, the new director of Multicultural Services, said. “The mission and the values, everything that [students] do here.”Jenkins said she intends to actively reach out to the women of Saint Mary’s College and cater to their needs.“The most important thing is making time for the students, getting to know them and trying to find out how in my role I can help the students and meet the mission of the institution as well,” Jenkins said. “I want to find out how our offices can better serve the students.”Since Jenkins started her new role, she said she finds fulfillment in realizing her mission.“My highlight of my workday is just meeting all the great students and having the opportunity to sit down and talk with them,”  Jenkins said. “I’m someone that really believes in serving others and mentoring women leaders. Whatever the needs are, that’s my job to do those needs.”Both offices, though similar in services offered to students, have different ways of implementing their ideas through the focus of their respective offices, House and Jenkins said.“The Office of Student Involvement will work with students and student organizations both,” House said. “In my role as director, I plan to be interacting with students through the programs and events our office will be hosting.”House said she is especially excited to help with the College’s annual spring festival Tostal this semester.Jenkins said she is particularly interested in “working on the Belles Connect Scholars Program.”Both halves of the former office have an open-door policy meant to encourage students to engage in the planning of college events.“I’m always open to ideas and suggestions from students on the types of programs and events they would like to see on campus,” House said.“We will be working closely together,” Jenkins said.  “We will be continuing to work and collaborate together. We’re partners in making sure that there’s a good campus life on campus and that we meet the needs of the students.”Tags: Brittany House, Gloria Jenkins, Office of Multicultural Services, Office of Student Involvementlast_img read more

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Stay a little longer for an adventure in Southern West Virginia

first_imgGet your pulse racing in Southern West Virginia! Paddle raging whitewater rivers, go off-roading on an ATV and hike twisting trails to amazing views. Mild or wild, there’s an adventure here for everyone.Whitewater RaftingSouthern West Virginia is home to some of America’s best whitewater. From the mild UpperNew to the raging Gauley, there’s a whitewater trip here for every type of adventurer.The New River is considered to be one of the oldest rivers in the world and features twosections – the Upper and the Lower. A trip on the Upper New River is the perfect family-friendlywhitewater adventure. Gentle class I – III rapids and rippling shoals make this trip exciting forkids! Or, kick things up a notch with a trip on the Lower New! This section of the river featuresclass III-IV rapids that create huge, splashing waves and incredible excitement.The Gauley River, also known as The Beast of the East, features class III – V rapids. Thisextremely technical stretch of whitewater hits peak season in the fall, when Summersville Damis opened and water from Summersville Lake rushes into the Gauley, creating the biggestwhitewater on the East Coast and a thrilling ride for everyone.ATV AdventuresRev your engines! Southern West Virginia is home to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. Morethan 700 miles of off-road adventure wind through our mountains. Get dirty and take in themountain views from the trails. Along the way, discover ATV-friendly communities and smalltowns full of charm and heritage.Stunning ViewsNo matter where you go in Southern West Virginia, there’s a gorgeous view waiting to bediscovered. Hiking trails here will lead you along wooded paths, past waterfalls, and wildflowers,to beautiful mountaintop scenery. We’re home to many state and national parks full of hikingopportunities. In fact, the Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge National River was namedthe Best National Park Hike in America by USA Today voters in 2015. Hit the trails and getinspired by nature.With so much to do, looks like you’re going to need a few extra days. Stay a little longer anddiscover your next adventure in Southern West Virginia.last_img read more

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Baines plans for life after playing

first_imgEverton defender Leighton Baines has said he will walk away from football when the time comes for him to retire. The 29-year-old England left-back, who signed a four-year contract extension in January to end any speculation over his future, will not be hanging up his boots any time soon but admitted when the time does come, he would “like to do something else”. Ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, Baines told the Daily Mail: “As much as I love it – the reason I don’t watch or read about it now is because I am giving everything I can to it – any bits of time that are my own, I come away from it. “So when I finish, I think I will get that passion back as I won’t be involved in it. “I reckon I would go back as a fan but I’d like to do something else. I just want to try a different world, with different people, different experiences. “It’s not that I’m not grateful for what I do now, I just want to try to do something different. “I have always been thinking about the next move because it wouldn’t be a good move for me not to have a job or not have to get up to do something. “The scary bit comes when the football stops, the kids are grown up and they don’t rely on you. “I’m aware that when I stop playing, I’m going to have to roll into something else. It wouldn’t be healthy for the alarm to go off and not have something to do.” The Toffees, who take on the Reds on Saturday lunchtime, have not won an away fixture against Liverpool for 15 years, drawing eight and losing eight of their 16 games since, including a 4-0 hammering last season. They go into the match on the back of last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace at Goodison Park for what will be Baines’ 288th club appearance. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Why is Maroon 5 performing at Super Bowl 53? Explaining the 2019 halftime show controversy

first_imgMORE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME:Five worst performances | Five best performancesAs a result, the decision to go with Maroon 5 garnered a polarizing response from the public. The NFL attempted to offset the criticism by inviting rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, an Atlanta native, to perform alongside Adam Levine and Co., but both artists were facing pressure to decline in a show of solidarity with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is involved in a high-profile collusion case against the league. Nonetheless, the show will go on.The NFL’s premier event has featured some of the biggest names in music overs the years, and Maroon 5 will join that exclusive club come Feb. 3, for better or worse. Here’s everything to know about Maroon 5 and why they were chosen for the halftime performance.Who is Maroon 5?Maroon 5 is a pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles. The group has released six studio albums, winning three Grammy Awards. Its most recognizable member is lead vocalist Adam Levine, who is also a judge on the NBC singing competition series “The Voice.” Some of Maroon 5’s hit songs include “Moves Like Jagger,” “Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)” and “Sugar.”Other artists considered for the Super Bowl 53 halftime showIn October, Billboard reported that at least three artists declined invitations to perform at halftime of Super Bowl 53. Those who passed on the opportunity include Rihanna, Pink and Cardi B. Rihanna refused as a sign of support for Colin Kaepernick, whose protest of racial and social inequality has been a focal point of discussion in the NFL for more than two years. While Cardi B is featured in one of Maroon 5’s latest songs, the singer will reportedly not make an appearance. She, too, has voiced support for Kaepernick in the past, most recently at the 2017 MTV VMAs. Pink sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 2018 and was in negotiations to perform at halftime of Super Bowl 53, but she ultimately dropped out due to reported contractual complications.Who else is performing with Maroon 5?Along with Maroon 5, the NFL announced Travis Scott and Big Boi would also be featured during the halftime performance. Scott released his third studio album “Astroworld” in August. Big Boi is best known for his time as a member of Outkast with fellow Atlanta-based artist André 3000.  When the NFL formally revealed Maroon 5 will be performing at the Super Bowl 53 halftime show, it invited … less than favorable reviews.The announcement came after months of speculation that the pop rock band would be headlining the show in 2019. But with Atlanta hosting this year’s Super Bowl, many thought the league would select an artist who represents the area’s deep roots in rap, hip hop and R&B. When is the Super Bowl 53 halftime show?Kickoff for Super Bowl 53 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Expect the game to actually start closer to 7 p.m. after the conclusion of the national anthem and the rest of the pregame program. That means halftime should arrive around 8:30-9 p.m., depending on pace of play.Do performers get paid for the Super Bowl halftime show?It’s complicated, but the short answer is no. The NFL covers all “expenses and production costs” but does not pay artists a wage, league spokesperson Joanna Hunter explained to Forbes in 2016. Those expenses can vary year to year. Beyonce’s show in 2013 cost a reported $600,000, per Forbes, but other reports have given much higher estimates for more recent shows, including $10 million for Katy Perry in 2015.So the halftime show is basically one big, free concert to promote an upcoming album or tour, and the financial benefit for such exposure is unquantifiable. Most artists see a large spike in record sales and endorsements immediately following their performances.last_img read more

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