Jubilee Special: 60 Years Of British Blue Chips

Published in Investing on 1 June 2012

Alongside the rest of Britain, we're celebrating the Queen's 60-year reign -- but in our own particular Foolish way!

Welcome to the Fool's Diamond Jubilee special!

Alongside the rest of Britain, we're celebrating the Queen's 60-year reign -- but in our own particular Foolish way.

Indeed, today we're going take you back to 1952 -- the year Her Majesty ascended the throne -- to give you some sense of how the market and investing has changed over the years.

Furthermore, we've assembled a series of articles charting the history of Britain's finest blue chips. We're covering oil, pharmaceuticals, consumer brands, banks, telecoms, supermarkets and aerospace and defence -- and will recap how those sectors have evolved during the last six decades. Between them, the seven industries represent nearly 40% of today's FTSE 100.

So as you unfurl the flags, deck out the bunting, don your special Foolish hat and toast the Queen with a souvenir mug, just sit back this weekend and commemorate with us the power of British shares and the success of some of the country's greatest businesses!

Here are the links to click:

60 Years Of Investing
Maynard Paton looks back to when leading shares traded on price-to-earnings ratios of 3 and the start of the 'cult of the equity'.

60 Years Of Banks
Cliff D'Arcy tracks the progress of Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE: RBS), Lloyds Banking (LSE: LLOY) and Barclays (LSE: BARC).

60 Years Of Oil
Roland Head summarises key developments at BP (LSE: BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB).

60 Years Of Aerospace & Defence
Malcolm Wheatley recounts the landmark events at Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) and BAE Systems (LSE: BA).

60 Years Of Consumer Brands
Tony Luckett recaps the stories behind Diageo (LSE: DGE), Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB) and Unilever (LSE: ULVR).

60 Years Of Supermarkets
Alan Oscroft describes the growth of Tesco (LSE: TSCO), J Sainsbury (LSE: SBRY), Wm Morrison (LSE: MRW) and ASDA.

60 Years Of Pharmaceuticals
Roland Head outlines the emergence of GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) as world leaders.

60 Years Of Telecoms
Cliff D'Arcy follows the history of BT (LSE: BT-A) and Vodafone (LSE: VOD).

Happy Jubilee!

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compound200 01 Jun 2012 , 6:34pm

coutts bank

A private bank that counts the Queen among its clients was fined £8.75 million by the City watchdog today for failing to do enough to ensure it was not handling laundered money.

its icing on the cake for what uk banks have done to the british people

GeorgeMicawber 04 Jun 2012 , 10:31am

Well of course it's not really a private bank - it's a subsidiary of Natwest, which is a subsidiary of...? I forget...Oh yes, it's the poor taxpayers.

compound200 04 Jun 2012 , 6:02pm


Fabius1 05 Jun 2012 , 11:25am

TMF Staff

Interesting theme. Enjoyed the education and/or memory refreshment going back over the years. Well done.

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