The FTSE 100 closed at an all-time high of 7,687 on the last trading day of 2017 and the index finished the year up just under 545 points, meaning the index gained a respectable 7.6% in capital terms. A record year for dividend payments buoyed total returns to 12% for 2017, and the index was up 5% across the month of December. The Sterling exchange rate continued to influence the market over the year because 71% of FTSE 100 companies generate their revenues from outside the UK. The index fluctuated in tandem with the currency as shown in the chart below.
January 5th, 2018, by Georgina Ogilvie-Jones