Lifebuoy emphasises the vital importance of maintaining hygiene precautions such as handwashing with soap, social distancing and mask-wearing, as well as accepting vaccinations when offered

Lifebuoy’s latest public service announcement reminds us all that whilst we wait for the vaccine roll-out to take effect, handwashing and mask-wearing are still our best allies in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.

The massive geographic variations in how the pandemic has hit different countries has been a defining feature of the Covid-19 crisis throughout the past 18 months, with waves of infections rising and falling at different times in different parts of the globe. It is certain that the vaccine roll-out, and our gradual unlocking back to normal life, will be equally uneven.

However, there is one constant: WHO and health experts universally agree that the pathway out of the pandemic will depend on vaccinations going hand in hand with maintaining effective … Read more

I like to invest in a bucket of growth stocks alongside other equities in my portfolio. 

With that in mind, here are two high-growth stocks I’d buy for my portfolio today. 

High-growth stocks to buy 

The first company on my list is Cairn Homes (LSE: CRN). This Irish-based home builder has reported impressive growth over the past five years. Total revenues have increased from just €4m in 2015 to €435m for 2019. 

Revenues dropped in 2020, but they are expected to return to growth in 2021. Analysts reckon the company could print revenues of €529m in 2022, a multi-year high. 

At the same time, group profits could surge to €59m, outpacing 2019’s high. While these are just forecasts and, as a result, subject to change, I think they show the company’s potential. 

However, despite its growth outlook, the stock is currently changing hands at a 2022 price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple … Read more

Nestlé will also further promote sustainable livelihoods and the respect of human rights

Nestlé has announced that it will move beyond protecting forests to restoring them and helping them thrive, as part of its efforts to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. With its new forest positive approach, the company will also further promote sustainable livelihoods and the respect of human rights.

These actions build upon a decade of work to end deforestation in Nestlé’s key forest-risk commodities. In fact, 90% of those key ingredients—palm oil, sugar, soy, meat as well as pulp and paper—have been assessed as deforestation-free as of December 2020.

The company has used tools, such as supply chain mappings, certification, on-site verification and satellite monitoring services like Starling or Global Forest Watch, to achieve this result. In addition, the company also collaborated with farmers, farming communities and suppliers on the ground.

“To meet the world’s food needs … Read more

By: Carol Thomas, Senior Vice President at Ferrilli

When colleges and universities went remote due to COVID-19, many were quick to temper expectations of a lasting shift toward distance learning. But while demand for the on-campus experience is expected to remain strong in the post-pandemic era, evidence suggests that remote learning and instruction will indeed play a larger role as well.

Back in the fall of 2018, data from IPEDS already showed that “more than 6.9 million students, or 35.3% of students in the nation, were enrolled in distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions.” Since the pandemic began, that momentum hasn’t slowed. A Digital Learning Pulse survey released in April 2021 shows that 73 percent of college students either “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that they will take online courses in the future.

As a result, institutions are now recognizing the need to upgrade remote student experiences that were — … Read more

Regular readers of my articles will know I’ve been following Saga (LSE: SAGA) shares closely over the past 14 months.

In the second half of last year, I became cautiously optimistic about the outlook for the company. The pandemic decimated its cruise ship business, but the over-50s travel and finance specialist still had a high customer support and brand recognition level.

I thought this support and brand recognition would help the business recover as the economy started to reopen. 

Initial indications seemed to suggest that’s what’s happened. After coming close to collapse last year, the company is reporting increasing demand for its cruises. Moreover, after several years of restructuring, its financial division is also returning to growth. 

And after watching the company restructure and rebuild, I plan to buy Saga shares for my portfolio. 

Restarting 

One of the reasons I haven’t rushed to buy Saga shares despite the company’s … Read more