The bells rang and we moved into 2018 with the FTSE 100 closing at an all-time high. This is the second year in a row that the FTSE 100 has ended the year at its highest level.
The final session of the year saw the FTSE 100 close at 7,687.77, which was 4.9% higher than the November closing figure of 7,326.67. This meant the index enjoyed growth of 7.6% in 2017, following its close in 2016 at 7,142.83.
Despite falling slightly in the final session, in the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its general upward momentum, closing the year at 24,719.22. This was 1.8% above November’s closing level of 24,272.35 and was the ninth straight monthly gain, leaving March as its only losing month in 2017.
Over the full year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average enjoyed growth of an amazing 25.1% over its closing figure in 2016 of 19,762.60.
In terms of £ Sterling, it ended the year at 1.35 US Dollars. While this was unchanged from the end of November, it was 9.5% higher than the closing figure in 2016 of 1.23 US Dollars.
Against the Euro, £ Sterling ended the year at 1.13 Euros, which was fractionally lower than the November closing figure of 1.14 Euros. During 2017, the pound fell 4.1% against the Euro, having started 2017 at 1.17 Euros.
Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH), remained unchanged at 2.8% (this is based on November’s data which is reported in December). The 12-month for the Consume Price Index (CPI) rate which excludes owner occupied housing costs and council tax, was 3.1% in November 2017, up from 3.0% in October 2017. This is the highest it has been since March 2012.
The increase in interest rates during November helped long-suffering deposit savers slightly. However, they continue to lose money in real terms when you consider the rate of savings interest compared to the rate of inflation.
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