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Why ETFs

With investors in the UK putting tens of billions of pounds into ETFs last year and the choice growing all the time, they’re fast becoming one of the leading ways to invest in shares, stock markets and more!

What is an ETF?

An ETF is a type of investment fund that’s designed to track the performance of a stockmarket or other financial index.
The Vanguard FTSE 100 ETF, for example, seeks to mirror the returns of the FTSE 100, an index of the biggest UK shares such as BP, Lloyds Bank and Tesco.
ETFs are bought and sold on the stock market like shares, hence their full name of exchange-traded funds.

Key reasons to invest with ETFs

They’re simple
ETFs let you invest in an entire market, quickly and in a single transaction, by tracking the performance of an index.
Wide investment choice
You can choose to invest globally, across specific regions or in individual stock markets. There are also ETFs for bonds, commodities and themes such as ESG or tech.
They’re diversified
ETFs often hold hundreds of individual shares or bonds, helping reduce risk and making them ideal for a long-term portfolio.
Easily bought and sold
ETFs are bought and sold on the stock market like shares — offering greater flexibility than traditional funds like unit trusts.
They’re low cost
ETFs have some of the lowest investment costs around — as little as 0.05% — so more of what you make goes in your pocket rather than someone else’s.
Zero stamp duty
With most share purchases in the UK, investors have to pay 0.5% stamp duty. But with ETFs there’s no stamp duty.

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