FTSE 100: Another December Trading Opportunity?

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Stock markets around the work have historically been known to rally during the month of December, giving rise to the saying ‘Santa rally’. Yet there is one thing the FTSE 100 Index has done over the past 10 years that no other major stock index has done – post gains without fail every December over the past decade. Over the past 10 years, the UK’s flagship index has risen by an average of 147 points in December each year. Last year alone, the FTSE 100 rallied 0.5% in December, whilst the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and DAX Indexes rallied 0.6%, 0.7% and 2.7% respectively.

So what does December 2013 have in store for the UK’s flagship Index? See our infographic below for detailed facts and figures.

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 FTSE 100: Another December Trading Opportunity?

The FTSE 100 has rallied over the last 10 Decembers. FTSE’s December point movement:

  • 2012: +31 points
  • 2011: +66 points
  • 2010: +371 points
  • 2009: +222 points
  • 2008: +146 points
  • 2007: +24 points
  • 2006: +172 points
  • 2005: +195 points
  • 2004: +111 points
  • 2003: +134 points


The FTSE’s 10-year average December movement: +147 points

The FTSE 100 is the only global index to have rallied every December for the past 10 years


FTSE example trade

You go long (buy) £20 per point at the start of December

FTSE rallies 147 points over the course of December


You close your position: £2940 is your profit at the end of the trading month of December. However, if the position moves in the opposite direction, you could lose £2940


Nikkei’s potential December opportunity

December point movements:

  • 2012: +949
  • 2011: +11
  • 2010: +291
  • 2009: +1293
  • 2008: +347
  • 2007: -373
  • 2006: +951
  • 2005: +1239
  • 2004: +589
  • 2003: +576

Nikkei’s 10-year average December movement: +587 points

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