Chart that tells a story — the FTSE since 1999

UK stock market indices

The ups, but mostly downs, of UK blue-chips

Chart that tells a story — insurance costs

Motor cover has soared compared to buildings policies

Chart that tells a story — disposable income

Income inequality has narrowed in recent years

Chart that tells a story — Fidelity China

A trust once lambasted for poor performance has turned in another strong year

Chart that tells a story — travel costs

Petrol prices and rail fares have outpaced CPI over decade

Chart that tells a story — IPOs

IPO shares tend to do well on day one, but then underperform

Chart that tells a story — fuel duty

Tax partly explains why petrol prices rise quickly but fall slowly

Chart that tells a story — fund winners and losers

Good stock picking paid off in 2014

Chart that tells a story — house prices

Why do different indices vary?

Chart that tells a story . . . the Santa rally

Nobody is quite sure why Decembers generate abnormally good returns

Chart that tells a story — fund charges

Even among popular funds, charges vary widely

Chart that tells a story – Reits

Specialist property owners outperform bigger generalists

Best of 2014 - Chart that tells a story... tax summaries

Government applies expansive view of ‘welfare’ spending

Chart that tells a story – Royal Mail

It’s been downhill since full-year results in May

Chart that tells a story — mansion tax

Proposed annual levy would target London homeowners

Best of 2014 - Chart that tells a story... oil shares

Shares in oil producers don’t track the oil price very well

Chart that tells a story... fund fees

Trading costs are a big chunk of overall fees

Chart that tells a story . . . S&P 500

US equity index passes 2,000 for the first time

Chart that tells a story . . . Apple shares vs gadgets

Tech group’s shares hit new high

Chart that tells a story . . . inheritance tax

Inheritance tax is getting harder to avoid

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