Skip to content

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Are these the best UK ETFs to watch in Q2 2024?

A brief description of ETFs and five of the best ETFs for UK investors to consider in Q2 2024. These ETFs are selected for their widespread popularity — though this does not guarantee a positive performance.

uk etfs Source: Getty Images

Investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) is an incredibly popular trading strategy, especially among newer investors. ETFs allow you to buy into a ‘basket of securities’ based on a specific sector or investing approach, without having to buy the assets individually.

Investing in an ETF allows for increased exposure to a diversified range of investments, the trading liquidity of equity instead of the rigidity of a mutual fund, and the ability to manage risk by trading futures just like an individual stock.

Of course, ETFs can contain all sorts of investments, from stocks to commodities to bonds. Other than the convenience, ETFs usually offer low expense ratios and lower broker commissions than buying the constituent assets individually.

And with the UK economy still on an uncertain footing, the diversification of ETFs appears more attractive than ever.

However, it’s worth nothing that an ETF will only ever perform as well as its underlying constituents. We do offer an ETF screener that can help to inform your investing decisions. But remember, past performance is not an indicator of future returns.

Best UK ETFs to watch

Here are some of what we think might be the best UK ETFs to watch. Always do your own research.

Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF

This exchange traded fund is one of the most popular in the world, as it aims to track the performance of the FTSE All-World index, made up of large and mid-sized companies in both developed and emerging markets.

This index offers possibly the most diversified portfolio of stocks possible, providing exposure to almost 4,000 companies from across 50 countries at a low annual fee.

However, it does have a geographical bias, with 64% of companies in the ETF based in the US. And because of the relative size of the US tech giants, the FTSE All-World’s biggest sector is usually technology — which can be volatile given the sensitivity of tech stocks to monetary policy. Further, over the longer term the index is usually beaten by the S&P 500.

But it’s worth noting the benefits of diversification — investors may wish to protect themselves from unpredictable global events, such as the occasional US stock market bubble, and also benefit from emerging markets.

iShares S&P 500 Information Technology Sector ETF

This ETF seeks to track the performance of an index composed of U.S. Information Technology Sector companies as defined by the Global Industry Classification Standard. It boasts diversified exposure to titanic US tech stocks including top holdings Apple, Microsoft, and NVIDIA — but with the caveat that it only invests in the US.

US information technology stocks have recovered significantly across 2024 — rates across the pond may have peaked amid hopes that generative AI could drive further capital growth. Of course, as noted above, tech shares — even the blue chips — are more volatile than other sectors.

WisdomTree Brent Crude Oil ETF

The WisdomTree Brent Crude Oil ETF is designed to closely track the Bloomberg Brent Crude subindex, collateralised by swaps held with the Bank of New York Mellon. Buying shares in this popular ETF gives investors exposure to Brent Crude, globally recognised as the most popular oil benchmark, which is based on oil drilled in the North Sea.

Oil prices remain elevated as a result of post-pandemic demand, alongside wars in Ukraine and the Middle East. In particular, some investors fear that if Iran enters into a regional conflict with Israel, the ‘world’s oil chokepoint, the Strait of Hormuz, could be closed.

iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETF

The iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETF is a selective ETF which focuses on the most appealing strength of the some of the best FTSE 100 companies — reliable dividend returns.

Instead of investing in all 100 companies in the UK’s premier index, it instead offers diversified exposure to the top 50 UK companies within the FTSE 350 with the highest dividend yield (excluding investment trusts). Of course, there are risks — dividends are not guaranteed and cyclical companies like Rio Tinto or Barratt can see their dividend yield fall fast in poor years.

Many investors look to pair this fund with a NASDAQ 100 index tracker ETF, allowing for some exposure to growth for a balanced portfolio.

Invesco Physical Gold ETC

Invesco Physical Gold ETC seeks to replicate the performance of the London Gold Market Fixing Ltd PM Fix Price/USD, with the fund backed one-to-one with gold bullion held by JP Morgan Chase in London bank vaults.

Gold continues to flirt with near-record $2,000/oz levels, as the traditional real asset inflation-hedge, which preserves purchasing power and acts as a protective asset in times of severe market stress, once again performs admirably in this inflationary environment.

It’s worth noting that central banks bought a record 1,136 tons of the precious metal in 2022 and continue to buy huge amounts this year.

And of course, gold’s price trades in an unofficial pair with the US Dollar; usually, rate rises tend to see gold fall as defensive investors seek the safe haven of the world’s reserve currency. However, gold has continued to rise even as rates increase, highlighting its attractiveness in the current environment.

How to invest or trade in UK ETFs with us

1. Learn more about UK ETFs
2. Open an account with us or practise on a demo
3. Select your opportunity
4. Choose your position size and manage your risk
5. Place your deal and monitor your trade

You can either invest in ETFs directly or trade using spread betting or CFDs to benefit from leverage.

Keep in mind, leverage means you can gain or lose money faster than expected. Because your position size is far greater than your deposit, you could lose more money than you put in. Be aware also that past performance is not an indicator of future returns.

Learn more about the differences between trading and investing here.

Trade and invest in over 17,000 UK, US and global shares from zero commission with us, the UK’s No.1 trading provider.* Learn more about trading or investing in shares with us, or open an account to get started today.
*Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, October 2021).

Top UK ETFs summed up

These are just a small selection of some of the best UK ETFs to watch. Always do your own research. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

Act on share opportunities today

Go long or short on thousands of international stocks with spread bets and CFDs.

  • Get full exposure for a comparatively small deposit
  • Trade on spreads from just 0.1%
  • Get greater order book visibility with direct market access

See opportunity on a stock?

Try a risk-free trade in your demo account, and see whether you’re on to something.

  • Log in to your demo
  • Take your position
  • See whether your hunch pays off

See opportunity on a stock?

Don’t miss your chance – upgrade to a live account to take advantage.

  • Trade a huge range of popular stocks
  • Analyse and deal seamlessly on fast, intuitive charts
  • See and react to breaking news in-platform

See opportunity on a stock?

Don’t miss your chance. Log in to take advantage while conditions prevail.

What is the number one mistake traders make?

We reveal the top potential pitfall and how to avoid it. Discover how to increase your chances of trading success, with data gleaned from over 100,00 IG accounts.

For more info on how we might use your data, see our privacy notice and access policy and privacy webpage.

You might be interested in…

Find out what charges your trades could incur with our transparent fee structure.

Discover why so many clients choose us, and what makes us a world-leading provider of spread betting and CFDs.

Stay on top of upcoming market-moving events with our customisable economic calendar.