FTSE 100: Ringing in the new year A new year can often involve a spot of personal reinvention, and 2017 comes as a mighty relief after the travails of its predecessor. Last year will be remembered for the rise of Donald Trump, terrorist atrocities aplenty, Brexit, a strong stench of state capture and an attrition rate among the celebritariat that sometimes seemed as if they’d formed a Pals battalion and were going over the top at the Somme, leaving a confused Keith Richards in sole possession of the battlefield. The punters who have been flattening squadrons of prawns and buying outside half their body weight in crisp sauvignon blanc are now back in town, dusting off their gym memberships and committing to a diet of kale and quinoa, washed down with the occasional coconut water. It seems nobody has piled into the new year with more gusto than the FTSE 100, which has banged out seven consecutive record closes. This is a feat unmatched since 1997, when it was bouncing with joy about t...

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