How to invest in the UK using ETFs

How do I invest in UK stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the whole UK stock market is to invest in a broad market index. This can be done at low cost by using ETFs.

On the UK stock market you'll find 4 indices which are tracked by ETFs. Besides these indices 6 alternative indices on small and mid caps as well as equity strategies can be considered.

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on Europe.

0,04% p.a. - 0,33% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of UK ETFs
on the UK stock market, which are tracked by ETFs
on the UK stock market
 
The best indices for UK ETFs

Performance of UK stocks (FTSE 100)

1 month: -7,62%
1 year: -1,77%
3 years: 3,85%
5 years: 13,00%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on UK

For an investment in the UK stock market, there are 4 indices available which are tracked by 16 ETFs. On the FTSE 100 index there are 10 ETFs. On the FTSE All-Share index there are 2 ETFs. On the MSCI UK index there are 3 ETFs. On the Morningstar UK index there is 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0,04% p.a. and 0,33% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

FTSE 100

Reino Unido 10 ETFs 100
The FTSE 100 index tracks the 100 largest UK stocks.
Index factsheet

FTSE All-Share

Reino Unido 2 ETFs 603
(31/3/22)
The FTSE All-Share index tracks all UK-based companies admitted to the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
Index factsheet

MSCI UK

Reino Unido 3 ETFs 82
(31/8/22)
The MSCI UK index tracks large and mid cap equity market performance of United Kingdom.
Index factsheet

Morningstar UK

Reino Unido 1 ETF 355
(31/3/22)
The Morningstar UK index tracks mid and large cap equities of the United Kingdom.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (Dist)IE0005042456 11.180 0,07% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Vanguard FTSE 100 UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B810Q511 3.915 0,09% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBP (Acc)IE00B53HP851 1.778 0,07% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI UK UCITS ETF (GBP) A-accLU0950670850 1.283 0,20% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Vanguard FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (GBP) AccumulatingIE00BFMXYP42 769 0,09% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
SPDR FTSE UK All Share UCITS ETFIE00B7452L46 591 0,20% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
HSBC FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBPIE00B42TW061 499 0,07% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Lyxor Core Morningstar UK NT (DR) UCITS ETF - DistLU1781541096 360 0,04% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Lyxor FTSE 100 UCITS ETF - AccLU1650492173 316 0,14% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Swap sin fondos
iShares MSCI UK UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B539F030 138 0,33% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
UBS ETF (LU) FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (GBP) A-disLU0136242590 86 0,20% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
SPDR FTSE UK All Share UCITS ETFIE00BD5FCF91 83 0,20% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
Xtrackers FTSE 100 UCITS ETF 1CLU0838780707 76 0,09% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Xtrackers FTSE 100 UCITS ETF Income 1DLU0292097234 74 0,09% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI UK UCITS ETF (GBP) A-disLU0937836467 44 0,20% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Invesco FTSE 100 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWT88 17 0,09% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Swap sin fondos
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
FTSE All-Share -8,97% -5,57% -12,29% -5,89% 2,79%
Morningstar UK -9,44% -6,27% -12,50% -5,46% 1,38%
FTSE 100 -8,93% -5,46% -11,07% -1,77% 3,85%
MSCI UK -8,86% -5,67% -10,53% 0,93% 4,39%
Index   2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
FTSE All-Share -11,77% 26,28% -14,82% 24,89% -10,45%
Morningstar UK -11,46% 26,52% -16,10% 24,53% -
FTSE 100 -8,36% 26,60% -16,25% 23,11% -9,53%
MSCI UK -6,20% 27,62% -18,06% 22,09% -9,81%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/9/22; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 
Alternative investment opportunities

UK indices on small and mid caps or equity strategies

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on small and mid caps or equity strategies. In total, you can invest in 6 alternative UK indices, which are tracked by 11 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on alternative UK indices is between 0,05% p.a. and 0,58% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
FTSE 250 Reino Unido
Medio
6 ETFs 250
The FTSE 250 index tracks 250 of the largest mid-cap companies based in the United Kingdom that are not included in the FTSE 100.
Index factsheet
FTSE RAFI UK 100 Reino Unido
Fundamental/Calidad
1 ETF 100
The FTSE RAFI UK 100 index tracks 100 UK stocks. The FTSE RAFI Index Series selects and weights index constituents using four fundamental factors, rather than market capitalisation. The factors are dividends, cash flows, sales and book value.
Index factsheet
FTSE UK Dividend+ Reino Unido
Dividendo
1 ETF 48
(31/3/22)
The FTSE UK Dividend+ index tracks the highest yielding UK stocks.
Index factsheet
MSCI UK Small Cap Reino Unido
Pequeño
1 ETF 273
(31/8/22)
The MSCI UK Small Cap index tracks UK small cap stocks.
Index factsheet
S&P UK High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Reino Unido
Dividendo
1 ETF 39
(31/3/22)
The S&P UK High Yield Dividend Aristocrats index tracks UK companies whose dividends have risen in the last 7 consecutive years.
Index factsheet
Solactive Core United Kingdom Large & Mid Cap Reino Unido
Social/Medioambiental
1 ETF 106
(30/7/21)
The Solactive Core United Kingdom Large & Mid Cap index tracks the UK equity market and measures the performance of large and mid-cap publicly traded companies which satisfy minimum criteria relating to liquidity and size and excludes companies: (a) engaged in pure coal mining; (b) involved in the production of controversial weapons, such as cluster weapons, anti-personnel mines or biological and chemical weapons; or (c) that, for a continuous period of three years, have been classified as being in breach of at least one of the UN Global Compact principles.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Vanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF DistributingIE00BKX55Q28 1.393 0,10% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
iShares FTSE 250 UCITS ETFIE00B00FV128 851 0,40% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETFIE00B0M63060 841 0,40% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Vanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (GBP) AccumulatingIE00BFMXVQ44 272 0,10% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
iShares MSCI UK Small Cap UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B3VWLG82 196 0,58% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
SPDR S&P UK Dividend Aristocrats UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B6S2Z822 147 0,30% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
L&G UK Equity UCITS ETFIE00BFXR5R48 58 0,05% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
HSBC FTSE 250 UCITS ETF GBPIE00B64PTF05 47 0,35% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Xtrackers FTSE 250 UCITS ETF 1DLU0292097317 32 0,15% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Invesco FTSE 250 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWV01 16 0,12% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Swap sin fondos
Invesco FTSE RAFI UK 100 UCITS ETFIE00B23LNN70 10 0,39% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI UK Small Cap -13,26% -11,40% -23,87% -30,83% -15,59%
FTSE 250 -13,82% -11,02% -22,29% -26,39% -9,13%
S&P UK High Yield Dividend Aristocrats -11,76% -7,43% -15,83% -11,87% -6,24%
FTSE UK Dividend+ -12,70% -11,74% -18,87% -9,03% -1,61%
Solactive Core United Kingdom Large & Mid Cap -8,74% -5,53% -10,92% -1,33% 3,18%
FTSE RAFI UK 100 -9,14% -6,00% -10,66% 2,59% 7,09%
Index   2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
MSCI UK Small Cap -32,95% 21,88% -10,52% 35,86% -16,16%
FTSE 250 -29,76% 24,81% -9,77% 35,28% -14,16%
S&P UK High Yield Dividend Aristocrats -17,26% 22,28% -21,13% 38,42% -15,78%
FTSE UK Dividend+ -16,48% 31,71% -21,50% 24,90% -15,18%
Solactive Core United Kingdom Large & Mid Cap -7,80% 26,59% -16,88% 23,04% -
FTSE RAFI UK 100 -4,17% 31,69% -21,24% 19,03% -10,04%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/9/22; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

Europe indices with a large UK share

Besides UK ETFs you may invest in ETFs on the European stock market. In total, you can invest in 3 indices on Europe, which are tracked by 17 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Europe indices is between 0,07% p.a. and 0,35% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Europe Europa
UK: 24,60%
(31/05/2022)
12 ETFs 429
(31/8/22)
The MSCI Europe index tracks the leading stocks from 15 European industrial countries.
Index factsheet
STOXX® Europe 50 Europa
UK: 26,50%
(31/05/2022)
1 ETF 50
The STOXX® Europe 50 index tracks 50 European large cap stocks.
Index factsheet
STOXX® Europe 600 Europa
UK: 24,70%
(31/05/2022)
4 ETFs 600
The STOXX® Europe 600 index tracks the 600 largest European companies.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Core MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE00B1YZSC51 5.867 0,12% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
iShares STOXX Europe 600 UCITS ETF (DE)DE0002635307 4.748 0,20% p.a. Distribución Alemania Replicación física perfecta
iShares Core MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B4K48X80 4.602 0,12% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
Lyxor Core STOXX Europe 600 (DR) UCITS ETF AccLU0908500753 4.215 0,07% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Xtrackers MSCI Europe UCITS ETF 1CLU0274209237 2.645 0,12% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Amundi ETF MSCI Europe UCITS ETF DRLU1437015735 1.484 0,15% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Xtrackers STOXX Europe 600 UCITS ETF 1CLU0328475792 1.341 0,20% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Lyxor MSCI Europe (DR) UCITS ETF - AccFR0010261198 675 0,25% p.a. Acumulación Francia Replicación física perfecta
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 472 0,35% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
SPDR MSCI Europe UCITS ETFIE00BKWQ0Q14 296 0,25% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Europe UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0446734104 245 0,20% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Amundi Index MSCI Europe UCITS ETF DR EUR (D)LU1737652310 164 0,15% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Invesco STOXX Europe 600 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWW18 150 0,19% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Swap sin fondos
HSBC MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EURIE00B5BD5K76 113 0,10% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Xtrackers MSCI Europe UCITS ETF 1DLU1242369327 79 0,12% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Invesco MSCI Europe UCITS ETFIE00B60SWY32 47 0,19% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Swap sin fondos
HSBC MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE000ZQOIPB1 0 0,10% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
STOXX® Europe 600 -7,52% -4,34% -14,08% -12,31% 6,11%
MSCI Europe -7,38% -4,13% -13,32% -10,76% 6,45%
STOXX® Europe 50 -6,08% -2,99% -9,45% -2,26% 10,63%
Index   2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
STOXX® Europe 600 -18,63% 24,91% -2,28% 28,56% -10,97%
MSCI Europe -17,60% 26,11% -3,09% 26,34% -10,42%
STOXX® Europe 50 -11,04% 26,55% -6,30% 27,24% -10,21%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/9/22; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.