Here’s how I’d invest £5,000 today

first_img See all posts by Roland Head Image source: Getty Images Here’s how I’d invest £5,000 today Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The UK stock market traded near record highs following December’s Conservative election win. But I think it’s fair to say there’s still a high level of uncertainty over the outlook for the economy and the potential impact of Brexit.Despite this, I’m continuing to put money into the stock market. Returns on cash are so low that for long-term investors I think it makes sense to stay fully invested. In this article I’ll highlight five FTSE 350 stocks on my buy list at the moment.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…Asia focusAfter a tough few years, the outlook finally seems to be improving for Asia-focused bank Standard Chartered.The bank’s profitability is improving and underlying pre-tax profit rose by 16% to $1.2bn in the third quarter of 2019. CEO Bill Winters reported growth in all parts of the business and across all regions.Shareholders are starting to benefit — Standard Chartered bought back $1bn of shares during the third quarter, and the shares offer a forecast yield of 3.4% for 2020. I think there’s more to come and welcome the Asian exposure. I remain a buyer.A good year for UK plc?If you think that the UK economy is likely to remain strong in 2020, then FTSE 250 firm Howden Joinery Group might be worth considering.This well-run business supplies kitchens to tradesmen, avoiding the costly overheads of selling to retail customers. Howden’s business model gives its depot managers plenty of freedom to maximise the profitability of their branches. The firm’s financial performance reflects this, with annual returns on capital employed of about 40%.A slowdown in consumer spending is a risk, but performance remained strong last year. Although the stock looks pricey on nearly 20 times forecast earnings, I think that’s reasonable for such a profitable business.Boring but essentialFTSE 100 packaging group Mondi makes a range of cardboard and plastic packaging products for industrial and consumer goods customers. The firm is aiming to improve the sustainability of its operations by developing paper-based replacements for some plastic items.The packaging sector has been out of favour over the last year, but prices are starting to pick up now. I think it could be a good time to buy some shares in Mondi. The stock offers a 3.8% yield and looks affordably priced to me on less than 13 times 2020 forecast earnings.Profit from volatile marketsWe could see a spell of market volatility this year if global tensions continue to rise. One company that tends to perform well in uncertain markets is financial trading firm IG Group Holdings.I see this firm as a kind of hedging policy. IG’s trading clients struggle in a flat market, but tend to perform well when markets are on the move. Despite regulatory headwinds, this remains a very profitable business. With a 6% dividend yield on offer, I’d keep buying.Time for a holidayGlobal demand for cruise ship holidays keeps rising. The biggest company in this sector, Carnival, recently said that bookings for 2020 suggest record levels of occupancy.Rising costs are a potential concern, especially if oil prices spike higher. But City analysts expect modest profit growth in 2020 and believe the group’s dividend will be held. These forecasts price the stock on 11 times earnings, with a yield of 4.3%.I’ve been buying in recent months, as I see this business as a long-term winner.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival, Howden Joinery Group, and Standard Chartered. 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.last_img

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