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The SPDR® FTSE UK All Share UCITS ETF is a market cap weighted tracker that aims to capture the performance of all of the stocks of eligible companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Encompassing the FTSE 100, 250 and Small cap indices, covering some 98% of the market cap of the UK equity market. To buy this fund you need an ETF investing platform like Hargreaves Lansdown, Interactive Investor or AJ Bell.

About the fund

The ETF which tracks the performance of the FTSE All-Share Index trades under the ticker FTAL and is managed by State Street Global Advisors. The fund has around 574 holdings and a total expense ratio of 0.20%. Turnover in the fund is modest with around 30,000 shares in the ETF, trading on average each day.

Recent performance

Year to date FTAL is up by +5.87%. However, over the last three years, the fund’s stock price is up by almost 42%, and over a ten-year period, it has returned just over 70.0%.

In the last three months, the ETF has seen 12 new highs, 11 of which were posted in the last month, as it rallied strongly from 21/8/2023.

The share price is not overbought on the RSI 14 indicator, at the time of writing, with a reading of 64.88%.

The overbought boundary for the RSI 14 indicator sits at 70.0% or higher.

Currently trading at 61.66p per share, the ETF price is sitting just below the year-to-date high, which was posted on the 11th of April at 63.00p.

SPDR FTSE UK All Share UCITS ETF (FTAL) Chart

Listings and make-up of the fund

The ETF is quoted on the London Stock Exchange, as well as Deutsche Borse and the Swiss Six Exchange, where it’s quoted in Euros and Swiss Francs respectively.

The largest holdings in the fund are heavyweight names from the FTSE 100 index.

Oil company Shell accounts for 7.2% of the funds weighting, drug maker Astra Zenenca contributes 6.95%, international bank  HSBC makes up another 5.13%, while Consumer and Household goods group Unilever accounts for 4.47% and oil major BP makes up another 3.71% of the fund.

In terms of sector weightings within the ETF, Financials make up 22.71% of the fund, and Consumer Staples 15.7%. Industrials and Consumer Discretionary stocks make up another 24% between them, with the energy sector representing 11.30% of the fund.

Technology, Telecoms and Real Estate have the smallest sector weightings in the ETF and in terms of geographic weightings, 99.98% of the fund is UK-focused.

FTAL has a minimal tracking area – that’s the deviation between the fund and the FTSE All Share Index which it tracks, of just 0.07% over the last three years that’s lower than the tracking error in a rival fund managed by Aviva Investors.

Should you buy it?

In summary, the SPDR® FTSE UK All Share UCITS ETF does exactly what it says on the tin which is to accurately track the performance of the FTSE All-share index in a low-cost fund wrapper.

If those are the investment returns that you want to capture then this could be the fund for you. However, if you specifically want to capture the retunds from UK-listed overseas earners then you may wish to consider a FTSE 100 index tracking fund, or if you want exposure to companies that earn their living from the UK domestic economy then a FTSE-250-focused fund might be a better bet.

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