How to buy iShares ETFs

Capital at risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed.

 


iShares ETFs

iShares ETFs cover a wide range of asset classes and markets and can be bought and sold via regulated stock exchanges just like individual shares, making them a useful building block for your investment portfolio. They can also be used as part of a tax wrapper such as an ISA, SIPP, GIA or offshore bond.

You can explore the full range of more than 240 iShares ETFs on our intuitive product finder tool, where you can find an overview of each fund as well as key facts, performance and all associated fees.

Screenshot of UK iShares product screener

There are different types of ETFs, even amongst those that track the same index, so be sure to understand what those are as well as considering the suitability of an ETF against your individual needs and risk tolerance before purchasing. If you're in any doubt as to the risk or suitability of an investment or product, you should seek advice.

Before you get started it is important to note that capital is at risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of the investment and the income from it will vary and the initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in the future.

Once you have chosen the ETF which suits your client’s needs there are a few ways you can buy them, as explained below:

Four ways to buy

Click on the individual icons to find out more.

 

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Advisers

You may want to seek out professional financial advice before making an investment decision. If you do not have your own financial adviser you can use an independent service like VouchedFor or Unbiased that lets you find, rate and review independent financial advisers.

 

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Stockbrokers

A stockbroker is a professional who buys and sells securities such as ETFs on a stock exchange on behalf of clients. You can buy iShares ETFs through a stockbroker during daily trading hours. Please note that brokerage and other fees may apply.

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has a tool to help you locate a stockbroker which you can access here.

Regulated Stock Exchanges
A regulated stock exchange is a controlled marketplace where stockbrokers can trade shares and other securities. Below are links to the main European exchanges.

 

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Execution-only platforms

Execution-only platforms are online services which enable you to buy shares and bonds including ETFs without providing you with advice. Below are some examples of platforms through which iShares ETFs are available.
BlackRock does not recommend nor endorse any of these platforms or investment managers. Please be aware that by clicking on these links you are leaving the BlackRock website and as such we are not responsible for the content.

youinvest Alliancr Trust Barclays stockbrokers
Charles stanley direct Fidelity Halifax
Hargreaves Lansdown IG Interactive Investor
Saxo Capital Markets Selftrade Share Center
TD direct Investing Trustnet Direct Willis Owen
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Online investment managers

Online investment managers offer a range of pre-constructed portfolios or discretionary managed offerings. The online investment managers below use iShares and other ETFs as part of their offerings.

BlackRock does not recommend nor endorse any of these platforms or investment managers. Please be aware that by clicking on these links you are leaving the BlackRock website and as such we are not responsible for the content.

 

ETFmatic Gear investments IG Smart Portfolio
Moneyfarm Fidelity Netwealth
Nutmeg scalable capital Wealthfy


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1Inclusion on the BlackRock website does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by BlackRock or iShares of the platforms. BlackRock has no responsibility for the content of the websites mentioned nor for any persons, products or services mentioned within the platform websites, which shall be the sole responsibility of the relevant platform.

2Total Expense Ratio: The total expense ratio or TER, is a measure of the total cost of a fund to the investor. Total costs may include various fees (such as purchase, redemption, auditing) and other expenses.