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Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)

Prices & performance table

Link to the Prices & performance table»

The table provides daily updated prices and charts for Exchange Traded Funds available in the UK market. An ETF aims to reflect the growth of a selected stock exchange index, similar to an Index Tracker Fund, but also has the ability to trade throughout the day like a share.

Chart icon Chart

This icon acts as a link to a standard performance chart for subscribing funds. Non-subscribing funds will link into a feedback form.

Fund name

The highlighted fund name acts as a link to a detailed fund factsheet for subscribing funds. Non-subscribing funds will link into a feedback form.

Prices

All prices given are the previous working day's last traded price. This figure is updated daily (usually by around 3:00 p.m. in the UK). All prices are in Pence Sterling unless otherwise stated in brackets. Please see FE Trustnet's Exchange Rates section for help with currency codes.

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Fund factsheet

Link to a fund factsheet list»
Fund performance chart

This section has the option to show up to six charts for the selected fund. To make your selection from 1, 3 and 6 month, 1, 3 and 5 year charts, simply choose the relevant time period from the drop-down list under 'Performance Chart Control'.

The charts shown have PERCENTAGE performance plots, in Sterling terms, and are rebased. They do NOT show actual values. Charts are updated at least twice weekly and as such there may be small differences between the charts and the numerical data listed, especially if prices or markets have moved significantly since the charts were last updated.

Detailed fund information

In this section you can view essential details about the fund.

Fund type

The Fund Type, for example, 'Dublin based variable capital company', indicating where the fund was registered and the type of fund.

Fund savings schemes

This section indicates with a tick or a cross, whether a fund is ISA or PEP eligible or has a Savings Plan.

Launched in April 1999 as the successor to PEPs, ISAs are tax-efficient savings plans. (For more information, please read our ISA Education Guide.) PEPs are still in existence, but can no longer be sold. The eligible status refers to whether a PEP investment can be switched to another fund.

Management fees

The management fee of an ETF is considered to be very low. This is due to the fund's passively managed nature; the fund manager makes no decisions about what to invest in, they simply aim to represent the chosen index. In the case of external costs, there is normally no stamp duty to be paid, but you will have to pay a stockbroker commission when purchasing or selling shares.

Authorised participants in creation/redemption process

Authorised Participants refers to the large financial institutions, for example Credit Suisse First Boston, involved in the transfer mechanism that allows ETF Units (large blocks of ETF shares, typically more than £1 million) to be created and cancelled.

As a retail investor, you would purchase ETF shares on the secondary market, from a stockbroker or adviser. ETF shares cannot be bought and sold direct from the fund management group for cash like other open ended funds, they have to be listed on the stock exchange first. ETF shares are created through a swapping process between the ETF and institutional investor. Large blocks of ETF shares (Creation Units worth typically over £1 million) are exchanged with the institution for a specified proportion of the securities that makes up the index the ETF is following. The institutional investor may then sell their ETF shares on the stock exchange.

When the institution wishes to redeem their ETF shares, which again has to be an entire Unit, the shares are swapped not for cash, but for the fund's underlying stocks. The institution is then able to sell the stocks on the open market to make a cash profit. The Authorised Participants are set up to ensure this in-kind swapping system works when it is needed, for example when the fund has a premium or discount.

Price & performance

This section shows the daily updated price and risk rating of the fund. ETFs trade at a price that is very close to the value of their underlying stock. All prices given are the previous working day's last traded price. This figure is updated daily (usually by around 3:00 p.m. in the UK). All prices are in Pence Sterling unless otherwise stated in brackets.

The plus sign Plus symbol can be clicked on to add the fund to your Portfolio. If you view a fund factsheet when logged off from the portfolio service, clicking on the plus sign will take you to the portfolio homepage. In this case, to add the fund simply log on to your portfolio and the selected fund will appear automatically in the Valuation View. If you have more than one portfolio you have to choose which portfolio the fund is to be placed in before linking to the Valuation View.

The icon next to the RiskGrade™ title, links to an explanation of the figure in the help section.

Portfolio summary

The portfolio information is collected direct from the management groups. You can view up to three of the fund's previous portfolio breakdowns by selecting the 'historical portfolios' link. If a fund has more, a link on the historical portfolio page will allow you to view all the breakdowns available.

Company announcements

The Company Announcements link at the top of the page or the RNS link under Ticker Symbols will take you to the Investegate.co.uk web site. You can view press releases and other information on your chosen fund and additional data such as the number of shares traded.

There are also links enabling you to e-mail a friend about the fund factsheet or make the page printer-friendly - to return to the previous view select 'Normal view'.

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Fund performance page

All fund performance pages have links to the related fund factsheet and management group factsheet.

Standard performance chart

Link to the Prices & performance table»

This section has the option to show up to six charts for the selected fund. To make your selection from 1, 3 and 6 month, 1, 3 and 5 year charts, simply choose the relevant time period from the drop-down list above the chart.

The charts shown have PERCENTAGE performance plots, in Sterling terms, and are rebased. They do NOT show actual values. Charts are updated at least twice weekly and as such there may be small differences between the charts and the numerical data listed, especially if prices or markets have moved significantly since the charts were last updated.

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Links

ETF education guide

Link to the ETF education guide»

Produced by iShares, this education guide covers many areas including the benefits of investing, the costs involved and the popularity of Exchange Traded Funds in the rest of the world.

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