FTSE 100 Index


The FTSE 100 Index is a unique choice for investors looking for exposure to the UK equity market. The companies in this index could be mainly UK-based, or have significant UK operations, or both. The index includes constituents worldwide.

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What is the FTSE 100 Index?


The FTSE 100 index, FTSE stands for Financial Times and the symbol for is a sharemarket index of UK companies according to the size of their free float-adjusted market capitalisation. The FTSE 100 comprises the top 100 companies listed on London Stock Exchange. It is seen as a gauge of the health of UK plcs. The top 10 holdings represent 43% of the total market capitalisation, so clearly its composition changes regularly because of continual company movements within it.


 
 

Facts About the FTSE 100 Index


FTSE is a stock market index that tracks the performance of 100 of the largest companies on the London Stock Exchange. In 1984, FTSE began calculating its index. The "F" stands for "Financial Times." The index originally comprised 230 companies, but has grown to include a total of 100 companies. These stocks are among the most liquid in the London market; they are easy to buy and sell.

 

How does FTSE 100 Index work


  • The FTSE 100 Index consists of the biggest British companies in publicly-quoted stocks. The FTSE 100 Index is carried out by the FTSE, an internationally recognised market index company. It tracks the stocks from the financial and service sectors, as consistent with its parent index.
  • FTSE 100 Index (also referred to as 'Footsie 100' or 'Footsie') is one of the oldest and most-watched indices in the world. The index started out as a measure of the largest stocks on the London market, but has grown to include all companies trading in the UK headquartered inside the FTSE 350, which encompasses Europe's biggest economy.