Invest in FTSE 250

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

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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 and 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.

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 50 trades are free with Fineco, until 31/12/2020. T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
eToro Free Stocks
0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. 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. Capital is 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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