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Finance crisis: In graphics

This is one of the most tumultuous times on record in the global financial markets.

The financial landscape is going through a period of upheaval with some major firms folding, other operations merging and a limited number of companies in both the Europe and the US, being rescued by governments.

BILLION-DOLLAR BAIL-OUTS

Governments have spent billions of dollars on rescue packages, led by the US with its $700bn rescue package.

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BANKS AFFECTED BY THE GLOBAL CRISIS - 2008

Giants of the business world, such as Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, have crumbled or been bought out.

Bank Date Status Website
Fannie Mae 07 Sep Nationalised Fannie Mae
Freddie Mac 07 Sep Nationalised Freddie Mac
Lehman Bros 15 Sep Collapsed Lehman Bros
Merrill Lynch 15 Sep Taken over Merrill Lynch
AIG 16 Sep Part-nationalised AIG
HBOS 17 Sep Taken over HBOS
WaMu 25 Sep Collapsed and sold WaMu
Fortis 28 Sep Nationalised Fortis
Bradford & Bingley 29 Sep Nationalised Bradford & Bingley
Wachovia 29 Sep Taken over Wachovia
Glitnir 29 Sep Nationalised Glitnir
Hypo Real Estate 06 Oct Rescue package Hypo Real Estate
RBS 13 Oct Part-nationalised RBS
Lloyds TSB 13 Oct Part-nationalised Lloyds TSB

UK RESCUE PLANS
Much of the current crisis has been caused by the banks' unwillingness to lend to each other, so the UK government has come up with a plan to inject billions of pounds in capital and to guarantee loans in the hope that lending will resume.
UK rescue plan in circles

The government has also nationalised or part-nationalised some leading UK banks struggling to survive the crisis.
Pie chart showing price comparisons

STOCK MARKETS

In London confidence in the markets fell with news of Bradford and Bingley's nationalisation.

Banking shares have been the worst hit by the financial turmoil.

FTSE 100 INDEX: 16 September 2008 - present
FTSE 100 historical chart
In Japan the main Nikkei index has been highly volatile, with the index plunging 11% on some days and soaring 14% to others.
NIKKEI 225 INDEX: 16 September 2008 - present
Nikkei 225 historical chart

In the United States, the Dow Jones industrial average saw similar swings, posting sharp gains of more than 800 points as well as losses of more than 770 points.

DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE: 16 September 2008 - present
Dow Jones historical chart

SHARE PRICES

Banks have continued to suffer the steepest falls in share prices.

HBOS and RBS share prices graph

US bank Merrill Lynch was taken over by Bank of America on 15 September prompting an initial recovery in shares, but they have since dipped again. Fortis shares were falling sharply until a rescue deal was mounted by European banks on 29 September.

Merrill Lynch/fortis share price graph

COMMODITIES
The price of metals and oil has also been affected by the financial chaos. After reaching a record high in July of $147 a barrel, the price of oil has fallen and is now back under the $100 mark.

Gold has fluctuated significantly.

oil/gold prices



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MARKET DATA - 11:36 UK

FTSE 100
5429.64up
23.70 0.44%
Dax
5733.05up
19.54 0.34%
Cac 40
3784.02up
14.48 0.38%
Dow Jones
10403.79up
78.53 0.76%
Nasdaq
2273.57up
35.31 1.58%
BBC Global 30
5707.15up
20.65 0.36%
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