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Tracker Funds

Barclays Funds List

Our Tracker Funds selection is a group of funds which allow you to track the performance of different investment sectors at a low cost.

Remember that Smart Investor does not offer financial advice, so you must decide how to invest your money. The criteria outlined here can only help you narrow down the choice. Investing in funds is like any other type of investment. The value of your investment can fall as well as rise. You might not get back the amount you invest.

Why invest in Tracker funds?

Instead of having a manager who tries to pick investments to beat the markets, tracker funds – also known as passive or index funds – simply follow the overall performance of a particular market or index, such as the FTSE 100.

As they’re run using computer algorithms rather than with costly research and managers, these funds are significantly cheaper than the equivalent actively managed funds, and offer an attractive cost-effective option to use as a key part of a diversified portfolio. But it’s important to understand that unlike an actively managed fund, a tracker can never outperform the market or index it is linked to – as the name suggests, it will only ever follow it.

So if the FTSE 100 rose by 5% over the course of a year, a FTSE 100 tracker would go up by just under 5% once the annual fund charge had been factored in. Similarly, if the FTSE 100 fell by 5%, the value of your investment would fall by just over 5% because of the fund cost and charges.

How do we select our tracker funds?

Because a passive fund doesn’t try to do any more than track the performance of the market it follows, we believe there’s no reason to pay more than you need to. The tracker funds on our Funds List are selected solely on cost – those featured are simply the cheapest available tracker fund we offer in each sector where a relevant product is available . The funds included in this selection are reviewed every six months, in June and December. To see any changes to the list, please check our additions and removals page.

Our 13 Fund Sectors are:

It’s important to fully understand what you’re investing in, so please make sure you do your own research and, in particular, investigate the fund’s key details on the fund factpage linked from the fund name. Make sure you read the Key Investor Information Document (KIID) found there when making your decision on investing. There is also a fund factsheet that you might find useful. If you’re not sure about anything, please seek professional advice.

Ongoing cost and KIID risk scores shown are correct from the fund manager KIID documents as at April 2021. As these can change, please check the latest KIID.

Why are KIID risk score and ongoing costs important?

Asia (excluding Japan)

iShares Pacific ex Japan Equity Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.12% / KIID risk score: 6

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Emerging Markets

iShares Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.19% / KIID risk score: 6

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Europe

iShares Continental European Equity Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.06% / KIID risk score: 6

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Global Bonds

Vanguard Global Bond Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.15% / KIID risk score: 3

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Global Equity

Fidelity Index World Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.12% / KIID risk score: 5

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Japan

iShares Japan Equity Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.08% / KIID risk score: 6

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North America

iShares US Equity Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.05% / KIID risk score: 6

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Sterling Bonds

iShares Corporate Bond Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.11% / KIID risk score: 4

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UK Equity - Growth

iShares UK Equity Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.05% / KIID risk score: 6

iShares 100 UK Equity Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.06% / KIID risk score: 6

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HSBC FTSE 250 Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.12% / KIID risk score: 6

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UK Equity - Income

Vanguard FTSE UK Equity Income Index Fund

Ongoing cost: 0.14% / KIID risk score: 5

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