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The FTSE 100 celebrates its 30th birthday on January 3, we take a closer look at the UK’s leading index over the past three decades The FTSE 100 launched on January 3 1984 with a base level of 1,000, replacing the FT30 as the main indicator for the performance of companies listed on London Stock Read More

The launch of the FTSE 100 (FTSE Index: EO100.FGI – news) index 30 years ago signalled a new era for investors creating great wealth as well as causing mayhem. By Martin Vander Weyer Thirty years ago tomorrow, without much fanfare, “the Footsie” entered our national vocabulary. The FTSE 100 index of the 100 leading shares Read More

* FTSE 100 up 0.3 percent on Tuesday * Index up more than 14 percent in 2013 * Alpari targets 7,000 by end-March By Alistair Smout LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index closed out its best year since 2009 on Tuesday, inching higher in a shortened session before the New Year break. Read More

* FTSE 100 up 0.3 percent * Index up around 14 percent in 2013 * Alpari targets 7,000 by end-March By Tricia Wright LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top shares inched higher on Tuesday in a shortened session of trade before the New Year’s break, with the index on course to record its best Read More

* FTSE 100 up 0.3 percent * Index up around 14 percent in 2013 * Alpari targets 7,000 by end-March By Alistair Smout LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top shares inched higher on Tuesday in a shortened session of trade before the New Year’s break, with the index on course to record its best Read More