Invest in FTSE 250

The FTSE 250 is a collection of the largest companies on the London Stock Exchange including Wetherspoon, Cineworld and Tui.

The FTSE 250 is made up of the largest 250 companies by market capitalisation on the London Stock Exchange. If you want to invest in the FTSE 250, you’ll need to invest in a FTSE 250 ETF, unless you want to buy shares in all 250 companies.

What is the FTSE 250?

The Financial Times Stock Exchange 250 (FTSE 250) is a stock market index made up of the 250 largest companies on the London Stock Exchange (by market capitalisation), which includes companies that you probably come across day to day, whether you’re purchasing toys for your cat at Pets at Home, taking out insurance with Hiscox or stocking up on Percy Pigs at Marks & Spencer.

You can’t invest directly in the FTSE 250 without buying shares in all 250 companies, which can be time consuming and pricey. You can get exposure to it by investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the performance of the stocks in the FTSE 250.

How to invest in the FTSE 250

  • Buy FTSE 250 stocks. You can buy stocks that are on the FTSE 250 index on a share trading platform. If you want, you can buy one of each share to create a diversified portfolio that represents the index exactly, or you can choose companies and buy shares in those.
  • Invest in a FTSE 250 ETF. This is a good way of getting exposure to the companies that are on the FTSE 250 without having to spend a bunch of time buying the individual shares. These are index funds that track the performance of the stocks in the FTSE 250.

How to start investing in the FTSE 250

No matter which option you choose, you’ll need a trading platform to get started. There are plenty of options available to choose from, all with their own pros and cons – we’ve listed some of our favourites and we’ve got a comparison below.

Table: sorted by promoted deals first
Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
eToro Free Stocks
£0
N/A
£0
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply. The minimum deposit with eToro is $50.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
£0
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. The minimum deposit with HL is £1. Capital at risk.
Freetrade
Finder Award
Freetrade
£0
N/A
£0
Claim your free share worth between £3 and £200. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
UK: £1.75 + 0.014% (max £5)
US: €0.50 + $0.004 per share
N/A
£0
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. The minimum deposit with Degiro is £0. Capital at risk.
interactive investor Trading Account
£7.99 (with one free trade per month)
£0
£9.99 per month
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. The minimum deposit with ii is £0. Capital at risk.
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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

FTSE 250 ETFs

  • HSBC FTSE 250 UCITS ETF GBP
  • Invesco FTSE 250 UCITS ETF
  • iShares FTSE 250 UCITS ETF
  • Vanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (GBP)
  • Vanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF
  • Xtrackers FTSE 250 UCITS ETF 1D

List of FTSE 250 companies

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