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Investment: An A-Z Guide by Philip Ryland

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Investment’s past and future

In the summer of 2007 it simply could not get any better. It was not just because stockmarkets throughout the developed world had recovered convincingly from the shocks doled out in the first years of the 21st century after the so-called dotcom bubble had burst. As a result, for example, the FTSE All-Share index of share prices in British companies had risen 118% from the low point to which it had fallen in early 2003. It was also because lesser-known financial indices, which were supposed to point out troubles ahead – those that measured the riskiness of share and bond markets – were behaving about as placidly as was possible.

And why not? After all, the world was growing strongly and the International Monetary ...

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