Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are funds that offer the chance to trade a wide range of shares or bonds across the whole market. ETF’s trade on the stock exchange meaning anyone can buy or sell them during the trading day.
Vanguard is one of the most famous companies and is known for pioneering the low-cost index tracker products that are now so popular amongst the FIRE community.
There are other products available from different companies such as iShares (run by Blackrock), and HSBC too, so I’ve made a list of a few options to get you started. I am not recommending any of these (although I do own some of them) so you should do independent research before investing yourself.
|Stock Ticker ID||Provider||Name||Description||Fee||Region|
|VUSA||Vanguard||S&P 500 UCITS ETF||Fund tracks the performance of the S&P 500||0.07%||US|
|VUKE||Vanguard||FTSE 100 UCITS ETF||Fund tracks the performance of the FTSE 100||0.09%||UK|
|VMID||Vanguard||FTSE 250 UCITS ETF||Fund tracks the performance of the FTSE 250||0.10%||UK|
|VWRL||Vanguard||FTSE All-World UCITS ETF||The index measures the market performance of large- and mid-capitalisation stocks of companies located around the world.||0.22%||World|
|IVV||iShares||iShares Core S&P 500 ETF||Fund tracks the performance of the S&P 500||0.03%||US|
|SWDA||iShares||Core MSCI World UCITS ETF||Broad exposure to a wide range of global companies within 23 developed countries||0.20%||World|
|ISF||iShares||FTSE 100 UCITS ETF||Fund tracks the performance of the FTSE 100||0.07%||UK|
|CSX5||iShares||Core EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF||50 largest Eurozone companies||0.10%||Europe|
|CNDX||iShares||NASDAQ 100 UCITS ETF||100 largest non-financial companies on the NASDAQ||0.33%||US|
|HUKX||HSBC||FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBP||Fund tracks the performance of the FTSE 100||0.07%||UK|
How do I buy an ETF?
You need to have a broker account set up to buy these. They are available on the stock market, and you can buy them like you’d buy any other share. Search the stock ticker ID, and it should come up.