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How Do I Invest In A FTSE Tracker

How Do I Invest In A FTSE Tracker
  • An index tracker fund investment can be a great way of investing at low cost where you are not paying for expensive fund management fees.In weighing up the best way to invest in the FTSE there are a number of options open to you.

What are my options when getting a FTSE tracker fund or FTSE exchange traded fund

1. FTSE Tracker Funds

Typically you can buy tracker funds:

  • via a fund management company - e.g. Legal and General offer a range of their own low cost tracker funds including a FTSE 100 tracker and a FTSE All Share Tracker
  • via an agent with ties to the fund manager
  • through a fund supermarket - e.g. Fund supermarkets require you to set up an account through which you can buy and sell funds or shares. You can buy FTSE tracker funds via a platform. Options include Interactive InvestorFidelity,  Hargreaves Lansdown, and AJ Bell. As part of setting up an account there will be an ongoing charge levied by the platform provider.
  • through an online share dealing service or stockbroker - e.g. Interactive Investor
  • through an independent financial adviser or financial planner.

2. FTSE ETF Tracker

You can also buy exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the same way you would buy regular company shares on the stock exchange.

An ETF can be a low cost way of tracking the FTSE 100. The annual cost of a FTSE 100 ETF can be less than 0.1% pa which over the long term can make a difference.

In order to buy an ETF FTSE 100 Tracker you will first need to set up a trading account. This can be done typically via a trading platform provider.

Examples of FTSE ETF Trackers include:

As with buying shares there will be a trading cost when you first buy 

If you’re not sure what kind of investment fits your needs, it’s a good idea to talk to an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA).

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.

Available via Fidelity Fund Supermarket this is a super low cost FTSE 100 tracker 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. 

Please note the value of investments can go down as well as up so you may get back less than you invested. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.

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.

Available via Fidelity Fund Supermarket this product is among the lowest cost on the market. 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 Index, a widely recognised benchmark of mid cap sized companies of the United Kingdom. 

Please note the value of investments can go down as well as up so you may get back less than you invested. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.

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.

Available via Fidelity Fund Supermarket this is a 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.

Please note the value of investments can go down as well as up so you may get back less than you invested. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.

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.

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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