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I’d buy the Standard Life Aberdeen share price for its fantastic 9% dividend yield

By on July 5, 2021

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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 now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The Standard Life Aberdeen share price was hammered during the March stock market crash. There is no shame in that. Plenty of other top FTSE 100 stocks also took a beating.The fund manager’s stock has started to recover, but I still think it offers an attractive buying opportunity today. Especially since the group is standing by its dividend (unlike many FTSE 100 companies) and yields almost 9%.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…Standard Life Aberdeen (LSE: SLA) struggled to convince investors that the 2017 merger between Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management will pay dividends. The group suffered teething problems, including a costly dispute with Lloyds, and so far the expected synergies and savings have yet to justify the link-up.Standard Life Aberdeen share price reboundsIn early March, the group reported a 12.5% fall in annual fee-based revenue to £1.6bn, despite improving investment performance. Then came the Covid-19 crash. The Standard Life Aberdeen share price collapsed by almost half, hitting just 174p at the market low on 23 March.At The Motley Fool, we believe the most exciting time to buy top FTSE 100 stocks is right after they have been hammered by a crash. Those who bought on that dip will have been rewarded, as the stock is up a third since then. However, do not despair if you missed that opportunity, it still trades well below its valuation before the crisis.Better still, investors enjoy more dividend visibility. Last month, the group said it was pressing ahead with its £300m final dividend payment. Investors will have been delighted by chairman Sir Douglas Flint’s protective attitude towards the group’s 1m private investors. As he made clear, many are retired and dependent on dividend income to get by.He also made it clear that the group is in a position to make the payment, helped by selling investments in India. That left it with £1.7bn of surplus capital at the time.A top FTSE 100 income stockThat leaves the Standard Life Aberdeen share price yielding a hugely generous 8.9%. Dividend cover is thin at 0.9 times earnings, so in the longer run, investors will want to see those earnings pick up. But Flint’s words suggest the dividend will not be scrapped lightly.Standard Life Aberdeen does look slightly expensive, trading at 17.5 times forecast earnings. You have to take valuation metrics like the P/E ratio with a pinch of salt these days, but if that worries you, there are cheaper FTSE 100 stocks out there.The next leg of the stock market recovery could prove tricky as the scale of the looming recession sinks in. However, the group may benefit from its Asian expertise, as this region seems likely to lead the recovery.The Standard Life Aberdeen share price looks tempting, if you take a long-term view. You don’t get many dividends like this right now. Harvey Jones | Monday, 25th May, 2020 | More on: SLA “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. I’d buy the Standard Life Aberdeen share price for its fantastic 9% dividend yieldcenter_img 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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RSF welcomes Twitter’s clampdown on robotized censorship

By on June 12, 2021

first_img Twitter is setting stricter boundaries on bots, programs often used by press freedom’s predators to amplify their propaganda and to harass journalists An estimated 48 million accounts on the microblogging platform are thought to be fake and managed by bots. However, according to Twitter’s announcement on February 21, sending retweets, likes, or follows from multiple accounts simultaneously will now be forbidden. Users will no longer be able to disseminate content from dozens of accounts with a single click. “We welcome Twitter’s decision, as bots are often used by predators to artificially amplify their propaganda and to discredit journalists,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology Bureau. “Such robotized censorship enables authoritarian regimes to silence dissent. Bots are used, for example, to create huge volumes of complaints about posts by journalists so that they are blocked on abusive content grounds. We have also seen how they are used to harass journalists by, for example, automatically retweeting death threat hashtags.” Robotized censorship is a disturbing phenomenon that works against the freedom to inform, and platforms must combat the massive use of automated fake accounts. RSF nonetheless points out that anonymity and the use of an account under a false name is often the only way journalists can share information in countries in which security concerns prevent them from revealing their real identity online. Organisation PredatorsInternet PredatorsInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails Twitter’s announcement that it is setting stricter boundaries on bots – programs that generate automated posts from multiple accounts. Press freedom’s predators often use these fake accounts both to amplify their propaganda and to harass journalists. center_img News RSF_en February 28, 2018 RSF welcomes Twitter’s clampdown on robotized censorship Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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