FTSE is a story which should inform and fascinate anyone interested in capital markets.
An inspiring success story; how a clear vision, relentless commitment and two great British brands combined to create a global leader.
Richly detailed, and written with an attractively light touch, bringing out personalities as well as indices, this is an important contribution to our understanding of how the modern City has developed.
Mark Makepeace takes us on a 35-year journey from a sedentary world of top hats, long lunches and fixed commissions to a dynamic global marketplace dominated by computers and algorithms, a marketplace of infinite choice. In the process he not only tells the story of a brilliant British company that kept pace with this dizzy change but he charts the development of financial markets transformed within a generation by the forces of technology and globalization.
FTSE and Mark have had a ring-side seat for every major change in the UK stock market - and have been active players in many of the deals and mergers that have re-shaped the sector internationally. It is a fascinating story of a crucial phase in the investment landscape.