Investors around the world have enjoyed a remarkable run over the past 18 months, with major stock markets and headline indices soaring without relent. The Dow Jones worked its way up from the 20,000 mark a year ago to an impressive 26,616 last week. The Nikkei 225’s sharpest gains have come in the past six months, rising from around 19,500 to 24,124 at the end of January. The DAX Performance-Index shot up from under 12,000 to almost 13,600 in a similar timeframe.
On our shores, UK stocks and shares have done well to a slightly lesser extent, although the FTSE 100 has flown along from 6,021 at the time of the EU referendum to record highs of 7,778 when trading closed on 12 January 2018.