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Rocky ride for investors as FTSE rallies

Rocky ride for investors as FTSE rallies

Category: Investments

Updated: 27/05/2010
First Published: 27/05/2010

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Investors will be breathing a little easier today after stock markets continued to recover lost ground.

Following the heavy losses suffered on Tuesday, stocks and shares around most of Europe rebounded strongly yesterday.

The UK's flagship index, the FTSE 100, soared back above the 5,000 mark to finish the day around 2% up at 5,038.

Encouragingly, the momentum created also appears to have carried over into today.

At midday, the FTSE 100 index had risen by a further 1.95%, to stand at 5,136.

Stock markets around the world slumped earlier in the week as fears over the debt problems in the eurozone and tensions over a potential conflict in Korea took their toll.

The recent rocky ride being experienced in the markets highlights both the good and bad aspects of investing in equity investments such as stocks and shares ISAs.

On the one hand, there is the potential for quick and significant returns on your money.

On the other hand, however, the danger always exists that the value of your investments could fall dramatically.

For savers who like to avoid rollercoaster rides and take less of a risk with their money, savings accounts such as cash ISAs and fixed rate bonds could be the answer.

Savings accounts come in all shapes and sizes – check out our bestseller savings chart to see what rates of interest you could get today.

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