Alan Oscroft owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays and 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. Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) has suffered more than most FTSE 100 stocks in the past few years. The bank’s share price did pick up in November, more strongly than the index itself. That reduced my losses, but the shares have slowly drifted back down a bit. So far this year, Lloyds is down 1.5%.That’s not much of a fall. But since the last day of 2020, The Footsie itself is up 4.5%. So why isn’t Lloyds sharing the same modest optimism?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…Part of it may be down to the remaining post-Brexit uncertainties having a negative effect on the banking sector. NatWest Group shares have fallen slightly further. Barclays shares are up a little, but still below the index.Though we did get a Brexit deal, it largely covers trade in goods. Services businesses didn’t get much of a look in. How they’ll be able to access the EU market remains to be hammered out. Still, since Lloyds has refocused on the UK market, I see little real effect from EU uncertainties. And I also see several reasons to be optimistic over the Lloyds share price in 2021.Lloyds share price recoveryThe November 2020 mini-recovery was welcome in the short term, and I think it tells us something about the long-term too. What I see there is pent-up demand. I reckon a lot of institutional investors want to get back into banking, and into Lloyds specifically. But I suspect they’re biding their time and waiting for the right moment.There’s another reason behind my optimism over the Lloyds share price in 2020. And that’s the dividend. Yes, I know there isn’t one after the PRA directed banks to withhold their payments during the Covid crisis. It was in fear of another banking meltdown. But that, thankfully, didn’t materialise. And the prohibition has now been lifted.So will the Lloyds dividend make a comeback in 2021? And, if so, how big is it likely to be? I agree with several of my fellow Motley Fool writers that a reinstatement is likely. But at what level is harder to guess. The 2019 final dividend fell victim to the PRA’s halt. But the total dividend for the year to December 2018 would yield a massive 9% on the current Lloyds share price.A boost from dividends?I don’t expect to see that much cash this year, probably not even close. In fact, I suspect Lloyds will approach its return to paying dividends with caution, just as it did when emerging from the financial crisis. When will we know? Pure speculation again, but I can see Lloyds being circumspect in the early months of the year.If there is an interim dividend, I’ll be surprised it’s anything more than a token. And even a final dividend is, I think, likely to be relatively small. But I can see a dividend, even a modest one, restoring some confidence in the bank’s long-term outlook and providing a boost for the Lloyds share price.Lloyds is the holding I’m most likely to top up in 2021. 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Howard Lake | 20 March 2017 | News Victim Support, the independent charity for people affected by crime, has this month launched its first digital fundraising campaign. It is keeping it simple by encouraging people to fundraise in any way they want provided it relates to the number 24.All funds raised will help ensure that their Supportline can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, hence the choice of number. This is a free national helpline that supports those who have been impacted by crime whether or not it has been reported and regardless of when it happened.The charity’s campaign follows the trend in virtual fundraising events, such as BHF’s MyMarathon, Brake’s virtual run, and the Children with Cancer UK Mr Men and Little Miss Virtual Run enabling people to take part at a time and place that they choose.Ideas for 24Victim Support has a number of suggestions for fundraising around the number 24.“You could stand on your head for 24 minutes, hold your breath for 24 second or eat 24 chillies. It can be weird, it can be whacky but it must be fun! ”However you take part, they invite you to share their exploits, tag two friends on social media to nominate them to do their own 24-related event, and then text MY24 to donate £5.The campaign began on 1 March. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Victim Support’s first digital fundraising campaign is all about 24 80 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: fundraising events virtual event 79 total views, 1 views today Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
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Napoli won the Supercoppa Italiana after triumphing in the penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw withJuventus on Monday.Rafael saved Giorgio Chiellini and Simone Padoin’s efforts from 12 yards at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha to give Napoli their first win in the competition since 1990 and deny Massimiliano Allegri his maiden piece of silverware at Juve.Two Argentina internationals had battled for the headlines before that, with Carlos Tevez netting twice for the Serie A champions and Gonzalo Higuain responding with a double for the Coppa Italia winners.A defensive mistake gifted Tevez the opening goal of the game – his 14th of the season in all competitions – after five minutes, the striker taking full advantage with a composed finish.Higuain levelled things up seven minutes after the hour, Tevez’s compatriot heading home his first goal in seven games.That forced extra time, where Tevez looked to have secured a seventh Supercoppa Italiana crown for Juve early in the second period, but Higuain had other ideas with a last-gasp strike to force penalties. In the shooutout, Tevez missed Juve’s first kick, but it was Padoin’s failure that gave Napoli victory – Rafael diving to his right to palm the ball away despite some earlier heroics from Gianluigi Buffon.The two sides now begin their mid-season break, but will face each other again in their second games back in January at San Paolo.Napoli made a shocking start to the match as some calamitous defending handed Tevez the breakthrough.Raul Albiol and Kalidou Koulibaly challenged each other for a header 20 yards from goal, the loose ball dropped to Tevez and he advanced before coolly slotting under Rafael.Napoli refused to let such a soft goal get to them and, after Jose Callejon had blazed over, Marek Hamsik was denied by the post. The Napoli captain brought the ball down well and unleashed a low shot that deflected off Giorgio Chiellini but, with Gianluigi Buffon beaten, struck the upright.Callejon should have brought his side level after 54 minutes following a pinpoint pass from Hamsik, the Spaniard controlling the ball perfectly only to drag his effort agonisingly wide.Napoli continued to enjoy the better of things and deservedly drew level after 67 minutes as Higuain guided home De Guzman’s left-wing cross.Neither side was able to find a winning goal inside the 90 minutes, but Tevez appeared to have earned the win in the 106th minute, collecting a pass from Paul Pogba and firing into the bottom corner.However, Higuain took the match to penalties with a poacher’s finish, the 27-year-old reacting fastest to poke Dries Mertens’ blocked shot beyond Buffon with two minutes remaining. Both sides missed their opening efforts but Juve fluffed their lines three times with the scores at 5-5, with Padoin’s miss proving decisive after Koulibaly had netted to make it 6-5.