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  1. Hi, the ETFs you refer to are all US-domiciled ETFs which are not available to UK investors given that they do not produce a Key Information Document (KID). This is part of a set of EU investment regulations designed to protect consumers (PRIIPs stands for Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance Products). More info here: https://www.etfstream.com/features/etf-insight-european-investors-set-to-be-impacted-by-kid-requirements/ Instead, you can invest in UCITS ETFs which provide such documentation. I have given some examples of UCITS ETFs below which are also listed on the London Stock Exchange which will give you a similar exposure and also help to keep you costs of investing down. But others are available and please do your own research on these before investing. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) and Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) have performed similar to Vanguard S&P 500 UCITS ETF (VUSA) given the vast majority of their exposure is to US large cap stocks. CSP1 invests purely in S&P 500 stocks so has a slightly lower exposure to smaller cap stocks than VTI. Over past three years VTI has outperformed CSP1 by 1.45%. For Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS), unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a UCITS alternative. You can see the country breakdown in the link below and could look to replicate the majority of its exposure using some single country ETFs: https://investor.vanguard.com/etf/profile/portfolio/vxus Alternatively, we have a range of managed portfolios called IG Smart Portfolios which give investors access to a range of international equities. You can add an IG Smart Portfolio in the dashboard area of My IG. More information on these can be found here: https://www.ig.com/uk/investments/smart-portfolios
  2. Hi For those interested in the Video Gaming industry we recently interviewed the product manager for VanEck Video Gaming & Esports ETF to talk about how the industry will perform as lockdown measures start to ease and what is fueling future growth https://blubrry.com/igtradingthemarkets/74972956/how-investors-can-profit-from-the-growing-video-gaming-and-esports-industry/ Are there any other exciting sectors you would like to see covered on the podcast by an industry expert?
  3. Hi @Bman You can request to transfer your ISA that is with a different provider to IG in the My IG area. Select: Live accounts > ISA transfers. There's an online form to fill out then our transfers team will contact your current provider to arrange the transfer. The cash from the transfer will be invested right away once it is allocated to your Smart Portfolio ISA. If you want to choose when the funds are invested then I suggest transferring your ISA to an IG share dealing ISA then moving the cash across to your IG Smart Portfolio ISA when you are ready to invest the cash.
  4. Hi all, After the announcement of the positive Pfizer vaccine results on Monday, value stocks saw larger gains than growth stocks as the prospects for the economy opening up sooner than expected rose. Do people think this could finally be the start of a market cycle where value stocks outperform? We've written more on this here and keen to here what other investors are thinking? https://www.ig.com/uk/investments/news/investing/2020/11/12/will-the-vaccine-breakthrough-provide-a-shot-in-the-arm-for-valu
  5. Hi @TrendFollower That's a great point. We can certainly include detail on our latest holdings and performance in Community posts going forwards. For now, the table below shows our current positioning for all five portfolios. After you have added an account in My IG, we show what goes into each portfolio inside the platform. A breakdown of our performance against our benchmarks can be found here too: https://www.ig.com/uk/investments/smart-portfolios/performance We show our performance across different time periods to allow you to compare us against other investment managers. For example, our Aggressive portfolio has returned -4.4% over the last 12 months. Whereas Nutmeg's most risk-taking portfolio returned -12.7% over the same period. Both these portfolios use the same benchmark: ARC GBP Equity Risk Private Client Index, which returned -10.0% over the last 12 months. This benchmark includes managed portfolios across the industry that take on 80%-120% of global equity risk. As mentioned above, it has been a challenging time for investors and we hope to continue to outperform the competition and our benchmarks. We'd like to help people manage the core of their investments by using a Smart Portfolio so if you have any more questions let me know.
  6. The first quarter of 2020 was a challenging time for investment managers and those managing their own money. We're pleased to report that although our five Smart Portfolio lost value over the quarter, we outperformed our benchmarks by a wide margin. We also took the opportunity to make some changes to the portfolios. You can read more here, and if you have questions please let us know below.
  7. Recently I have seen lots of cases on Twitter where people have confused themselves over what the Purchasing Manager Index data shows When China posted a reading of 52.0 for March, after falling to 35.7 in February, there was a lot of talk of a V-shaped recovery. This not true. More here: https://www.ig.com/uk/investments/education/2020/04/21/purchasing-manager-index--how-not-to-read-this-leading-economic-
  8. Hi, The ETF must have a Key Investor Document (KID) for it to be available to UK investors. A couple of examples for the energy sector could be: SPDR MSCI World Energy UCITS ETF (WNRG) Xtrackers MSCI USA Energy UCITS ETF (XUEN) Amundi ETF MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF (ANRJ) A key considerations to make when investing in a sector ETF is which region does the ETF give you exposure to? You can click on the Factsheet to see this via the ETF Screener. If you spot any that we don't have on the platform already just let us know and we can look to add them.
  9. Also, the link below to our ETF Screener will let you see other ETFs that you could use to gain exposure to the FTSE 250 index. Please note that the expense ratio for the Vanguard ETF (VMID) is actually 0.10%, not 0.00%. I'll look into why the correct data from the fact sheet is not feeding through properly. https://etfscreener.ig.com/?cols=AssetClass,Currency,ExpenseRatio,NetAssets,PrimaryExchange,ReturnM12&filters=GlobalSector,ISA,LeveragedFund,UCITS&map=null&ISA=Yes&search=FTSE 250&page=1&sortCol=NetAssets&sortDir=-1
  10. @aabrocks You can set up a standing order for your Smart Portfolio from £50 a month https://www.ig.com/uk/help-and-support/investments/ig-smart-portfolios/how-do-I-add-funds-to-my-account
  11. You can find ETFs using our ETF screener: https://etfscreener.ig.com
  12. You can see a list of the trades you have made over a given period by going into the Share Dealing platform > History > Go to older trades > Transactions > Edit your timeframe > Client Consideration > View History. Screenshot below. Hope that helps
  13. If you are just finding the TER for the portion of your portfolio that is invested in assets that have an annual expense then I would recommend either using weights for this part that sum to 100%, or to gross up the weights as shown in the screenshot below. Both methods should get to the same answer, which I've calculated as 0.19% (2 d.p) That should do the trick. Let me know if you've any other questions!
  14. Hi @theshidoshi The answer is C. You need to weight the TER of each ETF by its weight in your portfolio. In Excel, if you had the weights in column A and TER’s in column B, you could use the SUMPRODUCT function to find the TER for your portfolio. I’ve calculated this for you and I got a TER of 0.1685%. Let me know if you've got any other questions! Kind regards, Sam
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