FTSE Indices since 1985

Year FTSE-100 Index   FTSE-All-Share Index
 Index% ChangeTotal Return Index% ChangeTotal Return
2016714314.419.10 387312.516.75
20156242-4.9-1.32 3444-2.50.98
20146566-2.70.70 3533-2.11.18
2013674914.418.70 361016.720.81
201258985.810.00 30938.212.30
20115572-5.6-2.20 2858-6.7-3.46
201059009.012.60 306310.914.51
2009541322.127.30 276125.030.12
20084434-31.3-28.30 2209-32.8-29.93
200764573.87.40 32872.05.32
2006622110.714.40 322113.216.75
2005561916.720.80 284718.122.04
200448147.511.20 24119.212.84
2003447713.617.90 220716.620.86
20023940-24.5  1894-25.0-22.70
20015217-16.2  2524-15.4-13.30
20006223-10.2  2984-8.0-5.90
1999693017.8  324221.224.20
1998588314.5  267410.913.80
1997513624.7  241119.723.40
1996411911.6  201411.716.70
1995368920.3  180318.523.90
19943066-10.3  1521-9.6-5.80
1993341820.1  168223.328.40
1992284714.2  136414.820.50
1991249316.3  118815.120.80
19902144-11.5  1032-14.3-9.70
1989242335.1  120530.036.10
198817934.7  9276.511.50
198717132.0  8704.58.40
1986167918.9  83322.127.20
1985141314.7  68215.0

FTSE-100 reached 6930 on 30/12/1999 and fell to 3287 on 12/03/2003. Collapse after the dotcom bubble.
It reached 6730 on 15/06/2007 and fell to 3512 on 03/03/2009. Collapse following the global financial crisis.
It exceeded 7000 on occasions in the first half of 2015. Share price rises helped by low interest rate policies pursued by Central Banks.
It exceeded 7000 again in the last months of 2016. Share prices buoyed by the fall in sterling following the vote to leave the EU on June 23rd 2016.

So be cautious of equities, their volatility can be alarming to the small investor.

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