The Motley Fool

5 FTSE 100 shares to buy in a stock market crash

The content of this article was relevant at the time of publishing. Circumstances change continuously and caution should therefore be exercised when relying upon any content contained within this article.

This week, equity markets have encountered a high level of volatility. In the short term, this may continue and we may see something like Wednesday’s fall below 7,000 (and subsequent recovery) again. For long-term investors, I think such a mini stock market crash — and any potential bigger crash — could present an opportunity to snap up some FTSE 100 shares at discounted prices. 

With that in mind, here are five blue-chip stocks I would buy for my portfolio. 

5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50

Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic… and with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.

But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be a daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.

Fortunately, The Motley Fool UK analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global upheaval…

We’re sharing the names in a special FREE investing report that you can download today. And if you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio.

Click here to claim your free copy now!

Stock market crash bargains

The first company on my list is the real estate investment trust British Land. Figures show that workers are returning to offices, and consumers have returned to bricks-and-mortar stores around the UK. Rent collection by commercial property landlords is also returning to pre-pandemic levels. 

Nevertheless, shares in British Land continue to trade below the level at which they started 2020. I think this could be an opportunity for me to buy this portfolio of high-quality commercial property assets at a discount. Challenges the company may face include further coronavirus restrictions, which may lead to another dip in rent collections. 

I would also use the stock market correction to snap up shares in FTSE 100 banks Standard Chartered and NatWest.

The former offers a way for investors to build exposure to the global economy and economic recovery. It has a network of offices around the world, with a focus on emerging markets. It has also been building out its wealth management division, which has more substantial margins than the traditional banking business in recent years.

Meanwhile, NatWest is a UK-focused lender, which should benefit from a UK economic recovery. Over the past 24 months, the group has suffered a high level of turbulence, but it exited the coronavirus crisis with a strong balance sheet, and profits are now returning to growth. 

Both of these lenders should also report additional growth if interest rates start to rise. That said, if interest rates are held at record low levels or even fall into negative territory, both lenders could suffer. 

FTSE 100 recovery stocks

I think a stock market mini crash could also provide an excellent opportunity to buy FTSE 100 recovery stock Intercontinental Hotels. The travel and tourism industry was brought to its knees by the pandemic. It is now starting to recover.

With its stable of well-known and international brands, I think Intercontinental is one of the best ways to invest in this recovery. That is why I would buy the stock for my portfolio. 

However, this is not a risk-free investment. It may take years for the travel and tourism industry to recover to 2019 levels of activity. Therefore, this investment may not be suitable for all. 

Finally, I would buy the buildings materials supplier CRH. As the world rebuilds from the pandemic, demand for building materials is exploding. The company is already benefiting from this trend, and its share price has responded positively.

However, in the recent stock market dip, shares in the FTSE 100 company actually crashed, falling by more than 10%. As such, I think this is an opportunity to buy a growth business at a discount valuation. Challenges it may face as we advance include higher wage costs and price inflation of materials. 

One Killer Stock For The Cybersecurity Surge

Cybersecurity is surging, with experts predicting that the cybersecurity market will reach US$366 billion by 2028more than double what it is today!

And with that kind of growth, this North American company stands to be the biggest winner.

Because their patented “self-repairing” technology is changing the cybersecurity landscape as we know it…

We think it has the potential to become the next famous tech success story.

In fact, we think it could become as big… or even BIGGER than Shopify.

Click here to see how you can uncover the name of this North American stock that’s taking over Silicon Valley, one device at a time…

Rupert Hargreaves owns shares of British Land Co. The Motley Fool UK has recommended British Land Co, InterContinental Hotels 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.

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.

Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.