Yes, 2013 was a very good year...if you were rich

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If you believe the experts, 2013 was a much better year than expected. For many of them the upheavals caused by the 2008 economic crisis were now over. To back their interpretation of a return to normality, commentators turned to the “historic” performances of world stock markets. From New York to Tokyo, from Frankfurt to London, the markets soared to new records, eradicating all trace of 2008.