Charts of the Year 2018: our writers’ picks

Major developed and emerging markets faced severe ructions this year, oil soared and dropped and politics played a deep role in shaping the views of asset managers across the world.

fastFT rounds up some of the biggest developments -- along with analysis from investors and strategists -- in its annual Charts of the Year series.

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It’s the first time such a scenario has materialised in at least 17 years

US auto sales stuck in reverse, but SUVs still driving consumers to showrooms

S&P 500, Dow Jones face biggest December drop since the Great Depression

Investors no longer see market correction as a temporary dislocation

Asia manufacturers to see limited benefit from US-China trade war

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As EU migration to the UK dropped ahead of Brexit, the number of non-EU migrants climbed

Shops and restaurants alike suffered a difficult year marked by site closures

US dollars a ‘viable alternative’ to other assets next year amid rising tail risks

Investors show greater caution towards snapping up stocks following major falls

Widening spread with Germany’s 10-year yield gave analysts a strong sense of déjà vu

Chinese chipmakers’ reliance on foreign equipment has increased

Carillion collapse and troubles elsewhere thrust sector into spotlight

Rate of change has significant economic ramifications

December is often the jolliest month of the year for the S&P 500

Expectations for volatility have surged above many developed and emerging market peers