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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 fell dramatically, as global share prices fell amid fears of the impact of the coronavirus, closing at 4,993.89 on 23 March 2020, its lowest level since October 2011.  More recently, the FTSE has generally been on an upward trend, closing at 7,611.23 on 17 January 2022, its highest level since February 2020.

Brent Crude Oil

The price of Brent crude oil reached an all-time high above $145/barrel in July 2008. The price fell dramatically in 2020, owing to a collapse in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, falling to $19.31 in April 2020, its lowest level since February 2002. The price reached $88.90/barrel on 19 January 2022, its highest since October 2014.

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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