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 find 3 indices, which are tracked by ETFs. Besides these indices 8 alternative indices on small and mid caps as well as dividend strategies can be considered.

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on Europe. The Europe indices weight the UK with 27% to 40%.

0.07% 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: 1.96%
1 year: 8.60%
3 years: 23.94%
5 years: 35.64%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on UK

For an investment in the UK stock market, 3 indices tracked by 19 ETFs are available. On the FTSE 100 index there are 12 ETFs. On the FTSE All-Share index there are 3 ETFs. On the MSCI UK index there are 4 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.07% p.a. and 0.33% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

FTSE 100

United Kingdom 12 ETFs 100
The FTSE 100 index tracks the 100 largest UK stocks.
Index factsheet

FTSE All-Share

United Kingdom 3 ETFs 630
(30/09/19)
The FTSE All-Share index tracks all UK-based companies admitted to the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
Index factsheet

MSCI UK

United Kingdom 4 ETFs 97
(30/09/19)
The MSCI UK index tracks large and mid cap equity market performance of United Kingdom.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (Dist)IE0005042456 8,261 0.07% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Vanguard FTSE 100 UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B810Q511 2,677 0.09% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI UK UCITS ETF (GBP) A-accLU0950670850 1,510 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBP (Acc)IE00B53HP851 633 0.07% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
SPDR FTSE UK All Share UCITS ETFIE00B7452L46 481 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor FTSE 100 UCITS ETF C-GBPLU1650492173 327 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBPIE00B42TW061 214 0.07% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares MSCI UK UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B539F030 114 0.33% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers FTSE 100 UCITS ETF Income 1DLU0292097234 83 0.09% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers FTSE 100 UCITS ETF 1CLU0838780707 74 0.09% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (GBP) A-disLU0136242590 65 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
SPDR FTSE UK All Share UCITS ETFIE00BD5FCF91 57 0.20% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Xtrackers FTSE All-Share UCITS ETF 1DLU0292097747 51 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
Amundi ETF MSCI UK UCITS ETF EUR (C)FR0010655761 43 0.25% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI UK UCITS ETF (GBP) A-disLU0937836467 21 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Vanguard FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (GBP) AccumulatingIE00BFMXYP42 17 0.09% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Invesco FTSE 100 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWT88 7 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
Amundi ETF FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBPLU1437025296 1 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor FTSE 100 UCITS ETF D-GBPLU1650492256 0 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI UK -2.12% -3.49% -0.42% 5.48% 16.39%
FTSE 100 -1.79% -3.03% 0.13% 6.35% 18.17%
FTSE All-Share -1.43% -2.20% 0.27% 6.51% 18.44%
Index   2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
MSCI UK 11.16% -9.08% 11.56% 18.88% -2.39%
FTSE 100 11.99% -8.78% 11.91% 19.19% -1.59%
FTSE All-Share 12.55% -9.73% 12.90% 16.51% 0.76%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/10/19; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

The cheapest UK ETFs
by total expense ratio (TER)

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Alternative investment opportunities

UK indices on small and mid caps or dividend strategies

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on small and mid caps or dividend strategies. In total, you can invest in 8 alternative UK indices, which are tracked by 13 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on alternative UK indices is between 0.10% p.a. and 0.58% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
FTSE 100 Equally Weighted United Kingdom
Equal Weighted
1 ETF 100
The FTSE 100 Equally Weighted index tracks the 100 largest UK stocks. All constituents are equally weighted.
Index factsheet
FTSE 100 Minimum Variance United Kingdom
Low Volatility/Risk Weighted
1 ETF 100
The FTSE 100 Minimum Variance index tracks the 100 most liquid UK stocks in the FTSE 100 optimised for the lowest absolute risk.
Index factsheet
FTSE 250 United Kingdom
Mid Cap
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 United Kingdom
Fundamental/Quality
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+ United Kingdom
Dividend
1 ETF 50
(30/09/19)
The FTSE UK Dividend+ index tracks the highest yielding UK stocks.
Index factsheet
MSCI UK IMI Extended SRI 5% Capped United Kingdom
Social/Environmental
1 ETF 171
(30/09/19)
The MSCI UK IMI Extended SRI 5% Issuer Capped index tracks socially or environmentally responsible UK companies.
Index factsheet
MSCI UK Small Cap United Kingdom
Small Cap
1 ETF 265
(30/09/18)
The MSCI UK Small Cap index tracks UK small cap stocks.
Index factsheet
S&P UK High Yield Dividend Aristocrats United Kingdom
Dividend
1 ETF 39
(30/09/19)
The S&P UK High Yield Dividend Aristocrats index tracks UK companies whose dividends have risen in the last 7 consecutive years.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Vanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF DistributingIE00BKX55Q28 1,759 0.10% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares FTSE 250 UCITS ETFIE00B00FV128 1,003 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETFIE00B0M63060 743 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI UK IMI Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (GBP) A-disIE00BMP3HN93 247 0.28% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares MSCI UK Small Cap UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B3VWLG82 187 0.58% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Invesco FTSE 250 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWV01 99 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
SPDR S&P UK Dividend Aristocrats UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B6S2Z822 92 0.30% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Vanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (GBP) AccumulatingIE00BFMXVQ44 88 0.10% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers FTSE 250 UCITS ETF 1DLU0292097317 45 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
HSBC FTSE 250 UCITS ETF GBPIE00B64PTF05 40 0.35% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers FTSE 100 Equal Weight UCITS ETF 1DIE00BZ0CYG46 16 0.25% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Invesco FTSE RAFI UK 100 UCITS ETFIE00B23LNN70 12 0.39% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Ossiam FTSE 100 Minimum Variance UCITS ETF 1C (GBP)LU0705291739 6 0.45% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
FTSE UK Dividend+ 0.66% 3.56% 1.95% -1.32% 2.73%
FTSE RAFI UK 100 -1.30% -2.38% -2.11% 1.77% 15.79%
FTSE 100 Equally Weighted -3.81% -3.89% -3.03% 4.81% 16.64%
MSCI UK Small Cap 1.12% 2.46% 0.45% 7.51% 23.57%
FTSE 250 0.64% 2.60% 2.61% 8.88% 23.49%
FTSE 100 Minimum Variance 0.11% 0.86% 3.21% 9.16% 14.08%
S&P UK High Yield Dividend Aristocrats 1.33% 4.67% 2.04% 9.36% 5.08%
MSCI UK IMI Extended SRI 5% Capped 0.13% 0.13% 3.20% 10.99% 19.20%
Index   2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
FTSE RAFI UK 100 7.99% -9.30% 12.57% 28.06% -8.42%
FTSE UK Dividend+ 9.25% -14.39% 6.74% 8.52% 0.73%
FTSE 100 Equally Weighted 10.85% -9.62% 12.89% 12.76% -
FTSE 100 Minimum Variance 15.10% -8.33% 9.63% 7.35% 5.20%
MSCI UK IMI Extended SRI 5% Capped 16.78% -10.48% 12.66% 12.33% 4.83%
FTSE 250 17.32% -13.42% 17.58% 6.40% 10.92%
MSCI UK Small Cap 17.84% -15.47% 20.33% 6.28% 14.16%
S&P UK High Yield Dividend Aristocrats 18.21% -15.05% 3.38% 8.27% 2.15%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/10/19; Calculations in GBP 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 14 ETFs. The UK is weighted with around 27% to 40% in the Europe indices. 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 Europe
UK: 27.18%
(31/03/2019)
10 ETFs 442
(30/09/19)
The MSCI Europe index tracks the leading stocks from 15 European industrial countries.
Index factsheet
STOXX® Europe 50 Europe
UK: 30.40%
(31/03/2019)
1 ETF 50
The STOXX® Europe 50 index tracks 50 European large cap stocks.
Index factsheet
STOXX® Europe 600 Europe
UK: 26.60%
(31/03/2019)
3 ETFs 600
The STOXX® Europe 600 index tracks the 600 largest European companies.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Core MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE00B1YZSC51 5,351 0.12% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681042609 2,170 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI Europe Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0274209237 2,164 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B4K48X80 1,363 0.12% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor Core STOXX Europe 600 (DR) UCITS ETF AccLU0908500753 1,329 0.07% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Europe (DR) UCITS ETF D-EURFR0010261198 1,288 0.25% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
Xtrackers STOXX Europe 600 UCITS ETF 1CLU0328475792 1,113 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Optimized sampling
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 594 0.35% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
SPDR MSCI Europe UCITS ETFIE00BKWQ0Q14 523 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Invesco MSCI Europe UCITS ETFIE00B60SWY32 477 0.19% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Europe UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0446734104 320 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Invesco STOXX Europe 600 UCITS ETFIE00B60SWW18 206 0.19% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EURIE00B5BD5K76 120 0.20% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Amundi Index MSCI Europe UCITS ETF DR EUR (D)LU1737652310 40 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Europe -1.93% -3.04% 2.72% 9.47% 21.89%
STOXX® Europe 600 -1.73% -2.80% 3.03% 9.90% 22.66%
STOXX® Europe 50 -2.32% -2.92% 3.58% 11.00% 22.74%
Index   2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
MSCI Europe 16.10% -9.67% 14.28% 19.78% 1.96%
STOXX® Europe 600 16.61% -9.81% 14.74% 18.93% 3.09%
STOXX® Europe 50 17.37% -9.49% 13.06% 17.71% 0.37%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/10/19; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.