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The UK 100 is closely linked to economies throughout Europe through trade and geographical proximity, thus it can be influenced by investor sentiment surrounding large equity markets in Europe. Furthermore, during times of global crisis the economy can sometimes ignore domestic fundamentals in favour of overall investor sentiment (for example: 08/09 financial crisis and the European debt crisis), with the possible exception being the Bank of England’s interest rate decisions and policy announcements. More specifically, the index is susceptible to the sentiment surrounding global banking markets due to the high weighting banking stocks have on the index. Also, mining and energy companies account for a significant proportion of the index, which means investors should keep an eye on commodity prices and the level of demand for these assets.