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Forget buy-to-let and Bitcoin. I’d buy these 2 UK shares in an ISA today to retire rich

Peter Stephens
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Buying UK shares may not be as popular as investing in buy-to-let property or Bitcoin at present. After all, the stock market crash has caused sentiment towards a wide range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares to come under pressure.

However, building a portfolio of high-quality British shares now while they appear to offer good value for money could be a shrewd move. It may enable an investor to take part in a likely stock market recovery.

With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 shares that appear to offer capital growth potential. They could be worth buying and holding in a Stocks and Shares ISA.

Strong performance relative to other UK shares

Not all UK shares have declined in price since the stock market crash. Gold and silver miner Fresnillo (LSE: FRES) has gained over 100% since the start of the year.

It’s benefitted from rising precious metals prices. Investors have become increasingly concerned about the prospects for the world economy. Combined with low interest rates, this has increased the appeal of gold and silver.

Looking ahead, Fresnillo is forecast to double its net profit in the current year and next year. Despite its recent outperformance of other UK shares, it currently trades on a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of just 0.3. This suggests it continues to offer a wide margin of safety. And it may produce further share price growth.

The company’s recent updates have shown it’s making progress in improving its operational performance after a mixed couple of years. As such, it may offer impressive returns relative to other FTSE 100 shares over the long run.

A FTSE 100 total return opportunity

Unilever (LSE: ULVR) could also outperform other UK shares in the long run. This may make it a more attractive investment opportunity than Bitcoin and buy-to-let.

The global consumer goods company has reported a resilient performance in response to tough operating conditions. Its diverse range of products means that weak sales in areas such as ice cream has been offset by stronger performance elsewhere. This could make it a relatively less risky option through which to gain exposure to growing incomes across the emerging world.

Looking ahead, Unilever is expected to return to positive earnings growth next year. Although it has a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 21, its long-term growth potential suggests it currently offers fair value for money. Its focus on sustainability across its product range may improve its appeal among consumers and allow it to adapt to changing tastes.

The company’s dividend yield of 3.2% is currently beaten by the income returns of other UK shares. However, its dividend growth prospects, as highlighted by the 5.5% forecast growth in shareholder payouts next year, indicates it could offer impressive total return potential.

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Peter Stephens owns shares of Fresnillo and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fresnillo and Unilever. 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.

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