3 High Yield Income ETF Investments Paying 5% Plus PA

If you are searching for high yield income investment ideas, see our 5 low cost investment ETF funds to consider.

We also outline some of the features you should look for an ETF fund & some factors to consider when selecting an investment platform for the fund you invest in.

ETF funds featured below can be put in an ISA, junior ISA or Self Invested Pension (SIPP) or as a direct investment from £25 per month.

1. iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETF

Invest From
£25 per month or £100 single

iShares UK Dividend UCITS  ETF

ISA, SIPP & Direct Investment
Our view: If you are looking for regular income (paid quarterly) then this fund seeks to track the performance of an index composed of 50 stocks with leading dividend yields from UK listed companies, excluding investment trusts. You can invest within an ISA, SIPP or through a general account. Important information: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

With this ETF fund stocks are weighted by their 1 year forecast dividend yield and not their market capitalisation and are reviewed twice a year. The ETF fund gives diversified exposure to UK companies with higher yields making up the FTSE-350 Index along with direct investment into 50 UK companies with a focus on income.


Invest From
£25 per month or £100 single


ISA, SIPP & Direct Investment
Our view: This is a super low cost FTSE 100 tracker. The investment objective of the Fund is to replicate the performance of the FTSE 100 Index (the “Index”), while minimising as far as possible the tracking error between the Fund’s performance and that of the Index. Income generated is reinvested. Important information: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.  
Available via: Hargreaves Lansdown Platform »

3. iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF

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What is a ETF fund?

An exchange traded funds (ETFs) are investments that look to track a set of shares or a particular market index. They are passive investments and typically are a basket of equities that trade on an exchange. With ETFs prices move up and down all day as they are bought and sold.  The basket of equities can include a range of investments including bonds, commodities and international holdings. Typically ETFs are low cost.

What types of ETF are there?

There are a wide range of ETFs to choose from.

The ETF funds above are very much focussed on the UK stockmarket, where traditionally dividend yields for companies are high.

ETFs can be used for as well as income generation on a regular basis, capital growth, risk offsetting and speculation.

See a range of ETFs:

  • Index ETFs – Many people associate ETFs with a selected index. E.g. Two of the funds above track the FTSE 100 Index which makes up the 100 largest firms on the London stock exchange by capitalisation. As well as index ETFs on stocks and shares, ETFs can track bonds, commodities and currency indices. Index trackers will seek to closely match the performance of the real index, through replication of the basket of investments
  • Bond ETFs – For income seekers bond etfs often make up a key part of a portfolio. There is a wide range of bonds available with a range of maturity ranges. Whilst high yields may look attractive it is important for investors to understand that higher yield usually reflects the credit risk of the bond.
  • International ETFs – allows you to diversify investment risk by getting exposure to other economies. So it possible to invest in ETFs which have a basket of companies that operate across a region such as South East Asia in different countries.
  • Commodity ETFs – You can gain exposure to ETFs which hold physical commodities such as gold, or use futures to replicate exposure. Alternatively you can invest in commodities that are equity based where the companies you are investing are exposed to a certain commodity market e.g. silver

Tracking error in index tracker funds

Each of the ETF funds listed employ a “passive” investment strategy designed to replicate the performance of the FTSE 100 index. Some tracker funds attempt to fully replicate the index by holding all of the constituent shares in approximately the same proportion as their weighting in the index. Other tracker funds use an index sampling process holding a representative sample of shares which approximate to the full index mirroring key risk factors and other characteristics.

Tracking error measures the volatility of the return difference between the fund and the FTSE 100 index. It is calculated as the standard deviation of the tracking difference between the tracker fund and the index (gross of fees for the trailing 36-month period, or since the fund’s inception if it does not have 36 months of performance history).

A low tracking error means a index tracker fund is following closely the performance of the FTSE 100 Index. The tracking error gives you a measure of how closely the fund is replicating the FTSE 100.

With index tracker finds which are passively managed generally the lower the tracking error the better.

What is the cheapest way to invest in a ETF fund?

One of the main attractions of investing in ETFs is that because they are passive investments where no fund manager is involved the annual ongoing costs are much lower than managed fund equivalents. Over time the impact of ongoing charges can have a significant impact on your investment value, so ETF funds are a good way to get low cost exposure to the stock market.

A way to compare funds based on cost is to contrast the OCF (Ongoing Charge Figure) which represents the total annual cost of running the fund including administrative costs.

Below we have selected 3 Top Low Cost FTSE 100 Tracker Funds:
iShares FTSE UK Dividend

OCF – 0.40%

Tracking error: 0.34 (over 3 years)


OCF – 0.07%

Tracking error: 0.07 (over 3 years)

iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF

OCF – 0.07%

Tracking error: 0.29 (over 3 years)

What is the best investment platform to use for an ETF fund?

Investors in selecting a home for their investment picks have a lot of options to select from.

One of the key considerations is cost. However picking the “cheapest” is not as simple as it sounds, as each platform has its own costing model which often makes it difficult to compare like for like. Below we have outlined what can expect to pay in charges for 4 of the UK’s largest most popular investment platforms based on investing in a low cost tracker fund (iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF).

Investment Platform Annual Platform Fee iShares OCF
Fund Charge
Annual Charge
on £10,000
Annual Charge
on £20,000
Annual Charge
on £40,000
Annual Charge
on £100,000
Annual Charge
on £250,000
Interactive Investor £9.99 pm flat fee 0.7% £126.88 £133.88 £154.88 £189.88 £294.88
Hargreaves Lansdown 0.45% up to £249,999, reducing
to 0.25% from £250,000 to £1m,
reducing to 0.10% from £1m to £2m.
No fee for assets over £2m
0.7% £52 £104 £208 £520 £1,300
AJ Bell 0.25% on first £250K 0.7% £32 £64 £128 £320 £800
Fidelity 0.35% from £7,500 to £249,999,
reducing to 0.2% from £250,000
to £1m. No fee for assets over £1m
0.7% £42 £84 £164 £420 £675

As you can see the right investment platform for your ETFs will depend on how much you are investing.

Other considerations include:

  • Ease of use – What tools and research is on offer
  • Fund discounts – Different platforms have negotiated different discounts on funds
  • Customer reviews – Good to understand the strengths and weaknesses of platform providers
  • Customer service provider


Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.

Written by Editorial Team ,
23rd September 2020