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Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

Get insights and ideas on choosing ETFs for your portfolio.

Expert Tips

Please remember, investment value can go up or down and you could get back less than you invest. The value of international investments may be affected by currency fluctuations which might reduce their value in sterling.

ETF ideas from our experts

Our experts have selected a number of ETFs for our Super 60 investments and ACE 40 sustainable list. You'll also find a range of other funds and investment trusts to suit your goals.

What is an ETF?

ETFs - or exchange-traded funds - are investment funds that can be traded on stock exchanges in the same way as shares. Trading in ETFs is a way to track a broad basket of stocks using an index, such as the S&P 500 or FTSE 100.

Investors can also track a wide range of other asset classes such as bonds, property and currencies. To trade in commodities such as metals, energy and agriculture, investors can use ETCs – exchange-traded commodities – which work much the same way.

Why do people invest in ETFs?

ETFs are a simple way to invest in a wide range of companies without picking individual shares.

However, unlike an active fund or trust, ETFs are usually 'passively managed'. This means they track a predefined index of stocks, rather than trying to beat the market. As a result, ETFs usually have much cheaper fees.

Another benefit is that ETFs are traded on stock exchanges, meaning they can be bought and sold quickly throughout the day. Other types of funds can take longer to appear in your account.

Why choose interactive investor to buy ETFs?

  • We offer one of the widest choice of investments in the market – more than 40,000 UK & global investment options, including over 1,000 ETFs.
  • Our flat fees start from just £4.99 per month - most other investment platforms charge a percentage fee that grows with your investments.
  • The £4.99 monthly fee includes our Stocks & Shares ISA and Trading Account.

How to invest in ETFs with ii


Open an account

It only takes a few minutes to get started.


Choose your ETF(s)

Need inspiration? We've included several ETFs in our Super 60 investment list.


Choose how you want to invest

We've made it simple:

  • Top up monthly with our regular investing service and pay no trading fees.
  • Or buy & sell investments as and when you choose. 

Latest ETF News and Insights

Five-minute guide to exchange-traded funds

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are being promoted as a low-cost way of investing and have become more popular in recent years. But what are they all about and should you jump on the ETF bandwagon?

by Tom Bailey

Fund, investment trust and ETF data. Read the latest

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Open an investment account to invest in ETFs. It takes less than 10 minutes to get started. 

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Log in to use our selector tool to find your next ETF. There's over 1,000 to choose from.


Exchange-Traded Products (ETPs) including ETFs, ETCs and ETNs track a wide variety of underlying investments, some of which may be complex in nature and involve leverage, shorting or a high degree of volatility. It is therefore important that you read the Prospectus or Fact Sheet (available on the issuers' websites) prior to investing and ensure that you understand how it is structured and the associated risks.

Tax laws may change. If you have any queries on taxation in relation to your investments please speak to a qualified tax adviser. Please remember, the value of your investments, and the income derived from them, may go down as well as up. You may not get back all the money that you invest.

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