UK GDP: Size Relative to Global GDP and Composition by Industry

The UK economy is the fifth largest in the world with a GDP of about $3.0 Trillion. USA, China, Japan and Germany are ahead of the UK in the order mentioned. Globally the British economy is small. It contributes only 11% of the world output as shown in the chart below: Click to enlarge In terms …

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UK FTSE 100 Index Returns By Year

The FTSE 100 Index is the benchmark index of the UK equity market. It contains 100 companies with the highest market capitalization. The FTSE 100 Index Returns By Year from 1985 thru 2015 are shown in the chart below: Click to enlarge The FTSE 100 Index Returns By Year from 1985 thru 2015 are shown in the table below: Data Source: FTSE Indices …

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On the Employment in UK Financial and Related Services

Financial services and related professional services are some of the most important industries critical to the UK economy. Currently about 2.2 million workers are employed in these sectors. Professional services related to finance include legal, accounting and management consulting. Of the 2.2 million the majority are in banking and insurance. The following two graphs show …

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FTSE All-Share Index Annual Returns and Intra-year Declines

Volatility is normal in equity markets. The dramatic selloff that followed Brexit and the reversal in the past few days is a classic example of this phenomenon. Even in good years stocks can experience gut-wrenching declines. Ultimately the annual returns or long-term returns matters most than dramatic declines in a short-time. The following table shows …

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