FTSE ETFs Remain Investor Choice For 2nd Month Running

August 11, 2014

FTSE 100 and 250 exchange traded funds remained the top pick for investors in July as the indexes continued to perform strongly, keeping investors interest on the UK locked in for the second consecutive month.

According to Barclays Stockbrokers data, the iShares FTSE 100 ETF remained the top choice for investors in July with UK focused ETFs making up 60 percent of the top 10 purchased ETFs.

July saw the FTSE 100 hit 6866.10, just shy of its year to date high of 6878.5 on 14th May.

Equity income ETFs also proved popular, with the iShares UK Dividend and iShares Euro Dividend ETFs featuring in second and tenth places respectively.

In consecutive order, from second place down, the most popular ETFs in July were the iShares UK dividend ETF, the iShares FTSE 250 ETF, the Vanguard FTSE 100 ETF, ETFS FTSE 100 Super Short Strategy (daily 2x) GO ETF, the ETFS FTSE 100 leveraged (daily 2x) GO ETF, the iShares S&P 500 UCITS ETF, the Vanguard S&P 500 UCITS ETF, the iShares EuroSTOXX 50 ETF and in tenth place the iShares Euro dividend ETF.

Notably Vanguard's S&P 500 UCITS ETF continued its popular trend, having been the most favoured with investors in the first half of the year receiving inflows of $1.5 billion. It has a TER of 9bps.

Chris Stevenson, vice president at Barclays Stockbrokers, said: “Whilst interest in the UK remains dominant, it is interesting to see steady client attention towards internationally focused ETFs, particularly those tracking Europe and the U.S.."



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