Useful ETFs

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are the bedrock of my passive portfolio.

The list below is handy reference for some of the ETFs I have considered for my portfolio.  All the ETFs below are physical (not derivative-based), unless otherwise noted, and the tickers are for trading in the UK (on LSE) unless noted. A couple of useful funds have snuck in too, please forgive me. Please share any notable omissions/comments/corrections in the comments.

Sector ETF name Ticker Annual costs Annual yield
Equities – World
  Lyxor Core MSCI World LCWL 0.12% ~1.9%
  SPDR MSCI World UCITS ETF SWLD 0.12% ~1.9%
  HSBC FTSE All World Index Fund   0.13% ~1.9%
  iShares Core MSCI World UCITS ETF SWDA / IWDG 0.20%/0.30% n/a
  Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF VWRL 0.22% ~1.9%
  iShares MSCI World SRI UCITS ETF SUWS 0.30% 1.19%
Equities – UK
  Lyxor Core UK Equity All-Cap ETF LCUK 0.04% 3.8%
  iShares FTSE100 UCITS ETF ISF 0.07% 3.1%
  UBS MSCI UK IMI Socially Responsible UCITS ETF UKSR 0.28% 3.12%
  Vanguard FTSE100 UCITS ETF VUKE 0.09% 3.5%
  Vanguard FTSE250 UCITS ETF VMID 0.10% N/A
  iShares FTSE250 UCITS ETF MIDD 0.40% 2.4%
  iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETF IUKD 0.40% 4.3%
Equities – USA
  Lyxor Core US Equity UCITS ETF LCUS 0.04% 1.9%
  Vanguard S&P500 ETF NYSE:VOO 0.05% 1.9%
  iShares S&P500 ETF LSE:IUSA ; NYSE:IVV 0.07% 1.0%
  S&P S&P500 ETF NYSE:SPY 0.09% 1.9%
  HSBC S&P500 UCITS ETF HSPX 0.09% 1.6%
  iShares MSCI USA SRI UCITS ETF SUUS 0.20% n/a
  Invesco Powershares NASDAQ 100 ETF LSE:EQQQ 0.30% 0.4%
  iShares NASDAQ 100 ETF LSE:EXXT (Euro) / CNX1 0.31% 0.4%
  Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF NYSE:VTI 0.05% 1.8%
  Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF NYSE:VBR 0.09% 1.9%
Equities – Australia
  Vanguard S&P/ASX 300 ETF ASX:VAS 0.14% 4.7%
  iShares MSCI Australia 200 ETF ASX:IOZ ; NYSE:EWA n/a 4.0%
  iShares MSCI Australia UCITS ETF SAUS (in GBP; IAUS for USD version) 0.50% 0% (i.e. it’s acc)
  iShares S&P/ASX Dividend Opportunities ETF ASX:IHD 0.30% 4.7%
  Vanguard MSCI Australian Small Companies Index ETF ASX:VSO 0.30% 3.5%
Equities – other International
  Lyxor Core EuroStoxx 600 UCITS ETF MEUD 0.07% 0.0%
  HSBC Euro Stoxx 50 UCITS ETF H50E 0.15% 2.3%
  iShares Euro Dividend UCITS ETF IDVY 0.40% 2.1%
  Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex UK VERX 0.12% n/a
  iShares Euro Total Market Value Large UCITS ETF IDJV 0.40% 2.2%
  Vanguard FTSE Dev Asia Pac ex Japan UCITS ETF VAPX 0.22% 2.75%
  Lyxor Core MSCI Japan UCITS ETF LCJP 0.12% 1.4%
  Vanguard FTSE Japan UCITS ETF VJPN 0.19% 1.41%
  HSBC MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF HMEF 0.15% 2.2%
  Vanguard FTSE Emerging Index UCITS ETF VFEM 0.22% 3.1%
Fixed income – UK
  Lyxor Core FTSE Actuaries UK Gilts ETF GILS 0.07% 2.1%
  Lyxor FTSE Actuaries UK Gilts 0-5Y ETF GIL5 0.07% 3.0%
  Lyxor FTSE Actuaries UK Gilts 0-5Y ETF GILI 0.07% 0.32%
  iShares Core UK Gilts UCITS ETF IGLT 0.07% 2.2%
  iShares £ Index-Linked Gilts UCITS ETF INXG 0.10% 2.0%
  iShares Core £ Corporate Bond UCITS ETF SLXX 0.20% 2.6%
  iShares £ Ultrashort Corporate Bond UCITS ETF ERNS 0.20% 0.3%
Fixed income – USA
  iShares $ Treasury Bond UCITS ETF GOVT 0.07% 0.8%
  Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF BND 0.07% 2.0%
  Vanguard USD Treasuries ETF VUTY 0.12% 1.5%
  Vanguard Long Term Government Bond ETF VGLT 0.12% 2.7%
  Vanguard Long Term Corporate Bond ETF NYSE:VCLT 0.12% 4.5%
  SPDR Barclays High Yield Corporate Bond NYSE:JNK 0.4% 5.8%
  iShares $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF SHYU 0.5% 5.8%
Fixed income – Australia
  Vanguard Australian Government Bond ETF ASX:VGB 0.20% 2.6%
  iShares Composite Bond ETF ASX:IAF 0.24% 4.5%
  iShares Treasury ETF ASX:IGB 0.26% 4.2%
Fixed income – other International
  Vanguard Total International Bond Index ETF BNDX 0.15% 0.64%
  iShares JPM USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF EMB 0.40% 4.9%
  iShares JPM USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF SEMB 0.45% 4.9%
  iShares Euro High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF IHYG 0.50% 4.6%
  iShares Emerging Markets High Yield Bond EMHY 0.55% 4.9%

Last (partially) updated 24 Feb 2023.

12 thoughts on “Useful ETFs”

  1. Any reason there’s no VWRL/global ETF’s? They look so promising to me, but I’m still waiting for my investment ISA account to come through, so any good reasons to avoid would be v. useful. I was looking to pile into VWRL with 100% of my ISA funds.


      1. How about SWDA? It has lower expense ratio. It doesn’t include EM, but you can have that plus VFEM and have essentially VWRL for 4bp/year less.


  2. these are really useful, thanks. meant to comment ages ago to say thanks but somehow forgot about it. just came back here today as am taking on retired mother-in-laws portfolio so am creating a passive portfolio suitable for her age and lifestyle using ETFs and/or index funds.


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  4. Useful list. Thanks. I’d noticed the Lyxor UK Gilt ETFs a while back. Very low cost but sadly my platform (HSBC) won’t trade in them and “have no plans to do so”. I’ve gone with INXG and VGOV instead.

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    1. No, not particularly. I find etfs easier to deal with because I can get real-time prices for my portfolio tracking etc. I do also use funds eg Vanguard UK Equity but less so and usually in the harder-to-administer accounts like my offshore bond.


  5. Very useful, especially for those of us who are making use of Hargreaves’ nicely capped fees for holding ETFs (and IVTs, for that matter) in an ISA or SIPP

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