Shares Magazine – August 15, 2019

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here are exchange-traded funds
(ETFs) which track both the FTSE
100 and FTSE 250 benchmarks, so
buying both would be one way of
getting exposure to the FTSE 350 as a whole.
Most products are further distilled into
a distribution version and an accumulation
version.
Given that the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250
are not total return indices – that is, all
dividends paid by index members are paid
out in cash (distributed) rather than re-
invested in the index (accumulated) – the
truer comparison with the index is the
distribution version. FTSE 250 ETFs
Product Assets Launched OCF
iShares
FTSE 250 £846m Mar-04 0.4%
Vanguard
FTSE 250 £1.3bn Sep-14 0.10%

FTSE 100 ETFs
Product Assets Launched OCF
iShares Core
FTSE 100 £6.5bn Apr-00 0.07%
Vanguard
FTSE 100 £2.7bn May-12 0.09%

HOW FTSE INDEXES EMERGED


THE FTSE ALL-SHARE Index
was originally called the FT
Actuaries All-Share Index at
its inception in 1962. The index
was first enhanced in 1984
with the creation of the FTSE

100, the best-known and most
closely followed of UK stock
market indexes. More refinement
followed in 1992 when the FTSE
250 was set-up to give investors
an increasing number of options.

There are 11 UCITS ETFs tracking the FSTE
100 which are ISA-friendly but for reasons
of liquidity we are only interested in the two
largest: the BlackRock’s iShares Core FTSE
100 (ISF) and the Vanguard FTSE 100 (VUKE).
Both are ‘full replication’ funds therefore
they own the same stocks as the index and in
the same proportions, and their performance
over one year, three years and five years is

virtually identical to that of the index and
each other.
Their ongoing charge figures (OCF),
which cover administration, audit, depositary,
legal, registration and regulatory costs,
are also virtually identical. Lastly, they both
yield 4.44%, the same as the index as at
the end of June.
There are even fewer FTSE 250 ETFs so
again for simplicity and liquidity reasons we
have narrowed it down to the two largest
distribution versions, one by iShares and one
by Vanguard.

Both invest in all 250 index constituents in
the same proportion as the index therefore
their performance and yield are virtually
identical to the index. The only distinguishing
feature between them is the lower charges
at Vanguard.

By Ian Conway Senior Reporter

FTSE 350

ETF OPTIONS
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