Exchange Traded Funds

Low-cost and liquid, ETFs let you widen your range of investments and take your financial fluency to the next level

What are ETFs?

Exchange Traded Funds, or ETFs, are a low cost and easily traded way to broaden your investment portfolio and achieve your goals. Like Investment Trusts, they invest in other securities or assets but have greater transparency because they declare their holdings daily. And just like ordinary Stocks and Shares they’re bought and sold during normal trading hours.

ETFs typically track the performance of a particular index of stocks, like the FTSE 100, and replicate it by investing in the same assets at the same proportions. The price of an ETF moves with the underlying equity index it’s designed to track.

They can get a bit complex. Some ETFs can be ’physical’, where the constituents are actually bought, some can be ‘synthetic’ and use derivatives, and some can be a mix of both.

So it’s important to know if ETFs are the right investment option for you.

Right for you if:
You're 18 or over and a UK resident
You're comfortable with the risk involved.
You want to track a chosen index with prices available through the day
Wrong for you if:
You're uncomfortable with market volatility
You think you'll get better returns with other options
You're new to investing and would prefer Active Funds or an index tracker

Before you begin

It's important to learn as much as you can before investing in ETFs. Below are some pre-trading tips.

  • Read our ETF frequently asked questions to get a better idea of how ETFs work and how you can trade through Willis Owen
  • Take a look through : explore to browse ETFs and review performance data, as well as view the Key Investor Information Documents (KIIDs) - which must be read prior to investing
  • Take a look at the information on the London Stock Exchange website.

Ready to trade?

Simply register or log in to : invest. You'll then need to decide which product such as an ISA, SIPP or GIA is best suited to you and then choose your ETFs.

Please remember to read the relevant KIID before purchase which can be found within our : explore ETFs area.

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