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FTSE 'heavily skewed' to global markets

What do movements in the FTSE 100 tell us during this time of extreme volatility in world markets, when many small investors are using products linked to the index?

Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym investigates how realistic the index is as a benchmark of activity for small investors.

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