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What is an ETF ISA?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are an increasingly popular way to invest.

Selected ISAs

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 100 UCITS ETF Tracker

from Vanguard

  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 100 Index
  • Invest From: £25 pm
  • Investment Options: The Fund seeks to track the performance of the FTSE 100 Index.

Low cost FTSE 100 tracker with a 0.09% pa annual charge.

The Fund employs a passive management – or indexing – investment approach, through physical acquisition of securities, and seeks to track the performance of the FTSE 100 Index (the “Index”).

Available via:

Hargreaves Lansdown investment 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 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.

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 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. 

What is an ETF ISA?

An exchange traded fund (ETF) are funds that issue shares which are traded on a stock exchange. 

They can invest in a broad range of assets providing investors with access to specific markets, sectors and strategies at relatively low cost.

How does an ETF work?

ETFs provide investors access to a wide range of asset classes such as equities and fixed income. they can:

  • Follow the performance of a market index such as the FTSE 100 or FTSE 250
  • Follow the performance of a smart beta index which is weighted to deliver a specific outcome such as income or low volatility e.g. for low volatility smart beta, ETFs will seek to minimize volatility by tracking indices that demonstrate lower fluctuations during market turbulence.
  •  Be actively managed by a dedicated manager
  • Be actively traded like any stock on an exchange
  • Have low charges as passive trackers are generally cheaper than actively managed funds

With ETFs you typically know what you are investing in as there is transparency to what securities the fund holds as well as performance and costs (total expense ratio).

How do I invest in an ETF ISA?

You can invest in ETFs via a platform provider. Platforms include:

  • Interactive Investor - The ii platform allows you to access market leading ETF providers including iShares, Vanguard, HSBC and Wisdom Tree. ii provide extensive ETF research resources to allow you to make informed investing decisions.
  • Fidelity - Through the Fidelity platform once you set up an investment account you can invest in a wide range of ETFs provided by companies including Legal & General, iShares, Lyxor State Street, UBS, Vanguard and WisdomTree. Fidelity provide a screening tool to allow you to filter through over 250 ETF options.
  • Hargreaves Lansdown - The HL platform Provide a list of popular ETFs their clients are buying at any given time.They provide access to most major EFT providers.
  • AJ Bell - With the AJ Bell platform you can invest in ETF providers such as Amundi, Franklin, HSBC and Invesco. AJ Bell provides a screening tool to allow you to drill down to the ETF that might best suit your circumstances.

What does an ETF ISA Cost?

Not straightforward as the total cost will depend on how you buy the ETF. 

ETFs are investments that are openly traded on a stock exchange, therefore the  price fluctuates throughout the day depending on demand. 

It's important to understand the difference between the price you pay for the investment (dictated daily by the stock market) and the dealing charges and service fees set by the fund manager and investment platform.

When you buy an ETF within your ISA account (using a platform such as Fidelity) you are placing a "market order" where you are given a quote to buy the ETF. This latest price is available to you for 15 seconds.

If you are happy with the quote you can buy the shares immediately. If you are not happy with the price you can wait another 15 seconds to refresh the quote.

Each ETF will have an ongoing annual charge which can range from 0.05% pa to 0.88% pa. 

If you buy via a platform then there will be typically a platform annual charge - the cheapest platform providers charge from 0.25% pa.

Important Risk Information:

The value of investments can go down in value as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest. It is therefore important that you understand the risks and commitments. This website aims to provide information to help you make your own informed decisions. It does not provide personal advice based on your circumstances. If you are unsure of how suitable an investment is for you, please seek personal advice.

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