The FTSE 100 index is now back to where it was in December 1999.


New member
Feb 7, 2019
Hello everyone,,
The type of industry that dominates the FTSE 100 are large mature businesses in a world of tepid growth.
There are two reasons why equity investments have done well recently: 1) recovery from the 2008 crisis, and 2) performance of the US stock market. And within the S&P 500, only a handful of companies have out-performed.
If it wasn't for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, etc., the US stock market would be at 1999 levels too.
This isn't a bad thing, it would be unsustainable if stock markets literally went up 10% year-on-year for no real reason, even if that would make everyone's life easier.
But don't forget dividends. 20 years of 4% dividends, if re-invested, would turn £10,000 into £20,000. More realistically, if you had started with £10,000, added £1,000/year, even if the index stays level, with the addition of dividends, you'd end up with: £52,000 for "only" £30,000 invested.
TL;DR - don't avoid the stock market just because of headline numbers that look flat.
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Jun 21, 2004
west sussex, UK
with respect the FTSE100 index is nothing like it was in is merely a similar numeric value

go look at the companies in the 100 vs 1999......the sector dynamics etc ....totally different ballgame dude

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