FTSE 100 peaks and troughs
It took four years, but Britain’s key stock index has started setting records again.
This chart visualises the FTSE 100 through various “eras,” book-ended by market peaks and crises. In retrospect, the 1990s were golden; the benchmark tripled between the “Black Monday” crash of 1987 and the peak of the dot-com bubble. Returns since then are unimpressive.
The positive run recently might seem at odds with the drip-feed of doom-and-gloom UK news. However, many big multinationals in the FTSE 100 make most of their income abroad (and can benefit in headline terms when profits are converted back into devalued pounds). The FTSE 100 is probably set for more gains if global growth rebounds.
The divergence between the FTSE 100 and smaller companies more exposed to the domestic UK economy is stark. FactSet Market Aggregate data shows that profit estimates for larger companies are being raised by analysts, while being downgraded for small-caps – even as smaller equities remain more expensive on a price/earnings basis.