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Getting a FTSE up in December – The Results

Late last year I wrote about FTSE behaviour come December. No, not playing under-the-table toe-tennis with the cutie from accounts at the work Christmas party, rather what the London Stock Exchange's biggie share index - the FTSE 100 - tends to do come the silly season. I looked at data from the past nine years and found that on each occasion the FTSE 100 finished December higher than it began. Some years marginally higher - 24.4 points up in 2007 - and some years quite substantially higher - 371.6 points in 2010. Here's the data again for those who missed it.   28th Nov...

Get a FTSE up in December

  A friend of mine recently asked if I went long on the FTSE for a month each December? I looked at him a little strangely thinking, what a silly question (and what's the story with that shirt). Why, with the markets ramping down for the holidays and many investors taking defensive positions before hitting the slopes, would I put my hard earned on an outcome that goes against all my prevailing investment logic (pardon the oxymoron). Sure, there's a case for Christmas spending buoying the retail and manufacturing sectors and I guess there's a merry optimism to the population come December...

DOW follows FTSE – A New Web Site

Now just because there's been little sign of life at Investor Trader over the past few weeks, doesn't mean we haven't been busy little beavers behind the scenes working on other financey-type web gadgets. Just as AIM Soirée answered those burning questions about who's discussing what in the world of AIM listed shares, recently we've moved our focus to topics new. Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen, drumroll please, may I introduce our latest offering to the Interweb: DOW follows FTSE. Now I'm not going to spew out a whole new spiel about what happens at DOW follows FTSE. Needless to say the title's...

FTSE 100 List

It's been a busy little weekend here at Investor Trader as we attempt to bring on board lots more useful content for the UK investor/trader. You'll notice a new link to FTSE 100 Shares above, that takes you through to a page that lists all 100 UK companies that currently comprise the FTSE 100 Index. Obviously, by the very nature of markets, this list changes from time to time, so we'll do our best to keep it updated. For an up-to-the-minute of companies that comprise the index check out the London Stock Exchange site. Clicking on any of those links on Investor...