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FTSE closes 20% lower on last week- worst week since 87 crash

The FTSE 100 index has finished 20 per cent lower on last week’s close, falling by over 1000 basis points to 3,974 from 4,980 last Friday.

Today, London’s FTSE 100 opened down by over 300 basis points at 4,311 and by 11:30am was down by over 7.63 per cent, slipping below the 4,000 level to 3,984.

The UK benchmark last slumped to this level over five years ago and today’s 1047.9 point fall represents the biggest fall since Black Monday in October 1987.

The index attempted to a stage a recovery during afternoon trades, lifting from 3,898 at 14:38pm to 4,144 at 15:14pm but banks and commodities dragged on the benchmark as investor confidence ebbed away. Shares in UK companies had over a fifth of their value wiped away by the end of the day as the index closed at 3,974.

HBOS is down 18 per cent to 125p, Barclays is down 14 per cent to 208p and Lloyds TSB is down 9 per cent to 193p per share.

The latest slump comes despite aggressive global interest rate cuts and recent efforts by the UK Government to bolster the UK banking system.


Into the fray

At least the US administration obtained its bailout fund. Whether this will be sufficient to calm investors’ collective nerves, only time will tell. Wall Street was suitably cautious in the trading immediately after the vote that delivered the required result took place.

John Pattullo

It is the 30th anniversary of the Henderson preference & bond fund this week and despite an “exceptionally poor” past month, co-manager John Pattullo remains upbeat about the prospects for the bond market.


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