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Investing in passive fund ISAs can be a tax efficient way to diversify your investment portfolio. You can invest in a passive fund ISA up to your maximum allowance.

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FTSE 100 UCITS ETF Tracker

from iShares

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 100 Index
  • Invest From: £50 pm
  • Investment Options: Provides exposure to the FTSE 100 index of the largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange at a highly competitive price.

A super low cost FTSE 100 tracker ETF fund with a 0.07% pa annual charge. 

The product has a record of tracking its benchmark to a high degree of accuracy and scored ahead of rivals on this measure. Income generated is reinvested.

The investment objective of the Fund is to deliver the net total return performance of the Benchmark Index (being the FTSE 100 Index), less the fees and expenses of the Fund. In order to achieve this investment objective, the investment policy of the Fund is to invest in a portfolio of equity securities that as far as possible and practicable consists of the component securities of the FTSE 100 Index, this Fund’s Benchmark Index. 

Available via:

Fidelity investment platform »

Special offer:

Invest and get £25 cashback »

Build your savings with an ISA, SIPP or Investment Account and receive £25. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

Important information: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

FTSE 250 UCITS ETF Tracker

from Vanguard

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 250 Index
  • Invest From: £50 pm
  • Investment Options: Tracks the FTSE 250 index of medium-sized companies, providing a greater UK domestic focus than the FTSE 100.

Low cost FTSE 250 tracker with a 0.10% pa annual charge.

It comes from one the most established players. This is an ‘Accumulation’ product, meaning any income generated is reinvested.

This Fund seeks to track the performance of the FTSE 250 Index, a widely recognised benchmark of mid cap sized companies of the United Kingdom. 

Available via:

Fidelity investment platform »

Special offer:

Invest and get £25 cashback »

Build your savings with an ISA, SIPP or Investment Account and receive £25. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

Important information: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

FTSE All-World UCITS ETF Tracker

from Vanguard

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE All World Index
  • Invest From: £50 pm
  • Investment Options: Replicates returns from the FTSE All World, an index that encompasses both developed and emerging markets from around the world. Ranks among the cheapest products of its type. This is an ‘Accumulation’ product, meaning any income generated is reinvested.

Low cost tracker which provides global exposure with a annual management charge under 0.25% pa.

This Fund seeks to provide long-term growth of capital by tracking the performance of the FTSE All-World Index, a market-capitalisation weighted index of common stocks of large and mid cap companies in developed and emerging countries. The Fund employs a “passive management” – or indexing – investment approach, through physical acquisition of securities, designed to track the performance of the Index, a free float adjusted market capitalisation weighted index. The Fund will invest in a portfolio of equity securities that so far as possible and practicable consists of a representative sample of the component securities of the Index.

Available via:

Fidelity investment platform »

Special offer:

Invest and get £25 cashback »

Build your savings with an ISA, SIPP or Investment Account and receive £25. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

Important information: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest. 

S&P 500 UCITS ETF Tracker

from Vanguard

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks S&P 500 Index
  • Invest From: £100
  • Investment Options: The Fund seeks to track the performance of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index.

Super low cost way of tracking the largest US companies at 0.07% pa. 

The Fund employs a passive management – or indexing – investment approach, through physical acquisition of securities, and seeks to track the performance of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index (the “Index”).

Available via:

Hargreaves Lansdown Platform »

Important information: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

FTSE Global Technology Index Fund ISA

from Legal & General

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE World Technology Index
  • Invest From: £20 pm
  • Investment Options: Invests in the shares of global companies engaged in information technology activities e.g. Microsoft and Apple, as represented by the Index.

Why we like it: A low cost way of investing in shares of global companies engaged in information technology activities, as represented by the FTSE World Technology Index. You can invest up to £20,000 this tax year, with a low minimum of £100 lump sum or £20 per month, and you can manage your account easily online. 

This fund is available via Hargreaves Lansdown

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Investment Fund ISAs

Ethical Trust Income

from Legal & General

Income Yield 3.90% pa - Interest Paid Bi-annually*

Why we like it: A low cost ethical fund (0.25% pa ongoing charge) with the objective of the Fund is to provide growth by tracking the performance of the FTSE 350 Index (the “Index”), excluding shares of companies whose business does not meet a range of ethical and environmental guidelines (“ethical screening methodology”) determined by an external agency chosen by the Manager. This fund is available through the Hargreaves Lansdown Platform.

*Historic yield correct as at 22/5/2020

Important information: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Passive Fund ISA

If you're putting your money into an investment ISA, there are two main investment strategies to choose from - active management and passive management. Passive fund ISAs provide access to a wide range of assets and international markets. Passive funds generally invest in one particular index, such as the FTSE 100. Management and trading costs are generally low on these funds because there is no find manager and the fund will mirror the performance of the index it is linked to.

How does a passive fund ISA work?

Unlike an actively managed investment fund, which is run by a professional fund manager who makes all the investment decisions on your behalf, passive fund ISAs will simply track a market, and therefore usually charge less in management fees. For example, they will buy all (or most) of the assets in a particular index (e.g. the FTSE 100), with the aim of generating a return that reflects how the market is performing.

While an actively managed fund can offer you the potential for much higher returns than a passive fund, it also means that you incur the expense of paying a fund manager to take care of your investment. What's more, a fund manager won't necessarily beat the stock market - several studies have suggested that only around a quarter of managed funds consistently do so.*

Investing in passive fund ISAs means you can gain exposure to a variety of investments without paying any capital gains or income tax on the potential returns. Because you don't need to pay fees to a fund manager, a passive fund ISA can also be a good value way to invest your ISA allowance.

*Source: Financial Times

Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.

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