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Stock market history lessons via Shares' back catalogue
Thursday 10 Nov 2016 Author: William Cain

10 years

In November 2011 the FTSE had just broken through 6,200 and the Bank of England’s key interest rates was 5% and rising. Could the FTSE 100 rise through the 7,000 mark by 2007, Shares asked? ‘As long as the Bank of England doesn’t keep tightening the screws, we should be OK’, we said. A year later rates were 5.75% and the FTSE did not hit 7,000 until early 2015. Key picks in that edition included Experian (EXPN) at 586p (up 155% since then) and, err, Northern Rock. (WC)


5 years

In the search for companies with a cutting edge, intellectual property incubators IP Group (IPO), Angle (AGL:AIM) and Sagentia (now Science Group (SAG:AIM) featured in November 2011. Both IP Group and Science Group have since gained 100% and 50% respectively, while Angle fared badly, down 29%. Elsewhere, Shares speculated the European Central Bank would need to start printing money to save the euro: it launched quantitative easing in 2015. (WC)


1 year

Is your income safe? we asked in November 2015 as blue chip dividends began to look shaky. The FTSE 100 was trailing the FTSE 250 index in 2015 as dividends at index heavyweights GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), HSBC (HSBA), Shell (RDSB), BP (BP.) and Anglo American (AAL) looked under threat. Anglo cut its dividend while question marks remain today at the other four. But the FTSE 100 index one year on is now well ahead of the mid cap FTSE 250 benchmark. (WC)

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