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The FTSE 100’s 18% decline since the start of the year may cause some investors to focus their capital on other assets, such as Bitcoin and gold.

While they may offer superior return prospects in the near term due to recent trends, the stock market has a long history of recovery. Furthermore, gold’s high price and Bitcoin’s lack of fundamentals may make them relatively unattractive.

Therefore, buying a diverse range of stocks such as the two companies discussed below could be a shrewd means of improving your financial future, and boosting your chances of retiring early.

FTSE 100 retailer Next

In fact, the business forecasts that even in its worst-case scenario of a 40% reduction in sales this year, it will remain profitable and in a position to reduce debt levels. This suggests that it could even grow market share at the expense of rivals that do not have the same balance sheet strength as Next.

Furthermore, the company has invested heavily in its online operations in recent years. It has strengthened its supply chain, and its online retail platform could be a means of accessing changing consumer trends as a higher proportion of shoppers use e-commerce facilities.

While the Next share price may come under pressure due to weak consumer sentiment, it appears to offer long-term recovery potential that could allow it to outperform the FTSE 100 in the coming years.

RBS

This has been reflected in its share price decline of 48% since the start of the year, with low interest rates likely to mean that its profitability comes under further pressure in the near term.

However, the bank’s recent quarterly update highlighted its improved financial strength. This could help it to overcome a challenging operating environment, while its medium-term plans to cut costs may lead to a more efficient and leaner business.

With RBS having recently traded at its lowest level since the financial crisis, it could offer a wide margin of safety that factors in the risks facing the FTSE 100 banking sector. While it is a relatively risky investment, it could nevertheless prove to be a profitable one over the coming years as the economy’s performance improves.

The post Forget gold and Bitcoin. I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 shares to get rich and retire early appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.

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