2X more UK stocks 🇬🇧

One of the amazing experiences during the Free Share testing was how pleasantly surprised our community were about getting stocks, ETFs, and trusts they wouldn’t have considered investing in otherwise.

It was a good reminder of how essential it is to open up the entire world of investing to achieve our mission.

So today, we’re starting a new, big drive to bring a lot more stocks to our universe.

First up, we’re going to add 200 more UK stocks in the next two months, at a rate of around 20–25/week. This will roughly double the number of UK equities on your app.

These will be London Stock Exchange main market stocks with a minimum market cap of £800m-£1b. We basically plan to cover the vast majority of the large and medium-sized equities in the UK.

Once we’ve run through these 200, we’ll start to look at more AIM stocks too.

What about the US and other overseas stocks?

This is just phase one of a big expansion of the stocks on Freetrade.

We’re going to add far more US stocks too in the coming months (near the end of 2019). It’ll require more backend work, so we’re getting started with this UK expansion right now.

A partial shot of our upcoming new roadmap. It shows only a fraction of the roadmap, a lot of features are coming up!

Some of today’s newbies: REITs

Real estate investment trusts or REITs are a special kind of investment company that invests directly in property. They own huge swathes of property and collect rent, like a supersized landlord. One important rule is that they have to distribute 90% or more of their income to their shareholders so they can be an interesting option for income investors. Note that REITs usually have to pay that income in the form of a special type of dividend called ‘property income distribution’ (PID). That dividend has different tax rules and implications to normal ones. Tax on PID dividends is usually charged for most individual British taxpayers at 20%. REITs can also pay normal dividends, which are subject to the standard dividend tax rules.

Right now, you can only invest in REITs on Freetrade on your Basic Account. REITs require an extra level of tax reporting. We’re working on integrating that to our ISA management, but in the meantime we’ve made them available for Basic Accounts.

REITs are a diverse bunch; some invest wherever there’s opportunity, others focus on a specific property type. Today we’re adding:

British Land — Diversified (commercial and residential)

Land Securities — Diversified (commercial and residential)

Derwent London — London only (commercial and residential)

Segro — Business parks

Ah, the rich tapestry of this beautiful land! :office:

Some of today’s newbies: stocks and trusts

Stocks from the London Stock Exchange main market.

Ashmore Group

Requested in the community, Ashmore Group manage funds specialising in emerging markets investments.

Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust

One of the oldest funds in the world, the F&C started off investing in UK government bonds financing various colonial enterprises. Now they select and invest in equities worldwide.

Melrose Industries

A firm that specialises in buying flailing but potentially valuable manufacturing companies and turning them around. A bit like private equity but rather than running funds, it’s a holding company that owns subsidiaries outright.

These are just a few of the new stocks hitting the app; there are 25 in total.
there are 25 in total.

  • Melrose Industries
  • Ferguson
  • CRH
  • Ashmore Group
  • RIT Capital
  • Smurfit Kappa
  • Howden Joinery
  • Spectris
  • Hikma
  • Intemediate Capital Group
  • DCC
  • Meggitt
  • Polymetal
  • Phoenix Group
  • NMC Health
  • SPIRAX-Sarco
  • Croda International
  • Weir Group
  • Investec
  • Pershing Square Holdings
  • Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust
  • Segro REIT
  • British Land REIT
  • Landsec REIT
  • Derwent London REIT

Go check them all out. Go now, seriously! We’ll be fine.

We’ll be adding 25 more UK stocks and trusts more next week — stay tuned for them!


OK folks our second set of 25 stocks are live:

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Including requests like Greencoat (a specialist investment trust in wind power), AJ Bell and cybersecurity firm Sophos Group. Go check 'em out.


Newly added – 23 August:

BSIF - BLUEFIELD
RDW - REDROW
AGK - AGGREKO
UDG - UDG HEALTHCARE
CPI - CAPITA GROUP
BCA - BCA MARKET
SCT - SOFTCAT
JLG - JLEN Environmental Assets Group Ltd
DNLM - DUNELM
CAPC - CAP & COUNT
GPOR - GR.PORTLAND
ENOG - ENERGEAN OIL
TCAP - TP ICAP
PHP - PRIMARY HEALTH
VCT - VICTREX
SRP - SERCO GRP.
GNS - GENUS
SYNC - SYNCONA
DPLM - DIPLOMA
BYG - BIG YELLOW GRP
QQ - QINETIQ
MRC - MERCANTILE INV.
AGR - ASSURA
ASCL - ASCENTIAL
VVO - VIVO ENERGY

ETFs
EMIM - iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI UCITS ETF
SEMB - iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond UCITS ETF (Dist)
IH2O - iShares Global Water UCITS ETF
INRG - iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF
SEML – iShares J.P. Morgan EM Local Government Bond UCITS ETF


30/8/19 added stocks

We’ve just added today’s (30/8/19) batch, a whopping 30 stocks. In this batch are a bevy of stocks, trust and REITs. Highlights include online gambling operator Playtech and iron ore pellet (it’s a thing) giant Ferrexpo.

Plus ETFs to track developed market property, gold producers and healthcare firms, an accumulating fund of the S&P 500 and Vanguard’s FTSE 100 ETF.

Ticker Stock Name
CCC COMPUTACENTER
MYI MURRAY INTL.TST
FXPO FERREXPO
PAGE PAGEGROUP
ERM EUROMONEY INST.
BVS BOVIS HOMES
GRI GRAINGER
PFC PETROFAC
SEQI SEQUOIA ECO
VSVS VESUVIUS
FGP FIRSTGROUP
PTEC PLAYTECH
CSP COUNTRYSIDE
ULE ULTRA ELEC.
SAFE SAFESTORE
TRY TR PROP.INV.TST
CWK CRANSWICK
HSTG HASTINGS GP
MSLH MARSHALLS
SPT SPIRENT
PIN PANTHEON INT.
RAT RATHBONE BROS
DRX DRAX
GLO CONTOURGLBL
COA COATS GROUP
ETFs
IHCU iShares S&P 500 Health Care Sector UCITS ETF (Acc)
VUKE Vanguard FTSE 100 UCITS ETF
IWDP iShares Developed Markets Property Yield UCITS ETF
SPGP iShares Gold Producers UCITS ETF
CSP1 iShares Core S&P 500 UCITS ETF (Acc)
EMIM iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI UCITS ETF (Acc)

6 September 2019 - new stocks


13 September 2019 - new stocks

We’re running through by market cap but we’ll also bump up highly requested UK stocks so to get them sooner, vote and suggest.


27 September 2019 - new stocks


11 October 2019 - new stocks

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This is awesome news :raised_hands:

Is it possible to have a list of what shares get added?

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I’m really glad to see Freetrade increasing the pace at which new stocks are added. Any word as to if/when some of the major FTSE 100 stocks that are missing, such as BAE and IAG, will be added? (I understand that there’s the added complication of nationality declaration with the aforementioned companies.)

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Really exciting times now for freetrade the progess they got planned for the next 6 months.Will really improve the app looking forward it being a part of it.If you need any think testing sign me up straight away.

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That is a pretty impressive drop of new companies to invest in. I’m closer to dropping my main broker now :face_with_monocle:

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Any news on more ETF’s hitting the platform ? Great job with the development FT :grinning::joy:

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Fantastic news – always so exciting to see things ramping up like this!

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We’ve updated the post, and we’ll share the list each week :+1:

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Same here. I’m only holding one or two securities with other brokers now.

One thing worth noting for anyone interested in holding Reits: I think I’m right in saying that distributions are treated as property income and, outside of an Isa, they’ll generally be taxed at 20%. (I’m sure someone will soon correct me if I’m wrong!)

They need ID checks, don’t think this is something that is planned to be offered soon

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That’s a shame because it’s a poor user experience to find that major securities, which are available on nigh-on every other UK broker’s platform, remain unavailable on Freetrade.

Haven’t checked them all, but some of these new additions have a 404 page not found to the ‘cost and charges’ link.

I have also found that 404 error when looking on the costs and charges link.

Checking this out now, thanks for the heads up.

Update: – these will be updated shortly.

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Looking forward to seeing what gets added.

Just adding some feedback…

Got a notification saying new stocks have been added, clicking it opened the app and I could see 7 newly added stocks but the rest were not visible. This community post is the only thing I can see that let’s me know what has been newly added.

It would be great to click “see all” like the other sections have…or even sort stocks by date added.

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Fantastic news - UK growth opportunities in turbulent times.

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Awesome stuff, Freetrade making some big movements. I LIKE IT!

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Useful article about the tax implications of REIT dividends and the reasons for it. (apologies that its from a rival brokerage :grimacing:)

Essentially as Christopher says you pay income tax on ‘property income distributions’ that the company pays out as dividends, although these don’t always consist of the entirety of the dividend.

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I’d agree with this - got the notification on my mobile, got all excited and clicked on it … only to be taken to the Discovery page with no real mention of what has been added.

Even coming on the forum and hunting around for five minutes, I’m no clearer on what’s been added.

Really pleased to see increase in stocks being added - only feedback is to shout much more transparently about what has been added!

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Thanks for the feedback on the ‘Newly added’ section. We’re actively looking at this area alongside watchlist, and you can expect something new shortly in Discover.

In the meantime, we’ll publish the full list of new additions here each week!

Speaking of which…

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