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The FTSE-100 tracks the share-prices of the 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. In 2020, the index has fallen dramatically, as global share prices fell amid fears of the impact of the coronavirus. The FTSE closed at 4,993.89 on 23 March, the index’s lowest level since October 2011. Since March, the FTSE’s value has vacillated, but has generally been on an upward trend since early November, reaching 7,184.95 on 16 June, its highest level since late February 2020. 

Brent Crude Oil

The price of Brent crude oil reached an all-time high above $145/barrel in July 2008. In January 2016, the price fell below $30/barrel for the first time in over ten years, though climbed in late 2016, after OPEC agreed to its first supply cut since 2008. The price fell dramatically in 2020, owing to a collapse in demand due to the pandemic. In April 2020, the price closed at $19.31, its lowest level since February 2002. The price reached $76/barrel on 13 July 2021, its highest since April 2019.

Gold Price

The nominal price of gold exceeded $1,800/ounce for the first time in August 2011, but the metal’s price has since moderated considerably, falling to $1,049/ounce in December 2015. Recently, despite some turbulence following the coronavirus outbreak, the price has been rising steadily and passed $2,000/ounce for the first time in August 2020, closing at a record high of $2,067/ounce on 7 August.

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