The best UK bank shares to buy now

first_imgThe best UK bank shares to buy now “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images 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. Alan Oscroft | Monday, 10th May, 2021 UK bank shares have come storming back in 2021. And investors who bought during the slump will have done well. But will the recovery keep going, and which are the best banks to buy now?Checking back to mid-February, just before the crash kicked in, I’m surprised to see that Barclays shares are up 4% since then. Through such a dreadful period, I find that astonishing. And my Lloyds Banking Group shares, which crashed more than 55% at one point, have recovered to a far less painful 17% loss. HSBC Holdings, with its very different focus, is the poorest performer of these three, down 22% over the 15 months.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…I’ve liked UK bank shares for a long time (to my cost in recent years, admittedly). And I can’t help thinking we face attractive buying possibilities right now, even after the 2021 recovery. I see several different approaches, each with different merits.The first is Lloyds, which is very much a changed bank since I bought my shares. Following the banking crisis, and then Brexit, Lloyds is now a UK-focused retail operation. That means two key things to me, one positive and one negative. On the upside, Lloyds is much better insulated from global banking shocks now, and is no longer involved in the high-stakes, high-risk, investment banking business.UK bank shares diversitySo for those looking for UK bank shares, Lloyds is very much a UK bank. But the downside of that is 100% dependency on, and exposure to, the UK economy. Investors don’t get the safety through geographic diversification that comes with shares in international companies.The news might be full of predictions of big UK economic growth in 2021, but that’s after the hammering of 2020. Our longer term, post-Brexit, economy is still far from certain.Barclays took a different approach to the twin financial threats, and has retained its international outlook. It’s still big in investment banking too, and investors had hoped the big profit hikes being enjoyed by US banks would rub off.Sadly, first-quarter results didn’t impress, with revenue dipping 6%. The Barclays share price quickly shook off the disappointment, but there’s clearly some risk attached to buying at today’s relatively high prices.I do have it on my watchlist, though, as I see Barclays as a leader among UK bank shares. I’ll wait until I see what half-time results look like.Wider geographic exposureFor a very different geographic focus, HSBC looks like a decent candidate to me. But it’s not without its problems. It’s tied closely to the Chinese economy, which looks like a good thing while that’s booming.But while the rest of the UK banks might be much slimmed down now, HSBC has, for years, been looking a bit bloated. Work on restructuring and cost savings was impacted by the pandemic, but it should hopefully continue. HSBC does face uncertainty on the China and Hong Kong political front, mind.I reckon these three banks could further attract the bulls when their dividends get back in full swing. In fact, I think a good bit of the recent resurgence is probably down to improving dividend prospects. I’m seeing all three as long-term buys among UK bank shares. 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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Something to crow about: Holiday contest winners named

first_img12345PrevNextStartStop Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits However, all the scarecrows were winners in the friendly competition among downtown merchants.“The Scarecrow Decorating Contest was a lot of fun and generated a lot of interest and it brought a lot of people downtown,” Windham said. “And, those were the reasons for the contest. “Because of the limitations and restrictions of COVID-19, we have not been able to do a lot of the fun things downtown that we would normally have done. So, all along, we have done some little things to bring people downtown and have fun.” Shelters opening as Pike County braces for Zeta Shelters are opening across Pike County as residents brace for the arrival of Hurricane Zeta. The storm, expected to make… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Skip Published 5:34 pm Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Print Articlecenter_img You Might Like The City of Troy announced the winners of its 2020 Downtown Scarecrow Decorating Contest Wednesday afternoon.Leigh Anne Windham, City of Troy, congratulated the winners and expressed appreciation to all downtown merchants who participated and to the many who voted on their favorite scarecrows.The three “scary-crows” that received the most votes were, Confetti Crate, first place; Studio 80 Salon, second place; and Landmark Realty, third place. By Jaine Treadwell Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Windham said downtown Troy is the place to be any time and all the time. “We have a great downtown. We invite everyone to visit downtown Troy and see what all it has to offer.” Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Something to crow about: Holiday contest winners named By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more