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FTSE 100 Closes Down by 15 Points

News - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The FTSE 100 closed down by 15 points, ending the day at 7,715, while US stocks increased slightly. GKN was one of the main stories of the day, producing improved forecasts. Barclays was another standout. The rest of the markets were subdued, however, and while the day’s results were weak overall, volatility was low as investors waited to see what would happen after the government shutdown.

Stocks vs Crypto for the Year Ahead

News - Monday, January 22, 2018

This year, the average investor faces some interesting questions. Would it make sense to invest in bitcoin, or would you be better off putting your money into shares? Bitcoin are highly volatile at the moment - having gone from $15,000 down to around $9,100 and then bounced part of the way back in the space of a week. The FTSE 100, meanwhile, is also volatile - not quite so much - but it’s had its difficulties recently after hitting an all time high and it’s been under-performing compared to some other markets.

Government Creates Task Force to Support Carillion Workers

News - Saturday, January 20, 2018

The government has set up a task force with the intent of supporting workers and businesses that have been affected by the collapse of the construction and outsourcing company Carillion. The company employed 46,000 people worldwide, and around 20,000 of those jobs are in the UK and are now under threat. They also worked with a huge number of outsourcing companies, who will now be facing financial issues because Carillion owes them a large amount of money.

Why Carillion’s Collapse Wasn’t the Fault of Banks

News - Thursday, January 18, 2018

As the markets digest the potential impact of the collapse of Carillion, it is easy to try to blame the failure of the construction and outsourcing giant on RBS. This would be a shortsighted view, however. The executives at the company have a lot of explaining to do.

FTSE Slips for Third Straight Day

News - Thursday, January 18, 2018

The fall-out from the collapse of Carillion is continuing, and is negatively impacting the FTSE 100, as the US markets saw some volatile trading, and a negative mood hit crypto-currencies too, with Bitcoin dipping to below $10,000.

Exploring the Carillion Crisis

News - Thursday, January 18, 2018

As the Carillion crisis unfolds, the official receiver says that the vast majority of the companies which used Carillion’s services wish to keep paying ‘in the interim’. Approximately 90 percent of the company’s private customers wish to keep paying staff, but there are still fears over Carillion job losses and sub-contractors are in a precarious position.

Carillion’s Collapse Puts 30,000 Firms at Risk

News - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The collapse of the construction giant and outsourcing company Carillion will affect up to 30,000 firms, potentially meaning that they collectively lose out on £1 billion in contracts. Thousands of jobs are at risk - Carillion itself has around 20,000 UK employees, and they work with numerous sub-contractors, as well as having joint venture partners.

London Markets Shed Recent Gains

News - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The FTSE 100 slipped back from its record high, in spite of some strength for companies such as GKN, because the news of the collapse of the outsourcing and construction major Carillion PLC weighed heavily on the minds of investors. The slip back was small, however, and the index is still hovering near its record.

Just Eat Makes Strong Gains

News - Friday, January 12, 2018

Just Eat helped the FTSE 100 climb to a new record high on Thursday, after Barclays informed investors that it thought that the forthcoming ban on credit card transaction fees might end up boosting profitability.

RBS Strong and Financial Stocks Support FTSE

News - Thursday, January 11, 2018

Financial stocks helped to shield the FTSE 100 from some broad weakness in the markets, as Royal Bank of Scotland proved to be a strong performer.

FTSE Hits Another All Time High

News - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The FTSE 100 has gained five percent in six months, to hit another all-time high. The UK’s leading index broke through the 7,700 barrier, showing that investor confidence remains strong. This is a long way from the 1,000 level that it held in 1984, and even though the FTSE 100 fell to 3,400 during the recent financial crisis, it has managed to enjoy a huge come-back. In the long run, it’s clear that shares are able to recover from even massive difficulties.

Centrica Recovers from Difficult 2017

News - Monday, January 08, 2018

As we head into the new year, Centrica has managed to shrug off last year’s poor performance, and the FTSE 100 as a whole surged to new highs. In 2017, Centrica was the poorest performer out of the blue-chips, but last week the company led the UK’s leading index to a record high.

FTSE Hits New All-Time High

News - Friday, January 05, 2018

The FTSE 100 has hit a new all-time high, and is looking set to continue to grow, as analysts feel satisfied that the world’s economy is about to enter a sustained expansion period.

Pound Gains and FTSE Slips

News - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The pound rose steeply against the dollar, while the FTSE 100 slipped during the first day back of trading following the New Year break.

FTSE Slips as Pound Increases

News - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The FTSE 100 got off to a weak start to 2018, as the pound gained strength against the dollar, hurting exporters.

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